Chicon 7 has created the Peggy Rae Sapienza Endowment at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb using surplus funds. The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support to benefit the Northern Illinois University Library, Special Collections, for the procurement, preservation, and promotion of materials germane to the study of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror and their fandoms. The initial endowment of $25,000 was made at a Reception during the Nebula Award Weekend in Chicago and represents the last of Chicon 7’s surplus, and Chicon invites other individuals and organizations to donate to the endowment to improve its efficacy. Steven H Silver, who was one of three Chicon 7 Vice Chairs, will serve as the fund’s trustee.
Chicon 7 and Ustream have announced plans to rebroadcast the entire Hugo Award Ceremony from last Sunday at 7:00 CT on Sunday, September 9. The original stream was interrupted when the ceremony was incorrectly tagged as violating copyright for airing video clips Chicon was authorized to show. The broadcast will subsequently be available from the same channel on an on-demand basis. Ustream has also offered additional support and publicity for the streaming of future Hugo Award Ceremonies for upcoming Worldcons in San Antonio, TX (2013) and London, UK (2014).
Nat Saenz coordinated the film festival at Chicon. This year’s judging panel was comprised of John Hickey, David Kania, Bill Frazier, and Nick Wagoner. The Battelle SF Club served as a focus group judging films. 125 independent short films and 8 independent feature films were screened from 17 countries. The festival was coordinated by Nat Saenz. The following films received awards at the film festival.
- Best SF&F Feature Film: Pig, directed by Henry Barrial
- Best Horror Feature Film: Nailbiter, directed by Patrick Rea
- Best Animation Short Film: Paths of Hate, directed by Damian Nenow
- Best SF&F Short Film: The Centrifuge Brain Project, directed by Till Nowak
- Best Horror Short Film: Dead Happy, directed by Nicky Lianos
- Best Fan Film: Star Trek Phase II: The Child, directed by Jon Povill
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
- 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