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"The 2055 Hugo Awards"

IN THE year 2055, the world will look somewhat different—and so will our genre. Competition #70 had readers look 50 years into the future to find the winners of the Hugo awards.

Best (Interactive) Fan:
Frodo Baggins (formerly Lucy Doe of New Philadelphia, before surgery)
—Meghan Davis
Philadelphia, PA

Best Extraterrestrial Tell-All:
Earth Girls Really ARE Easy! by Jabunga of Blooon
—Joshua Gunter
Huntsville, TX

1) Best Edible File:
"The Dream-Cheese of Unknown Kadath" by The HPLOVECRAFTCOOKINGNETWORK-2
—Michael Canfield
Seattle, WA

2) Best Novel That Is Neither a Sequel nor the First Volume of a Projected Series and Which Does Not Feature Characters or Situations Licensed from Other Media:
[No works suitable for consideration were published]
—Doug Mayo-Wells
Somerville, MA

3) Best Virtual Book:
Harry Potter and the Social Security Crisis
—Thornton Kimes
San Francisco, CA

Best Nonfiction (Unearthed Artifact):
THE DOORS OF HIS FACE, THE LAMPS OF HIS MOUTH: The Newly Found Correspondence between Frank Lloyd Wright and Nicola Tesla
—Harlan Ellison
Los Angeles, CA


"It was a dark and ion-stormy night."
This is not the Edward Bulwer-Lytton competition—it's a genre version of it. Complete the sentence, "It was a dark and ion-stormy night," give it an sf theme, and make it as outrageously bad as possible. The winners get nifty prizes; the losers can take comfort in knowing their writing just wasn't execrable enough. Remember to keep your poor prose to 100 words or less, and submit no more than six entries.
Example: It was a dark and ion-stormy night on Planet Rogaine. The cyber-wolves howled and the hyper-trees shook. Princess Diflucan told the guard to rotate the planet a little left of the storm so the cyber-wolves would direct their processes elsewhere. The guard, who loved her, obeyed with a sniffle.

Email entries to carol [a-t] cybrid [d-o-t] net.

Be sure to include your contact information. Entries must be received by December 15, 2005. Judges are the editors of F&SF, and their decision is final. All entries become the property of F&SF.


First prize will receive a signed limited edition copy of King Rat by China Miéville (published by Earthling Publications).
Second prize will receive advance reading copies of three forthcoming novels.
Any runners-up will receive one-year subscriptions to F&SF.

Results of competition #71 will appear in the May 2006 issue.

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