1956 Hugo Nominees

The full nomination ballot for the 1956 Hugo Awards has been found by Olav Rokne who discovered the listing in the third progress report issued by NYCon II. The ballot is listed below. The winners appear first in each category.

Best Novel

  • Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Call Him Dead, by Eric Frank Russell
  • End of Eternity, by Isaac Asimov
  • Not this August, by Cyril Kornbluth
  • The Long Tomorrow, by Leigh Brackett

Best Novelette

  • “Exploration Team,” (alt: “Combat Team”) by Murray Leinster
  • “A Gun for Dinosaur,” by L. Sprague de Camp
  • “Brightside Crossing,” by Alan Nourse
  • “Home There’s No Returning,” by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore
  • “Legwork,” by Eric Frank Russell
  • “The Assistant Self,” by P.L. Wallace
  • “The End of Summer,” by Algis Budrys
  • “Who?,” by Theodore Sturgeon

Best Short Story

  • “The Star,” by Arthur C. Clarke
  • “End as a World,” by F.L. Wallace
  • “King of the Hill,” by James Blish
  • “Nobody Bothers Gus,” by Algis Budrys
  • “The Game of Rat and Dragon,” by Cordwainer Smith
  • “The Dragon,” by Ray Bradbury
  • “Spy Story,” by Robert Sheckley
  • “Twink,” by Theodore Sturgeon

Best Professional Magazine

    No shortlist of finalists was published in this category. The ballot instructions read “Pro mag names must be written in.”

Best Professional Artist

  • Frank Kelly Freas
  • Chesley Bonestell
  • Ed Emshwiller
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Mel Hunter
  • Edward Valigursky

Best Fanzine

  • Inside, edited by Ron Smith
  • (Science Fiction Advertiser, edited by Ron Smith)*
  • A Bas
  • Fantasy-Times
  • Grue
  • Hyphen
  • Oblique
  • Peon
  • Psychotic-SF Review
  • Skyhook
    *Science Fiction Advertiser was not listed among the finalists on the ballot; however, the ballot for this year included spaces for write-in votes.

Best Feature Writer

  • Willy Ley
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • Robert A. Madle
  • Rog Phillips
  • R.S. Richardson

Best Book Reviewer

  • Damon Knight
  • Henry Bott
  • F. Schyler Miller
  • Anthony Boucher
  • Groff Conklin
  • Villers Gerson
  • Floyd Gale
  • Hans Stefan Santesson

Most Promising New Author

  • Robert Silverberg
  • Harlan Ellison
  • Frank Herbert
  • Henry Still

For more information (Progress report, pdf).

Lunacon on Haitus

The Lunarians, the parent organization for Lunacon, have announced the decision not to hold Lunacon in 2018. The convention previously cancelled the 2015 convention, but held “creatively successful” conventions in 2016 and 2017. Lunarian President Stu Hellinger has stated that Lunacon needs to undergo a complete reevaluation of what it should provide the community. The first Lunacon was held in 1957.

DragonCon Injuries

Two women were injured when chairs were thrown from the upper stories of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis into the atrium during Dragon Con on September 3. Jamie Temple-Thompson Amador and Kelly McDaniel were both taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries. McDaniel, whose injuries required two staples, credits her Loki costume head dress for saving her life. Amador, who was attending her first Dragon Con, was dressed as Jessica Rabbit.
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Dragon Awards

The second annual Dragon Awards were presented at Dragon Con.

  • Best Science Fiction Novel: Babylon’s Ashes, by James S.A. Corey
  • Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal): Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge, by Larry Correia and John Ringo
  • Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel: The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan
  • Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel: Iron Dragoons, by Richard Fox
  • Best Alternate History Novel: Fallout: The Hot War, by Harry Turtledove
  • Best Apocalyptic Novel: Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow
  • Best Horror Novel: The Changeling, by Victor LaValle
  • Best Comic Book: The Dresden Files: Dog Men, by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo
  • Best Graphic Novel: Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card, by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series: Stranger Things
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie: Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game: Pokemon GO
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game: Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon

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Dublin Wins Worldcon

Dublin, Ireland has won the right to host the 2019 Worldcon in an uncontested site selection. Dublin 2019 will take place at the Convention Centre Dublin from August 15-19, 2019. Membership will be on sale soon. James Bacon will chair the convention. The announced Guests of Honor are:

  • Bill and Mary Burns
  • Diane Duane
  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Ian McDonald
  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell
  • Steve Jackson

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More Worldcon Business

At the Second Business Meeting, several more amendments passed on from MidAmeriCon were debated, with two items being ratified and two failing to be ratified.



  • Best Series: Permanently adds the Best Series Hugo Award.

  • Defining North America: Provides a specific definition of North America



  • Three Stage Voting (3SV): The addition of a third phase before final nominations are announced allowing members to reject works with a supermajority.

  • EPH+: A change to the vote calculations during the nomination round for EPH

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Ratified Business

Three pieces of business passed at MidAmeriCon II last year received their ratification at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki on Friday. The Young Adult fiction award was created, “December Is Good Enough,” which states that the deadline for nomination works for the Hugo should be moved to December 31 instead of January 31 passed, and “Two Years Are Enough,” which limits the nominations of the Hugo to members of the current or preceding Worldcon all passed, although Worldcon 76 is grandfathered in to the current three year nominating pool. Other business for ratification has been postponed until the Saturday Business Meeting.
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Hugo Award Recognized by Guinness

The Guinness Book of World Records has announced that they have recognized the Hugo Awards as the longest running science fiction award. The Hugo Awards were initially given out in 1953 at Philcon II. The awards were not presented the following year, but have been presented every years since 1955, when they were presented at Clevention, in Cleveland. The 64th Hugo Awards will be presented later today at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki.

Picacio and Hayes to GOH at Worldcon 76

Worldcon 76, scheduled to be held in 2018 in San Jose, California, has announced the additions of artist John Picacio musician Frank Hayes to their list of Guests of Honor. Picacio and Hayes join previously announced guests Spider Robinson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Pierre & Sandy Pettinger. Worldcon 76 is also honoring tow “GOHsts of Honor,” Edgar Pangborn and Bob Wilkins. Worldcon 76 will take place in San Jose, California from August 16-20, 2018.
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Worldcon 75 Maxes Out Sales

Worldcon 75 in Helsinki has announced that it is ending at-con membership sales. A larger than expected turnout in the last few weeks and at the door has resulted in overcrowding of function space. Only 100 day badges will be sold for each of the remaining days of the convention, although the trade hall will continue to be open to the public without charge.
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