I’m not a fan of science fiction/fantasy, but I know many readers who are so I thought I’d share the news about two awards that have made the news recently.
The Hugo Awards are a set of awards given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The finalists have been announced: http://midamericon2.org/home/hugo-awards-and-wsfs/2016-hugo-finalists/. When the list was released, The Guardian featured an article about how the biggest prize in science fiction and fantasy writing has been monopolized by nominations by two conservative groups which have campaigned against a perceived bias towards liberal and leftwing science-fiction and fantasy authors: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/26/hugo-awards-shortlist-rightwing-campaign-sad-rabid-puppies. The winners will be announced on August 20.
Last week, the winners of the Nebula Awards were announced; these awards recognize the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States during the previous year: http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/. As The Guardian pointed out, all but one of the prizes at the science fiction and fantasy awards were for female authors: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/may/16/women-writers-dominate-nebula-awards-naomi-novik-uprooted?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks.