With Marko Kloos’ withdrawing his novel Lines of Departure from consideration for the Best Novel Hugo award, Liu Cixin’s magnificent Chinese space opera, The Three Body Problem, was added to the shortlist. Originally released in 2008, the novel was released in English, translated by Ken Liu, in 2014.
Additionally, Steven Diamond joined the Short Story shortlist with “A Single Samurai” replacing Annie Bellet’s acclaimed “Goodnight Stars”.
This is the first time a nominee has withdrawn from consideration AFTER Hugo nominees have been announced.
The pair join artist Kirk DouPonce who replaced the disqualified Jon Eno, and author Thomas Olde Heuvelt, whose novelette “The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, translated by Lia Belt, replaced John C. Wright’s disqualified “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”.
Congratulations to these new nominees, and let’s put this shit behind and start reading!
— Michael Senft