The Hugo Awards, one the most salient events in literary awards, was beautifully done on Sunday night generating a fabulous fact: N.K. Jemisin who won 2018’s award with her work The Stone Sky (2017) is the first African American female author taking the honors three consecutive years in a row!
N.K. Jemisin released her Broken Earth trilogy in 2015 and the masterpiece won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016. Her performance of words still danced to 2017 when her sequel The Obelisk Gate won the prize. Now, with her 2018 honor, N.K. Jemisin makes the history. According to Christian Holub’s article, authors like Connie Willis and Vernor Vinge have also won the Hugo Award for Best Novel three times, but in a row. Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead) and Lois McMaster Bujold (The Vor Game, Barrayar) each won it twice consecutively.
The winners of the Hugo Award in 2016, 2017, and 2018 | Image Via Amazon
N.K. Jemisin indeed contributes incredible amounts of work to the field of science fiction and fantasy. In the acceptance speech, she mentioned:
This has been a hard year, hasn’t it? A hard few years and a hard century, for some of us, things have always been hard and I wrote the Broken Earth Trilogy to speak to that struggle and what it takes to live, let alone thrive, in a world that seems determined to break you. A world of people who constantly question your competence, your relevance, your very existence…I’m drawing on the human history of structural oppression as well as my feelings about this moment in American history. What less obvious though is how much the story derives from my feelings about science fiction and fantasy…As this genre finally, however grudgingly, acknowledges that the dreams of the marginalised matter, and that all of us have a future, so will the world.
Yes, as she said, science fiction and fantasy are creating a world and a future where we are going toward. As a literature lover, I believe N.K. Jemisin has successfully embodied the function of literature; she’s created a voice in the change of our world.
Congratulations to this amazing author!
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