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The Pill by Meg Elison (from Big Girl) 2021 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Novelette
April 13th, 2021

The finalists for the 2021 Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult book have been announced! You can read the full list below.

There were 1249 valid nominating ballots (1246 electronic and 3 paper) received and  counted from the members of the 2020 and 2021 World Science Fiction Conventions for  the 2021 Hugo Awards. Voting on the final ballot will open later in April with a unique opportunity this year for voters to have more time as voting will close on November 19, 2021.

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honouring science fiction literature and media as well as the genre’s fans. The Hugo Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honour science fiction and fantasy notables for more than 60 years.

A video announcing all the finalists and hosted by Malka Older and Sheree Renée Thomas, hosts of the Hugo Award Ceremony to be held in December 2021 by DisCon III, is available to watch on DisCon III’s YouTube channel.

Only DisCon III members will be able to vote on the final ballot and choose the winners for the 2021 Awards. Information on becoming a member can be found at the DisCon III website.

Best Novelette

  • “Burn, or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super”, A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny Magazine, May/June 2020)
  • “Helicopter Story”, Isabel Fall (Clarkesworld, January 2020)
  • “The Inaccessibility of Heaven”, Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny Magazine, July/August 2020)
  • “Monster”, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2020)
  • “The Pill”, Meg Elison (from Big Girl, (PM Press))
  • “Two Truths and a Lie”, Sarah Pinsker (

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