Gaiman and Jemisin among Hugo award winners

Gaiman and Jemisin among Hugo award winners

Neil Gaiman and N K Jemisin were among the authors announced as winners at the 2016 Hugo Awards for science fiction at a ceremony on Saturday (20th August).

The awards were announced as part of the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon II, in the US.

Gaiman, along with artist J H Williams, won the award for best graphic story for The Sandman: Overture (Vertigo), whilst Jemisin was given the prize for best novel for The Fifth Season (Orbit).

Other literary prizes included the best novella award, which went to Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (, the prize for best novelette, given to Hao Jingfang for Folding Beijing, which was translated into English by Ken Liu and published in Uncanny Magazine, and an award for best short story, which went to Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld).

The Hugo Awards also gives prizes for achievements in film, such as ‘best dramatic presentation, long-form’, which was awarded to The Martian screenplay, and works of fandom, like the prize for best fanzine, given to File 770, which is edited by Mike Glyer. 

The full list of prizes are on the Hugo Awards website.

The Hugos are voted for by people to attend the Worldcon event and voters can tick a ‘no award’ box when voting if they don’t agree with the shortlists. This year two categories resulted in no awards given – best-related work and best fan-cast.