A Memory Called Empire Wins the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel

By Maria Korolov

A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine, won the 2020 Hugo Award for best novel.

A fascinating space opera debut novel and an interstellar mystery adventure, A Memory Called Empire was also a Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Award nominee for 2019, selected as a Best Book of 2019 by the Library Journal, Polygon, Den of Geek, an NPR Favorite Book of 2019, a Guardian Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of 2019 and “Not the Booker Prize” Nominee, a Goodreads Biggest SFF Book of 2019 and Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee.

Book description:

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.
Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

The Hugo Awards are awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. They were first awarded in 1953, and have been awarded every year since 1955. The awards are run by and voted on by fans.

The Hugo Awards are awarded each year at the World Science Fiction Convention, which was held virtually this year.

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