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WINNERS: 2014 Hugo Awards

The winners of the 2014 Hugo Award have been announced.

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

  • BEST NOVEL: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
  • BEST NOVELLA: “Equoid” by Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)
  • BEST NOVELETTE: “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com/Tor.com, 09-2013)
  • BEST SHORT STORY: “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013)BEST RELATED WORK: “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)
  • BEST GRAPHIC STORY: “Time” by Randall Munroe (XKCD)
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM): Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films; Warner Bros.)
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM): Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
  • BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM: Ellen Datlow
  • BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM: Ginjer Buchanan
  • BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST: Julie Dillon
  • BEST SEMIPROZINE: Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki
  • BEST FANZINE: A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher
  • BEST FANCAST: SF Signal Podcast – Patrick Hester
  • BEST FAN WRITER: Kameron Hurley
  • BEST FAN ARTIST: Sarah Webb
  • JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER (Not a Hugo): Sofia Samatar

Congratulations to all the winners!

Here are the voting stats.

See also: Past winners

WINNERS: 1939 Retro Hugo Award

The winners of the 1939 Retro Hugo Award were announced at LonCon 3:
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Talking About the Just-Announced Hugo Ballot on the Coode Street Podcast

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.

FINALISTS: 2014 Hugo Award & 1939 Retro Hugos [With Free Fiction Links!]

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…


BEST NOVEL

(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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2014 Hugo Award Nomination Period Is Now Open

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!

[via File770]

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 200!): 2013 WorldCon Wrap-Up

In episode 200 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester, Gail Carriger, Matthew Sanborn Smith, Karen Burnham and John DeNardo chat about their adventures at this year’s WorldCon in San Antonio, Texas.
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[GUEST POST] Christopher J. Garcia’s Conversations at the Bottom of the Escalator


Christopher J. Garcia is a writer, historian, fanzine editor (editor of The Drink Tank and co-editor (with James Bacon) of Journey Planet), and filmmaker from Santa Clara, California. He’s lost 16 Hugos in three categories, but managed to win Best Fanzine in 2011. He’s a Curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. He is also working on a fannish documentary series called 5 Cons.

Conversations at the Bottom of the Escalator
An Open Letter to John DeNardo

Dear John,

First off, congrats! You’ve got your second Hugo which can now be used as bookends! That’s the best thing about getting your second, so I’ve been told, and as long as one of the books between them is All Our Yesterdays by Harry Warner, I’ll never complain about comin’ in second to ya on both of ‘em!
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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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Short Fiction Friday: Reflections on the 2013 Hugo Award Short Fiction Winners

The Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend most likely found the eclectic group of SF Signal readers doing any number of relaxing, geektastic things.  I was basking in the glow of a decent fantasy football draft and watching the Hugo awards live via Twitter feed.  You have to hand it to 21st century technology.  Although the feed from LonestarCon’s hotel venue was poor and kept dropping, the avid SFF fans on Twitter managed to keep fans like me aware of things as they were happening.

In my opinion the short fiction categories were very strong this year. In many of the categories I had my own favorites that I was pulling for, and yet the short fiction category for me personally was one of agonizing choices because I found myself torn over who I hoped would win.  There were several stories that I felt were deserving of artist Vincent Villafranca’s gorgeous 2013 rocket.

Serendipitously, it happens that I have read all the winners of the short fiction category as well as many of the deserving also-rans and I thought it would be a nice idea to honor the short fiction winners this year by discussing them this week for Short Fiction Friday.  What were your impressions of this year’s Hugo short fiction winners?  Let us know whether you agree or disagree and why.

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2013 LoneStarCon3/WorldCon Trip Report

I’m still flying high after LonestarCon3/Worldcon 2013. What a blast it was. Even though I arrived relatively late to the con, the people there instantly made me feel right at home.

Convention panels are fun, but for me the real pleasure in attending conventions is hanging out with like-minded book-lovers. Many people made this con a memorable lifetime experience for me — too many to name-drop without leaving someone out, but they know who they are — and they were not only the fellow attendees with whom I shared laughs with, but also the convention runners who put on a great con. Well done! My only regret is that I didn’t have more time to spend with fellow con-goers, and some fiends I missed seeing completely. Next time!

This convention had the largest-ever attendance by regular SF Signal contributors. I finally got to meet some of them for the first time in person. It was like a family gathering, only without the arguments and guilt. (Even so: I’m the crotchety old uncle.) :)

Speaking of gatherings, the SF Signal Meetup was a smashing success. Lots of fans and authors showed up for a relaxed get-together and some fun schmoozing. It ran long, but only because it was so much fun. Thanks to everyone who attended!
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WINNERS: 2013 Hugo Awards

Since much of the SF Signal crew were knee-deep in Worldcon (and lovin’ every minute of it), this announcement comes later than usual: The winners of the 2013 Hugo Awards have been announced!

(Woot! More to come later. :) )

Here are the winners:

  • BEST NOVEL: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • BEST NOVELLA: “The Emperor’s Soul” by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
  • BEST NOVELETTE: “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” by Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)
  • BEST SHORT STORY: “Mono no Aware” by Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)
  • BEST RELATED WORK: Writing Excuses, Season 7 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Jordan Sanderson
  • BEST GRAPHIC STORY: Saga, Volume 1 written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM): The Avengers Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)
  • BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM): Game of Thrones: “Blackwater” Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)
  • BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM: Stanley Schmidt
  • BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST: John Picacio
  • BEST SEMIPROZINE: Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace, and Kate Baker
  • BEST FANZINE: SF Signal edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester
  • BEST FANCAST: SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters), and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)
  • BEST FAN WRITER: Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • BEST FAN ARTIST: Galen Dara

The John W. Campbell Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2011 or 2012, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award): Mur Lafferty

The 2013 Hugo Award winners were announced on Sunday evening, September 1, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio. The ceremony was hosted by LoneStarCon 3 Toastmaster Paul Cornell.

The 2013 Hugo trophy base was designed and cast in bronze by Texan sculptor Vincent Villafranca.

Congratulation to all the (other) winners!

Online Voting is Open for The 2013 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award

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.

2013 Hugo Voter Packet Now Available!

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.

SF Signal and SF Signal Podcast Nominated for 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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FINALISTS: 2013 Hugo Award (Plus: Free Fiction Links!)

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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My Hugo Choices: A Mildly Odd Misadventure, With Some Observations About the Lessons of Fiction

On Monday the latest SF Signal Podcast went live, and I was on it. The topic: 2013 Hugo Ballot Suggestions. With January 31st the deadline for joining LoneStarCon to be eligible for submitting nominations, it seemed like a very good opportunity to participate in the conversation about them, especially since I was not going to be able to formally contribute to the process (due primarily to financial considerations).  But I had read some great fiction in 2012 and wanted to give those stories a boost, so I volunteered to be on the podcast even though, as some of you know, my attitude towards awards is rather conflicted. Despite that, I wanted to put forth some suggestions for people to ponder.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 173): The Massive List of 2013 Hugo Ballot Suggestions

In episode 173 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks his motley crew of mis-fit panelists to discuss: Who is on your 2013 Hugo Nomination Ballot?

This is a long podcast! Fair Warning! Tons of show notes after the jump.

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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 www.LoneStarCon3.org/hugo-awards/. 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 hugoadmin@LoneStarCon3.org.

ABOUT THE WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION

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 www.LoneStarCon3.org. Please send press questions, or requests to be removed from the LoneStarCon 3 press release mailing list, to press@LoneStarCon3.org, and send general queries to info@LoneStarCon3.org.

“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.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 150): Panel Discussion of the 2012 WorldCon in Chicago

In episode 150 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester gathers a panel to discuss the 2012 WorldCon (Chicon7), their experiences, panels and the Hugo Awards.

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A Look Back at the 2012 Hugo Award Nominees – The Novels

Award shows and popularity contests normally have no influence on my book buying. With a long back-list on the SF/F TBR stack demanding attention (not to mention the History book TBR stack, the Science TBR stack…), and the growing availability of all types of titles, glomming onto any “this year’s best” has seemed a small influence (especially given the low voter numbers, see results here). Plus different genres and different authors obviously appeal to different people.

But this year, given certain events (Yay John!), I participated in the voting and enjoyed the benefits of the Hugo voter packet (an outstanding deal).  The Hugo packet certainly had the desired effect: I’ve purchased other works by a couple of these authors, based on what I read and enjoyed in the packet.

I voted simply based on which book I enjoyed the most, versus any context of whom I thought was the most deserving. The group of nominated novels contained a near-future space opera, a near-future zombie apocalypse, the continuation of a historical fantasy series, a coming of age novel of fairies and magic, and a story of alien language. Another interesting fact is that three of the five are part of series and two are standalone novels.

Here are my notes on the nominated novels, with where I placed them in the voting (which correlates with my tastes not matching the voters at large):

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