Gay Haldeman was the recipient of this year’s Forrest J Ackerman Big Heart Award. The award was presented at the beginning of the Hugo ceremony by Dave Kyle.
The Hugo Awards were presented on August 20 at Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention. The winners are listed below.
- Best Novel: Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis
- Best Novella: The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang
- Best Novelette: “The Emperor of Mars,” by Allen M. Steele
- Best Short Story: “For Want of a Nail,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
- Best Related Work: Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who
Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea
- Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse,
written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright
- Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan
- Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens”/”The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes
- Best Editor Short Form: Sheila Williams
- Best Editor Long Form: Lou Anders
- Best Professional Artist: Shaun Tan
- Best Semi Prozine: Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
- Best Fanzine: The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon
- Best Fan Writer: Claire Brialey
- Best Fan artist: Brad W. Foster
- John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Lev Grossman
The Chesley Awards were presented by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) at Renovation on August 18. The Chesleys recognize excellence in speculative fiction art.
- Best Cover Illustration – Paperback Book: Jason Chan, for Geist, by Phillipa Ballantine
- Best Cover Illustration – Hardback Book: Michael Whelan, for The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
- Best Cover Illustration – Magazine: Nick Greenwood, for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, 6/10
- Best Interior Illustration: Donato Giancola, Middle Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth, by Donato Giancola
- Best Three-Dimensional Art: Mark Newman, “Eel Walker”; bronze
- Best Color Work—Unpublished: Julie Dillon, “Planetary Alignment”; digital
- Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished: Ian Miller, “Triptych”; ink
- Best Product Illustration: Sam Weber, Shadow Rising, by Robert Jordan, promo art for Tor ebook, 1/10
- Best Gaming-Related Illustration: Lucas Graciano, “Amorphous Drake” Legends of Norrath
- Best Art Director: Jon Schindehette, for Wizards of the Coast
- Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement: Boris Vallejo
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were presented on Thursday evening at Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention. Both winners were present.
- Long Form: When Angels Wept: A What-If History of the Cuban Missile Crisis, by Eric G. Swedin
- Short Form: :A Clash of Eagles,” by Alan Smale
Author Colin Harvey (b.1960) died on August 16 after suffering a massive stroke. Harvey edited the anthologies Killers and Dark Spires and published several novels, including Lightning Days, Winter Song, and Damage Time. His short fiction appeared in Albedo One, Future Bristol, Interzone, and other places.
Actor John Wood (b.1930) died on August 6. Wood portrayed Stephen Falkyn in the film WarGames and also appeared in a bit role in Slaughterhouse-Five. He appeared in both The Avengers television series and later movie. Wood portrayed Charles Leadbeater in an episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and had roles in the filmes Ladyhawke and The Purple Rose of Cairo.
Apex Magazine has announced that Lynne M. Thomas, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University, will take over as editor of the magazine from Catherynne Valente.The first issue to feature Thomas’s editorial hand will be the November 2011 issue.
George R. R. Martin is reporting that two signed scripts from the first season of Game of Thrones. which were meant to be auctioned off for charity, were stolen from the US mail. The two final shooting scripts for episodes nine and ten of season one, “Baelor” and “Fire and Blood,” were autographed by writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and director Alan Taylor and printed on white paper. Martin would appreciate it if people could contact him if they see the scripts being offered for sale.
Author William Sleator (b.1945) died on August 2 in Thailand, where he maintained a residence. Sleator wrote young adult science fiction and horror, including the novels House of Stairs and Interstellar Pig. He began publishing with the novel The Angry Moon.