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2017 Hugo Awards: what happened in the end 18 August 2017

How well did this year's Hugo awards match my (obviously correct and superior) preferences?

Numbers are taken from the official record.

Best Novel

The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin

Well, it's not bad, but I really thought that three of the other works were distinctly better (and All the Birds in the Sky was ahead on votes until the sixth pass; Obelisk seems to have been most popular as a last choice). Definitely a close finish among the four books I reckoned were pretty decent, with Too Like the Lightning and Death's End lagging behind.

Some interesting near-nominees, though I gave up on Mishell Baker's Borderline in disgust.

Best Novella

Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire

Great big meh from me, but it was sitting at about twice the votes of any other piece. Many people who aren't me clearly get on with Seanan's work.

Best Novelette

"The Tomato Thief", by Ursula Vernon

Another runaway winner, though I was surprised Jewel didn't do better - it almost works.

Best Short Story

"Seasons of Glass and Iron", by Amal El-Mohtar

I liked it a lot but I'm surprised it came out on top; I thought Game was a stronger contender, and it held out until pass 4.

Overall a pretty mixed bag but, while I'm a bit disappointed by the Novel and Novella wins, I can at least see why people liked them this time.

See also:
All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders
A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers
Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee
The Obelisk Gate, N K Jemisin
Too Like the Lightning, Ada Palmer
Penric and the Shaman, Lois McMaster Bujold
Hugo 2017: Novella
Hugo 2017: Novelette
Hugo 2017: Short Story
Hugo 2017: Series
Hugo 2017: Novel
Hugo 2017: Campbell Award

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