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Writers of African descent on Hugo Awards 2021 finalists lists.

There are several writers of African descent on the list of finalists for the Hugo Awards 2021 announced on April 13, 2021.

The Hugo and Astounding Awards, organized by the World Science Fiction Society, are awarded for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. Named after the founder of science fiction magazine Amazing Stories Hugo Gernsback, they are handed out at the annual World Science Fiction Convention. Previous winners include Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, Arthur C. Clarke, and J. K. Rowling, Nnedi Okorafor, N.K. Jemisin, and many more

For 2021, the finalists were announced on a video hosted by Malka Older and Sheree Renée Thomas and the writers of African descent are;

Best Novel

  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella

  • Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)
  • Riot Baby, Tochi Onyebuchi (Tordotcom)

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

  • Legendborn, Tracy Deonn (Margaret K. McElderry/ Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
  • Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko (Amulet / Hot Key)

Best Related Work

  • FIYAHCON, L.D. Lewis–Director, Brent Lambert–Senior Programming Coordinator, Iori Kusano–FIYAHCON Fringe Co-Director, Vida Cruz–FIYAHCON Fringe Co-Director, and the Incredible FIYAHCON team
  • A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler, Lynell George (Angel City Press)

Best Semiprozine

  • FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, publisher Troy L. Wiggins, executive editor DaVaun Sanders, managing editor Eboni Dunbar, poetry editor Brandon O’Brien, reviews and social media Brent Lambert, art director L. D. Lewis, and the FIYAH Team.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the Hugo Award Ceremony to be held in December 2021.

By James Murua

This blog is run by James Murua a Nairobi, Kenya based lover of books.

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