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.

Sasquan Committee Awards

Jay Lake and Julian May were both awarded special committee awards by Sasquan. Jay Lake, a much beloved Portland area author, died after a lengthy battle with cancer that he chronicled, on June 1, 2014. Julian May, who lives in the Seattle area, was the chair of TASFiC, the tenth Worldcon, in Chicago, and the author of numerous novels.

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

Golden Duck Awards

The winners of the Golden Duck Awards were announced at Sasquan. Normally announced at DucKon, this year’s announcement was postponed when DucKon was cancelled. The Golden Duck Awards, presented by SuperConDuckTivity, are selected by a jury of parents, teachers, and librarians and honor children’s and YA science fiction literature.

  • Picture Book: Max Goes to the Space Station: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog, by Jeffrey Bennett, illustrated by Michael Carroll
  • Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grade: Ambassador, by William Alexander
  • Hal Clement Award for Young Adult: Expiration Day, by William Campbell Powell

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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.

Chesley Award Winners

The Chesley Awards, for artwork produced in 2014, were presented at Sasquan on the afternoon of August 20. The awards are presented by ASFA.

  • Best Cover Illustration / Hardcover
: Julie Dillon for Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology, edited by Brandon Sanderson
  • Best Cover Illustration – Paperback
: Raoul Vitale for Nebula Awards Showcase 2014, edited by Kij Johnson
  • Best Cover Illustration – Magazine: Julie Dillon for Analog, April 2014
  • Best Interior Illustration: 
Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso for “Ekaterina and the Firebird,” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe; Tor.com, January 2014
  • Best Color Work – Unpublished
: Michael C. Hayes, Alegretto oils
  • Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished: 
Allen Williams for “Sphynx” graphite
  • Best Three-Dimensional Art
: Dan Chudzinski for The Mudpuppy, resin & mixed media
  • Best Gaming Related Illustration: Peter Mohrbacher for Pharika, God of Affliction Magic card, Journey into Nyx; WotC, May 2014
  • Best Product Illustration: 
Donato Giancola for George R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar, Bantam, 2014
  • Best Art Director
: Irene Gallo, Tor & Tor.com
  • Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
: John Harris

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SFWA Charity Auction

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors of America (SFWA) will be holding a charity auction on Sunday, August 23 at Sasquan in the Spokane Convention Center Hall C – Guinan’s Place. Proceeds from the auction, which will include tuckerizations and critiques from Greg Bear, David Brin, Cory Doctorow, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Nancy Kress, Larry Niven, Mike Resnick, and John Scalzi, as well as an outgoing voicemail recording by Mary Robinette Kowal and a personalized insult from Neil Gaiman, among other items, will be available. The proceeds will go the the SFWA Givers Fund, which funds the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund, Legal Fund, and other SFWA grants. Ellen Klages will serve as auctioneer.

Sidewise Award Winners

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History winners have been announced ahead of Sasquan. Due to the inability of any of the judges to attend Sasquan, the decision was made to cancel the presentation at the convention and announce the winners prior to the con.

  • Short Form: “The Long Haul: From the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009,” by Ken Liu
  • Long Form: The Enemy Within by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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MilPhil Closes Books

According to the Financial Report filed ahead of Sasquan, Millennium Philcon, the 59th Annual World Science Fiction Convention, has closed its books, making its final financial disbursements totalling 46,000 to Sasquan and MidAmeriCon II. This announcement leaves Anticipation as the earliest Worldcon which has not closed its books.

Lindgren Leaves for Sasquan

Sasquan Special Guest Kjell Lindgren left for Sasquan yesterday aboard a Soyuz capsule which will carry him to the International Space Station, from which he will participate in Sasquan programming. Once Lindgren’s flight had cleared the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Sasquan arranged to cancel a contingency hotel room for Lindgren, apparently being the first time the Spokane Convention Visitor’s Bureau had ever received the reason “He’s in space” for a room cancellation, according to Sasquan Vice Chair Glenn Glazer.

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