Hugo Award Finalists To Be Announced Saturday 19 April

Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), has announced that the finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and for the Retrospective (“Retro”) Hugo Awards for 1939 will be announced on Saturday 19 April, starting at 8:30 PM BST.

In their press release, Loncon 3 said that the number of nomination ballots received this year set a new response record. Participation in the Retro Hugos was also strong, and at least nine categories will feature on the ballot.

The nominations announcement will be live-streamed from Glasgow on UStream and broadcast simultaneously at two conventions in the United States.

The shortlists will be published through the Loncon 3 website immediately afterwards.

Conventions taking part in the announcement are:

  • Satellite 4, the British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon), in Glasgow, Scotland (8:30 PM BST).
  • Norwescon 37, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy conventions, in SeaTac, WA (12:30 PM PDT)
  • Minicon 49, Minnesota’s longest-running science fiction convention, in Bloomington, MN (2:30 PM CDT)

Nominations will also be released category by category via the Loncon 3 Facebook page and the Loncon 3 Twitter feed. regrets that we will not be able to do a CoverItLive event covering this year’s awards finalist announcement, although we do expect to be covering the award ceremonies themselves later this year.

Loncon 3 Co-Chair Alice Lawson said, “We are all delighted with the massive turnout, which confirms that interest in the Hugo Awards continues to grow to new heights.”

Co-Chair Steve Cooper added, “Loncon 3 will also be the 75th anniversary of the first Worldcon in New York in 1939, and members of the convention will be able to celebrate the early days of science fiction as a genre.”

After the announcement of the nominees, the final voting process will begin. Attending, Young Adult, and Supporting members of Loncon 3 will be able to cast final ballots up to 11:59 PM PDT on Thursday 31 July 2014. (Note that voting is limited to members of the current Worldcon only, and that the voting deadline is in North American Pacific Time, not UK British Summer Time.)

The winners of the Retro-Hugo Awards will be announced on Thursday 14 August. The 2014 Hugo Awards ceremony will be Sunday 17 August. Both events will take place during Loncon 3.

The full press release from Loncon 3 is available on their web site.

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2014 Hugo Nominations Closed

Nominations for the 2014 Hugo Awards are now closed. The final Hugo Award ballot will be announced later this month. We will publish details of exactly when the final ballot will be announced when Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, finalizes arrangements for the announcement.

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2014 Hugo Award Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2014 Hugo Awards, the 2014 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and the 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards are now open. These Awards are being administered by Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention in London, England. Any person who was or is a member of the 2013, 2014, or 2015 Worldcons as of January 31, 2014 is eligible to nominate for the 2014 Hugo and Campbell Awards and the 1939 Retro-Hugos. (Even if you’re a member of more than one of those three Worldcons, you may only cast one nominating ballot for each set of Awards.) If you are not a member of any of those conventions, you may join Loncon 3, the 2014 Worldcon or Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon before January 31, 2014 to become eligible.

If you are eligible to nominate, you may cast a nominating ballot through the Loncon 3 Hugo Awards Website. You can also vote by paper mail using the paper ballots distributed in Loncon 3 Progress Report 2. No matter which method you use to vote, Loncon 3 must receive your ballot (postmarks do not count) by Monday, March 31, 2014, 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time (April 1, 07:59 British Summer Time). (Convert to your local time here.)

If you have questions about specific procedures for the 2014 Hugo Awards, address them to the Loncon 3 Hugo Awards Administrators. cannot answer specific questions about eligibility or procedures for a given election, since each Hugo Award election is administered by that year’s Worldcon.

The PINs required for online voting are in the process of being emailed by Loncon 3 to all eligible members of LoneStarCon 3, Loncon 3, and Sasquan. For PIN queries, please write to Loncon 3 at

Note: While this is a “nominating ballot,” and we say that you “nominate” people or works for a Hugo Award when you write them on the nominating ballot, only those people or works that appear on the final Hugo Award ballot later in the year are the actual “Hugo Award Nominees.” Merely writing a work in on your nominating ballot does not make that work a “Hugo Award Nominee” unless the work receives enough nominations from other Worldcon members to make the final ballot.

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2013 Hugo Awards Replay Available

The complete, uninterrupted 2013 Hugo Awards Ceremony is now available for replay on Ustream.

The original live broadcast on September 1, 2013 was adversely affected by technical problems with LoneStarCon 3′s equipment. The problems were not with the Marriott’s internet feed or with Ustream itself, and LoneStarCon 3 has apologized for not being able to provide the live feed as intended. However, you can now watch the entire event the way it unfolded live in San Antonio.

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2013 Hugo Ceremony Recording in Preparation

LoneStarCon 3 posted on it’s website earlier today the following announcement:

LoneStarCon 3 apologizes for the interruptions to the live broadcast of the 2013 Hugo Awards Ceremony. These problems were caused by issues with the convention’s equipment that caused failures in the feed to Ustream. LoneStarCon 3 wishes to make it clear that these technical difficulties were in no way due to Ustream Inc or the Marriott hotel, who have both provided excellent support throughout this year’s event.

LoneStarCon 3 has retained the master data for the broadcast and we expect to upload this within 1-2 weeks to enable fans around the world to appreciate the ceremony in full.

We will announce here when the full recording of the Hugo Awards ceremony is made available.

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2013 Hugo Award Winners

LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the 2013 Hugo Award winners. 1848 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.


Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)


The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)


“The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)


“Mono no Aware”, Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)


Writing Excuses Season Seven, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson


Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)


The Avengers, Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)


Game of Thrones, “Blackwater”, Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)


Stanley Schmidt


Patrick Nielsen Hayden


John Picacio


Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker


SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester


SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)


Tansy Rayner Roberts


Galen Dara


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 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The ceremony was hosted by LoneStarCon 3 Toastmaster Paul Cornell. Text-based CoverItLive coverage of the ceremony was provided through the Hugo Awards web site. Video streaming coverage was provided by Ustream. LoneStarCon 3 posted a notice on their web site shortly after the ceremony stating that “LoneStarCon 3 apologizes for the interruptions to the live broadcast of the 2013 Hugo Awards Ceremony. These problems were caused by issues with the upload stream from the Convention to Ustream. LoneStarCon 3 wishes to make it clear that these technical difficulties were in no way due to Ustream, who have provided excellent support throughout this year’s event.”

The 2013 Hugo trophy base was designed by artist Vincent Villafranca.

See the Final Ballot Details for a full breakdown of votes, subsequent placements, and nomination counts.

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Hugo Awards Ceremony Tonight

The Hugo Awards will be announced tonight at a ceremony at LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention, in San Antonio, Texas. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 8 PM CDT. We’ll be on the air around 7:45 PM with our live text-based coverage of the awards ceremony. The window to our call of the ceremony is below.

Live video coverage of the ceremony will be on the Hugo Awards UStream Channel. We’ve been reassured that Ustream has “whitelisted” the broadcast and is fully aware of the planned event, so expect no repetition of the unfortunate interruption that affected last years’s broadcast.

Note that the video and text-only coverage streams are not synchronized, and based on past experience, are likely to get out of synch with each other.

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2013 Hugo Trophy Unveiled

The design of the 2013 Hugo Award trophy was unveiled during the Opening Ceremonies of LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention, on the evening of August 29. In keeping with recent practice, LoneStarCon 3 elected to showcase the trophy early in the convention so that members could see it before the final night of Worldcon. The trophy has been on display in the convention’s Hugo Award history exhibit since shortly after the convention’s Opening Ceremonies.

While the Hugo Award trophy always includes the rocket originally designed by Jack McKnight and Ben Jason as refined by Peter Weston, each year’s Worldcon can design its own base. In recent years, most Worldcons have had an open design competition to design the Hugo Award base. This year’s trophy base designer Vincent Villafranca appeared in the Opening Ceremony and unveiled the trophy there.

The 2013 Hugo Awards will be presented at a ceremony in San Antonio on the evening of Sunday, September 1, 2013, starting at 8 PM CDT. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Ustream and described on the Hugo Awards web site as a CoverItLive Broadcast.

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2013 Hugo Awards Ceremony to be Broadcast Live

LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention, in partnership with Ustream, will broadcast the 2013 Hugo Awards Ceremony live and advertising-free on Sunday, September 1, 2013.

The ceremony will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Rivercenter hotel in downtown San Antonio, starting at 8 PM Central Daylight Time (9 PM EDT, 6 PM PDT). LoneStarCon 3 Toastmaster Paul Cornell, himself a past Hugo Award winner and multiple Hugo Award nominee, will host the ceremony.

In addition to the live video broadcast via Ustream at, the official Hugo Awards site will provide live text-only (lower bandwidth required) coverage via CoverItLive. As in previous years, the CoverItLive event will be hosted by former Worldcon Co-Chairman Kevin Standlee and two-time Campbell Award Nominee Mur Lafferty.

LoneStarCon 3 has partnered with Ustream, the leading video technology platform for live business communications, to provide this exclusive, ad-free broadcast, enabling science fiction fans around the world to participate in this prestigious event without interruption. This means that issue with automated ‘bots that affected last year’s broadcast has been dealt with, and the ceremony is a “whitelisted” event on Ustream.

For more information and the full announcement, see the LoneStarCon 3 web site.

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1,848 Ballots Cast in 2013 Hugo Awards

LoneStarCon 3 has announced that 1,848 valid final ballots were received for this year’s awards, representing a voter turnout (percentage of eligible members who voted) of 42%. The figure of 1,848 is the third-highest ballot count in history after Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon, and Chicon 7, the 2012 Worldcon. LoneStarCon 3 previously announced an all-time record of 1,343 nominating ballots, highlighting the ever-increasing interest in and support for the Hugo Awards.

The Hugo Awards will be announced at a ceremony at LoneStarCon 3 in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, September 1, beginning at 8 PM Central Daylight Time.

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