When Popular Science asked authors Ann Leckie and Mary Robinette Kowal to contribute to our Dispatches From The Future digital sci-fi special issue, it seems we were onto something. Over the weekend both writers won a 2014 Hugo Award.
The World Science Fiction Society has given out Hugos, formerly called the Science Fiction Achievement Awards, since 1953. They’re like the Emmy or Oscar or Grammy Awards, but for works of science fiction and fantasy. In other words, winning a Hugo is pretty much the highest honor a sci-fi author, editor, outlet, or artist can receive.
Not only that, but both Leckie and Kowal won two of the most highly coveted categories. Leckie took home best novel for her book Ancillary Justice (which is the only book ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke awards), and Kowal earned best novelette for “The Lady Astronaut of Mars.”
Examples of their work for Popular Science _are below, but we’d also recommend checking out the complete _Dispatches From The Future issue, available in the iTunes App Store. In it, we feature “Night’s Slow Poison,” a full-length story by Leckie that takes place in the same universe as Ancillary Justice, and a collection of short pieces by Kowal, Leckie, and other contributors that muse how humanity will live on and off Earth in the decades and centuries to come. The inaugural issue also includes the first-ever graphic novel adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s story “Nightfall” — plus two other short stories, “The Tolling Of Pavlov’s Bells” by Seanan McGuire and “The Defenders” by Will McIntosh.
Congratulations to our decorated sci-fi contributors and the other winners of this year’s Hugo Awards. Ad astra!
Download our entire Dispatches From The Future_ special issue__ for the iPad from iTunes. The issue is available for free to subscribers of Popular Science and $3.99 to non-subscribers._