Hugo Awards

A Desolation Called Peace has won the 2022 Hugo Award for Best Novel, while A Psalm for the Wild-Built has won the award for Best Novella. This is the second Hugo Award for both Arkady Martine (A Desolation Called Peace) and Becky Chambers (A Psalm for the Wild-Built)

Winners in several different categories, across several types of media, were awarded on Sunday, September 4, 2022, at the 80th World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago.

The Hugo Awards, first presented in 1953 and presented annually since 1955, are one of the most prestigious awards in science fiction.

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2022 Winner, Best Novel

A Desolation Called Peace

A Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine

A Desolation Called Peace is the spectacular space opera sequel to Arkady Martine's genre-reinventing, Hugo Award-winning debut, A Memory Called Empire.

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass--still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire--face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity.

2022 Finalists, Best Novel

She Who Became the Sun

She Who Became the Sun reimagines the rise to power of the Ming Dynasty's founding emperor.

A young boy, Zhu Chongba, has been prophesized for greatness as a child – while nothing is expected of his clever and capable sister. When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the sister uses her brother's identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting a rebellion, Zhu takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother's abandoned greatness.

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within

Return to the sprawling, Hugo Award-winning universe of the Galactic Commons in this absorbing entry in the Wayfarers series, which blends heart-warming characters and imaginative adventure.

With no water, no air, and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The only thing it has going for it is a chance proximity to more popular worlds. If deep space is a highway, Gora is just your average truck stop. When traffic is halted, three strangers are  compelled to confront where they've been, where they might go, and what they are, or could be, to each other.

Light from Uncommon Stars

Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. When Katrina Nguyen, a young transgender runaway, catches Shizuka's ear with her wild talent, Shizuka can almost feel the curse lifting. She's found her final candidate. But then Shizuka meets Lan Tran, retired starship captain, interstellar refugee, and mother of four. Shizuka doesn't have time for crushes or coffee dates, what with her very soul on the line, but Lan's kind smile and eyes like stars might just redefine a soul's worth.

A Master of Djinn

Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha'arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she's certainly not a rookie. So, when a man who claims to be al-Jahiz murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to himself, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Fatma must unravel the mystery behind this imposter to restore peace to the city… or face the possibility he could be exactly who he seems...

Project Hail Mary

From the author of The Martian, a lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this propulsive cinematic thriller full of suspense, humor, and fascinating science.

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission, and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it's up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery--and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

2022 Winner, Best Novella

A Psalm from the Wild-Built

A Psalm for the Wild-Built, by Becky Chambers

It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend. One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of "what do people need?" is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how.

They're going to need to ask it a lot.

2022 Finalists, Best Novella

Across the Green Grass Fields

A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire's Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children series.

When Regan finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to "Be Sure" before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes. But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem…

Elder Race

In Adrian Tchaikovsky's Elder Race, a junior anthropologist on a distant planet must help the locals he has sworn to study to save a planet from an unbeatable foe.

Lynesse is the lowly Fourth Daughter of the queen, and always getting in the way. But a demon is terrorizing the land, and she understands the only way to save her people is to invoke the pact between her family and the local elder, Elder Nyr. But there are a few problems - Elder Nyr isn't a sorcerer, he is forbidden to help, and his knowledge of science tells him the threat cannot possibly be a demon...

Fireheart Tiger

Quiet, thoughtful princess Thanh was sent away as a hostage to the powerful faraway country of Ephteria as a child. Now she's returned to her mother's imperial court, haunted by worrying magical echoes of a fire that devastated Ephteria's royal palace. Thanh's new role as a diplomat places herin the path of her first love, the powerful and magnetic Eldris of Ephteria. But the fire that burned down the palace is tempting Thanh with the possibility of making her own dangerous decisions. Can Thanh find the freedom to shape her country's fate--and her own?

The Past is Red

The future is blue. Endless blue...except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown. Tetley Abednego is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown, but she's the only one who knows it. She's the only one who knows a lot of things: that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world, that it's full of hope, that you can love someone and 66% hate them all at the same time. Then Tetley discovers a new friend, a terrible secret, and more to her world than she ever expected.

A Spindle Splintered

It's Zinnia Gray's twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it's the last birthday she'll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no-one has lived past twenty-one. Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia's last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.