I am happy and honored to be a Hugo Nominee for my novelette THE DAY THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN. It’s my third Hugo nomination, but it doesn’t feel any less special. Also, thanks to my translator, Lia Belt.


I am not happy with the controversy surrounding this year’s Hugos. I can make for some good puppy eyes, but I’m no puppy. I wasn't on any list. I’m just a young Dutch writer who likes to read and write good stories. As most Dutch folks, and as most writers, I can’t stand intolerance in any shape or form, and I thoroughly condemn this year’s hijacking of the awards, and the reasons some people have done it for.


But to not accept the nomination would be unfair to all you who thought the story was worth a read and a vote (and I owe you a big thanks). So here I am, an only non-puppy in a dog-fight that’s not mine.


Like all writers, I like my work judged on its own merits, not for any other reason. So I call on everyone - as others have done before - to please vote, and vote on all the works you think are worthy of a Hugo. Do not vote for political reasons. It’s the only way we can do the good and not-so-good works on the ballot the justice they deserve.

Most of all: I hope you’ll enjoy reading my story, which you can find below.


Dutch novelist Thomas Olde Heuvelt (1983) ) is the author of five novels and many short stories of the fantastic. His short fiction has appeared in English, Dutch and Chinese, among other languages. It has been awarded the Paul Harland Prize (for best Dutch fantasy) on three occasions, and was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award.

In 2016 Olde Heuvelt’s horror novel HEX, which became a bestseller in The Netherlands, sees a worldwide release with Macmillan/Tor in the US and Canada, and Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Australia. Warner Bros is currently developing a TV series based on the book.

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