The winners of the 2021 Hugo Awards—one of science fiction and fantasy’s most prestigious awards, decided by the popular vote of WorldCon members—were presented on Saturday night at the 79th WorldCon in Washington, DC. Notably, this is the first year the Hugo Awards had a category for Best Video Game, which went to Supergiant Games’s Hades.
Many writers were also alarmed that this year’s Hugo Awards were sponsored by the Intelligence and Space arm of Raytheon Technologies, one of the world’s largest defense manufacturers—the irony of war technologies sponsoring the often dystopian genre of science fiction writing being obvious.
Without further ado, the 2021 Hugo winners:
Best Novel: Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)
Best Novella: The Empress of Salt and Fortune, Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)
Best Novelette: “Two Truths and a Lie,” Sarah Pinsker (Tor.com)
Best Short Story: “Metal Like Blood in the Dark,” T. Kingfisher (Uncanny Magazine, September/October 2020)
Best Series: The Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)
Best Related Work: Beowulf: A New Translation, Maria Dahvana Headley (FSG)
Best Graphic Story or Comic: Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, written by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy, illustrated by John Jennings
Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (Argyll Productions)
You can read the full list of winners and finalists here.