Nothing could make that nightmare worthwhile, but NK Jemisin's acceptance speech for her win in 2018's Best Novel category almost does:
This is the year in which I get to smile at all of those naysayers. Every single mediocre, insecure wanna-be who fixes their mouth to suggest that I do not belong on this stage, that people like me cannot possibly have earned such an honor, and that when they win it's meritocracy, when we win it's identity politics — I get to smile at those people and lift a massive, shining, rocket-shaped finger in their direction.
You can see the real anger on her face when she speaks — but also the very real triumph. We hope victory tastes as sweet as it should: with this year's Best Novel win for The Stone Sky, it's a three-year category sweep for the Broken Earth series.
Here's the list of winners, once again almost a full slate of women:
Congratulations twice to Rebecca Roanhorse for her double award; congratulations to, well, pretty much everyone for the Wonder Woman win. And remember, the Hugo Awards are voted by members of the World Science Fiction Society, not by a panel of judges. That may have its downsides, but it also means that when Nnedi Okorafor beats out Philip Pullman — that's not the ref's decision; that's a call made from the cheap(ish) seats, by the fans. It's a sea change.
Check out the nominees, too, for some great books that didn't win — My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (out from Fantagraphics) and In Other Lands, a total charmer of a second take on the classic "door into wonderland" story by Sarah Rees Brennan, among others.