Worldcon to KC

Kansas City defeated Beijing for the right to host the 2016 Worldcon, which will be called MidAmeriCon II. MidAmeriCon II will take place on the 40th anniversary of MidAmeriCon, which helped create the modern Worldcon. The convention will be chaired by Ruth Lichwardt, Jeff Orth, and Diane Lacey. The Guests of Honor will include Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick and Teresa Nielson Hayden, Tamora Pierce, and Michael Swanwick, with Pat Cadigan serving as toastmaster. MidAmeriCon II will take place from August 17-21 2016.

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Retro Hugos (1939) Announced

The Retro-Hugos were presented at Loncon 3 on the evening of August 14 at a ceremony hosted by Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman. The Retro-Hugo base, designed by Marina Gélineau, had a depiction of the Chrysler Building in New York next to the traditional rocket. Other awards presented during the ceremony are listed here

  • Best Novel: The Sword in the Stone, by T. H. White
  • Best Novella: “Who Goes There?,” by Don A Stuart (a.k.a. John W. Campbell, Jr.)
  • Best Novelette: “Rule 18,” by Clifford D. Simak
  • Best Short Story: “How We Went to Mars,” by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick; Directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)
  • Best Editor, Short Form: John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Best Professional Artist: Virgil Finlay
  • Best Fanzine: Imagination!, edited by Forrest J Ackerman, Morojo, and T. Bruce Yerke
  • Best Fan Writer: Ray Bradbury
  • Special Committee Award: Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster for the introduction of Superman in Action Comics #1

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Amazing Offer

Publisher Steve Davidson is offering a subscription to Amazing Stories to any member of Detcon1 or Loncon 3, this year’s NASFIC and Worldcon. Members of each convention will be given the opportunity to indicate whether or not they wish to take advantage of the offer. Amazing Stories subscribers will receive a number of benefits, including a subscriber discount on items sold in its soon to open store, advance notification and access to new fiction, special on-site services, and first dibs on limited edition offerings.

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Hugo Nominations

This year’s Hugo nominees were announced by Loncon 3 at three different conventions on April 19. All members of Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, are eligible to vote for this year’s winners, which will be announced at the Worldcon.

Best Novel

  • Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
  • Neptune’s Brood, by Charles Stross
  • Parasite, by Mira Grant
  • Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles, by Larry Correia
  • The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Best Novella

  • The Butcher of Khardov, by Dan Wells
  • “The Chaplain’s Legacy,” by Brad Torgersen
  • “Equoid,” by Charles Stross
  • Six-Gun Snow White, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “Wakulla Springs,” by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages

Best Novelette

  • “The Exchange Officers,” by Brad Torgersen
  • “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Opera Vita Aeterna,” by Vox Day
  • “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling,” by Ted Chiang
  • “The Waiting Stars,” by Aliette de Bodard

Best Short Story
This category has 4 nominees due to a 5% requirement under Section 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.

  • “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket,” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • “Selkie Stories Are for Losers,” by Sofia Samatar
  • “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere,” by John Chu

Best Related Work

  • Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It, edited by Sigrid Ellis and Michael Damian Thomas
  • Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, by Justin Landon and Jared Shurin
  • “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative,” by Kameron Hurley
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, by Jeff VanderMeer, with Jeremy Zerfoss
  • Writing Excuses Season Eight, by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Jordan Sanderson

Best Graphic Story

  • Girl Genius: Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne & the Sleeping City, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright
  • “The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who,” written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Jimmy Broxton
  • The Meathouse Man, adapted from the story by George R. R. Martin and illustrated by Raya Golden
  • Saga, Volume Two, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples
  • “Time,” by Randall Munroe

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

  • Frozen, screenplay Jennifer Lee, directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
  • Gravity, screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón; directed by Alfonso Cuarón
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt, directed by Francis Lawrence
  • Iron Man 3, screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black, directed by Shane Black
  • Pacific Rim, screenplay by Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro, directed by Guillermo del Toro

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

  • An Adventure in Space and Time, written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Terry McDonough
  • Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran
  • Doctor Who: “The Name of the Doctor,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Saul Metzstein
  • The Five)ish) Doctors Reboot, written and directed by Peter Davison
  • Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere,” written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter
  • Orphan Black: “Variations under Domestication,” written by Will Pascoe, directed by John Fawcett

Best Editor – Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form

  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Sheila Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Lee Harris
  • Toni Weisskopf

Best Professional Artist

  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Dan Dos Santos
  • John Harris
  • John Picacio
  • Fiona Staples

Best Semiprozine

  • Apex Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore, and Michael Damian Thomas
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
  • Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
  • Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Sonya Taaffe, Abigail Nussbaum, Rebecca Cross, Anaea Lay, and Shane Gavin

Best Fanzine

  • The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
  • A Dribble of Ink, edited by Aidan Moher
  • Elitist Book Reviews, edited by Steven Diamond
  • Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Lynda E. Rucker, Pete Young, Colin Harris, and Helen J. Montgomery
  • Pornokitsch, edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin

Best Fancast

  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters), and Andrew Finch (Producer)
  • SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester
  • The Skiffy and Fanty Show, Shaun Duke, Jen Zink, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, David Annandale, Mike Underwood, and Stina Leicht
  • Tea and Jeopardy, Emma Newman
  • Verity!, Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • The Writer and the Critic, Kristyn McDermott and Ian Mond

Best Fan Writer

  • Liz Bourke
  • Kameron Hurley
  • Foz Meadows
  • Abigail Nussbaum
  • Mark Oshiro

Best Fan Artist

  • Brad W. Foster
  • Mandie Manzano
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
  • Sarah Webb

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

  • Wesley Chu
  • Max Gladstone
  • Ramez Naam
  • Sofia Samatar
  • Banjanun Sriduangkaew

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Retro-Hugo Nominations

This year’s Retro-Hugo nominees were announced by Loncon 3 at three different conventions on April 19. All members of Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, are eligible to vote for this year’s winners, which will be announced at the Worldcon. Not all modern categories are represented due to lack of nominees.

Best Novel

  • Carson of Venus, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Galactic Patrol, by E. E. “Doc” Smith
  • The Legion of Time, by Jack Williamson
  • Out of the Silent Planet, by C. S. Lewis
  • The Sword in the Stone, by T. H. White

Best Novella

  • Anthem, by Ayn Rand
  • “A Matter of Form,” by H. L. Gold
  • “Sleepers of Mars,” by John Beynon
  • “The Time Trap,” by Henry Kuttner
  • “Who Goes There?” by Don A. Stuart

Best Novelette

  • “Dead Knowledge,” by Don A. Stuart
  • “Hollywood on the Moon,” by Henry Kuttner
  • “Pigeons from Hell,” by Robert E. Howard
  • “Rule 18,” by Clifford D. Simak
  • “Werewoman,” by C. L. Moore

Best Short Story

  • “The Faithful,” by Lester del Rey
  • “Helen O’Loy,” by Lester del Rey
  • “Hollerbochen’s Dilemma,” by Ray Bradbury
  • “How We Went to Mars,” by Arthur C. Clarke
  • “Hyperpilosity,” by L. Sprague de Camp

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

  • Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne. Written and directed by Orson Welles
  • A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Written and directed by Orson Welles
  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Written by Orson Welles & John Housman, directed by Orson Welles
  • R.U.R., by Karel Capek. Produced by Jan Bussell
  • The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick, directed by Orson Welles

Best Editor – Short Form

  • John W. Campbell
  • Walter H. Gillings
  • Raymond A. Palmer
  • Mort Weisinger
  • Farnsworth Wright

Best Professional Artist

  • Margaret Brundage
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Frank R. Paul
  • Alex Schomburg
  • H. W. Wesso

Best Fanzine

  • Fantascience Digest, edited by Robert A. Madle
  • Fantasy News, edited by James V. Taurasi
  • Imagination!, edited by Forrest J Ackerman, Morojo, & T. Bruce Yerke
  • Novae Terrae, edited by Maurice K. Hanson
  • Tomorrow, edited by Douglas W. F. Mayer

Best Fan Writer

  • Forrest J Ackerman
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker
  • Harry Warner, Jr.
  • Donald A. Wollheim

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Anubis Gates at Loncon 3

Loncon 3, this year’s Worldcon, has announced that a stage adaptation of Tim Powers’s novel The Anubis Gates will be performed at Loncon 3. The play is being produced by Current Theatrics, founded in 2010 by Ruth Pe Palileo and Thomas Costello and will star Erik Amblad, JJ Gatesman, Brandon Oliver Jones, Johnny Miles, Ariana Helaine, and Geo Nikols.

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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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Worldcon Race 2016

Two bids have filed the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot for the 2016 Worldcon, which will be selected at Loncon 3. Beijing and Kansas City are bidding for the right to host the annual World Science Fiction Convention. 2016 will be the 40th anniversary of the only prior Kansas City Worldcon, MidAmericon. Beijing is bidding for China’s first Worldcon. Any Attending or Supporting member of Loncon may vote in site selection.

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Beijing in 2016 Worldcon Bid

Over the weekend, fans became aware of a bid to host the 2016 Worldcon in Beijing, although it wasn’t clear at first if it was a real bid. Steve Cooper, one of Loncon 3′s co-chairs, has since stated that the Beijing group has been in touch with Loncon 3 and plans on filing bid paper work prior to the February 15 deadline. Beijing will be bidding against an already announced bid for Kansas City.

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Helsinki Rising

Helsinki has announced that it will bid to host the Worldcon in 2017. Helsinki finished second in the voting for the 2015 Worldcon (losing to Spokane). Helsinki will once again be in a race with multiple other bids as Japan and Montreal have previously announced bids for 2017.

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