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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 9:58 am
Vinge Wins a Hugo
Posted by: Keir Graff

From Locus Online:

Winners of this year’s Hugo Awards were announced Saturday evening, September 1st, 2007, at the World Science Fiction Convention in Yokohama, Japan.

Vernor Vinge three-peats in the Novel category, having won previously for A Fire Upon the Deep (1992) and A Deepness in the Sky (1999) — he’s won two other Hugos in other categories, too. An abridged list of winners follows. For the full list, including movies and TV shows, visit the official site.

Novel

Rainbows End, by Vernor Vinge (Tor)

Novella

“A Billion Eves,” by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, Oct./Nov. 2006)

Novelette

“The Djinn’s Wife,” by Ian McDonald (Asimov’s, July 2006)

Short Story

“Impossible Dreams,” by Tim Pratt (Asimov’s, July 2006)

Related Book

James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, by Julie Phillips (St. Martin’s)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo]

Naomi Novik (His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War — all 2006)

What’s the difference between a novella and a novelette? I was curious, too. According to the official criteria, a novelette’s word count is between 7,500 and 40,000 words, while a novella’s total is between 17,500 to 40,000 words (over 40,000 and you’ve got yourself a bona fide novel). Sounds like they’ve got a legal battle on their hands if someone pens an award-worthy work of sf that totals exactly 17,500 words.

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2 Responses to “Vinge Wins a Hugo”
  1. Cheryl Morgan Says:

    Sounds like they’ve got a legal battle on their hands if someone pens an award-worthy work of sf that totals exactly 17,500 words

    Interesting idea, but I’m afraid not. You see, it can be hard at times to agree on what is a word and what isn’t. Is “award-worthy” one word or two, for example? So the Hugo rules have a bit leeway in them. And if a work falls close to the boundary it gets put in whichever category most of the voters think it belongs in.

  2. Keir Says:

    Just having a bit of fun, Cheryl. Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that someone would sue over such a distinction–especially if they were fortunate enough to win a Hugo.

    (“Award” and “worthy”–two words. Hyphen for clarity.)


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