2020 Hugo, Lodestar, and Astounding Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards, the Lodestar for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer were announced by CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon, on August 1, 2020 during an online ceremony.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)
  • The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix
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2020 Diverse Book Awards Longlist

The inaugural longlist for the Diverse Book Awards, created “to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK during 2019, both traditionally and self-published,” has been announced. Titles and authors of possible genre interest include:

Best Children’s

  • Tin Boy, Steve Cole, illustrated by Oriol Vidal (Barrington Stoke)
  • The Mysterious Melody, SP K-Mushambi, illustrated by Kudzai Gumbo (Naniso Create)

Best Young Adult

  • The Deathless Girls,
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2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Winners

Winners for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ).

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Dawnhounds, Sascha Stronach (Little Hook)
  • The Blacksmith, Barbara Howe (IFWG Australia)
  • The Prince of Secrets, A.J. Lancaster (Camberion)
  • Solar Federation, S.E. Mulholland (self-published)
  • Into the Ashes, Lee Murray (Severed)

Best Youth Novel

  • WINNER: The Clockhill and the Thief,
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1945 Retro Hugo Awards Winners

Winners of the 1945 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1944, have been announced by CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: “Shadow Over Mars”, Leigh Brackett (Startling Stories Fall ’44)
  • Land of Terror, Edgar Rice Burroughs (Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.)
  • The Golden Fleece, Robert Graves (Cassell)
  • “The Winged Man”, E. Mayne Hull & A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science Fiction 5-6/44)
  • The Wind on the Moon, Eric
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Fan Awards at Worldcon 78

Several awards for services to SF fandom were presented during the CoNZealand opening ceremonies, held online July 28, 2020.

First Fandom Hall of Fame Award

  • Roger Sims

First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame Award

  • Chad Oliver

Sam Moskowitz Archive Award

  • John Carter Tibbetts

David A. Kyle Big Heart Award

  • Janice Gelb and Stephen Boucher

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2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards Winners

Winners for the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards have been announced:

Best Collection

  • WINNER: Little Paranoias, Sonora Taylor (self-published)
  • Collision, J.S. Breukelaar (Meerkat)
  • Out of Water, Sarah Read (Trepidatio)
  • Ghosts of You, Cathy Ulrich (Okay Donkey)

Best Debut

  • WINNER: The Luminous Dead, Caitlin Starling (Harper Voyager)
  • Little Darlings, Melanie Golding (Crooked Lane)
  • The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah Read (Trepidatio)
  • Theme Music,
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2020 Booker Prize Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the 2020 Booker Prize has been announced, including several titles and authors of possible genre interest:

  • The New Wilderness, Diane Cook (OneWorld)
  • The Mirror & The Light, Hilary Mantel (4th Estate)
  • Love and Other Thought Experiments, Sophie Ward (Corsair)
  • How Much of These Hills Is Gold, C Pam Zhang (Riverhead)

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2020 Ditmar Preliminary Ballot

The preliminary ballot for the 2020 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF has been announced:

Best Novel

  • Claiming T-Mo, Eugen Bacon (Meerkat)
  • The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG)

Best Short Fiction

  • Into Bones Like Oil, Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Shorts)
  • “Whom My Soul Loves”, Rivqa Rafael (Strange Horizons 11/11/19)

Best Collected Work

  • Collision, J.S. Breukelaar (Meerkat)

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

  • Be the Serpent
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Williams Wins 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award

A Fall in Autumn by Michael G. Williams (Falstaff) won the 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award, announced by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) on July 27, 2020. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.” Other nominees were

  • Where Oblivion Lives, T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
  • The Women’s War, Jenna Glass (Del Rey)
  • The Twisted Ones, T. Kingfisher
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2020 Eisner Awards

The 2020 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic-Con@Home online on July 26, 2020. Winners of SF/F interest include:

Best Continuing Series

  • Bitter Root, David Walker, Chuck Brown & Sanford Greene (Image)

Best Limited Series

  • Little Bird, Darcy Van Poelgeest & Ian Bertram (Image)

Best New Series

  • Invisible Kingdom, G. Willow Wilson & Christian Ward (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

  • LaGuardia, Nnedi Okorafor
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2020 World Fantasy Awards Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2019 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the virtual World Fantasy 2020 (WFC) convention, scheduled for October 29 – November 1, 2020.

The Life Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Karen Joy Fowler and Rowena Morrill.

The World Fantasy Awards finalists are:

Best Novel

  • Queen of
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Raphael Wins Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award

Rick Raphael (1919-1994) is the winner of the 2020 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. The jury particularly cites Raphael’s 1966 fixup novel Code Three (composed of three shorter works, including two Hugo Award finalists) and 1960 humor novella “Make Mine Homogenized”.

This year’s judges were Barry Malzberg and Robert J. Sawyer.

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2019 Aurealis Awards Winners

The 2019 Aurealis Awards winners, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, have been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Subjects, Sarah Hopkins (Text)
  • The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (University of Queensland Press)
  • The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG Australia)
  • The Glad Shout, Alice Robinson (Affirm)
  • Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan
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2020 First Novel Prize Long List

The Center for Fiction has released the long list for its 2020 First Novel Prize, “to honor the best debut fiction of the year.” Titles and authors of possible genre interest include:

  • Conjure Women, Afia Atakora (Random House)
  • The Illness Lesson, Clare Beams (Doubleday)
  • Bestiary, K-Ming Chang (One World)
  • Things You Would Know If You Grew Up Around Here, Nancy Wayson Dinan (Bloomsbury)
  • Temporary, Hilary
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Hugo Voting Glitch

CoNZealand has reported a bug in the Hugo Award-voting interface that may lead to some votes not being recorded:

This mostly seems to happen when using the Safari browser on a Mac, but we have a couple of reports from other browser/device combinations.

  • If you received an email confirmation after voting, your votes have been entered into the system and you should not be concerned.
  • If you did NOT receive
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2020 Neffy Awards Winners

The winners of the 2020 National Fantasy Fan Federation Speculative Fiction Awards (the Neffys) have been announced.

Best Novel (over 100,000 words)

  • WINNER: Endgames, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor)
  • Monster Hunter Guardian, Larry Correia & Sarah A. Hoyt (Baen)
  • What the Wind Brings, Matthew Hughes (Pulp Literature)
  • The Family Pride, Chris Nuttall (self-published)

Best Shorter Work (under 100,000 words)

  • WINNER: “By the Warmth of Their Calculus”, Tobias
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2020 Goldie Awards Winners

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) has announced the winners of the 2020 GCLS Literary Awards or “Goldies” for “excellence in Lesbian-themed Literature,” including several categories and titles of genre interest.

Science Fiction/Fantasy (tie)

  • Thorn, Anna Burke (Bywater)
  • Miranda in Milan, Katharine Duckett (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Sisters of the Vast Black, Lina Rather (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Changing Course, Brey Willows (Bold Strokes)

Paranormal/Occult/Horror (tie)

  • Legacy, Charlotte Greene
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2020 Tähtifantasia Award Winner

Pienen hauen pyydystys, Juhani Karila (Siltala) won the the 2020 Tähtifantasia Award, presented by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society for the best Finnish fantasy book published in the previous year. Other nominees were:

  • Ikuisesti, siskoni, Katri Alatalo (Gummerus)
  • Pohjoisen mytologia [Norse Mythology], Neil Gaiman, translated by Jouko Ruokosenmäki (Like)
  • Hitonhauta ja muita puolielävien kohtaloita, Karoliina Heinola (Aarni)
  • Magian syvempi sävy [A Darker Shade of Magic], V.E. Schwab,
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2020 Scribe Awards Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the winners for the 2020 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Winners of genre interest include:

Original Novel — Speculative (tie)

  • WINNER: Batman: The Court of Owls, Greg Cox (Titan)
  • WINNER: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Collateral Damage, David Mack (Pocket)
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, Delilah S. Dawson (Century)
  • Firefly: The Magnificent Nine,
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2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards Nominees

Nominees for the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards have been announced:

Best Collection

  • Collision, J.S. Breukelaar (Meerkat)
  • Out of Water, Sarah Read (Trepidatio)
  • Little Paranoias, Sonora Taylor (self-published)
  • Ghosts of You, Cathy Ulrich (Okay Donkey)

Best Debut

  • Little Darlings, Melanie Golding (Crooked Lane)
  • The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah Read (Trepidatio)
  • The Luminous Dead, Caitlin Starling (Harper Voyager)
  • Theme Music, T. Marie
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2020 Imadjinn Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Imadjinn Awards have been announced, including several categories of genre interest.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Harvest Day, R. Kyle Hannah (Jumpmaster)
  • Things They Buried, Amanda K. King & Michael R. Swanson (Ismae)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Things They Buried, Amanda K. King & Michael R. Swanson (Ismae)
  • The Amulet of Elements, Rose Marie Machario (Seventh Star)
  • To Kill a Fae, Jamie A.
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Whitehead Wins Library of Congress Prize

Colson Whitehead has been awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, which honors “an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality of thought and imagination.” Whitehead, 50, is the youngest recipient of this lifetime achievement award, and was selected “based on nominations from more than 60 distinguished literary figures, including former winners of ...Read More

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2019 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards winners have been announced. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction, and were premiered on Sunday, July 12, 2020, as a pre-recorded ceremony.


  • WINNER: The Book of X, Sarah Rose Etter (Two Dollar Radio)
  • Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron; Gollancz)
  • Goodnight Stranger, Miciah Bay Gault (Park Row)
  • Curious Toys, Elizabeth Hand (Mulholland)
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2020 Sunburst Awards Shortlist

The shortlists for the 2020 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced:

Adult Fiction

  • Shout Kill Revel Repeat, Scott R. Jones (Trepidatio)
  • The Migration, Helen Marshall (Random House Canada)
  • Crow Winter, Karen McBride (HarperAvenue)
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • Moccasin Square Gardens, Richard Van Camp (Douglas & McIntyre)

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Candle and the
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2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Longlist

The 12-title longlist for the 2020 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story has been announced, including the following titles and authors of genre interest.

  • Salt Slow, Julia Armfield (Picador)
  • Things We Say in the Dark, Kirsty Logan (Vintage)
  • Sudden Traveller, Sarah Hall (Faber)

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2020 Prometheus Awards Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced the winner of the 2020 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, honoring works published in 2019 that “examine the meaning of freedom.”

Best Novel Award

  • WINNER: Alliance Rising, C.J. Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (DAW)
  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Random House; Nan A. Talese)
  • Ruin’s Wake, Patrick Edwards (Titan)
  • Luna: Moon Rising, Ian McDonald (TOR)
  • Ode to Defiance, Marc
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Whitehead Wins Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

Colson Whitehead has won the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction for his book The Nickel Boys (Doubleday). Given by The Orwell Foundation, the prize recognizes “outstanding novels and collections of short stories first published in the UK that illuminate major social and political themes, present or past, through the art of narrative.”

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2020 Wellman Award Shortlist

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • Where Oblivion Lives, T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
  • The Women’s War, Jenna Glass (Del Rey)
  • The Twisted Ones, T. Kingfisher (Saga)
  • Breaking Gods, D.J. Molles (self-published)
  • To the Bones, Valerie Nieman (West Virginia
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2020 Heinlein Scholarship Recipients

Winners of the Heinlein Society’s annual undergraduate scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year were announced July 7, 2020. This year’s winners are Charles Hanson, Tulla Bee Picardi, and Samantha Townsend. The scholarship awards $2,500 to each recipient.

Townsend received the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to female candidates majoring in engineering, math, or science. Picardi received the Dr. Jerry Pournelle Memorial Scholarship, and Hanson received the Dr. Yoji ...Read More

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Evans Wins CrimeFest Award

Kathryn Evans has won the 2020 CrimeFest Award for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults for her novel Beauty Sleep (Usborne). The award “is for the best crime novel for young adults (aged 12-16) first published in the United Kingdom in 2019.”

Winners receive a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award and were announced July 7, 2020 on the CrimeFest website and social media pages. “Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, ...Read More

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2020 SF&F Hall of Fame Inductees

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced the 2020 inductees to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame: short story writer Ted Chiang, Star Trek writer D.C. Fontana, the Star Wars movie series, and the Hugo Award-winning graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons. The inductees will be included in the SF&F Hall of Fame display later this year.

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2020 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

Finalists for the seventh annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have been announced:

  • “Hero”, L.R. Braden
  • “The Strength of Summer Storms”, Evey Brett
  • “Humanslayer”, Scott Huggins
  • “A Hole in the Gut”, M.T. Kadisin
  • “From Darkest Depths”, Sean CW Korsgaard
  • “The Power”, Stephen Lawson
  • “Gently They Took What Was Hers”, Amanda J. Lee
  • “Who Will Know?”, Scott R. Parkin
  • “The Chilling Account of the Wolf-Bann of Krallenburg”, J.E. Tabor
  • “Seidh”, Morgan Welch
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