This year's Hugo Awards for achievements in the science fiction or fantasy genre were ones rife with controversy, as the award ceremony's casual voting system left plenty of opportunity for a bloc of folks to game the nominations.
That movement — splintered into two groups, the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies — felt that voting in the modern Hugos was being dominated by a pervasive shift in favor of authors from a particular demographic (women, people of color and people in the LGBTQ community) and works containing particular subject matter (characters and themes associated with women, people of color and people in the LGBTQ community) over the critical quality of the work.
The disconnect in the assumption that seeking out the fruits of a more diverse pool of creatives and subject matter over the alternative means that the seeker is uninterested in quality writing is broken down expertly by Foz Meadows here. Wired also has an excellent piece on the overall state of the Hugos after "Puppygate," the response from science fiction and fantasy writers on both sides of the issue and the ultimate result of this year's Hugos. That is, in the most-voted-on Hugo ballot ever, not one single "Puppy-endorsed" candidate won in their category. In the five categories that had been gamed so successfully that only Puppy-endorsed candidates were nominated, the most popular vote was a write-in category: No Award.
That's the context.
Here are all the 2015 Hugo Award winners that you can read online, right now, for free.
"The Day the World Turned Upside Down," by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, translated by Lia Belt.
Lightspeed Magazine, edited by John Joseph Adams, Stefan Rudnicki, Rich Horton, Wendy N. Wagner and Christie Yant.
Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Colin Harris, Alissa McKersie and Helen J. Montgomery.
Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer).
BEST FAN WRITER
Laura J. Mixon, for A Report on Damage Done by One Individual Under Several Names.
Here are all the Hugo nominees you can read online, right now (but not for free).
The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu, is available as an eBook from publisher Kobo.
BEST GRAPHIC STORY
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, from Marvel Comics.
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM
Guardians of the Galaxy, written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn, can't be read, but it is available to watch on many online streaming platforms.
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM
Orphan Black: "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried", " written by Graham Manson, directed by John Fawcett, can't be read, but it is available to watch on Amazon and Google Play.
Other Hugo Award winners included:
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
BEST FAN ARTIST