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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Mays Declines Hugo Nomination

Thomas A. Mays has announced his decision to decline his Hugo nomination for the short story “The Commuter.” Mays was aware that his story was included on the slate put together by the Rabid Puppies group, but didn’t decide to decline his nomination until he saw that the slate had completely swept his category. According to Mays in announcing his decision, he “cannot take advantage of a flaw in the current nomination process.” The Hugo administrators have not yet responded to his announcement.
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Hugo Finalists

MidAmeriCon II has announced the finalists for the Hugos, to be awarded at this year’s Worldcon for works originally published in 2015. Any member of MidAmeriCon II can vote for the Hugos. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday, August 20, in Kansas City.

Best Novel

  • Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie
  • The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, by Jim Butcher
  • The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Seveneves: A Novel, by Neal Stephenson
  • Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

Best Novella

  • Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Builders, by Daniel Polansky
  • Penric’s Demon, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Perfect State, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Slow Bullets, by Alastair Reynolds

Best Novelette

  • “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead,” by Brooke Bolander
  • “Flashpoint: Titan,” by CHEAH Kai Wai
  • “Folding Beijing,” by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu
  • “Obits,” by Stephen King
  • “What Price Humanity?” by David VanDyke

Best Short Story

  • “Asymmetrical Warfare,” by S. R. Algernon
  • “The Commuter,” by Thomas A. Mays
  • “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 Related Work

  • Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986, by Marc Aramini
  • “The First Draft of My Appendix N Book,” by Jeffro Johnson
  • “Safe Space as Rape Room,” by Daniel Eness
  • SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police, by Vox Day
  • “The Story of Moira Greyland,” by Moira Greyland

Best Graphic Story

  • The Divine, by Boaz Lavie, Asaf Hanuka, and Tomer Hanuka
  • Erin Dies Alone, by Grey Carter & Cory Rydell
  • Full Frontal Nerdity, by Aaron Williams
  • Invisible Republic, Vol. I, by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
  • The Sandman: Overture, by Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

  • Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent”
  • Grimm: “Headache”
  • Jessica Jones: “A.K.A. Smile”
  • My Little Pony, Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map”
  • Supernatural: “Just My Imagination”

Best Editor (Long Form)

  • Vox Day
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Jim Minz
  • Toni Weiskopf

Best Editor (Short Form)

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jerry Pournelle
  • Sheila Williams

Best Professional Artist

  • Lars Braad Andersen
  • Larry Elmore
  • Abigail Larson
  • Michael Karez
  • Larry Rostant

Best Semiprozine

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Daily Science Fiction
  • Sci Phi Journal
  • Strange Horizons
  • Uncanny Magazine

Best Fanzine

  • Black Gate
  • Castalia House Blog
  • File 770
  • Superversive SF
  • Tangent Online

Best Fancast

  • 8-4 Play
  • Cane and Rinse
  • Hello Greedo
  • The Rageholic
  • Tales to Terrify

Best Fan Writer

  • Douglas Ernst
  • Mike Glyer
  • Morgan Holmes
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Shamus Young

Best Fan Artist

  • Matthew Callahan
  • disse86
  • Kukuruyo
  • Christian Quinot
  • Steve Stiles

John W. Campbell Award

  • Pierre Brown
  • Sebastien de Castell
  • Brian Niemeier
  • Andy Weir
  • Alyssa Wong

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Hugo Mark Protection Committee Seeking European Usage

The Hugo Mark Protection Committee is looking for references to the Hugo Award within the European Union (including the UK), specifically its use on book covers, in fanzines, etc. The MPC is assembling collaborating information for their application for registration of the Hugo Award as a service mark within the EU. Anyone with information or citations that might be useful should contact MPC secretary Linda Deneroff at lindandee at

MidAmeriCon II Hugo Base Contest

MidAmeriCon II has announced a contest to design the base of this year’s Hugo Award. Design proposals will be accepted until January 18, 2016, and the winner will be selected by late February. The winner of the base design competition will receive a full attending membership for the convention and will be invited to take part in the public unveiling of the design.

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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.

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

Schubert Withdraws from Hugo Ballot

Edmund R. Schubert, the editor of Intergalactic Medicine Show, has announced his decision to withdraw himself from the Best Editor – Short Form category on this year’s Hugo ballot. Schubert is now the fourth nominee to withdraw since the ballot went live.

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Further Hugo Ballot Changes

With the withdrawal from the ballot by Marko Kloos of his novel Lines of Departure and by Annie Bellet of her short story “Goodnight Stars,” the Hugo Administrators have added additional works to the ballots. The addition in the novel category is Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem and in the Short Story category the addition is “A Single Samurai,” by Steven Diamond

Best Novel

  • Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
  • The Dark Between the Stars, by Kevin J. Anderson
  • The Gobin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher
  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu

Best Short Story

  • “On a Spiritual Plain,” by Lou Antonelli
  • “The Parliament of Beasts and Birds,” by John C. Wright
  • “A Single Samurai,” by Steven Diamond
  • “Totaled,” by Kary English
  • “Turncoat,” by Steve Rzasa

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Hugo Nominees Withdrawn

Marko Kloos and Annie Bellet have issued statements withdrawing their Hugo nominated works from the ballot this year. Kloos was nominated for his novel Lines of Departure and withdrew the work because he felt that he couldn’t accept a nomination that may not have been entirely due to the work’s own merit. Bellet has withdrawn her story “Goodnight Stars” from the ballot because this year’s Hugo Awards have become about more than just great science fiction.

Marko Kloos’ statement…
Annie Bellet’s statement…