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).

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.

Hugo Ballot Change

Worldcon 75 has announced that Alex Gamer has indicated that he is ineligible for his nomination for Best Fan Artist. Gamer’s entire 2016 publication was professional with no fan art published during that period. Worldcon 75 has replaced him on the ballot with Steve Stiles. New printed ballots are being produced and the on-line ballot will reflect the change when it goes live.

Best Fan Artist

  • Ninni Aalto
  • Vesa Lehtimäki
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
  • Mansik Yang

For more information…

Hugo Nominees

This year’s Hugo nominees were announced by Worldcon 75 on April 4. All members of Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, are eligible to vote for this year’s winners, which will be announced at the Worldcon on August 12.

Best Novel

  • All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
  • A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers
  • Death’s End, by Cixin Liu
  • Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin
  • Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer

Best Novella (1410 ballots)

  • The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
  • Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
  • Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson
  • This Census-Taker, by China Miéville

Best Novelette

  • Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex, by Stix Hiscock
  • “The Art of Space Travel,” by Nina Allan
  • “The Jewel and Her Lapidary,” by Fran Wilde
  • “The Tomato Thief,” by Ursula Vernon
  • “Touring with the Alien,” by Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay,” by Alyssa Wong

Best Short Story

  • “The City Born Great,” by N. K. Jemisin
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers,” by Alyssa Wong
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” by Brooke Bolander
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “That Game We Played During the War,” by Carrie Vaughn
  • “An Unimaginable Light,” by John C. Wright

Best Related Work

  • The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley
  • The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher
  • Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
  • The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman
  • “The Women of Harry Potter,” posts by Sarah Gailey
  • Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Best Graphic Story

  • Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze
  • Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda
  • Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa
  • Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher
  • Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks
  • The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form

  • Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller
  • Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig
  • Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi
  • Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards
  • Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form

  • Black Mirror: “San Junipero,” written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris
  • Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette
  • The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes,” written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough
  • Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards,” written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik
  • Game of Thrones: “The Door,” written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender
  • Splendor & Misery, by Clipping

Best Editor – Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form

  • Vox Day
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Devi Pillai
  • Miriam Weinberg
  • Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist

  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Chris McGrath
  • Victo Ngai
  • John Picacio
  • Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited and and published by Scott H. Andrews
  • Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, edited by P. Alexander
  • GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Catherine Krahe, Vajra Chandrasekera, Vanessa Rose Phin, Li Chua, Aishwarya Subramanian, Tim Moore, Anaea Lay, and the Strange Horizons staff
  • Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
  • The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James

Best Fanzine (610 ballots)

  • Castalia House Blog, edited by Jeffro Johnson
  • Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Helena Nash, Errick Nunnally, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Chuck Serface, and Erin Underwood
  • Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
  • nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
  • Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
  • SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney

Best Fancast

  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan
  • Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
  • Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
  • Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch
  • The Rageaholic, presented by RazörFist
  • Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

Best Fan Writer

  • Mike Glyer
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Natalie Luhrs
  • Foz Meadows
  • Abigail Nussbaum
  • Chuck Tingle

Best Fan Artist

  • Ninni Aalto
  • Alex Garner
  • Vesa Lehtimäki
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
  • Mansik Yang

Best Series

  • The Craft Sequence, by Max Gladstone
  • The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey
  • The October Daye Books, by Seanan McGuire
  • The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series, by Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik
  • The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • Sarah Gailey
  • J. Mulrooney
  • Malka Older
  • Ada Palmer
  • Laurie Penny
  • Kelly Robson

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Worldcon 75 Adds Hugo Category

Worldcon 75, to be held in Helsinki in 2017, has announced that they will present a Hugo for Best Series. Each Worldcon may create a one-time Hugo category and Worldcon 75 has elected to trial a Best Series Hugo prior to the category getting its second ratification vote. The Best Series Hugo may be given to “a multi-volume science fiction or fantasy story, unified by elements such as plot, characters, setting, and presentation, which has appeared in at least three volumes consisting of a total of at least 240,000 words by the close of the calendar year 2016, at least one volume of which was published in 2016.”
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Alfie Awards

George R. R. Martin announced the winners of the Alfie Awards, named for Alfie Bester and created to combat attempts to game the Hugo Award system, as his Hugo Losers Party on August 20. Martin created the first Hugo Losers Party in a hotel room at MidAmeriCon in 1976. This year’s event was held at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City.

  • Best Short Story: “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” by Alyssa Wong
  • Best Related Work: Letters to Tiptree, by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce
  • Best Graphic Novel: Bitch Planet, Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma, and Robert Wilson
  • Best Artist: Julie Dillon
  • Best Fanzine: Journey Planet
  • Best Fancast: Tea and Jeopardy, by Emma Newman & Peter Newman
  • Best Fan Writer: Alexandra Erin
  • Special Committee Award: Black Gate
  • Special Committee Award: Locus

Hugo Awards

The Hugo Award winners were announced at MidAmeriCon II on August 20 at a ceremony toastmastered by Pat Cadigan and Jan Siegel.

  • Best Novel: The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Best Novella: Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Best Novelette: “Folding Beijing,” by Jingfang Hao, trans. Ken Liu
  • Best Short Story: “Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer
  • Best Related Work: No Award
  • Best Graphic Story: The Sandman: Overture, by Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams
  • Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): The Martian
  • Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): Jessica Jones: “A.K.A. Smile”
  • Best Editor (Long Form): Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Best Editor (Short Form): Ellen Datlow
  • Best Professional Artist: Abigail Larson
  • Best Semiprozine: Uncanny Magazine
  • Best Fanzine: File 770
  • Best Fancast: No Award
  • Best Fan Writer: Mike Glyer
  • Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
  • John W. Campbell Award: Andy Weir

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Felix Designs Hugo Base

Sara Felix, the current president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA), has been announced as the designer of this year’s Hugo Award bases, which will be revealed at MidAmeriCon II’s opening ceremonies on August 17 in Kansas City.
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Hugo Replacements

MidAmeriCon II has announced that Thomas Mays and John O’Neill’s decisions to decline their Hugo nominations have been accepted. Mays story will be replaced by “Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer and Black Gate will be replaced by , edited by Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan. The revised categories are:


  • “Asymmetrical Warfare,” by S. R. Algernon
  • “Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer
  • “If You Were an Award, My Love,” by Juan Tabo and S. Harris
  • “Seven Kill Tiger,” by Charles Shao
  • “Space Raptor Butt Invasion,” by Chuck Tingle

Best Fanzine

  • Castalia House Blog, edited by Jeffro Johnson
  • File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
  • Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
  • Superversive SF, edited by Jason Rennie
  • Tangent Online, edited by Dave Truesdale

For more information…

Black Gate Declines Hugo Nomination

John O’Neill has announced his decision to decline his Hugo nomination for the website Black Gate. O’Neill’s decision mirrors his decision last year after benefiting from appearing on a slate in the nominating phase. The Hugo administrators have not yet responded to his announcement.
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