The results are in and the winners have been announced. Congratulations to the winners of 2011 Hugo Awards!

    • BEST NOVELBlackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
    • BEST NOVELLAThe Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
    • BEST NOVELETTE: “The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010; also in audio)
    • BEST SHORT STORY: “For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)

See the complete list of winners here.

Now for the point of this post…have you read any of the works listed above? No? Well, neither have I. (If your answer is yes, then you can weigh in on what you thought about the winners.) So often the winner of these awards, and others, are not works I’ve read. However, I’m usually familiar with the other nominees. Every year when the winners are announced I feel compelled to search out these novels and short stories and more often than not I’m disappointed. Last year it was The Windup Girl by Paulo Bacigalupi. I read ten pages–it was all I could force myself to read. So while I’m tempted to seek out Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis, I’m also hesitant.

If you’ve read Blackout/All Clear I’d love to hear your thoughts!