As you likely know, the Hugo Awards were announced yesterday. I was invited to be on the Hugo-nominated Coode Street Podcast for their annual Hugo ballot rundown with hosts Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe, as well as guest Tansy Rayner Roberts.

That episode is now live. Listen to The Coode Street Podcast Episode 186: Hugo Awards 2014 with John DeNardo and Tansy Rayner Roberts.

The finalists for the 2014 Hugo Award and the 1939 Retro Hugos have been announced.

[Woot! Hooray for Patrick Hester and the SF Signal Podcast! Hooray for Paul Weimer!]

2014 Hugo Awards

The finalists are…


(1595 ballots)

  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
  • Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross (Ace / Orbit UK)
  • Parasite by Mira Grant (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
  • Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia (Baen Books)
  • The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books)

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Nominations are now open for the 2014 Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. The deadline for all nomination ballots is Monday March 31, 2014, at 11:59 pm PDT (7:59 am BST on Tuesday 1 April – UK time).

Just a reminder: we love our 2 Hugos for Best Fanzine and are stepping aside in that category to allow more nominations to go to other worthy fanzine contenders.

The SF Signal Podcast, however, is eligible for Best Fancast…and our contributors are eligible for Best Fan Writer.

The awards will be presented at Worldcon 72 / Loncon 3.

Happy nominating!

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VIDEO: Vincent Villafranca’s 2013 Hugo Award Base Design

I mentioned before how beautiful this year’s Hugo Award is. That beautifully detailed bronze base is the handiwork of Vincent Villafranca.

If you attended the Hugo ceremony, or watched it online , you will remember the video depicting Vincent creating the base. That video has now been released into the wild by the video’s director, John Davis (who also directed, among other things, Jimmy Neutron). When I spoke with Vincent, he told me that the protective eyewear he wears in the video are antiques, actually worn by smelters decades ago.

Check it out after the jump and see the marvelous close-ups of the awesome base.

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LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, has opened up
online voting for the 2013 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award.

Voters will need their access PIN and have until July 31st, 2013 at 11:59 PM CDT to vote.

LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, has made available the 2013 Hugo Voter Packet, an electronic package of nominated works graciously made available to voters by nominees and their publishers.

The 2013 Hugo Voter Packet is available to Supporting, Attending, Military and Young Adult members of LoneStarCon 3 to help inform them about the works under consideration before voting. The packet will remain available until voting closes on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 11:59pm CDT.

Members can login here. You will need your name (as recorded in the LoneStarCon 3 membership database) and your unique Hugo PIN to access the Hugo Voter Packet content. PIN reminders will be sent out at regular intervals during the final ballot period. Instructions on how to recover lost or forgotten PINs can be found on the download page.

If you are not yet a member you can register online for immediate access to the Hugo Voter Packet and the chance to help select this year’s Hugo and John W. Campbell Award winners. You do not need to attend the convention to participate in the Hugo Awards.

The news broke yesterday that SF Signal was nominated for the Hugo Award in the Best Fanzine category and the SF Signal Podcast was nominated in the Best Fancast category. I cannot tell you how tickled we are to make the ballot.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the voters. Knowing that you value what we do is heartwarming, so from the bottom of our warm hearts, THANK YOU!

I also want to thank our awesome contributors, without whom this wouldn’t have happened. The strength of SF Signal lies with people who share their ideas and love of genre. And we have the best contributors this side of the Orion Nebula. Our contributors in 2012 included:
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The finalists for the 2013 Hugo Award have been announced.

Short version: Woot! Two nominations again — Thank you, everyone!

Long version: The nominees are:

Best Novel
  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit) [See SF Signal review]
  • Blackout by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor) [See SF Signal review]
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (DAW) [See SF Signal review]

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Hugo Award Nomination Period Is Now Open

From a press release:

SAN ANTONIO, Texas LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), is delighted to announce that the 2013 Hugo Award nomination period is now open.

Nomination ballots for the prestigious Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer will be accepted from January 1, 2013, 12:00 a.m., to Sunday, March 10, 2013, 11:59 p.m. EDT (Sunday, March 10, 2013, 8:59 p.m. PDT; Monday, March 11, 2013, 6:59 a.m. UTC/GMT). Members of LoneStarCon 3 and Loncon 3 (the 2014 Worldcon) who join by January 31, 2013, and all members of Chicon 7, the 2012 Worldcon, are invited to submit nomination ballots.

The Hugo Awards are the premier award of the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction literature and media as well as fans of the genre. The Hugo Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honor science fiction and fantasy notables for nearly 60 years.

More information about the Hugo Awards, including details on how to submit a nomination ballot, is available from Ballots may be submitted by postal mail or online. Online voters will need a unique LoneStarCon 3 Personal Identification Number (PIN) to enter their ballot; these will be issued by email over the next few days and will also be distributed during January along with Progress Report 3, for those members receiving printed progress reports.

For additional information, please contact


Founded in 1939, the World Science Fiction Convention is one of the largest international gatherings of authors, artists, editors, publishers, and fans of science fiction and fantasy. The annual Hugo Awards, the leading award for excellence in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, are voted on by Worldcon membership and presented during the convention.

LoneStarCon 3 is sponsored by ALAMO, Inc., (Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization), a 501(c)(3) organization. For information about memberships or hotel accommodation, please visit our website at Please send press questions, or requests to be removed from the LoneStarCon 3 press release mailing list, to, and send general queries to

“World Science Fiction Society,” “WSFS,” “World Science Fiction Convention,” “Worldcon,” “NASFiC,” “Hugo Award,” and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award Rocket are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.

REMINDER: Hugo Voting Deadline is 1 Week Away!

A reminder for Hugo voters…

The Hugo Award voting deadline is Tuesday July 31. That’s a mere 7 days away…so if you haven’t already, take this time to vote.

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In episode 116 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester takes a moment to thank everyone involved with the podcast, and our listeners, for the 2012 Hugo Award Nomination.

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REMINDER: Deadline For Hugo Award Nominations is March 11!

The March 11 deadline for casting nominating ballots for the 2012 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is fast approaching…

So says the official press release:
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