The Hugo Awards 2018

2018 Hugo Awards Announced

Congratulations to all the winners!

The winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards, Award for Best Young Adult Book (hereafter the Lodestar Award), and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced at Worldcon 76 in San José, California on August 19, 2018.

Best Novel

The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella

All Systems Red, by Martha Wells ( Publishing)

Best Novelette

“The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)

Best Short Story

“Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

Best Series

World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)

Best Related Work

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Best Graphic Story

Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins (DC Films / Warner Brothers)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem,” written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)

Best Editor, Short Form

Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

Best Editor, Long Form

Sheila E. Gilbert

Best Professional Artist

Sana Takeda

Best SemiprozineUncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best FanzineFile 770, edited by Mike Glyer

Best Fancast

Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace

Best Fan Writer

Sarah Gailey

Best Fan Artist

Geneva Benton


There are two other Awards administered by Worldcon 76 that are not Hugo Awards:

Award for Best Young Adult Book

Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Rebecca Roanhorse


The Hugo Awards 2018

1943 Retro Hugo Awards Announced

Of my favorite things, one is the Retro Hugo Awards. Digging through treasures to find which ones were published in the proper year in order to nominate them is always a grand time!

The 2018 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon 76) announced the winners of the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards on August 16, 2018.


Beyond This Horizon, by Anson MacDonald (Robert A. Heinlein) (Astounding Science-Fiction, April & May 1942)


“Waldo,” by Anson MacDonald (Robert A. Heinlein) (Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1942)


“Foundation,” by Isaac Asimov (Astounding Science-Fiction, May 1942)


“The Twonky,” by C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner (Astounding Science-Fiction, September 1942)


Bambi, written by Perce Pearce, Larry Morey, et al., directed by David D. Hand, et al. (Walt Disney Productions)


John W. Campbell


Virgil Finlay


Le Zombie, edited by Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker


Forrest J. Ackerman


Dont live for your obituary cover

Review of Don’t Live for Your Obituary: Advice, Commentary and Personal Observations on Writing, 2008-2017

Review of Don’t Live for Your Obituary: Advice, Commentary and Personal Observations on Writing, 2008-2017 by John Scalzi

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.


First things first. This is not a novel. It is a collection of curated posts from John Scalzi’s Whatever blog.

If you have followed his blog since 2008, much of the book will not be new material. There are introductions to many of the posts with additional information and insights, however.

If you, like me, have only read the occasional blog post over the years, or none at all, you will find it at various times informative, educational, opinionated, interesting, not interesting, and sometimes a rant.

It is organized by topic, rather than timeline, which can be entertaining when the technology being discussed changes without warning. Although many of the topics are specifically related to writing and are directed at writers, as long as you are interested in how books come to be it is still definitely worth the time.

John Scalzi’s precise use of language, in and of itself, made this a joy to read.


I give it 4 stars.

Don't Live for Your Obituary
John Scalzi