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Sunday, May 26, 2024

The Hugo Awards 2024


2023 Hugo Award. Fair Use

I’ve been a member of the World Science Fiction Convention every year since ConZealand in 2020. I was hoping to travel to Wellington for a few days to attend, since New Zealand is only about three hours’ plane flight away. Alas, you all know what happened that year. But the con committee refused to let COVID close them down altogether, and made it a virtual convention, which meant we could attend online. And I’ve been attending virtually every year since, when other cons created a virtual option. Family commitments have prevented me from going personally, but I can still see preferred panels. 

Better still, I get to vote in the Hugo Awards, which allow fans to vote on their favourite works. They let me download the books and sometimes videos as well.

This year, I’ve only read one book on the list, Aussie Garth Nix’s The Sinister Booksellers Of Bath. It’s a sequel to The Left-Handed  Booksellers Of London which I’ve reviewed on this site. Both books are great fun. This one is on the children’s/YA list. 

I’ve started this year’s list with the Best Series books, with a book by another Aussie writer, Freya Marske. The first novel in her series is A Marvellous Light, a sort of steampunk story - well, it’s historical fantasy set in the Edwardian era, but in it, magic is taken for granted, though you have to be born with the gift. I’m enjoying it very much so far. 

I’m not sure I’ll get through everything on every list, but I do get to read everything from Best Novel to Best Short Story. As it happens, I’ve seen two of the films on the list - Poor Things and Spider-Man: Across The Spiderverse, and three of the short-form stories, the two Doctor Who specials and Loki finale Glorious Purpose

Here is the 2024 short list in case you’re interested. Hopefully I’ll be able to review some of the stories below.

The 2024 Hugo Award Shortlist



  • Life Does Not Allow Us to Meet, He Xi, translated by Alex Woodend (Adventures in Space: New Short stories by Chinese & English Science Fiction Writers)
  • Mammoths at the Gates, Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)
  • The Mimicking of Known Successes, Malka Older (Tordotcom)
  • Rose/House, Arkady Martine (Subterranean)
  • “Seeds of Mercury”, Wang Jinkang (Adventures in Space: New Short stories by Chinese & English Science Fiction Writers)
  • Thornhedge, T. Kingfisher (Tor; Titan UK)


  • I AM AI, Ai Jiang (Shortwave)
  • “Introduction to 2181 Overture, Second Edition”, Gu Shi, translated by Emily Jen (Clarkesworld Feb 2023)
  • “Ivy, Angelica, Bay”, C. L. Polk ( 8 Dec 2023)
  • “On the Fox Roads”, Nghi Vo ( 31 Oct 2023)
  • “One Man's Treasure”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Jan/Feb 2023)
  • “The Year Without Sunshine”, Naomi Kritzer (Uncanny Nov/Dec 2023)

Short Story

  • “Answerless Journey”, Han Song, translated by Alex Woodend (Adventures in Space: New Short Stories by Chinese & English Science Fiction Writers)
  • “Better Living Through Algorithms”, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld May 2023)
  • “How to Raise a Kraken in Your Bathtub”, P. Djèlí Clark (Uncanny Jan/Feb 2023)
  • “The Mausoleum's Children”, Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny May/Jun 2023)
  • “The Sound of Children Screaming”, Rachael K. Jones (Nightmare Oct 2023)
  • “Tasting the Future Delicacy Three Times”, Baoshu (Galaxy's Edge Vol. 13: Secret Room in the Black Domain)

Related Work

Graphic Story Or Comic

Dramatic Presentation: Long Form

  • Barbie (screenplay by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, directed by Greta Gerwig (Warner Bros. Studios))
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (screenplay by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein and Michael Gilio, directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Paramount Pictures))
  • Nimona (screenplay by Robert L. Baird and Lloyd Taylor, directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane (Annapurna Animations))
  • Poor Things (screenplay by Tony McNamara, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Element Pictures))
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (screenplay by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Dave Callaham, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson (Columbia Pictures / Marvel Entertainment / Avi Arad Productions / Lord Miller / Pascal Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation))
  • The Wandering Earth II (based on the novel by Liu Cixin, screenplay by Yang Zhixue, Frant Gwo, Gong Geer, and Ye Ruchang, script consultant Wang Hongwei, directed by Frant Gwo (CFC Pictures Ltd, G!Film (Beijing) Studio Co. Ltd, Beijing Dengfeng International Culture Communication Co, Ltd, China Film Co. Ltd))

Dramatic Presentation: Short Form

  • Doctor Who: “Wild Blue Yonder” (written by Russell T. Davies, directed by Tom Kingsley (Bad Wolf with BBC Studios for The BBC and Disney Branded Television))
  • Doctor Who: “The Giggle” (written by Russell T. Davies, directed by Chanya Button (Bad Wolf with BBC Studios for The BBC and Disney Branded Television))
  • The Last of Us: “Long, Long Time” (written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, directed by Peter Hoar (Naughty Dog / Sony Pictures))
  • Loki: “Glorious Purpose” (screenplay by Eric Martin, Michael Waldron and Katharyn Blair, directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Marvel / Disney+))
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: “Those Old Scientists” (written by Kathryn Lyn and Bill Wolkoff, directed by Jonathan Frakes (CBS / Paramount+))
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: “Subspace Rhapsody” (written by Dana Horgan and Bill Wolkoff, directed by Dermott Downs (CBS / Paramount+))

Editor, Short Form

Editor, Long Form

Professional Artist



Fan Writer

Fan Artist



Game Or Interactive Work

  • Alan Wake 2 (developed by Remedy Entertainment, published by Epic Games)
  • Baldur's Gate 3 (produced by Larian Studios)
  • Chants of Sennaar (developed by Rundisc, published by Focus Entertainment)
  • DREDGE (developed by Black Salt Games, published by Team17)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (produced by Nintendo)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (developed by Respawn Entertainment, published by Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm Games)

Associated Awards

Astounding Award for Best New Writer.


Lodestar Award




Debra She Who Seeks said...

I've seen the Barbie and Spider-Man movies and the Loki finale, that's it. I enjoyed them all except Spider-Man which I found dull -- took me three segmented viewings to work my way through it.

hels said...

I have read Naomi Kritzer's blog from time to time and admire the quality of her political writing. But she is nominated here for fantasy writing! Most people are fortunate enough if they succeed on one genre.. let alone two.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Hi Debra! I enjoyed both Spider-Man movies and am looking forward to the third.

Hi Hels! I didn’t know Naomi write political stuff. I only know her for fantasy. She has been on the Hugo shortlist for the last few years, actually. Yes, it’s wonderful when someone is multi-talented. Barbara Hambly is a good example - fantasy, horror, historical fiction, historical crime fiction… And she has a day job teaching history at a community college.