2008 Hugo Winners Announced

The Hugo winners have been announced, and I’m stunned that 3 out of 4 of my favorites won. Evidently there was a massive attack of good taste. (By which I mean, they agree with me.)

But that’s not why I’m happy.

Here are the ones I voted on:

Novel: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

Novella: “All Seated on the Ground” by Connie Willis

Novelette: “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang

Short Story: “Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear

I never took all that buzz about YPL winning the Hugo seriously. When did SF fans care about good writing? What a world. Maybe I was too quick to stick out my neck for Halting State, but the winning novel is still a book I like. Who could argue with that?

I am more surprised than pleased that my picks for shorter fiction won. As for the other categories, I didn’t do my homework so I didn’t vote on them. Oddly enough, the award that gave me a little leap of joy was this:

Campbell Award: Mary Robinette Kowal

I still haven’t even read any of Campbell nominees, not even the winner’s, Mary Robinette Kowal. I’ve only crossed paths with her a couple times at Readercon. And yet I feel absurdly happy. Go figure.

While I’m at it, I’m overdue for mentioning a couple other people I’m happy for.

Chris Howard‘s book Seaborn was released in July.

N.K. Jemisin‘s book, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is due out in fall 2009.

So happy dances all around, and maybe we’ll see them as future Campbell winners.