The Hugo Awards are amongst speculative fiction storytelling’s most prestigious honors and this year the list is dominated by women, with 5/6 women finalists in Novel, Novella, Novelette, AND Short Story, and 4/6 in Best Series. The best part about the list has to be seeing two badass Nigerian female authors, Nnedi Okorafor and Tomi Adeyemi
This is the first year the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book will be awarded, and the finalists in this category are equally strong, but we are rooting for our very own, Tomi Adeyemi, author of one of the best YA books and a New York Times Best Seller to be released last year, Children Of Blood and Bone.
Nnedi Okorafor earned not one but two nominations this year. She’s up for Best Novella for her work Binti: The Night Masquerade as well as fo Best Graphic Story for Black Panther: Long Live the King.
The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction literature and media as well as the genre’s fans. The Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honor science fiction and fantasy notables for more than 60 years.
“Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon” will take place in and around the Convention Centre Dublin from 15 to 19 August. More than 5600 people have already signed up as members, including more than 4580 attending members.
If you’re a fan of inclusive science fiction, the nominations are pretty exciting— finalists include some of the books, TV shows, and movies that Den of Geek has written about over the past year.
Check the full list here