DisCon III to Include Best Video Game Category in 2021 Hugo Awards

DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, announced on November 23, 2020 that they will include a Best Video Game category in the 2021 Hugo Awards.

As stated in their announcement:

An eligible work for the 2021 special Hugo award is any game or substantial modification of a game first released to the public on a major gaming platform in the previous calendar year in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, or related subjects.

For these purposes, a game is defined as a work wherein player choice, interaction, or participation significantly impacts the narrative, play, meaning, or experience. A major gaming platform means that the game is available on personal computers such as Windows, Mac, or Linux computers (including, but not limited to, via Steam, Epic, itch.io, browser, or direct download), iOS, Android, Switch, PlayStation, and/or Xbox systems. This definition will be provided as part of the nominating and voting ballots.

Members of the 2020 Worldcon (CoNZealand) and the 2021 Worldcon (DisCon III) as of December 31, 2020 may nominate works for the 2021 Hugo Awards, including for the special Best Video Game category. In general, including this special category, works first published in 2020 are eligible for the 2021 Hugo Awards. Nominations open in early 2021. Those works receiving sufficient nominations will go on to a final ballot, where only members of the 2021 Worldcon (DisCon III) may vote. Both attending and supporting members of Worldcon may nominate and vote on the Hugo Awards.

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) bylaws (section 3.3.19) allow Worldcons to add one special category to the Hugo Awards presented by that Worldcon. The special category is administered like all of the permanent categories, and is treated the same as all of the permanent categories, including the winner receiving the same trophy as all other categories. A special category does not create an ongoing new category. Permanent categories can only be created by the members of WSFS voting at two consecutive WSFS Business Meetings (held at each Worldcon, and open to all attending members) to add a new category.

While there is no permanent category for video games in the Hugo Awards, a committee of the WSFS Business Meeting has been studying the possibility of adding such a category for several years now. The 2006 Worldcon (L.A.con IV), offered a Best Interactive Video Game category using their special-category authority for the 2006 Hugo Awards, but dropped it from the final ballot due to lack of interest.

Each Worldcon administers the Hugo Awards presented at their convention. The Hugo Awards are not administered by the Hugo Awards web site. Direct any questions about the Best Video Game category or anything else about the 2021 Hugo Awards to the Discon III 2021 Hugo Awards Administration Subcommittee.

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2020 Hugo Awards Announced

BEST NOVEL

A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)

BEST NOVELLA

This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (Saga Press; Jo Fletcher Books)

BEST NOVELETTE

Emergency Skin, by N.K. Jemisin (Forward Collection (Amazon))

BEST SHORT STORY

“As the Last I May Know”, by S.L. Huang (Tor.com, 23 October 2019)

BEST SERIES

The Expanse, by James S. A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

BEST RELATED WORK

“2019 John W. Campbell Award Acceptance Speech”, by Jeannette Ng

BEST GRAPHIC STORY OR COMIC

LaGuardia, written by Nnedi Okorafor, art by Tana Ford, colours by James Devlin (Berger Books; Dark Horse)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM

Good Omens, written by Neil Gaiman, directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Amazon Studios/BBC Studios/Narrativia/The Blank Corporation)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM

The Good Place: “The Answer”, written by Daniel Schofield, directed by Valeria Migliassi Collins (Fremulon/3 Arts Entertainment/Universal Television)

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM

Ellen Datlow

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM

Navah Wolfe

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST

John Picacio

BEST SEMIPROZINE

Uncanny Magazine, editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, nonfiction/managing editor Michi Trota, managing editor Chimedum Ohaegbu, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky

BEST FANZINE

The Book Smugglers, editors Ana Grilo and Thea James

BEST FANCAST

Our Opinions Are Correct, presented by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders

BEST FAN WRITER

Bogi Takács

BEST FAN ARTIST

Elise Matthesen

LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK (Not a Hugo Award, but administered alongside the Hugo Awards)

Catfishing on CatNet, by Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)

ASTOUNDING AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER, sponsored by Dell Magazines (Not a Hugo Award, but administered alongside the Hugo Awards)

R.F. Kuang (2nd year of eligibility)

CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, announced the winners of the 2020 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Wrier at a ceremony conducted online on Saturday 1 Aug 2020 (New Zealand Standard Time). We will publish detailed results, finalist placements, and nominations breakdowns on the 2020 Hugo Award page when they are made available.

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2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony to be Streamed Live

The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony, being presented online by CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, will be streamed live (no convention membership necessary) on The Fantasy Network.

Splash page for 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony

Check Your Time Zone

The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony is scheduled to start at 11:00 New Zealand Standard Time on Saturday 1 August 2020. You can use web sites like TimeAndDate to convert local time in New Zealand to local time elsewhere. Some of the time conversions are as follows (times are in 24-hour format):

New Zealand (NZST): Saturday 1 August 11:00
North American West Coast (PDT) and Arizona (MST): Friday 31 July 16:00
North American Mountain Time (MDT): Friday 31 July 17:00
North American Central Time (CDT): Friday 31 July 18:00
North American East Coast (EDT): Friday 31 July 19:00
UK/Ireland (BST/IST): Saturday 1 August 00:00 (Midnight)
Western Europe (CEST): Saturday 1 August 01:00
Finland (EEST): Saturday 1 August 02:00
Japan (JST): Saturday 1 August 08:00
Eastern Australia (AEST): Saturday 1 August 09:00

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1945 Retro-Hugo Awards Announced

BEST NOVEL

“Shadow Over Mars” (The Nemesis from Terra), by Leigh Brackett (Startling Stories, Fall 1944)

BEST NOVELLA

“Killdozer!”, by Theodore Sturgeon (Astounding Science Fiction, November 1944)

BEST NOVELETTE

“City”, by Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Science Fiction, May 1944)

BEST SHORT STORY

“I, Rocket”, by Ray Bradbury (Amazing Stories, May 1944)

BEST SERIES

The Cthulhu Mythos, by H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, and others

BEST RELATED WORK

“The Science-Fiction Field”, by Leigh Brackett (Writer’s Digest, July 1944)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY OR COMIC

Superman: “The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk”, by Jerry Siegel, Ira Yarbrough, and Joe Shuster (Detective Comics, Inc.)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM

(tie)

The Canterville Ghost, screenplay by Edwin Harvey Blum from a story by Oscar Wilde, directed by Jules Dassin (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM))

The Curse of the Cat People, written by DeWitt Bodeen, directed by Gunther V. Fritsch and Robert Wise (RKO Radio Pictures)

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM

John W. Campbell, Jr.

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST

Margaret Brundage

BEST FANZINE

Voice of the Imagi-Nation, edited by Forrest J. Ackerman and Myrtle R. Douglas

BEST FAN WRITER

Fritz Leiber

CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, announced the winners of the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards at a ceremony conducted online on Thursday 30 Jul 2020 (New Zealand Standard Time). We will publish detailed results, finalist placements, and nominations breakdowns when they are made available.

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1945 Retro-Hugo and 2020 Hugo Award Trophy Designs Revealed

The trophies for the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards and 2020 Hugo Awards were unveiled as part of the CoNZealand opening ceremonies on 29 Jul 2020 (NZST)

1945 Retrospective Hugo Award Trophy designed by James Brown

2020 Hugo Award Trophy designed by John Flower

Click through the photos above to see the artists’ discussion about their designs as revealed during the CoNZealand opening ceremonies.

The 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards and the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for New Zealand speculative fiction will be presented online at CoNZealand at 11:00, Thursday 30 Jul 2020 New Zealand Standard Time. This ceremony will be available live only to those members of CoNZealand attending online.

The 2020 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best YA Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer will be presented online at CoNZealand at 11:00, Saturday 1 Aug 2020 New Zealand Standard Time. The Ceremony will be streamed live online (no CoNZealand membership necessary) on The Fantasy Network.

You can use web sites like TimeAndDate to convert local time in New Zealand to local time elsewhere.

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2020/1945 Hugo Award Voting Closed

Voting has closed for the 2020 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer and for the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards. The Awards will be announced in an online ceremony during CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon, scheduled for Saturday 1 August, 2020, 11:00 AM New Zealand Standard Time. (Consult a web site such as www.timeanddate.com to convert this to your local time if necessary.) We will post the results of the Awards as soon as possible after they are announced by CoNZealand.

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2020/1945 Hugo Award Final Ballot Open

The final ballot for the 2020 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer and for the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards opened on July 9, 2020. Members of CoNZealand have or will shortly receive an e-mail with the necessary information for voting online. Members can access their ballots via https://members.conzealand.nz by logging in & clicking on “My Memberships.”

A paper copy of the ballot is also available for download from the CoNZealand website, however, due to potential delays to paper mail, we strongly encourage people to vote online if possible.

Voting is open to all supporting and attending members of CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon. Per CoNZealand’s announcement, voting will be open until Wednesday 22 July 2020 at 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)/Thursday, 23 July 2020 at 18:59 New Zealand Standard Time (UTC+12)

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2020 Hugo Awards Voter Packet Now Available

The members of CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon, can now access the Hugo Voter Packet, according to an announcement from Hugo Administrator Tammy Coxen:

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2020 Hugo Award & 1945 Retro Hugo Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer and for the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced online today by CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention.

Nominations for the 2020 and 1945 Hugo Awards were submitted by the members of CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon, and Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon, the 77th Worldcon. 1,584 people submitted 27,033 nominations for the 2020 Hugo Awards, while 120 people submitted 1,677 nominations for the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards.

The full list of finalists are listed on the individual pages for the 2020 Hugo Awards and 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards.

Voting for the Hugo Awards is open to all supporting or attending/online members of CoNZealand. Voting is scheduled open later in April 2020. Information on how to submit a voting ballot is available on the CoNZealand web site Hugo Awards page. Voting ends before the convention to allow sufficient time to count votes and prepare trophies. Anyone who joins by the end of voting is eligible to vote. CoNZealand previously announced that due to travel restrictions as a result of the worldwide COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that their Worldcon will be online only, running from July 29-August 2, 2020. They will announce details of how the Hugo Awards Ceremony will be presented at a later date.

Please direct all questions about the administration of the 2020 Hugo Awards/Lodestar Award/Astounding Award and 1945 Retro-Hugo Awards to the 2020/1945 Hugo Award Administrators, not to the Hugo Awards web site. The Hugo Awards web site does not administer the Hugo Awards. All questions about the administration of the current Awards should go to the administrators.

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2020/1945 Hugo Award Finalists to be Announced April 8 NZ / April 7 Americas & Europe

CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, will announce the finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards and 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 8 AM NZST, which is Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9 PM British Summer Time, 4 PM Eastern Daylight Time, and 1 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Take note of the times: the announcement will be on the afternoon of April 7 in the Americas, the evening of April 7 in Europe, and the morning of April 8 in New Zealand.

Nominations for the 2020 and 1945 Hugo Awards were submitted by the members of CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon, and Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon, the 77th Worldcon. 1,584 people submitted 27,033 nominations for the 2020 Hugo Awards, while 120 people submitted 1,677 nominations for the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards.

CoNZealand intends to live-stream their finalist announcements on the CoNZealand YouTube Channel starting at the times listed above.

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