In case you missed it, the Hugo Awards were announced at Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, this past weekend. Among others, the Best Novel winner is:
Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled–and her twin sister dead.
Other winners for stories shorter than novels include:
Best Novella: The Man Who Bridged the Mist by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s, September/October 2011)
An architect faces the daunting task of building a life-altering bridge over a dangerous divide between the two sides of the Empire, a mysterious flowage of mist in which monsters dwell.
Best Novelette: Six Months, Three Days by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)
Doug and Judy both have a secret power. Judy sees every possible future, branching out from each moment like infinite trees. Doug sees the future too, but for him, it’s a single, inexorable sequence…
A a computer programmer-turned-lawyer lives up in Boston and obviously has learned how to exercise both sides of his brain with dexterity; a story of misunderstandings, magic, and love.
For more information and more winners, and the other stories nominated, see http://www.thehugoawards.org/