The finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards have been announced.
And yes, it’s all complicated. Again. But here we’re just going to focus on reporting the major nominations themselves, for now.
Up for best long-form dramatic presentation are Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian and Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.
“Heaven Sent,” the powerful penultimate episode of Doctor Who’s recent ninth season (pictured above), is up for best short-form dramatic presentation, along with Grimm’s “Headache,” Jessica Jones’ “AKA Smile,” Supernatural’s “Just My Imagination” and “The Cutie Map” Parts 1 and 2 from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Best novel nominees are Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy, Jim Butcher’s The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves: A Novel, and Naomi Novik’s Uprooted.
Best graphic story nominees include The Divine written by Boaz Lavie with art by Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka, Erin Dies Alone written by Grey Carter with art by Cory Rydell, Full Frontal Nerdity by Aaron Williams (Nodwick!), Invisible Republic Vol. 1 written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman with art by Gabriel Hardman, and The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by J.H. Williams III.
See the full slate, including novella, novelette, short story and related work, in all its continually contentious glory over at the official Hugo Awards website. Winners, or political statements, will be announced Aug. 20 at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, Mo. MidAmeriCon II members can vote on the final ballots starting in May.