Loncon Announces, Withdraws Hugo Host

Loncon 3 announced British presenter Jonathan Ross would be emceeing the Hugo Ceremony this year. Immediately following the announcement, one committee members announced her resignation, citing Ross’s form of humor as sexist. Following a storm on social media, Ross announced his offer to withdraw and the Loncon chairs accepted his offer.

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Preliminary WSFS Business Meeting

The Preliminary WSFS Business Meeting took place on Friday morning at LoneStarCon to determine the debate times for various agenda items at Saturday’s meeting. With several proposed amendments to the constitution, five were passed on to the main meeting and three were killed by object to consideration movements. The Five that will be debated on Saturday include:

  • Worldcon Publications: A Matter of Trust
  • 4.1.2.No Representation Without Taxation
  • 4.1.3: Keep Us Together
  • 4.1.6: Short Title: WSFS Accountability Act of 2013
  • 4.1.8: Expand Best Fan Artist to Include All Types of Fannish Art, Not Just Static and Visual

The three motions that were killed include:

  • 4.1.4: Best Dramatic Presentation, Very Short Form
  • 4.1.5: Short Title: Deleting Best Fanzine, Best Fan Writer, and Best Fan Artist from the WSFS Constitution
  • 4.1.7: YA Hugo

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Hugo Subcommittee Named

LoneStarCon 3 has announced the membership of the Hugo Subcommittee, Todd Dashoff, Vince Docherty, Saul Jaffe, Steven Staton, and Ben Yalow. Dashoff is also serving as the Hugo Award administrator. None of the members of the Hugo Subcommittee are eligible to be nominated for any category of the Hugo Award.

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Hugo Award Marketing Committee Seeks Members

Kevin Standlee reports that René Walling has resigned as the chairman of the Hugo Award Marketing Committee. With an earlier resignation by Kate Kligman, this leaves the committee at three members with Standlee serving as acting president. Standlee invites anyone interested in serving on the committee in the future to contact him and plan on attending the meeting of the Mark Protection Committee at Chicon 7 on Thursday August 30 at 6:00 in the Wright Room.

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Hugo Nominations Set Record

Renovation has announced that it received 1,006 nominating ballots for the Hugo Award, the first time more than 1,000 ballots have been received for nominations. The ballots represent 21 countries on 6 continents. In 2010, 864 nominating ballots were received. The nominees for the Hugo Awards will be announced on April 24 jointly at Eastercon and Norwescon via streaming video.

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Renovation Hugo Base Design Competition

Renovation has announced its competition for the 2011 Hugo Award base design. Artists are asked to submit their designs no later than January 1, 2011. The winner will receive a full attending membership to the convention, $250 cash, and a chance to describe the base at the beginning fo the Hugo ceremonies.

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Hugo Packets

Aussiecon 4 has released a Hugo Voter packet with works and samples from numerous Hugo and Campbell nominees. The packet is available for download by Aussiecon 4 members. Download information will be sent out to members beginning this week. The Hugo voting process for works published or otherwise released in 2009 is open to supporting and attending members of Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention. In order to participate, you must purchase an Aussiecon 4 membership by 31 July 2010 23:59 PDT.

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Hugo Awards

The Hugo Awards were announced at Anticipation on August 9. This year’s base, a granite asteroid with inset maple-leaf flames, was designed by Seattle artist Dave Howell and was one of the heaviest bases ever created. The Hugo Logo Design Contest was won by Jeremy Kratz of Little Rock, Arkansas. It was selected from more than 390 entries from 24 countries. The John W. Campbell Award, which is not a Hugo, was also presented at the ceremony.

  • Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
  • Best Novella: “The Erdmann Nexus,” by Nancy Kress
  • Best Novelette: “Shoggoths in Bloom,” by Elizabeth Bear
  • Best Short Story: “Exhalation,” by Ted Chiang
  • Best Related Book: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, by John Scalzi
  • Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, by Kaja and Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colour by Cheyenne Wright
  • Best Dramatic Presentation-Long Form: WALL-E, story by Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter, screenplay by Andrew Stanton & Jim Rearson, directed by Andrew Stanton
  • Best Dramatic Presentation-Short Form: Doctor Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, written by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurisssa Tancharoen, directed by Joss Whedon
  • Best Editor, Long Form: David G. Hartwell
  • Best Editor, Short Form: Ellen Datlow
  • Best Professional Artist: Donato Giancola
  • Best Semiprozine: Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal
  • Best Fanzine: Electric Velocipede, edited by John Klima
  • Best Fan Writer: Cheryl Morgan
  • Best Fan Artist: Frank Wu
  • John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: David Anthony Durham

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WSFS Business Meetings

The WSFS held its annual business meetings at Anticipation in Montreal. Motions to formally recognize Peter Weston’s contribution to the design of the Hugo Award, include language on the eligibility of electronic publications, and to make the Graphic Story Hugo a permanent category all passed, with the last needing additional ratification in 2012. A motion to abolish the Best Semi-prozine category failed ratification and resulted in a committee, headed by Chris Barkley, to examine the category and propose clarifying language. Barkley’s committee was also tasked with exploring how changes to the Semi-prozine category could also impact other categories.