Hugo Awards

This year’s Hugo Awards were presented at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki on August 11. In addition to the Hugos, the Seiun for Best translated works were presented (although previously announced), the Finnish Atorox Award, as well the Big Heart Award.

  • Best Novel: The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin
  • John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Ada Palmer
  • Best Series: The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Best Novella: Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
  • Best Novelette: “The Tomato Thief,” by Ursula Vernon
  • Best Short Story: “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Best Related Work: Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Best Graphic Story: Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda
  • Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form: Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form: The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes,” written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough
  • Best Editor – Short Form: Ellen Datlow
  • Best Editor – Long Form: Liz Gorinsky
  • Best Professional Artist: Julie Dillon
  • Best Semiprozine: Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
  • Best Fanzine: Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
  • Best Fancast: Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman
  • Best Fan Writer: Abigail Nussbaum
  • Best Fan Artist: Elizabeth Leggett

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Young Adult Award Passes

The Worldcon Business Meeting at Helsinki ratified a motion passed last year to create a Young Adult Award to be given out with and administered during the Hugo Award process, although the award will not be a Hugo. The first award will be presented next year at Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California. A motion to name the award the Lodestar received first passage and will need to be ratified at next year’s Business Meeting. The passage of the name will not be retroactive, so the first year’s award will simply be known as the YA Award.
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Obituary: Felice Maxam

Bay area fan Felice Maxam (b.1934) died on December 1. Maxam, then Felice Rolfe, was a member of the Peninsula SF Association in the 1960s. She co-edited Niekas with Ed Meskys, being nominated for two Hugo Awards and winning the Hugo for best fanzine in 1967.

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.

Black Gate Withdraws from Hugo Ballot

John O’Neill has announced his decision to withdraw Black Gate from the Best Fanzine category on this year’s Hugo ballot. Since the ballot was released, O’Neill has been advocating for No Award in his own and other categories and has now stated “We can’t both be a part of the ballot, and actively working against it.” Black Gate is now the third nominee withdrawn since the ballot went live and several other potential nominees have announced that they had turned down a nomination prior to the announcement of the ballot.

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