Bergen Street Comics to Close

Bergen Street Comics, located in Brooklyn, NY for the past six years, has announced that they will be closing their doors next month. More details on the closing, as well as future plans, will be released in the next few days.

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Clute Honored at Telluride

The Telluride Institute has announced the establishment of the John Clute Science Fiction Library at Telluride. The collection will serve as a resource for authors, scholars, and students and will host an annual Mountain Colloquy. Clute will give an inaugural address at the Institute in June 2016.

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Hugo Nominations Motions Pass

Both 4 in 6 and EPH passed their initial motion at the Sunday business meeting at Sasquan. Both will need to pass again next year at MidAmeriCon II to go into effect for Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. 4 in 6 limits the number of nominees to four, with six items making the ballot in each category. EPH weights nominating votes. Both motions were made in an attempt to limit the efficacy of slates in future years. EPH passed with a vote of 186-62 and 4 in 6 passed by a margin of 4 votes.

Sasquan Committee Awards

Jay Lake and Julian May were both awarded special committee awards by Sasquan. Jay Lake, a much beloved Portland area author, died after a lengthy battle with cancer that he chronicled, on June 1, 2014. Julian May, who lives in the Seattle area, was the chair of TASFiC, the tenth Worldcon, in Chicago, and the author of numerous novels.

Hugo Awards

The Hugo Awards were presented at Sasquan on the evening of August 22.

  • Best Novel: The Three Body Problem, by Cixin Liu; Ken Liu translator
  • Best Novella: No Award
  • Best Novelette: “The Day the World Turned Upside Down,” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt; Lia Belt translator
  • Best Short Story: No Award
  • Best Related Work: No Award
  • Best Graphic Story: Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Guardians of the Galaxy, written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried,” written by Graham Manson, directed by John Fawcett
  • Best Editor, Short Form: No Award
  • Best Editor, Long Form: No Award
  • Best Professional Artist: Julie Dillon
  • Best Semiprozine: Lightspeed Magazine< edited by John Joseph Adams, Stefan Rudnicki, Rich Horton, Wendy N. Wagner, and Christie Yant
  • Best Fanzine: Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Colin Harris, Alissa McKersie, and Helen J. Montgomery
  • Best Fancast: Galactic Suburbia Podcast, by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
  • Best Fan Writer: Laura J. Mixon
  • Best Fan Artist: Elizabeth Leggett
  • John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (Not a Hugo): Wesley Chu

WSFS Business

The Saturday WSFS Business Meeting ratified for the second time amnedments which state that the medium of publication: physical, e-book, or audio-book do not matter. Rules concerning rates and membership types were also passe, as was a ruling how Hugo Finalists could refer to them. The 5% solution, which removes the restriction that a work must hit a 5% threshold to be listed on the Hugo ballot received first passage and will need to be ratified at MidAmeriCon II. Also passed for the first time was an amendment determining categories based on where a work received the most nominations if eligible in both/all categories.

Yalow Wins Big Heart

Ben Yalow received the Big Heart Award from Sasquan on August 22 at the Hugo Ceremony. Yalow has worked on most worldcons in either an active or advisory role and has never stinted offering advice based on his long years of convention running or hotel liaising.

Worldcon 75

Helsinki has announced that the name for the 2017 Worldcon will be Worldcon 75. Their Guests of Honor will include John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, and Walter Jon Williams. Worldcon 75 will take place from August 9-13, 2017.

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Golden Duck Awards

The winners of the Golden Duck Awards were announced at Sasquan. Normally announced at DucKon, this year’s announcement was postponed when DucKon was cancelled. The Golden Duck Awards, presented by SuperConDuckTivity, are selected by a jury of parents, teachers, and librarians and honor children’s and YA science fiction literature.

  • Picture Book: Max Goes to the Space Station: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog, by Jeffrey Bennett, illustrated by Michael Carroll
  • Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grade: Ambassador, by William Alexander
  • Hal Clement Award for Young Adult: Expiration Day, by William Campbell Powell

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WSFS Business

The Board Meeting of the World Science Fiction Society has voted to extend eligibility for the films I Remember the Future and Predestination for a second year based on a limited release schedule. The Board Meeting also requested that anonymized nominating data from the Hugos be released to allow members to judge the impact of the 4 in 6 and EPH proposals. Popular Ratification and the Open Source Software Proposal failed to pass the board meeting. Finally, Donald Eastlake, Stephen Boucher, and Bruce Farr were elected to serve on the Mark Protection Committee.