At Boskone 48, the weekend of February 18-20, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. The Gaughan Award is presented to an emerging artist and no winner was announced this year. In addition, a new Fellow of NESFA was named.
Skylark Award: Lois McMaster Bujold
Gaughan Award: no winner announced
Fellow of NESFA: Peter Weston
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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.