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Below, we present the text of Jemisin’s historic speech, provided to us via her publisher, Orbit Books. 

This has been a hard year, hasn’t it? A hard few years. A hard century. For some of us, things have always been hard. I wrote the Broken Earth trilogy to speak to that struggle, and what it takes just to live, let alone thrive, in a world that seems determined to break you. A world of people who constantly question your competence, your relevance, your very existence.

I get a lot of questions about where the themes of the Broken Earth trilogy come from. I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m drawing on the human history of structural oppression, as well as my feelings about this moment in American history. What may be less obvious, though, is how much of the story derives from my feelings about science fiction and fantasy. Then again, SFF is a microcosm of the wider world, in no way rarefied from the world’s pettiness or prejudice.

But another thing I tried to touch on in the Broken Earth is that life in a hard world is never just the struggle. Life is family, blood and found. Life is those allies who prove themselves worthy by actions and not just talk. Life means celebrating every victory, no matter how small.

So as I stand here before you, beneath these lights, I want you to remember that 2018 is also a good year. This is a year in which records have been set. A year in which even the most privilege-blindered of us has been forced to acknowledge that the world is broken and needs fixing—and that’s a good thing! Acknowledging the problem is the first step toward fixing it. I look to science fiction and fantasy as the aspirational drive of the Zeitgeist: we creators are the engineers of possibility. And as this genre finally, however grudgingly, acknowledges that the dreams of the marginalized matter and that all of us have a future, so will go the world. (Soon, I hope.)

And yes, there will be naysayers. I know that I am here on this stage, accepting this award, for pretty much the same reason as every previous Best Novel winner: because I worked my ass off. I have poured my pain onto paper when I could not afford therapy. I have studied works of literature that range widely and dig deeply, to learn what I could and refine my voice. I have written a Million Words of Crap and probably a Million More of Meh.

But beyond that, I have smiled and nodded while well-meaning magazine editors advised me to tone down my allegories and anger. (I didn’t.) I have gritted my teeth while an established professional writer went on a ten-minute tirade at me—as a proxy for basically all black people—for mentioning underrepresentation in the sciences. I have kept writing even though my first novel, The Killing Moon, was initially rejected on the assumption that only black people would ever possibly want to read the work of a black writer. I have raised my voice to talk back over fellow panelists who tried to talk over me about my own damn life. I have fought myself, and the little voice inside me that constantly, still, whispers that I should just keep my head down and shut up and let the real writers talk.

But this is the year in which I get to smile at all of those naysayers—every single mediocre insecure wannabe who fixes their mouth to suggest that I do not belong on this stage, that people like me cannot possibly have earned such an honor, that when they win it it’s meritocracy but when we win it it’s “identity politics” — I get to smile at those people, and lift a massive, shining, rocket-shaped middle finger in their direction.

How many of y’all saw Black Panther? Probably my favorite part of it is actually Kendrick Lamar’s theme song, “All the Stars.” The chorus of it is “This may be the night that my dreams might let me know: all the stars are closer.” Let 2018 be the year that the stars came closer for all of us. The stars are ours. Thank you.

N.K. Jemisin’s next book is the short story collection How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? out November 27, 2018 from Orbit Books. Preorder now.

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Best Novel
WINNER: The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
  • Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit US;
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The Groundbreaking Winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards @ Barnes & Noble: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy is about the end of history. At the 2018 Hugo Awards, presented last night at WorldCon 76 in San Jose, California, she made history.

Jemisin, who in 2016 became the first black woman to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel, took home the honor for an unprecedented third consecutive year for The Stone Sky, the final book in the saga of the Broken Earth. Not only is this the Hugos’ first Best Novel three-peat, it’s the first time an author has won top honors for every book in a trilogy.

“I am on this stage accepting this award for pretty much the same reason as every previous Hugo winner,” Jemisin said. “Because I worked my ass off.”

The evening’s other writing categories changed things up a bit, with trophies for Best Novella and Best Short Story going to first-time winners Martha Wells and Rebecca Roanhorse, respectively (both works were also winners at the Nebula Awards earlier this year).

Another first: Nnedi Okorafor took home the inaugural World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book for Akata Warrior. Another first, sort of: Lois McMaster Bujold became the first person to win Best Series twice, for World of the Five Gods (she won last year for the Vorkosigan Saga).

Congrats to all the nominees for making the ballot in an extremely competitive year.

The complete list of winners follows…

Best Novel

Winner: The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella

Winner: All Systems Red, by Martha Wells ( Publishing)

Best Novelette

Winner: “The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)

Best Short Story

Winner: “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

Best Related Work

Winner: No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Best Graphic Story

Winner: Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)

  • Black Bolt, Vol. 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
  • Bitch Planet, Vol. 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • Paper Girls, Vol. 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
  • Saga, Vol. 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form

Winner: Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins

  • Blade Runner 2049, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele
  • The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson
  • Thor: Ragnarok, written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form

Winner: The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem,” written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland

  • Black Mirror: “USS Callister,” written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes
  • “The Deep,” by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
  • Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay
  • The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,” written and directed by Michael Schur
  • Star Trek: Discovery: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett

Best Editor – Short Form

Winner: Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Lee Harris
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form

Winner: Sheila E. Gilbert (DAW Books)

  • Joe Monti (Saga Press)
  • Diana M. Pho (Tor Books)
  • Devi Pillai (Tor Books)
  • Miriam Weinberg (Tor Books)
  • Navah Wolfe (Saga Press)

Best Professional Artist

Winner: Sana Takeda

  • Galen Dara
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
  • Victo Ngai
  • John Picacio

Best Semiprozine

Winner: Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
  • The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
  • Escape Pod, edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman, with assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney
  • Fireside Magazine, edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Kate Dollarhyde, Gautam Bhatia, A.J. Odasso, Lila Garrott, Heather McDougal, Ciro Faienza, Tahlia Day, Vanessa Rose Phin, and the Strange Horizons staff

Best Fanzine

Winner: File 770, edited by Mike Glyer

  • Galactic Journey, edited by Gideon Marcus
  • Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
  • nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
  • Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
  • SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney

Best Fancast

Winner: Ditch Diggers

  • The Coode Street Podcast
  • Fangirl Happy Hour
  • Galactic Suburbia
  • Sword and Laser
  • Verity!

Best Fan Writer

Winner: Sarah Gailey

  • Camestros Felapton
  • Mike Glyer
  • Foz Meadows
  • Charles Payseur
  • Bogi Takács

Best Fan Artist

Winner: Geneva Benton

  • Grace P. Fong
  • Maya Hahto
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles

Best Series

Winner: World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Winner: Rebecca Roanhorse

  • Katherine Arden
  • Sarah Kuhn
  • Jeannette Ng
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • Rivers Solomon

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book

Winner: Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)

Did any of your favorites take home a rocket? 

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Bruce Wayne is going through a hard time right now in the world of DC Comics. The last three issues of Tom King's run of Batman have examined some hard truths about the character, and as King does so well, he has unpacked a lot about what really goes on inside Wayne's head. 

A Wakandan Princess, the Dude, a Big Satisfying Pooh, and More of the Most Wallet-Draining Toys of the Week @ io9

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of all the lovely toys and merchandise we’ve spotted on the internet recently. This week, Shuri gets the incredible action figure she deserves, Christopher Robin’s take on Winnie the Pooh gets an adorable toy, and the Dude almost certainly abides. Check it out!


The far-reaching legacy of Rosemary's Baby @ Syfy Wire

In the years following the release of Rosemary’s Baby, author Ira Levin expressed dismay that audiences had misinterpreted the meaning of his book. In his mind, the driving theme behind the story was his apparent atheism, urging readers to question belief systems. Throughout the book and in parts of the film that resulted from it, various characters criticize religion, only for all of them to be members of a satanic cult by the end.

Who Won the Week Episode 141: New Spock, Iron Fist, Twitch, Flame Con and more @ Syfy Wire

Welcome to the latest episode of Who Won the Week, a weekly podcast in which SYFY WIRE's Adam Swiderski, Dany Roth, and Karama Horne look back at the week that was and the stories that are blowing up the geek-o-sphere.

Hope you backed up your thoughts on Stranger Things: Netflix removes user reviews @ Syfy Wire

The days of posting and reading user reviews on Netflix are now firmly in the past. That’s right: As of Friday, the streaming giant has removed all customer reviews of TV shows, movies, and other programming from its website. So, unless you saved it, your erudite review of Stranger Things’ second season has been lost in the ether. 

Watch Don Cheadle relive that time Mark Ruffalo spoiled Infinity War in public @ Syfy Wire

Well before Avengers: Infinity War came out and changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, Mark Ruffalo did his level best to spoil the movie for everyone while Don Cheadle watched.

The Meg Is Just the Latest Sign That Jason Statham Needs to Make More Genre Movies @ io9

Jason Statham specializes in action movies, especially crime thrillers where he plays some variation on a special forces agent who doesn’t talk a lot but can fold you in half with a punch. But every once in a while, he steps out of that familiar zone and lets some weirdness infiltrate his tough-guy typecasting. And we…


You guys remember that really old video game? Watch as Infinity War gets the 16-bit retro treatment @ Syfy Wire

"Do you guys remember that really old video game?" Imagine if Avengers: Infinity War had come out in the late 1980s or early '90s. Now imagine if it had gotten a tie-in video game from Activision, Capcom, Nintendo, Sega, or Capcom. Got that in your head?

You'll want to lock your door for this new clip from the boarding-school thriller Down a Dark Hall @ Syfy Wire

Summit Entertainment has dropped a new clip from its horror movie Down a Dark Hall, which becomes available on digital platforms and in certain theaters today.

Development roundup: The Time Machine, Revenge of Magic getting adaptations @ Syfy Wire

Science and magic are indistinguishable at a certain level of complexity. So of course we’re reporting on a time-travel story and a coming-of-age wizard tale at the same time. They’re basically the same anyway. Both properties are getting adaptations — though the first is far better known than the second.

Dream Casting: The Terrifics @ Syfy Wire

Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.

Don Cheadle Still Can't Believe Mark Ruffalo Legitimately Spoiled Avengers: Infinity War in 2017 @ io9

Mark Ruffalo wasn’t joking.


Unfriended producer believes future of movies is on computer screens @ Syfy Wire

Are movies that take place entirely on computer screens replacing found footage films as the new go-to format for the horror genre — and perhaps beyond?

Monster Hunter: World Could Be Weirder @ io9

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate comes to the Switch on the 28th. Yesterday, Paul and I streamed the demo and faced off against a massive Valstrax. It’s a sort of laser-shooting dragon that darts around like a fighter jet. As I wait for the full release, it occurs to me that Monster Hunter: World could learn a lot…


Exclusive: Director Alex Haughey on Netflix's shocking new sci-fi thriller, Prodigy @ Syfy Wire

Exploring similar paranormal territory as FX's Legion and Netflix's own Stranger Things, first-time directors Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal have struck gold by having their micro-budget sci-fi thriller, Prodigy, picked up by

The many retcons of Supergirl @ Syfy Wire

Supergirl has been around for quite some time — about 60 years, in fact! In that time, she’s died and been written out of continuity almost more times than you could count, but probably about as many times as any other DC character. There’s been some highs and lows, but through it all, Supergirl has remained an icon.

With a Supergirl movie slated for production, a hit television series, and an anniversary this month, there’s a lot of talk about our girl Kara. Here’s a look at some of our favorite incarnations, retcons, and reboots of one of DC’s best-beloved characters.

Emmy Contender: The Handmaid's Tale's sets speak further to Gilead's religious hypocrisy, are inspired by Nazi Germany @ Syfy Wire

Sometimes, all it takes is a ribbon. When Emmy-nominated production designer Elisabeth Williams was figuring out the logistics for a mass funeral to take place midseason in The Handmaid's Tale, she originally designed a cemetery to be the final resting place for all citizens of Gilead.

Stan Lee Has Been Granted a 3-Year Restraining Order Against His Former Manager and Guardian @ io9

In the weeks since Stan Lee returned to the public eye and began distancing himself from his former manager and legal guardian Keya Morgan—a man Lee himself alleges tried to gain control of the Marvel legend’s considerable wealth—more details have come to light about Morgan’s behavior.


Watch: The Last Sharknado sharpens its teeth for one final attack in hilarious preview trailer @ Syfy Wire

After making a bigger dent than thought possible to both the film and oceanographic industries — as well as forever changing our pop culture-addled sense of sharky television taste and decency — the Sharknado phenomenon is raising a fin, one final time, with this official preview trailer for the last shark movie you’ll ever need.

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