2012 Hugo Awards Announced: Jo Walton’s “Among Others” Wins for Best Novel

Hugo Award trophy

The Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy were announced Sunday night at WorldCon in Chicago, MC’d by bestselling author John Scalzi. Jo Walton’s coming-of-age nee faery novel Among Others took top honors for best novel, beating out heavy favorite George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons as Omni predicted might be the case. (The full list of winners can be found here.)

In addition to the unique voice of 15-year-old Morwenna Phelps and some beautifully described fantastical elements, Among Others is a wonderful testimony to the power and importance of reading. As I wrote in the New York Times last year, “It’s a brave act to write a novel that is in essence all aftermath [following an accident], but Walton succeeds admirably. Her novel is a wonder and a joy.”

Reached for comment immediately after the ceremony, Walton told Omnivoracious that she didn’t expect to win. “I was absolutely gobsmacked—I mean really phenomenally surprised. I thought that A Dance With Dragons would win hands down—it's been on the bestseller list for a year, it's this huge phenomenon, I didn't really think I had more than the ghost of a chance of getting in on a technicality. I hadn't even written a speech.”

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