This is the speech delivered by Garth Nix at last night’s award ceremony. It is followed by the introductory film, “A Review of 2009,” by Mark Slater.
Presented at: Aussiecon 4, Melbourne, Australia, September 2-6, 2010
Toastmaster: Garth Nix
Base design: Nick Stathopoulos with laser etching by Lewis Morley and incorporating the Aussiecon 4 logo by Grant Gittus
Awards Administration: Vincent Docherty, Kate Kligman
- Best Novel: TIE: The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK); The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
- Best Novella: “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross (Wireless; Ace, Orbit)
- Best Novelette: “The Island”, Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2; Eos)
- Best Short Story: “Bridesicle”, Will McIntosh (Asimov’s 1/09)
- Best Related Work: This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”), Jack Vance (Subterranean)
- Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio; Art by Phil Foglio; Colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
- Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Moon Screenplay by Nathan Parker; Story by Duncan Jones; Directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films)
- Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars” Written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford; Directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales)
- Best Editor Long Form: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
- Best Editor Short Form: Ellen Datlow
- Best Professional Artist: Shaun Tan
- Best Semiprozine: Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan
- Best Fan Writer: Frederik Pohl
- Best Fanzine: StarShipSofa edited by Tony C. Smith
- Best Fan Artist: Brad W. Foster
And the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines): Seanan McGuire
The full breakdown of voting will appear here as soon as we get the data from Aussiecon 4.
You will be able to follow the 2010 Hugo Award Ceremony live from Melbourne using the window below.
Cheryl Morgan and Mur Lafferty will be on hand in the auditorium in Melbourne to introduce the show. Technology willing, Mary Robinette Kowal will join us from Dragon*Con. Kevin Standlee will be moderating your questions. We will also incorporate the official @Aussiecon4 Twitter feed.
The ceremony is due to start at 8:00pm Melbourne time. We may begin coverage slightly earlier, but both Cheryl and Mur have to be at the pre-ceremony reception where important details about the event are announced and nominees have to appear for photo shoots.
Please note that this coverage is text only. We are experimenting with audio and video, but this is the fastest way for us to get the results out to you. It is also more interactive.
Our thanks to Aussiecon 4, and to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, for helping make this possible.
Worldcon is now underway in Australia. The room in which the Hugo Award ceremony is very splendid, and what’s more has excellent wi-fi coverage at a reasonable price. There is also a good 3G signal for mobile phones. It therefore looks likely that we will be able to bring you the results very promptly. We are not yet quite sure when live coverage will begin, but we’ll post when we have more information.
For those of you who will be at Dragon*Con it appears that there is no wi-fi connection in the restaurant where the Hugo Breakfast in being held, but we will be getting the information through to people there via Twitter.
Because this year’s Worldcon is in Australia, many of the nominees can’t attend. Some of them, however, can make it as far as Atlanta, and Dragon*Con has kindly laid on an event at which those nominees, and anyone else interested, can follow the action from Melbourne.
The event will take place over breakfast in Kafe Köbenhavn. For further details and a list of which nominees will be in attendance, see The Daily Dragon.
We are still sorting out details of our online coverage, which is dependent on exactly what level of connectivity we can get inside the auditorium. At the very least, the folks at Dragon*Con, and you at home, will be able to follow the announcements in the Twitter feeds from ourselves and Aussiecon 4.
Comic creator Phil Foglio will shortly be issuing a compendium edition of volumes #1-#3 of Girl Genius (volume #8 of which won the first ever Best Graphic Novel Hugo Award last year). It is part of a new graphic novel line from specialist SF&F publisher, Tor. Interviewed at Robot 6, Foglio was asked whether winning a Hugo Award helped him get that deal (and various others also mentioned in the article). Here’s what he said:
It did. Being able to slap “Hugo award wining” [sic] on something before you even publish it, that will rate an automatic “well I have to try this” in the science fiction community. A lot of people in the active science fiction community already read our stuff—there’s what we call science fiction fans and science fiction readers, and for every fan there are a hundred readers who never show up at a convention or publicly identify themselves because of the shame, but they are still aware of what the awards mean.
We certainly picked up more readers, we got more people interested in the book who had never heard of it before, but just being nominated did that. Howard Tayler, who does Schlock Mercenary [which was also nominated for a Hugo] got a lot of positive blowback on that as well. He’s up again this year.
Thanks Phil, we are delighted to know that your Hugo is so helpful.
Our thanks to Tom Galloway for pointing us at this interview.
Last year we reported that, after many years of absence, there would once again be an anthology of Hugo Award nominated fiction in the shops. We are delighted to announce that the Hugo Award Showcase 2010 is now available. The table of contents is as follows:
- Cover, Donato Giancola
- Introduction, Mary Robinette Kowal
- “Pride and Prometheus”, John Kessel
- “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, Kij Johnson
- “The Erdman Nexus”, Nancy Kress
- “From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled”, Michael Swanwick
- “Shoggoths in Bloom”, Elizabeth Bear
- “Truth”, Robert Reed
- “The Ray-Gun: A Love Story”, James Alan Gardner
- “Evil Robot Monkey”, Mary Robinette Kowal
- “The Tear’, Ian McDonald
The book concludes with a list of all of the nominees and winners from the 2009 Hugo Awards.
Our thanks to Prime Books and Mary Robinette Kowal for making this anthology available.
The deadline for voting in this year’s Hugo Awards Final Ballot is now less than three weeks away. Please don’t forget to vote. Full details on how to vote, and the online ballot form, are available from this year’s Worldcon, Aussiecon 4.
Aussiecon 4 has announced the availability of the 2010 Hugo Award Voter Packet. The Packet, available to all registered Hugo Award voters, contains electronic copies of sample work in most of the award categories. In particular, for the first time ever the 2010 packet contains complete copies of all works in the four written fiction categories. The material is mostly in PDF format. A full list of the contents is available in Aussiecon 4’s press release.
If you are already an Aussiecon 4 member then an email explaining how to obtain your copy of the Packet will be on its way to you soon.
If you are not yet a member of Aussiecon 4, all you need in order to access the Packet is a Supporting Membership. The prices are as follows: AU$70, US$50, CA$50, £25, €35, ¥4,900, NZ$90. You can buy memberships online here. A supporting membership of Aussiecon 4 will give you the right to vote in the final ballot of the 2010 Hugo Awards, and nominate in the 2011 Hugo Awards. The deadline for voting in this year’s final ballot is 31 July 2010 23:59 PDT. You’ll want to sign up well before then because there’s a lot of reading material in that Packet.
As part of the nominee announcement event, Aussiecon 4’s Hugo Award Administrator, Vincent Docherty, presented some slides with voting data. The following two are quite interesting.
This chart shows the number of nominating ballots received in recent years. Aussiecon 4 has done very well to set a new record for participation and significantly exceeding the performance of previous Australian Worldcons (marked A1 – A3).
This chart shows where voters came from, sorted by postal address. As usual, the majority of voters came from the US (there are a lot of science fiction fans in America). Canada and Australia / New Zealand also produced significant numbers. In all ballots were received from fans in twenty different countries.
Those of you wanting detailed data on the nominating ballots, including the lists of runners up, will have to wait. These numbers are never revealed until after the winners have been announced at Worldcon.