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Experience some great speculative fiction!

The nominees for the 2019 Hugo Award were announced this week. The awards are named for the editor of the science ficiton magazine Amazing Stories, Hugo Gernsback and are given by the World Science Fiction Society. They represent the best science fiction, fantasy, and speculative works in a variety of formats. There are categories for novels, novellas, short stories, movies, TV shows, related works, fan artists, podcasts, and more. 

Below find a list of some of the works up nominated. For complete list of this year's Hugo Award nominees, see the Hugo website and look for the announcement of the winners in August of this year.


	The calculating stars
The calculating stars
by Mary Robinette Kowal

BEST NOVEL:
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York's experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition's attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn't take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can't go into space, too. Elma's drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

	Record of a spaceborn few
Record of a spaceborn few
by Becky Chambers

BEST NOVEL:
A young apprentice, an alien academic, a caretaker for the dead, an archivist and others wrestle with profound questions after their evacuation ship, carrying the last humans on Earth, finally reaches its destination. 

	Ravenant gun
Ravenant gun
by Yoon Ha Lee

BEST NOVEL:
After cadet Shuos Jedao awakes, he is in the body of a general, his older self, and must deal with the consequences of the evil actions carried out by him as the general, as he and hexarch Nirai Kujen are being hunted by an enemy bent on revenge

	Space opera
Space opera
by Catherynne M. Valente

BEST NOVEL:
Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for Galactivision--part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part, a very large, but very subtle part, continuation of the wars of the past. Thus, a fragile peace has held. This year, a bizarre and unsightly species has looked up from its muddy planet-bound cradle and noticed the enormous universe blaring on around it: humanity.Where they expected to one day reach out into space and discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of grave aliens, they have found glitter. And lipstick. And pyrotechnics. And electric guitars. A band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies have been chosen to represent their planet on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock.

	Spinning silver
Spinning silver
by Naomi Novik

BEST NOVEL:
Deciding to collect on the outstanding debts owed her family of moneylenders, a young woman is overheard boasting about being able to turn silver into gold by the creatures who haunt the wood, in this reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story.

	Trail of lightning
Trail of lightning
by Rebecca Roanhorse

BEST NOVEL:
When a small town needs her help in finding a missing girl, Maggie Hoskie, a Dinetah monster hunter and supernaturally gifted killer, reluctantly enlists the help of an unconventional medicine man to uncover the terrifying truth behind the disappearance—and her own past.

	Artificial condition
Artificial condition
by Martha Wells

BEST NOVELLA:
A sentient robot with only vague memories of the massacre it committed that gave it the name “Murderbot” teams up with a Research Transport Vessel to find out what happened, in the second novel of the series following All Systems Red.

	Beneath the sugar sky
Beneath the sugar sky
by Seanan McGuire

BEST NOVELLA:
Arriving with a splash in the pond behind Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, Rini is informed that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was conceived, a baffling revelation that Rini is forced to come to terms with in order to save the world. 

	Binti : the night masquerade
Binti : the night masquerade
by Nnedi Okorafor

BEST NOVELLA:
Binti returns to her home planet to find the bloody conflict between the Meduse and the Khoush continues, and she, with the help of her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, must try to prevent an all-out war that could wipe out her people once and for all.

	The Black god's drums
The Black god's drums
by P. Djélí Clark

BEST NOVELLA:
When homeless teen, Creeper, sets her sights on secureing passage on Captain Ann-Marie's smuggler airship, she shares a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and his mysterious weapon known as the Black God's Drums.

	Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach
by Kelly Robson

BEST NOVELLA:
Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately the kind of long-term restoration projects Minh works on have been stalled due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology.
 

	The Tea Master and the Detective
The Tea Master and the Detective
by Aliette De Bodard

BEST NOVELLA:
The Shadow's Child is a living mindship that was discharged from military transport service after an injury and now makes a living brewing mind-altering teas to help space travelers. When abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau requests a corpse from space for scientific study, the ship accepts the odd assignment. When the body she brings back turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow Child with her.
 

	Abbott
Abbott
by Saladin Ahmed

BEST GRAPHIC STORY:
Investigating police brutality and corruption in 1970s Detroit, a journalist uncovers supernatural forces being controlled by a secret society of the city's elite. By the Hugo Award-nominated author of Black Bolt. 

	Black Panther : long live the king
Black Panther : long live the king
by Nnedi Okorafor

BEST GRAPHIC STORY:
As Wakanda rebuilds in the wake of revolution, T'Challa finds his people besieged by a massive monster tearing through the country, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. 

	Monstress : Haven Volume three, Haven
Monstress : Haven Volume three, Haven
by Marjorie M Liu

BEST GRAPHIC STORY:
Collecting issues 13-18 of the Hugo- and British Fantasy Award-winning series, a latest compilation finds Maika attempting to make some friends when her elite training does not fully prepare her for life-threatening challenges. 

	On a sunbeam
On a sunbeam
by Tillie Walden

BEST GRAPHIC STORY:
An award-winning cartoonist presents the graphic-novel story of a crew member who travels to the ends of the universe to find a long-lost love while helping her team rebuild beautiful, broken-down historical structures on faraway planets. 

	Paper girls, Vol. 4
Paper girls, Vol. 4
by Brian K Vaughan

BEST GRAPHIC STORY:
Launched into the year 2000, Erin, Mac, and KJ finally get some of the answers they have been looking for.

	Saga, Vol 9.
Saga, Vol 9.
by Brian K Vaughan

BEST GRAPHIC STORY:
Hazel, Petrichor, Prince Robot, and Ghus set off on another spacefaring adventure in the midst of fake news and palpable terror in the latest installment of the multiple Eisner Award-winning comic series. 
Annihilation 
Annihilation 

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION - LONG FORM:
After her husband returns physically changed from a secret mission, a biologist decides to join a dangerous expedition into a zone where the laws of nature have been turned around
Avengers, infinity war 
Avengers, infinity war 

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION - LONG FORM:
The Avengers join forces with other superheroes in an attempt to stop Thanos from destroying the universe.
Black Panther 
Black Panther 

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION - LONG FORM:
When T'Challa rises to the throne as the King of Wakanda, he faces challenges to his nation and turns to his powers as the Black Panther to save the kingdom.
Quiet place 
Quiet place 

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION - LONG FORM:
After an apocalyptic event, a family discovers that they must live in silence to hide from monsters with extra-sensitive hearing
Sorry to bother you
Sorry to bother you

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION - LONG FORM:
When telemarketer Cassius Green discovers the key to professional success, he finds his life at work becoming more and more bizarre
Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION - LONG FORM:
When Miles Morales, a teenager living in New York, becomes the new Spider-Man, he must team up with Spider-Man counterparts from other dimensions to save New York City from Kingpin

	The books of Earthsea : The Complete Edition
The books of Earthsea : The Complete Edition
by Ursula K. Le Guin

BEST ART BOOK:
A 50th-anniversary omnibus edition of the entire Earthsea chronicles includes more than 50 specially commissioned illustrations illuminating Le Guin's vision and stands as both a collectible for established fans and a series introduction for new readers.

	Dungeons & Dragons art & arcana : a visual history
Dungeons & Dragons art & arcana : a visual history
by Michael Witwer

BEST ART BOOK:
A lavishly illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved role-playing game is comprehensively presented through the sophisticated artwork and visual ephemera behind its creation, evolution and enduring popularity.

	Spider-Man in the spider-verse : the art of the movie
Spider-Man in the spider-verse : the art of the movie
by Ramin Zahed

BEST ART BOOK:
A behind-the-scenes look at the animated film shares concept art, character profiles, design inspirations, and interviews with the creators.

	The Belles
The Belles
by Dhonielle Clayton

THE LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK:
In a world where beauty is a commodity only a few control, beautiful Camellia learns the dark secrets behind her powers and is asked to choose between saving herself or changing her world forever.

	Children of blood and bone
Children of blood and bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

THE LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK:
Coming of age in a land where her magi mother was killed by the zealous king's guards along with other former wielders of magic, Zélie embarks on a journey alongside her brother and a fugitive princess to restore her people's magical abilities. A first novel. Simultaneous eBook.

	The cruel prince
The cruel prince
by Holly Black

THE LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK​:
Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.

	Dread nation : rise up
Dread nation : rise up
by Justina Ireland

THE LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK:
When families go missing in Baltimore County, Jane McKeene, who is studying to become an Attendant, finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that has her fighting for her life against powerful enemies.

	The invasion
The invasion
by Peadar O'Guilin

THE LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK:​Although Anto and Nessa feel lucky to have survived the Call, their happiness comes to an end when Nessa is labeled a traitor and Anto is forced to remain behind enemy lines.

	Tess of the road
Tess of the road
by Rachel Hartman

THE LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK:
Tiring of the oppressive limits imposed on women in the medieval kingdom of Goredd, strong-minded Tess flees when her family decides to send her to a nunnery and embarks on a journey in the Southlands, pretending to be a boy, before running into a dragon friend who helps her find purpose and a way to make peace with a troubling secret past. Simultaneous eBook.
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