winners of the Hugo Awards, considered some of the most
prestigious science fiction and fantasy literary prizes,
were announced on Sunday, with science fiction author
N.K. Jemisin making history as the first writer ever to
win the best novel award three years in a row.
won the prize for "The Stone Sky," the third
book in her "Broken Earth" trilogy. The
previous two books in the series, "The Fifth
Season" and "The Obelisk Gate," both won
the best novel award as well.
her acceptance speech at the World Science Fiction
Convention in San Jose, Jemisin said, "I get a lot
of questions about where the themes of the Broken Earth
trilogy come from. I think itís pretty obvious that Iím
drawing on the human history of structural oppression,
as well as my feelings about this moment in American
she also sounded a note of optimism.
want you to remember that 2018 is also a good year. This
is a year in which records have been set," Jemisin
said. "A year in which even the most privilege-blindered
of us has been forced to acknowledge that the world is
broken and needs fixing ó and thatís a good thing!
Acknowledging the problem is the first step toward
fixing it. I look to science fiction and fantasy as the
aspirational drive of the Zeitgeist: We creators are the
engineers of possibility. And as this genre finally,
however grudgingly, acknowledges that the dreams of the
marginalized matter and that all of us have a future, so
will go the world."
fans took to Twitter to celebrate her historic hat
trick. Among them was her cousin, the television host
and comedian W. Kamau Bell, who noted that Jemisinís
books have yet to be adapted into film.
producer Shonda Rhimes responded to Bell with a link to
a year-old Deadline story about "The Fifth
Season" being adapted into a TNT television
program, and Jemisin replied: "I do have two other
novel series that arenít in development yet, Ms.
the Hugos, women writers received a number of
significant awards. Martha Wells took home the prize for
best novella for "All Systems Red"; Suzanne
Palmer won in the best novelette category for "The
Secret Life of Bots"; Rebecca Roanhorse won the
best short story prize for "Welcome to your
Authentic Indian Experience ô"; and Lois McMaster
Bujold won best series for "World of the Five
late Ursula K. Le Guin won in the best related work
category for her essay collection " No Time to
Spare: Thinking About What Matters."
Nnedi Okorafor took home a non-Hugo award for best young
adult book for her novel "Akata Warrior."
Hugo Awards also give prizes for films and television
shows. The award for best dramatic presentation, long
form, went to the film "Wonder Woman," written
by Allan Heinberg and directed by Patty Jenkins. The
movie beat out the Oscar-winning films "The Shape
of Water" and "Get Out."
prize for best dramatic presentation, short form, went
to "The Trolley Problem," an episode of the
sitcom "The Good Place," written by Josh
Siegal and Dylan Morgan and directed by Dean Holland.
Other nominated shows in the category included
"Black Mirror" and "Doctor Who."