I’ll be a Hugo award finalist for the first time ever, and in various categories. For best novelette, then best editor, short form category.
My climate fiction novelette O2 Arena which won the Nebula award the first novelette by an African writer to win it, will also be the first novelette by an African writer to be a Hugo award finalist. It is also a finalist in the British Science Fiction award, British Fantasy award and Nommo awards. It made the Nerds of a Feather recommended reading list and is being translated into Bengali, Dutch, Czech amongst other languages.
I’ll also be a finalist for best editor short form, with the first ever Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction anthology I edited and published in Jembefola Press, which I founded for that purpose. It’s the first in a line of Year’s Best anthologies meant to highlight the works of African and writers of African descent in a way that hasn’t been done before. I’ll be the first African editor to be a finalist in the Hugo award best editor categories and the Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction anthology, the first anthology by an African editor to be nominated in the Hugo award. It is also a Locus, World Fantasy award and British Fantasy award finalist and it made the Locus and Nerds of a Feather recommended reading lists. It’s free to download in all formats here.
I’ll be the first African to be nominated for the Hugo award best novelette, the first African nominated for the Hugo award best editor categories, the first African born, Black writer to be nominated for tbe Hugo award at all, and tbe first person of colour to be a Hugo award finalist in both fiction and editing categories, in the same year.
Feel free to check out O2 Arena and the Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction anthology, for free and consider voting for them if you find them, and me worthy. Voting for the Hugo award is currently on till August and those not yet WorldCon members can purchase a virtual membership at $80 here, to vote.