Leckie wins Best Novel at Hugo Awards

Leckie wins Best Novel at Hugo Awards

Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice (Orbit UK) has been crowned Best Novel at the 2014 Hugo Awards.

The annual awards honour the best science fiction and fantasy works and achievements of the previous year across fifteen categories, voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention.

Leckie was given the honour at a ceremony held at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention at London ExCeL, yesterday evening (Sunday 17th August).

The American author’s debut novel about the sole survivor of a starship destroyed by treachery attempting to exact revenge on the ruler of her civilisation is the first in her trilogy of Imperial Radch space opera novels.

Charles Stross won Best Novella for Equoid (Tor.com), a story in his ongoing Laundry series of Lovecraftian secret-agent bureaucratic dark comedies, while Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Lady Astronaut of Mars (Tor.com), about an ageing renowned astronaut who must decide whether to stay with her sickening husband or have a last adventure in space, bagged Best Novelette.

The winner of the Best Short Story was "The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere" by John Chu (Tor.com), set in a near future where rain falls whenever someone lies, making life difficult for Matt who must navigate the marriage question with his partner and coming out to his traditional Chinese parents. Randall Munroe won Best Graphic Story for "Time" (xkcd), the 1,190th strip of his webcomic xkcd, set 11,000 years in the future as a man and woman try to survive while the land begins to flood.

American science fiction, fantasy and horror editor Ellen Datlow was named Best Editor - Short Form and Ginjer Buchanan, editor-in-chief at Ace Books and Roc Books, the two science-fiction and fantasy imprints of Penguin Group (USA), won Best Editor - Long Form. Kameron Hurley, the American author of the Worldbreaker Saga and the Bel Dame Apocrypha, was given the title of Best Fan Writer.

The John W. Campbell Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines, went to Sofia Samatar, author of A Stranger in Olondria (Small Beer Press).

Loncon 3 was held from 14th-18th August. The 2014 Hugo Awards ceremony was hosted by Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman and broadcast live via Ustream with additional live text coverage via CoverItLive. In the voting process, 3,587 valid ballots were received and counted to determine the winners.