Parsec Awards

The winners of this year’s Parsec Awards, presented for excellence in science fiction podcasting, were announced at Dragon*Con on September 1 in Atlanta.

  • Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team: Toasted Cake
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific): The Signal
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General): The Incomparable
  • Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast: Supervillain Corner
  • Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast: Radio Free Hipster
  • Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation: Writing Excuses
  • Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast: MonsterTalk
  • Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast: Drabblecast
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form): Keeg’s Quest: A Skyrim Adventure, by Rich Matheson
  • Best Small Cast Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form): The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: Precarious Child, by Pip Ballantine
  • Best Large Cast Speculative Fiction Story: The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: The Seven, by P.C. Haring
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form): The Mask of Inanna, by Alicia Gorenson
  • Best Small Cast Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form): Underwood and Flinch: A Vampire Novel, by Mike Bennett
  • Recognition for Achievement in Youth Driven Speculative Fiction Podcasting: Olivia’s Advent Calendar; Aaron’s World

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Worldcon Business Meeting Business

The Worldcon Business Meeting ratified last year’s Constitutional changes which create a permanent Best Fancast Category as well as changes to the language of Best Semiprozine and Best Fanzine category. The Best Graphic Story category was ratified. Past three years ago, the category needed ratification to keep a sunset clause from coming into play. A similar clause exists in the Best Fancast category. Finally, an amendment introduced to begin the process of creating a Young Adult Hugo did not achieve enough votes for passage.

Hugo Award Winners

The Hugo Awards were presented a part of Chicon 7 on September 2. Chicon 7 Toastmaster John Scalzi emceed the event, presenting all the Hugos except for Short Story (a category for which he was nominated), which was presented by Gardner Dozois. In addition, the ceremony included the presentation of the Big Heart Award to Juanita Coulson and a Special Committee Award to Robert Weinberg. Breaking from tradition, Chicon 7 unveiled this year’s Hugo trophy at Opening Ceremonies to give more members a chance to examine the trophy. Most of the ceremony was streamed live to Dragon*Con, which also had a trophy on display.

  • Best Novel: Among Others, by Jo Walton
  • Best Novella: “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” by Kij Johnson
  • Best Novelette: “Six Months, Three Days,” by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Best Short Story: “The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu
  • Best Related Work: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition, edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight
  • Best Graphic Story: Digger, by Ursula Vernon
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Game of Thrones (Season 1)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: “The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who)
  • Best Editor, Short Form: Sheila Williams
  • Best Editor, Long Form: Betsy Wollheim
  • Best Professional Artist: John Picacio
  • Best Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.
  • Best Fanzine: SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo
  • Best Fan Writer: Jim C. Hines
  • Best Fan Artist: Maurine Starkey
  • Best Fancast: SF Squeecast, by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
  • John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author (sponsored by Dell Magazines, not a Hugo): E. Lily Yu

Montreal Joins 2017 Race

A group of fans have announced that they will bid to host the Worldcon in 2017 in Montreal, Canada. Japan has already announced a bid for that year. The last Japanese Worldcon was Nippon in 2007. The last Montreal Worldcon was Anticipation in 2009.

2015: A Three Way Race

Durring the Fannish Inquisition at Chicon 7 on Friday, August 31, Eemeli Aro announced that Finnish fandom would be bidding to host a Worldcon in Helsinki, Finland in 2015. The Finland bid joins groups already bidding for Spokane, Washington, and Orlando, Florida. Voting for the 2015 Worldcon will take place at next year’s Worldcon, LoneStarCon III, in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information…Helsinki
For more information…Orlando
For more information…Spokane

Chesley Awards

The Chesley Awards were presented at Chicon 7 by ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists. The awards presentation was followed by a reception in the Chicon 7 art show, which included a representation of the H. Rider Haggard Room of the Jane and Howard Frank House.

  • Best Cover Illustration, Hardback Book: Deathbird Stories, by Tom Kidd
  • Best Cover Illustration, Paperback Book: The Cloud Roads, by Matthew Stewart
  • Best Cover Illustration, Magazine: Weird Tales #357, by Lee Moyer
  • Best Interior Illustration: The Dala Horse, by Julie Dillon
  • Best Gaming-Related Illustration: Distress (2012 core set Magic card, by Michael C. Hayes
  • Best Product Illustration: George R. R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire 2012 Calendar, by John Picacio
  • Best Three-Dimensional Art: (tie) Moonstruck, by Michael Parkes;Robobike, by Vincent Villafranca
  • Best Color Work, Unpublished: The Dragon and the Nightingale, by Omar Rayyan
  • Best Monochrome Work, Unpublished: The Yeti, by Raoul Vitale
  • Best Art Director: Irene Gallo
  • Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement: Jean “Moebius” Giraud

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Sidewise Award for Alternate History

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were presented as part of a panel on alternate history at Chicon 7. The panel consisted of three of the judges: Evelyn Leeper, Jim Rittenhouse, and Steven H Silver. In addition, Billee Stallings, one of Murray Jenkins’s daughters participated in the panel. Jenkins wrote the story “Sidewise in Time,” for which the award is named, under the pseudonym “Murray Leinster.”

  • Short Form: “Paradise is a Walled Garden,” by Lisa Goldstein
  • Long Form: Wake Up and Dream, by Ian R. MacLeod

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Golden Duck Awards

The winners of the Golden Duck Awards, presented annually by SupderConDuckTivity, were presented at Chicon 7. The Golden Ducks are given to recognize excellence in young adult science fiction.

  • Picture Book: Earth to Clunk, by Pam Smallcomb, illustrated by Joe Berger
  • Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades: Worst Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure #2: Mars!, by Hena Kahn and David Borgenicht
  • Hal Clement Award for Young Adults: tie A Beautiful Friendship, by David Weber; A Long, Long Sleep, by Anna Sheehan

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Carl Brandon Society Awards

The Carl Brandon Society announced the winners of their 2010 awards at Chicon 7. The Parallax Award is presented for SF created by a someone who identifies as a person of color. The Kindred Award is presented for works dealing with issues of race and ethnicity. The society is named for a fictitious sf fan created as a hoax by Terry Carr and Peter Graham in the 1950s.

  • Parallax Award: Redemption in Indigo, by Karen Ford
  • Kindred Award: Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor

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Chicon 7 Art Show Results

Chicon 7 presented the following awards for works depicted in the art show, including a Jane Frank Guest of Honor’s Choice Award. Artist Guest of Honor Rowena Morrill, was unable to attend the convention, but was represented by her partner and her sister. Richard Hescox’s piece is included in the Chicon 7 Artist Showcase, which was for sale at the convention. Copies of the 52 page book should continue to be available from Offworld Designs.

Judges’ Awards

  • Abrisonde, by Tom Kidd
  • Siege Turtle Catapult, by Butch Honeck
  • Body of Work, by Elizabeth Berrien
  • Cylinders, by Jean-Pierre Normand
  • Sky Course Rivalry, by Mitchell Bentley
  • Heart of Atlantis, by Richard Hescox
  • Jupiter from Io, by delphyne woods
  • Primeval, by Caroline Nicita
  • The Jane Frank Guest of Honor’s Choice Award: Permette Signorina, by Rowena
  • The Lewis Grant Jr. Fan Choice Award: Entwife, Tree Spirit, by Elizabeth Berrien