More Worldcon Business

At the Second Business Meeting, several more amendments passed on from MidAmeriCon were debated, with two items being ratified and two failing to be ratified.



  • Best Series: Permanently adds the Best Series Hugo Award.

  • Defining North America: Provides a specific definition of North America



  • Three Stage Voting (3SV): The addition of a third phase before final nominations are announced allowing members to reject works with a supermajority.

  • EPH+: A change to the vote calculations during the nomination round for EPH

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Hugo Awards

This year’s Hugo Awards were presented at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki on August 11. In addition to the Hugos, the Seiun for Best translated works were presented (although previously announced), the Finnish Atorox Award, as well the Big Heart Award.

  • Best Novel: The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin
  • John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Ada Palmer
  • Best Series: The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Best Novella: Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
  • Best Novelette: “The Tomato Thief,” by Ursula Vernon
  • Best Short Story: “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Best Related Work: Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Best Graphic Story: Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda
  • Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form: Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form: The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes,” written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough
  • Best Editor – Short Form: Ellen Datlow
  • Best Editor – Long Form: Liz Gorinsky
  • Best Professional Artist: Julie Dillon
  • Best Semiprozine: Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
  • Best Fanzine: Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
  • Best Fancast: Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman
  • Best Fan Writer: Abigail Nussbaum
  • Best Fan Artist: Elizabeth Leggett

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Ratified Business

Three pieces of business passed at MidAmeriCon II last year received their ratification at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki on Friday. The Young Adult fiction award was created, “December Is Good Enough,” which states that the deadline for nomination works for the Hugo should be moved to December 31 instead of January 31 passed, and “Two Years Are Enough,” which limits the nominations of the Hugo to members of the current or preceding Worldcon all passed, although Worldcon 76 is grandfathered in to the current three year nominating pool. Other business for ratification has been postponed until the Saturday Business Meeting.
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Young Adult Award Passes

The Worldcon Business Meeting at Helsinki ratified a motion passed last year to create a Young Adult Award to be given out with and administered during the Hugo Award process, although the award will not be a Hugo. The first award will be presented next year at Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California. A motion to name the award the Lodestar received first passage and will need to be ratified at next year’s Business Meeting. The passage of the name will not be retroactive, so the first year’s award will simply be known as the YA Award.
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Worldcon 75 Maxes Out Sales

Worldcon 75 in Helsinki has announced that it is ending at-con membership sales. A larger than expected turnout in the last few weeks and at the door has resulted in overcrowding of function space. Only 100 day badges will be sold for each of the remaining days of the convention, although the trade hall will continue to be open to the public without charge.
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Fan Artist Disqualified

Worldcon 75 has announced the disqualification of a second Best Fan Artist nominee for the Hugo. Mansik Yang appeared on the original ballot, but has been determined not to have any qualifying work from 2016. Yang’s name has been removed from the ballot and replaced by Elizabeth Leggett. Yang, as with Alex Garner, who was previously determined to be ineligible, was part of the “Rabid Puppies” suggestions.

The revised ballot is:

  • Ninni Aalto
  • Elizabeth Leggett
  • Vesa Lehtimäki
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles

Chesley Nominations

ASFA has announced the nominees for this year’s Chesley Awards, which will be presented at Worldcon 75, in Helsinki, Finland the week of August 9-13.

Best Cover Illustration: Hardcover Book

  • Dan dos Santos for Fables: Cubs in Toyland, by Bill Willingham
  • Todd Lockwood for Summer Dragon, by Todd Lockwood
  • Tran Nguyen for Kushiel’s Dart, by Jacqueline Carey
  • Cliff Nielsen for Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare
  • David Palumbo for Arcanum Unbounded, by Brandon Sanderson
  • John Picacio for In the House of the Worm, by George R.R. Martin

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book


  • Tommy Arnold for A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson
  • Julie Dillon for Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy’s Edge, by Assorted Authors
  • Sarah Anne Langton for Central Station, by Lavie Tidhar
  • Gene Mollica for Breath of Earth, by Beth Cato
  • Victo Ngai for Forest of Memory, by Mary Robinette Kowal

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

  • Galen Dara for Uncanny Issue 10, May/June 2016
  • Elizabeth Leggett for LIGHTSPEED #69, February 2016
  • David Palumbo for Swallowed Whole, Aliens – Life and Death #1 Dark Horse, September 2016
  • Paolo Rivera for Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953 Dark Horse, February 2016
  • Jeremy Wilson for Chimera Brigade #1 By Serge Lehman and Fabrice Colin Titan Comics, October 2016

Best Interior Illustration

  • Rovina Cai for “Tom, Thom,” by K.M. Ferebee
  • Kari Christensen Gethsemoni for Court of the Dead: Chronicle of the Underworld, by Tom Gilliland
  • Tran Nguyen for Kushiel’s Dart, by Jacqueline Carey
  • Greg Ruth for “Freedom is Space for the Spirit,” by Glen Hirshberg
  • Ivica Stevanovic for The Bestiary, edited by Ann Vandermeer

Best Color Work: Unpublished

  • John Harris for The Ark, Oil
  • Vanessa Lemen for Holding On and Letting Go, Oil on canvas
  • Miranda Meeks for December, Digital
  • Shreya Shetty for The Dragon Charmer, Digital
  • Michael Whelan for In a World of Her Own, Acrylic

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

  • Marcela Bolivar for White Crown, Photoshop
  • Jana Heidersdorf for Darkness Acrylics, pencil and digital
  • Travis Lewis for Soul Engine, Graphite
  • Ruth Sanderson for Luna, Scratchboard
  • Allen Williams for The Fall of Night, Pencil

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Akihito Ikeda for Nephila, Mixed media
  • Thomas Kuebler for Medusa, Mixed media
  • Forest Rogers for La Belle Crustace, premier air-dry clay & washi paper
  • Virginie Ropars for The Evil Eye, Mixed media
  • Lee Shamel for “The Scepter of the Crystal Flame,” Mixed media

Best Product Illustration

  • Donato Giancola for Portal Promotional art for Illuxcon
  • Clark Huggins for Advertisement for RECKLESS DECK Imagine FX
  • John Picacio for La Corona (The Crown) Loteria Lone Boy
  • Cynthia Sheppard for 2017 Llewellyn’s Astrological Calendar
  • Greg Spalenka for banner art to promote Roxana Illuminated Perfume

Best Gaming – Related Illustration

  • Mauricio Calle for Encounter at Stygeon Prime- Star Wars: The Card Game
  • Cliff Childs for Long-Finned Skywhale Kaladesh card set
  • Ryan Pancoast for Inventor’s Apprentice Kaladesh card set
  • Matthew Stewart for Mastertrinketeer Kaladesh card set
  • Ryan Yee for Die Young Kaladesh card set

Best Art Director

  • Neil Clarke for Clarkesworld magazine
  • Irene Gallo for Tor Books &
  • Sheila Gilbert & Betsy Wollheim for DAW Books
  • Lauren Panepinto for Orbit Books & Muddy Colors contributor
  • Cynthia Sheppardfor Wizards of the Coast

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

  • Greg Manchess
  • Iain McCaig
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Wendy Pini
  • Drew Struzan
  • Berni Wrightson

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Hugo Ballot Change

Worldcon 75 has announced that Alex Gamer has indicated that he is ineligible for his nomination for Best Fan Artist. Gamer’s entire 2016 publication was professional with no fan art published during that period. Worldcon 75 has replaced him on the ballot with Steve Stiles. New printed ballots are being produced and the on-line ballot will reflect the change when it goes live.

Best Fan Artist

  • Ninni Aalto
  • Vesa Lehtimäki
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
  • Mansik Yang

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GUFF Winner

Australian fan Donna Maree Hanson was named the GUFF winner in a field that included Sam Hawke, Belle McQuattie, and Alexandra Pierce. Originally, Alisa Krasnostein was running with Pierce, but she dropped out after the race began. Hanson won in the fourth round of vote tabulation and will travel to Helsinki for Worldcon 75, to be held August 9-13, 2017.
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Purcell Wins TAFF

John Purcell has won the 2017 TAFF race to send a American fan to Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. Purcell beat out Alissa McKersie by a vote of 68-67 in the second round of voting. Sarah Guide was eliminated after the first round with a vote of 59-59-18 with 7 no preferences and 1 holdover vote.
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