The 2010 Hugo Award Winners were announced on Sunday night. Of course, this being a science fiction award, it’s only appropriate that they be announced from THE FUTURE, so the results were available early this morning, US time.
It turns out that I voted for 1.5 of the fiction award winners: China Mieville’s The City and The City shared the Best Novel award with Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, and I also voted for the Charlie Stross novella. The other two categories, I’m basically OK with– I “NO AWARD”-ed “Bridsicle,” but that whole category was pretty weak, and it wasn’t as awful as “Spar.” The Peter Watts novelette that won was at least had some clever and novel gee-whiz elements, and other people are less bothered by his “My angst, let me show it to you, and just in case you missed it, I’ll tell you about it, too” presentation than I am.
Really, kind of an “Enh” result for a pretty “Meh” year. In other categories, Patrick Nielsen Hayden won a second “Best Editor, Long Form” Hugo, and Fred Pohl got a well-deserved “Best Fan Writer.” Shaun Tan won “Best Professional Artist” as well, and we’re fans of his here at Chateau Steelypips (Kate bought a Shaun Tan print a while back, from The Arrival, which is awesome, so it’s nice to see him win prizes. the others, I really don’t have any opinion of, as I don’t think I saw any of the dramatic presentation nominees.
Anybody with strong opinions on the subject who hasn’t already vented them somewhere else, though, feel free to talk about it in the comments.