If you don't know the Hugo Awards, they're kind of like the Oscars for sci-fi and fantasy (literally, as the idea was based on the Academy Awards). This year's votes have been tallied and the winners were announced last Friday. Sad puppies only got sadder as all the amazing women who won rejoiced.
Amazing women like NK Jemisin, who won the Best Novel award for The Obelisk Gate, the second book in her apocalyptic fantasy trilogy that is the very essence of dope. She won this award last year too — making her the first black author to ever win it, and now she's won it two years in a row. I don't want to jinx anything for next year, but the third and final book in the trilogy, The Stone Sky, was released this week. I'm just saying.
Lots of other awesome people won lots of other awards as well. Check out the full list of winners here.
What I really love about the Hugos is how they recognize not just the novel format, but everything from fanzines to movies in the SFF genre. And, of course, short stories of all lengths. If you're like me and love a good short story, you're in luck — here are all of this year's Hugo Award winning and nominated short stories and novelettes that are online for you to read right now, totally free. You're welcome.