Familiar names dominated the 2009 Hugo Awards for the world’s finest sci-fi and fantasy, with Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book winning Best Novel and earning the English virtuoso a new statue to go along with his 2002 Hugo for American Gods.
Best Novella winner Nancy Kress was also a repeat performer, adding a Hugo for her 2009 tale The Erdmann Nexus to her 1992 award for Beggars in Spain.
Some cool newcomers also picked up Hugos, which wrapped Monday in Montreal at the 67th World Science Fiction Convention (aka Worldcon).
Wall-E, Pixar’s brilliant tale of robots, solitude and consumption, took home a Hugo for Best Long-Form Dramatic Presentation.
The Whedon brothers (Joss, Zack and Jed) picked up a Hugo for their uproarious direct-to-web musical Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, which won for Best Short-Form Dramatic Presentation.
A full list of winners can be found below and at the Hugo Awards official website. This year’s winners received new statues (pictured) designed by Dave Howell.
At last report, there was still no Hugo for videogames, which rhymes with lame.
2009 Hugo winners, from a Worldcon press release:
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
The Erdmann Nexus by Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)
Best Related Book (263 Ballots Cast)
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 by John
Scalzi (Subterranean Press)
Best Graphic Story
Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones
Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne
Wright (Airship Entertainment)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Wall-EAndrew Stanton and Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton and Jim
Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, director (Pixar/Walt Disney)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Jed
Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, writers; Joss Whedon, director (Mutant
Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal