The 2008 Hugos


An Old Friend
The 2008 Hugos have been announced at the Worldcon:
Novel: The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins; Fourth Estate)
Novella: "All Seated on the Ground" by Connie Willis (Asimov's Dec. 2007; Subterranean Press)
Novelette: "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" by Ted Chiang (Subterranean Press; F&SF Sept. 2007)
Short Story: "Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov's June 2007)
Non-fiction Book: Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher (Oxford University Press)
Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Stardust Written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Charles Vess Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Paramount Pictures)
Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Doctor Who "Blink" Written by Steven Moffat Directed by Hettie Macdonald (BBC)
Professional Editor, Long Form: David Hartwell
Professional Editor, Short Form: Gordon Van Gelder (F&SF)
Professional Artist: Stephan Martiniere
Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
Fanzine: File 770
Fan Writer: John Scalzi
Fan Artist: Brad Foster
Campbell Award: Mary Robinette Kowal
Well, in looking through the list of nominees -- and focusing on the Long Form and Short Form categories (really, they don't separate movies and TV? That seems a bit unfair)... I end up a bit perplexed as to how they came up with the nominees, let alone how and why they selected the winners. Heroes Season 1 gets nominated, but not the full season of Battlestar Gallactica? The Golden Compass gets a nod over I Am Legend? And why have Enchanted there at all? Under what possible definition can you say that Enchanted is a true sci-fi/fantasy film?

I can agree with Stardust winning, although fans of the book are sure to protest. And I'm not a big Doctor Who fan, but I think that BG and perhaps Heroes or Stargate:Atlantis shouldn't have been given such short thrift.

(And actually, I would have liked to have seen Star Trek New Voyages win, just to reward this kind of dedication and effort.)