The Hugo Award – Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice by Ann LeckieAt the 72nd World Science Fiction in London, Ann Leckie’s debut novel, the space opera Ancillary Justice (we’ve just ordered it) won the prestigious Hugo Award for best novel.

One of the biggest events in the science fiction calender, the awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories and the man who coined the word science fiction. It’s a democratic award, based on votes by the public-  3,587  were cast this year.

The book, which is narrated by the artificial intelligence of a starship that has been transplanted into a single body, has been sweeping up many of the major sci-fi and fantasy awards, including the Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke awards.

In a review for NPR, Genevieve Valentine wrote, “A space opera that skillfully handles both choruses and arias, Ancillary Justice is an absorbing thousand-year history, a poignant personal journey, and a welcome addition to the genre.”

Other winners of this year’s Hugo include John Chu’s The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere for best short story and Charles Stross’ Equoid for best novella.