The Hugo Awards were presented at the World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland on August 18, 2019. Congratulations to all the winners! Most of the winners are available from Danville Public Library and the SHARE Catalog. Have a look! For a full list of winners and finalists, click here.
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too. Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.
Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
A sentient robot with only vague memories of the massacre it committed that gave it the name Murderbot, teams up with a Research Transport Vessel to find out what happened.
Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Book 1 in the Wayfarers Series. “When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possible want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy and some distance from her past. And nothing could be further from what she’s known than the crew of the Wayfarer.”–Page  of cover.
BEST GRAPHIC STORY
Monstress, Volume 3: Haven written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda
Maika must put her fighting skills aside and learn to make friends in order to survive.
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Miles Morales is the new Spider–Man but must also walk the balance between his personal high school & family life and his life as a superhero. While being Spider–Man, he becomes familiar with the Spider–Verse, where there are endless variations on Spider–Man. One of the Spider–Man variations living inside the Spider–Verse is Spider–Man, Peter Parker, who guides Miles in his journey as the new Spider–Man and introduces him to the multitude of other Spider-Men, including Spider–Man Noir and Spider-Ham. All of the various Spider-Men will have to band together when villains threaten the safety of the Spider–Verse and of the world itself.
BEST ART BOOK
The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin, illustrated by Charles Vess
“Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the timeless and beloved A Wizard of Earthsea comes this complete omnibus edition of the entire Earthsea chronicles. Now for the first time ever, they’re all together in one volume–including the early short stories, Le Guin’s “Earthsea Revisioned” Oxford lecture, and a new Earthsea story, never before printed. With a new introduction by Le Guin herself, this essential edition also includes fifty illustrations by renowned artist Charles Vess, specially commissioned and selected by Le Guin” — Provided by publisher.
LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Seventeen-year-old Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land of Orisha and activate a new generation of magi. They are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy, but the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she stuggles to control her growing powers.