Hugo Award nominations are out, and She-Hulk made the list

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Every year the World Science Fiction Convention announces the nominees for the Hugo Awards. This year, the 81st year of the convention, they’re in Chengdu, China. And several fan favorites are on the nominations list, including Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Nope, and an episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Scroll to the bottom of this article for the full list of nominations.

A couple of friends of the MetaStellar community made the list again this year. Clarkesworld magazine editor Neil Clarke was nominated for best editor. We interviewed him on the Long Lost Friends segment of our YouTube channel last year, when he won the Hugo.

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We also talked to him about science fiction writers from international authors.

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Another friend of MetaStellar who was recognized today was short story author John Wiswell.

Andrea Goyan and E.E. King interviewed him a year ago about plotting, and about writing marginalized characters.

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Like Clarke, Wiswell is a regular on the award nomination lists. And on the winning lists as well. He’s been nominated for a Hugo twice before, and has won a Locus and a Nebula.

The winners will be determined by the members of the World Science Fiction Society. To join, you’ll have to register for the convention, which costs $50, plus another $2 to $70 for actual admission to the event. Admission prices are based on whether you’ll be attending virtually or in person, on whether it’s your first Worldcon, and and on how old you are.

Before voting, you should brush up on the nominees.

Here’s the full list:

Best Novel

  • The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society, by John Scalzi (Tor Books)
  • Legends & Lattes, by Travis Baldree (Tor Books)
  • Nona the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)
  • Nettle & Bone, by T. Kingfisher (Tor Books)
  • The Spare Man, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books)

Best Novella

  • Even Though I Knew the End, by C.L. Polk (Tordotcom)
  • Into the Riverlands, by Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)
  • A Mirror Mended, by Alix E. Harrow (Tordotcom)
  • Ogres, by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Solaris)
  • What Moves the Dead, by T. Kingfisher (Tor Nightfire)
  • Where the Drowned Girls Go, by Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)

Best Novelette

  • “The Difference Between Love and Time”, by Catherynne M. Valente (Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed Romance, Solaris)
  • “A Dream of Electric Mothers”, by Wole Talabi (Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction, Tordotcom)
  • “If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You”, by John Chu (Uncanny Magazine, July-August 2022)
  • “Murder By Pixel: Crime and Responsibility in the Digital Darkness”, by S.L. Huang (Clarkesworld, December 2022)
  • “The Space-Time Painter”, by Hai Ya (Galaxy’s Edge, April 2022)
  • “We Built This City”, by Marie Vibbert (Clarkesworld, June 2022)

Best Short Story

  • “D.I.Y.”, by John Wiswell (, August 2022)
  • “On the Razor’s Edge”, by Jiang Bo (Science Fiction World, January 2022)
  • “Rabbit Test”, by Samantha Mills (Uncanny Magazine, November-December 2022)
  • “Resurrection”, by Ren Qing (Future Fiction/Science Fiction World, December 2022)
  • “The White Cliff”, by Lu Ban (Science Fiction World, May 2022)
  • “Zhurong on Mars”, by Regina Kanyu Wang (Frontiers, September 2022)

Best Series

  • Children of Time Series, by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Pan Macmillan/Orbit)
  • The Founders Trilogy, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Del Rey)
  • The Locked Tomb, by Tamsyn Muir (
  • October Daye, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
  • Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovich (Orion)
  • The Scholomance, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

Best Graphic Story or Comic

  • Cyberpunk 2077: Big City Dreams, by Bartosz Sztybor, Filipe Andrade, Alessio Fioriniello, Roman Titov, Krzysztof Ostrowski (Dark Horse Books)
  • DUNE: The Official Movie Graphic Novel, by Lilah Sturges, Drew Johnson, Zid (Legendary Comics)
  • Monstress vol. 7: Devourer, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • Once & Future Vol 4: Monarchies in the UK, by Kieron Gillen / Dan Mora (BOOM! Studios)
  • Saga, Vol. 10, by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Fonografiks (Image Comics)
  • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, by Tom King, Bilquis Evely, and Matheus Lopes (DC Comics)

Best Related Work

  • Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road, by Kyle Buchanan (William Morrow)
  • Buffalito World Outreach Project, by Lawrence M. Schoen (Paper Golem LLC)
  • Chinese Science Fiction, An Oral History, Volume 1, by Yang Feng (Chengdu Times Press)
  • “The Ghost of Workshops Past”, by S.L. Huang (
  • Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir, by Wil Wheaton (William Morrow)
  • Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes, by Rob Wilkins (Doubleday)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Avatar: The Way of Water, screenplay by James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver, directed by James Cameron (Lightstorm Entertainment / TSG Entertainment II)
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, screenplay by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, directed by Ryan Coogler (Marvel Studios)
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once, screenplay by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Sheinert (IAC Films / Gozie AGBO)
  • Nope, written by Jordan Peele, directed by Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures / Monkeypaw Productions)
  • Severance (Season 1), written by Dan Erickson, Anna Ouyang Moench et al., directed by Ben Stiller and Aoife McArdle (Red Hour Productions / Fifth Season)
  • Turning Red, screenplay by Julia Cho and Domee Shi, directed by Domee Shi (Walt Disney Studios / Pixar Animation Studios)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Andor: “One Way Out”, written by Beau Willimon, Tony Gilroy, and George Lucas, directed by Toby Haynes (Lucasfilm)
  • Andor: “Rix Road”, written by Tony Gilroy and George Lucas, directed by Benjamin Caron (Lucasfilm)
  • The Expanse: “Babylon’s Ashes”, written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, Naren Shankar, directed by Breck Eisner (Alcon Entertainment)
  • For All Mankind: “Stranger in a Strange Land”, written by Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, directed by Craig Zisk (Tall Ship Productions/Sony Pictures Television)
  • She-Hulk: Attorney at Law: “Whose Show is This?”, written by Jessica Gao, Francesca Gailes, and Jacqueline Gailes, directed by Kat Coiro (Marvel Entertainment)
  • Stranger Things: “Chapter Four: Dear Billy”, written by Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, and Paul Dichter, directed by Shawn Levy (21 Laps Entertainment)

Best Editor, Short Form

  • Scott H. Andrews
  • Neil Clarke
  • Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
  • Sheree Renée Thomas
  • Xu Wang
  • Feng Yang

Best Editor, Long Form

  • Ruoxi Chen
  • Lindsey Hall
  • Lee Harris
  • Sarah Peed
  • Huan Yan
  • Haijun Yao

Best Professional Artist

  • Sija Hong
  • Kuri Huang
  • Paul Lewin
  • Alyssa Winans
  • Jian Zhang
  • Enzhe Zhao

Best Semiprozine

  • Escape Pod, co-editors Mur Lafferty & Valerie Valdes; Assistant editors Benjamin C. Kinney & Premee Mohamed, host Tina Connolly, producers Summer Brooks and Adam Pracht
  • FIYAH, edited by the entire FIYAH team
  • khōréō, edited by Team khōréō
  • PodCastle, co-Editors Shingai Njeri Kagunda and Eleanor R. Wood; Assistant Editor Sofia Barker; Host Matt Dovey; Audio Producers Peter Adrian Behravesh, Devin Martin, and Eric Valdes
  • Strange Horizons, edited by The Strange Horizons Editorial Team
  • Uncanny Magazine, publishers and editors-in-chief: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas; managing/poetry editor Chimedum Ohaegbu; managing editor Monte Lin; nonfiction editor Meg Elison; podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky.

Best Fanzine

  • Chinese Academic SF Express, by Latssep and Tianluo_Qi
  • Galactic Journey, by Gideon Marcus, Janice Marcus, Tammi Bozich, Erica Frank, Arel Lucas, and Mark Yon
  • Journey Planet, by Regina Kanyu Wang, Yen Ooi, Arthur Liu, Jean Martin, Erin Underwood, Steven H Silver, Pádraig Ó Méalóid and their other co-editors.
  • Nerds of a Feather, by Roseanna Pendlebury, Arturo Serrano, Paul Weimer, Adri Joy, Joe Sherry, Vance Kotrla, G. Brown
  • Unofficial Hugo Book Club Blog, by Olav Rokne and Amanda Wakaruk
  • Zero Gravity Newspaper, by RiverFlow and Ling Shizhen

Best Fancast

  • Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe, produced by Jonathan Strahan
  • Hugo, Girl!, by Haley Zapal, Amy Salley, Lori Anderson, and Kevin Anderson
  • Hugos There, by Seth Heasley
  • Kalanadi, created and presented by Rachel
  • Octothorpe, by John Coxon, Alison Scott, and Liz Batty
  • Worldbuilding for Masochists, by Cass Morris, Rowenna Miller, Marshall Ryan Maresca

Best Fan Writer

  • Chris M. Barkley
  • Bitter Karella
  • Arthur Liu
  • RiverFlow
  • Jason Sanford
  • Örjan Westin

Best Fan Artist

  • Iain Clark
  • Richard Man
  • Laya Rose
  • Alison Scott
  • España Sheriff
  • Orion Smith

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book (presented by the World Science Fiction Society)

  • Akata Woman (The Nsibidi Scripts), by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Books for Young Readers)
  • Bloodmarked, by Tracy Deonn (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen/Titan Books)
  • The Golden Enclaves, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • In the Serpents Wake, by Rachel Hartman (Random House Books for Young Readers)
  • Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods, by Catherynne M. Valente (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Astounding Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines)

  • Travis Baldree (1st year of eligibility)
  • Naseem Jamnia (1st year of eligibility)
  • Isabel J Kim (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Maijia Liu (1st year of eligibility)
  • Everina Maxwell (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Weimu Xin (2nd year of eligibility)

MetaStellar editor and publisher Maria Korolov is a science fiction novelist, writing stories set in a future virtual world. And, during the day, she is an award-winning freelance technology journalist who covers artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and enterprise virtual reality. See her Amazon author page here and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, and check out her latest videos on the Maria Korolov YouTube channel. Email her at [email protected]. She is also the editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business, one of the top global sites covering virtual reality.

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