Hugo Book Awards 2021

The first and the most of the major science fiction prizes has just been announced, the Hugo Book Awards 2021.

*Copies of the books are available for Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea Libraries.

To search the Westminster Libraries catalogue, click on the link below:

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You can select and collect the book or alternatively many are available to download via our new Libby app!

The Hugo Awards was founded by the World Science Fiction Convention back in 1953. It is the oldest type of science fiction award and has is revered amongst the science fiction communities worldwide. The prize was inspired by the Academy Awards but is unique in that there are no written rules as to which works qualify as science fiction or fantasy, and the decision of eligibility in that regard is left up to the voters, rather than to the organizing committee.

The books nominated this year are a splendid mix of the philosophical, otherworldly and a splash of urban fantasy. The finalists for Hugo Best Novel Award contains 3 special titles, N.K Jemisin’s The City We Became is the first in a brand new series about whole cities, literally becoming alive. Susanna Clarke’s Piransei is a richly gothic tale about a mysterious house and its mystical inhabitants and Tamsyn Muir’s Harrow of the Ninth is set in fantastical universe of necromancy and sword-fighting. All three intriguing novels are available to borrow from our collection!

Winners to be announced 15th – 19th December

Hugo Book Awards

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Cemetery Boys  – Aiden Thomas
A Deadly Education – Naomi Novik
Elatsoe, – Darcie Little Badger
Legendborn – Tracy Deonn
Raybearer – Jordan Ifueko
A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, – T. Kingfisher

2021 HUGO AWARD FINALISTS: BEST GRAPHIC STORY

DIE, Volume 2: Split the Party, written by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans, letters by Clayton Cowles
Ghost-Spider vol. 1: Dog Days Are Over, Author: Seanan McGuire, Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa and Rosie Kämpe
Invisible Kingdom, vol 2: Edge of Everything, Author: G. Willow Wilson, Artist: Christian Ward
Monstress, vol. 5: Warchild, Author: Marjorie Liu, Artist: Sana Takeda
Once & Future vol. 1: The King Is Undead, written by Kieron Gillen, iIllustrated by Dan Mora, colored by Tamra Bonvillain, lettered by Ed Dukeshire

Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, written by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy, illustrated by John Jennings (Harry N. Abrams)

2021 HUGO AWARD FINALISTS: BEST SERIES

The Daevabad Trilogy, S.A. Chakraborty
The Interdependency, John Scalzi
The Lady Astronaut Universe, Mary Robinette Kowal
The Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells (Tor.com)
October Daye, Seanan McGuire (DAW)
The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)

2021 HUGO AWARD FINALISTS: BEST NOVELLA

Come Tumbling Down, Seanan McGuire
The Empress of Salt and Fortune, Nghi Vo
Finna, Nino Cipri
Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark
Riot Baby, Tochi Onyebuchi
Upright Women Wanted, Sarah Gailey

2021 HUGO AWARD FINALISTS: BEST NOVEL

Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Gallery / Saga Press)
The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com)
Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tor.com)
Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books)

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Are you 1 in 840,344? Or maybe you are 1 in 515,004? They’re odd numbers you might say, but the first one is the number of times the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s libraries were visited between April 2017 and March 2018 and the second is how many items were borrowed during the same period – how many did you account for?

104 people from our local communities supported the Library Service by volunteering with us and over 40,000 people came to one of the events that we held.

They are huge numbers but we always want to beat our previous year’s figures so please come along to one of our libraries, find out what we can do for you and you can help us pass last year’s numbers.

There are six libraries within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – find out more about them and what we offer by either visiting us in person or our website or you can call us on 020 7361 3010.