Category Archives: Hugo Announcement

In the long-ago days before email and about when ARPANET was becoming the Internet, there was a young woman who was a fan but not in fandom. She barely knew of the existence of fandom, and if any of the people around her were SF fans, they didn’t talk about it because it was somehow lowbrow. But she had read all the Bradbury, Bradley, Heinlein, and Le Guin in her school libraries. She loved books, and reading, and SF, and fantasy, and somewhere along the way had become aware that in far away places there were people who thought SF…

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the Retro Hugos are going to be hoppin’! Bring your comfy shoes and be prepared to boogie-woogie. You’ll get to hear all your favorite swing numbers while celebrating science fiction for the year 1941! The Retro Hugos are scheduled for 8pm on Thursday, August 18th. The joint will be jumpin’! If you’ve never jitter-bugged or lindy-hopped, don’t worry, we’ll have professionals there to help you get your shim-sham-shimmy on! Our dancers will teach you a few moves and encourage you to get out and cut a rug! There is no substitute for in-person lessons, however, these YouTube videos can get…

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A Guest Post by Ben Yalow I’m going to write for a bit about the history of the Hugo rules in the WSFS Constitution, and what I think they mean. But I should make it clear that these are not official rulings of any sort, which only get made by the Business Meeting presiding officer, and the Hugo Administrator. And the Hugo Administrator’s rulings are, in the end, the only ones that count, because the Constitution delegates the final decisions to the Worldcon committee, and the Worldcon committee, in every year since it was permitted to do so, delegates that…

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My name is Will Frank, and I’m the Vice-Administrator of this year’s Hugo Awards. The Hugo Administrators have a couple of specific duties: first and foremost, we oversee the process of nomination and voting. We work with the Registration departments of Worldcons Past, Present, and Future (Sasquan, MidAmeriCon II, and Worldcon 75) to make sure we have an accurate count of all the Supporting or Attending members—and clean up duplicates, of course, because you only get to nominate once, even if you have memberships to all three Worldcons—and assign every member a unique nominating identifier and security code. We also…

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First, on behalf of the Hugo administration staff and all the rest of the folks making preparations to run MidAmeriCon II, I want to thank all of the people who participated in our Hugo and Retro Hugo nomination processes. There were over 4,000 of you and that is a new record participation by quite a large margin. There’s a large number of tasks we have to do to administer the Hugos. Identifying eligible nominators and voters, setting up servers and web pages to handle secure nominations and voting, answering hundreds of questions about the process for the members, making sure…

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Forty years ago, in the spring of 1976 in Lawrence, Kansas, the phone rang in the late afternoon, about an hour and a half before I had to go and teach a belly-dance class. When I picked up, a deep, warm-as-a-woolly-blanket man’s voice said, ‘Hello, Mrs. Cadigan. This is Robert Heinlein.’ And I freakin’ died. Seriously; I died. This is my afterlife. Isn’t it great? Okay, let me back up a little. A little over forty-one years ago, I found out that the world science fiction convention was being held in Kansas City, MO. I was, of course, taking James…

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