2016 Hugo Awards Announced

The 74th World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon II, announced the winners of the 2016 Hugo Awards at a ceremony on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016. The ceremony was hosted by Toastmaster, Pat Cadigan, assisted by Jan Siegel. 3,130 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.


The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)


Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)


“Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)


“Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)


No Award


The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)


The Martian screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox)


Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile” written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer (Marvel Television; ABC Studios; Tall Girls Productions;Netflix)


Ellen Datlow


Sheila E. Gilbert


Abigail Larson


Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky


File 770 edited by Mike Glyer


No Award


Mike Glyer


Steve Stiles

The 2016 Hugo Award trophy base was designed by Sarah Felix.

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (Not a Hugo Award, but administered along with the Hugo Awards) went to:

Andy Weir

Full details of the voting are available here (PDF).

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47 Responses to 2016 Hugo Awards Announced

  1. Mec says:

    Jessica Jones Smile over Doctor Who’s Heaven Sent? Man, you guys are no longer credible anymore.

    • Harry Payne says:

      I like Heaven Sent. I loved Smile. I’ve been watching Doctor Who since the 1960s, and thought Smile was the better episode of the two. That’s all there is to it.

    • Zidders Roofurry says:

      Dr. Who fan here-Smile was way better.

      • poiboy says:

        jessica jones was crap compared to DW. whats wrong with these judges??

        • Kevin says:

          Poiboy: There are no “judges.” The Hugo Awards are selected by the vote of the thousands of members of the World Science Fiction Convention. The awards are not decided by a Select Secret Panel of Judges. This was the choice of thousands of members of Worldcon. The details of how the members are posted in a PDF linked to the announcement.

    • Becca says:

      I love both shows, but AKA Smile was definitely the better of the two. That show made me sit at the edge of the seat. I’m sorry, but Doctor Who did not. Although the latter finally returned to form this past season after the dismal second half of season 7 and all of season 8, it wasn’t enough to make the season 9 finale a better episode than AKA Smile.

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  9. Jefferson W Smith III says:

    At this point this politicized farce of an “award” only serves to highlight whom to avoid reading. Congradulations.

    • Kevin says:

      Mr. Smith:

      I think it’s likely that you would be better off setting up Awards that properly reflect the SF/F field in a way that you personally find more appropriate.

    • Stephen Bridge says:

      While I enjoyed all five of the Best Novel nominees, I thought that *The Fifth Season* was the most creative and original of the five and deserved the award. I actually thought this was a particularly strong field of novels, better than many years, including last year.

    • Mark Penton says:


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  14. Beezlebub says:

    I’m just saddened by the whole thing, as I used to be able to use the Hugo Awards to help decide what to read (among other methods). There’s too many books to read them all, so just use the combined opinions of readers to help decide. But, now, it’s so chaotic, it’s not useful.

  15. jason says:

    Congratulations to the winners.

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