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The Hugo Award Nominees for 2012 Are Out

By Will Smith

The Hugo awards are one of two major awards for science fiction given every year.

I'm not usually a big fan of awards shows, but I love to read the Hugo and Nebula award nominees each year. This year's Hugo Award nominee list is out, and as is usually the case, the best novel category is a sassy list full of great reads. I've only read a couple of the titles this year, but I'd strongly recommend that you run to your local library and check some out before the rush. Here's the list:

Here's the complete list of nominees. Dr. Who scored three nods for different episodes, and John Scalzi was nominated for a short story that began life as part of an April Fools' joke.

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Leviathan Wakes is next up on my reading list, but my guess is that either Embassytown or A Dance with Dragons will pull the win. The latest entry in the Song of Ice and Fire saga is a massive bestseller, but the Hugo voters are really into Miéville, as evidenced by a win for The City and the City last year. Of course, we won't know who takes the prize until August when the winners are announced.

Organized by the World Science Fiction Society, the Hugo Awards are given out annually to the best science fiction or fantasy works published in the previous year. Since 1953, it has recognized works in a variety of mediums, ranging from short stories to fanzines (Star Trek is no stranger to the awards, winning a few in the category of Best Dramatic Presentation). The actual award is a unique design every year, but all share a common element: an iconic 13" finned rocket. You can view photos of every Hugo Award trophy given out in this archive.