Hello Hugo

Hey, look what I got:

Yup, I won the Best Related Book Hugo for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, and as you can imagine I think this is very seriously cool. Best novel went to Neil Gaiman for The Graveyard Book, which I think is an excellent choice, and Best Dramatic Presentation went to Wall-E, which is again not terribly unexpected. I am pretty buzzed with happiness at the moment.

Now to sleep, an autographing session in the morning, and then travel all the rest of the day. The whole Hugo list is below. See you all tomorrow.

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
David Anthony Durham*

*(Second year of eligibility)

Best Novel
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)

Best Novella
‘‘The Erdmann Nexus’’ by Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)

Best Novelette
‘‘Shoggoths in Bloom’’ by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s Mar 2008)

Best Short Story
‘‘Exhalation’’ by Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)

Best Related Book
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 & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne
Wright (Airship Entertainment)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
WALL-E Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & 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, & Maurissa Tancharoen, writers; Joss Whedon, director (Mutant

Best Editor, Short Form
Ellen Datlow

Best Editor, Long Form
David G. Hartwell

Best Professional Artist
Donato Giancola

Best Semiprozine
Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal

Best Fan Writer
Cheryl Morgan

Best Fanzine
Electric Velocipede edited by John Klima

Best Fan Artist
Frank Wu

99 Comments on “Hello Hugo”

  1. I’m somewhat astonished that the best novel Hugo didn’t go to Anathem.

    Congratulations, John, on this year’s award. :)

  2. Congrats!

    Now you need to take up painting, so that you can continue your quest to sweep the entire list of possible Hugos. (Unless they’ll count Photoshopping in the artistic category???)

    An excellent slate of winners – well-deserved awards for all. Makes me want to go back and re-read a number of them (or watch, as the case may be…)

  3. Now you need to take up painting, so that you can continue your quest to sweep the entire list of possible Hugos.

    Hm, I think if he hooked up with a great artist, taking the Graphic Story category would count. Perhaps a call to J. H. Williams?

  4. Having just re-read Your Hate Mail, I can see why it won. It’s simply brilliant.
    Here’s to Hate Mail 2:Hotter and Nastier – The Second Decade.

  5. And there was much rejoicing in the land of the Whatever.


  6. A well-deserved congratulations, sir!

    And can I also say just how pleased I am that Ted Chiang won for best short story? I don’t know where he gets his ideas, but I’m thankful he’s willing to go there and drag them back for the enjoyment of the rest of us.

  7. Congratulations, John.
    I had planned on asking you which Hugo you would target for next year, but I see from the comment thread that graphic story should be your next category. Don’t worry – photoshopping is allowed, you just have to write a story to go with the cover you already have. Keep it up!

  8. Congratulations are in order, I think. Not sure what to add on top of those people commenting before me but congratulations anyway!

  9. Clearly John needs another ten years of hate mail, the pustulent pseudochondryiast. (Consider the previous to be a token of my genuine esteem. And no, that’s not a real word, but why let that get in the way of a good hate?)

  10. You won a phone? Wait…it’s the Coke Zero. We all know how much you like Coke Zero.

    *scrolls down*

    Oh! Congrats! :)

  11. The rocket itself is lovely, but I encourage fellow readers to also find photos of the base, which is different for each year’s awards. (I am sure photos will turn up online at some point.) This year’s base is amazingly cool!

  12. Congratulations!

    I only just recently got around to reading Old Man’s War…I’m glad I still have before me the fun of first readings of your other ones!

  13. Congratulations. I must say I was hoping for Rhetorics of Fantasy to win, but “related book” is such a broad category, and your book was so different form Farah’s as to be an apples and oranges situation.

    So in that case, a really great won, and I’m happy.

    That said, Wall-E was not really that great, and something else, almost anything else should have won.

  14. Please remember to pilot your rockets responsibly. Do not attempt to drink and park in orbit.


  15. John,
    As noted under section 1D of our joint overseas venture, the offer stands. The Offer: Seven flats of imported Japanese Coke Zero for the Hugo rocket. I’ll return it as soon as the replica is made at my friend’s machine shop in Milwaukee. Three days, five tops. Man, oh man! We’re going to make a fortune at JapanCon, like five-hundo a pop for the Hewgoes (that is, if the Japanese fans don’t notice the . . . er, “typo”). Anyway, you can probably buy a Coke Zero Machine with the lion’s share of the profit! The offer expires in thirteen minutes . . .
    Dirty Wizard Hunter
    PS Congrats!

  16. And now, instead of identifying yourself as “Hugo-winning author John Scalzi,” you can identify yourself as “Multi-Hugo-winning author John Scalzi.” :-)

    Kudos and other granola snacks to you!

  17. Last night I read your Hugo tweet and though “Excellent!” because I enjoyed Zoe’s tale. Then I read Neil Gaiman’s tweet about winning a Hugo and I was confused until I remembered Hate Mail was up for an award as well. Excellent for everybody! Now I have to go read Your Hate Mail Will be Graded. Congratulations!

  18. Congratulations. Just remember that under the unpublished secret rules of SMOFdom you can only get 2 more Hugos before we cut you off. Pace yourself.

  19. @ # 64, or we name the award after you, like the (possibly retired) Dave Langford Award For Best Dave Langford, which Scalzi helped de-rail.

  20. So now that you’ve sat out a year in the Fan Writer category, do we get to nominate you next year? Or do we have to wait until Dave Langford wins again?

    Srsly, congrats again on Hate Mail. And to Cheryl Morgan for Fan Writer!

    PixelFish @65: I think that few here in Whateverland are going to let context get in the way of a dirty joke. ;-)

  21. Fantastic! Big congrats on the cool paperweight :)

    (ready for liftoff! four… three…. two….)

  22. Re #39… Oh good lord, Hugo bookends might be just the most awesome thing ever.

    Also: Congratulations!

  23. And “they” said this blogging thing would never get you anywhere.

    Congratulations, Mr. Scalzi on a fine rocket for a very excellent book.

    Dr. Phil

  24. Congratulations John on your Hugo! Awesome.

    Now for my obligatory whine for you to compose another SF novel. Hey, I love your books, I would love to see your next one win a Hugo too! Yeah I know I am whining, but hey, love your novels!!!!! :o)



  25. Well I guess you are the real deal now dude, better start looking for reinforced shelving.

  26. So how many Hugo awards must you win before we, the loyal fans, can start calling you Hugo. Hugo Scalzi. Nice ring to it, no? Congratz Mr. Scalzi!

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