Arts & Humanities

Texas A&M Graduate Wins Prestigious Science Fiction Award

August 27, 2018

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By Joshua Russell, Texas A&M University Libraries

The Texas A&M University Libraries are excited to announce that science fiction and fantasy writer Martha Wells, a member of the class of 1986, has won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for All Systems Red. Wells is the first Aggie to win a Hugo Award as an author.

“Martha Wells is one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed writers of science fiction and fantasy in the history of Texas,” said Jeremy Brett, Curator, Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection.

The Hugo Awards are science fiction’s most prestigious honor. The World Science Fiction Society gives out the awards each year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award was presented to her this year during the 76th WorldCon in San Jose, California on August 19th.

Martha Wells graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. As a student, Wells was active in the student science fiction group Cepheid Variable and chaired the 1986 AggieCon.

“Martha’s presence on campus remains strong today, her literary archives are housed in Cushing Memorial Library & Archives and are a vital component of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection,” said Brett.

Wells also won the 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella for All Systems Red. She is the first Texas A&M graduate to win a Nebula Award.

Media contact: Jeremy Brett, Curator, Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection,

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