Best Novel: Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis. A novel published in two parts; I’m sure the fact that both parts were published in the same year made it easier to nominate and vote for it as a whole (as opposed to, say, The Book of the New Sun). Connie Willis has now won ten Hugos and seven Nebulas. The Blackout/All Clear combo is up for the Hugo as well, and I’ll be reading them soon (as well as the other best-novel Hugo nominees).
Best Novella: “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010). Clearly flummoxed in her acceptance speech, Swirsky did not expect to win in a field that included a Ted Chiang story — but her story is absolutely wonderful and absolutely deserves it. (Not like the others weren’t, or didn’t, but still.) It’s up for the Hugo as well. My post about the novella nominees.
Best Novelette: “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010). This is a quintessential Analog story: minus ten points for style, but several million points for good thinking. Also on the Hugo ballot. My post about the novelette nominees.
Best Short Story was a tie between “How Interesting: A Tiny Man” by Harlan Ellison (Realms of Fantasy, Feb. 2010), whose virtues, I confess, escaped me; and “Ponies” by Kij Johnson (Tor.com, Nov. 17, 2010), which may or may not have been the nastiest story on the ballot. “Ponies” is also on the Hugo ballot. My post about the short story nominees.
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Inception.
For reference, here are the nominees.