The Rocket Crew

Unless you’re a hermit or living under a rock, you’d know that here has been a huge amount of talk(*) about the Hugo Awards lately. Arguments about the award have filled my feed for weeks.

I’m curious, so I started to have a look for some data. When I couldn’t find anything useful I pulled together a basic demographic study on Best Novel. Once that post was up a few people wrote to me and asked me to have a look at the other categories, so here they are. I’ve only done the creative writing ones, sorry.

I’m not an expert in this field, so if you see any errors, please just let me know. I’ll have a bit more of a play soon. Right now I’m a bit sick of both the Hugos and Excel.

Best Novel is awarded to the best science fiction or fantasy story of 40,000 words or more published in the prior calendar year. My little study is here. <Added, April 21st > With significant help from a mystery benefactor we’ve also now produced a study on the demographics of Best Novel’s nominees. You can find it here.

Best Novella is awarded to the best science fiction or fantasy story of between 17,500 and 40,000 words published in the prior calendar year. My little study is here.

Best Novelette is awarded to the best science fiction or fantasy story of between 7,500 and 17,500 words published in the prior calendar year. My little study is here.

Best Short Story is awarded to the best science fiction or fantasy story of less than 7,500 words published in the prior calendar year (different criteria before 1967). My little study is here.

(*) Calling it talk is probably being generous.

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  1. Pingback: Hugo Demographics – Best Novel Nominations | One eyed scribe

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