The Hugo Award, given out annually since 1955, is probably the most important award for science fiction literature. In recent years the Hugos have branched out to movies, TV and comics, but the Hugo is best known as an indicator of great scifi lit.
This year’s Hugos were given out over the weekend and a handful of the winners are available to be read online legally and for free, which is pretty cool. For the movie minded, Inception won Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form and Dr. Who episode The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang won for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. Connie Willis’ duology of Blackout/All Clear won Best Novel (you can buy Blackout through the link below).
Here are the Hugo winners you can read for free:
Best Novella - The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang
Best Novelette - The Emperor Of Mars by Allen Steele
Best Short Story - For Want Of A Nail by Mary Robinette Kowal