2016 Hugo Trophy Unveiled

The designs of the 2016 Hugo Award trophy and 1941 Retrospective Hugo Award trophy were unveiled during the Opening Ceremonies of MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, on the afternoon of August 17. In keeping with recent practice, MidAmeriCon II 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. The 1941 trophy base was designed by Brent Simmons and the 2016 trophy base was designed by Sara Felix.

The 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced and presented at the Retro Hugo Swing Dance Ceremony on Thursday, August 18, 2016.

The 2016 Hugo Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016, 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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2016 Hugo Ceremony Coverage Plans

The 2016 Hugo Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 8 PM Central Daylight Time in the Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom in Kansas City, Missouri. The Hugo Awards web site will once again offer text-based coverage of the Hugo Awards ceremony via CoverItLive, suitable for people with bandwidth restrictions. For those with the bandwidth for it, MidAmeriCon planns to offer live video streaming of the Hugo Awards ceremony via UStream. Details of the live-streaming coverage will be available at the 2016 Worldcon web site.

Internet connectivity for providing the video streaming of the 2016 Hugo Awards is sponsored by Harvest Productions. Ad-free streaming of the ceremony through UStream is sponsored by Worldcon 75, the 2017 Worldcon in Helsinki, Finland.

The Hugo Awards web site coverage team of Kevin Standlee, Mur Lafferty, and Cheryl Morgan will be “on the air” approximately fifteen minutes before the ceremony. You can sign up at the CoverItLive event site for an e-mail notification before the event starts. Remember that the CoverItLive text coverage is text-only, and is likely to not be in synch with the video streaming. Also, the CoverItLive team here at TheHugoAwards.org is not responsible for the video streaming coverage and cannot answer any questions about it.

If you can’t be in Kansas City, we hope you’ll join us on CoverItLive or watch the ceremony on UStream.

The 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced and presented at the Retro Hugo Swing Dance Ceremony on Thursday, August 18, 2016. The Retro-Hugo ceremony will not be streamed or otherwise broadcast, but the results will be published on the MidAmeriCon II and Hugo Awards web sites after the live presentations in Kansas City.

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2016 Hugo Award Voting Closed July 31

Voting for the 2016 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards closed Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time. The votes are now being tabulated, and the results will be announced at MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 World Science Fiction Convention, in Kansas City, August 17-21.

The results of the 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced and trophies presented on Thursday, August 18, 2016 during the Retro-Hugo Swing Dance/Ceremony at MidAmeriCon II.

The results of the 2016 Hugo Awards will be announced and trophies presented at a ceremony on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016 at MidAmeriCon II. This year’s Worldcon will broadcast the Hugo Awards Ceremony live on streaming video. Lower-bandwidth text-only coverage of the event will be provided through the Hugo Awards web site. Details of the live streaming and text-based coverage will be announced later this month prior to the convention.

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1941 Retro-Hugo Novelette Category Changes

MidAmericon II’s Hugo Award Administrators announced a change to the 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards finalists on June 19. “Darker Than You Think” by Jack Williamson was mistakenly categorized as a novelette and initially announced as a finalist in that category, but has been removed from the ballot. The story is a novella but did not receive sufficient nominations to qualify as a finalist in that category. “Vault of the Beast” by A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1940) should have been listed as the 5th finalist and has been added to the 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards ballot.

MidAmeriCon II encourages anyone who has already registered votes for the Retro Hugo contest online to update their ballot as they feel appropriate. Members voting by mailed in paper ballot may write in “Vault of the Beast” and rank it as they see fit. The administrators will count their ballot appropriately.

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Hugo Voter Packets Available

MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon, has made available to its members selected Hugo Award finalists in reading packets, so that members can be better-informed voters. See the 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards voting page and the 2016 Hugo Award voting page. for the respective 1941 and 2016 Finalist Packets. In both cases, members will use their online voting information to access the Finalist Packets.

Hugo Finalists Packets are organized by the individual Worldcon committees, and obviously there is no requirement that a shortlisted work appear in the Packet. For questions about this year’s two sets of Finalist Packets, contact MidAmeriCon II. The Hugo Awards web site does not organize the Hugo Voter Packet or the voting on the Hugo Awards.

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2016, 1941 Hugo Award Base Designers Announced

MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon, announced on June 13 via their Twitter feed that they have selected designers for the 2016 Hugo Award and 1941 Retrospective Hugo Award trophy bases. Sara Felix (president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists) will design the 2016 Hugo Award base and Brent Simmons will design the 1941 Retro-Hugo Award base.

The Hugo Award trophy consists of a standard rocket design on a base. Each Worldcon is responsible for the bases for the Awards presented at their convention. In recent years, the design has been selected through an open competition judged by the current Worldcon committee.

Both the 2016 and 1941 bases will be revealed on August 17, 2016 at the opening ceremonies of MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO. The trophies will be on display throughout the weekend at the convention. The 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be presented on Thursday, August 18, 2016 during the Retro-Hugo Swing Dance/Ceremony at MidAmeriCon II. The 2016 Hugo Awards will be presented at a ceremony on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016 at MidAmeriCon II.

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Voting Open for 2016 Hugo Awards

Voting for the 2016 Hugo Awards, 2016 John W. Campbell Award, and 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards opened on May 15, 2016. Members of the 2016 World Science Fiction Convention (MidAmeriCon II) may vote until 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time on July 31, 2016 using the online ballot available at the 2016 Hugo Awards Voting web page, or by using the paper ballot that will be sent to members and can be downloaded from the MidAmeriCon II web site. Persons who join MidAmeriCon II by July 31, 2016 (the close of voting) are eligible to vote. Members who registered an e-mail address with the 2016 Worldcon will receive instructions including a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for accessing the online ballot.

Finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards and 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards were selected by nominations received by more than 4,000 members of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Worldcons. Only Attending, Young Adult, and Supporting members of the 2016 Worldcon can vote on the final ballot. The ballot includes the finalists for the Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (sponsored by the publisher of Analog). The Campbell is not a Hugo Award but is administered and voted upon using the same system as the Hugo Awards and is presented at the Hugo Awards ceremony.

The Hugo Awards Final Ballot uses the “Instant Runoff Voting” (IRV) system. Voters rank their preferences among the nominated works. They mark the work they want to win with a 1, the work they would prefer if their first choice was not on the ballot with a 2, and so forth. Voters need not rank all choices. For more information about how the voting system works, see this page.

A choice of “No Award” is always listed in each category. If this option wins, no Hugo Award is presented in that category for that year.

MidAmeriCon II is preparing a “Hugo Voter Packet.” This is a collection of shortlisted works or excepts of such works provided by the publishers and rights-holders to allow the voters to be better informed about their choices. MidAmeriCon II expects to release the Hugo Voter Packet in late May 2016. The Hugo Voter Packets (both for the 2016 and 1941 Awards) will be available from the 2016 Hugo Awards Voting web page.

The results of the 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced on Thursday, August 18, 2016 during the Retro-Hugo Swing Dance/Ceremony at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, Missouri. The results of the 2016 Hugo Awards will be announced at a ceremony on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016 at MidAmeriCon II. The ceremony is planned to be shown live on streaming video and lower-bandwidth text-only coverage of the event will be provided through the Hugo Awards web site. Details of the live streaming and text-based coverage will be announced in August.

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Two 2016 Hugo Award Finalists Withdraw; Replacements Named

MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon, announced today that two previously-announced finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards have withdrawn from consideration and have been replaced.

The short story “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015) replaces “The Commuter” by Thomas A. Mays.

The fanzine Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan, replaces Black Gate, edited by John O’Neill.

We have updated the list of 2016 Hugo Award finalists to reflect these changes.

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2016 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the finalists for the 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced via the Twitter feed and Facebook account of MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon, on April 26, 2016.

4,032 valid nominating ballots (4,015 electronic and 17 paper) for the 2016 Hugo and Campbell Awards and 481 valid nominating ballots (475 electronic and 6 paper) for the 1941 Retro-Hugo Awards were received and counted from the members of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Worldcons as of the end of January 2016. Members were eligible to make up to five equally-weighted nominations in each category. The nominating ballot count smashes the previous record of 2,122 ballots set last year by Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon, in Spokane, Washington.

See the 2016 Hugo Awards page for the full list of 2016 finalists and the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards page for the full list of 1941 finalists.

A full breakdown of nominations, including how many nominations each finalist received and a list of works that did not make the final ballot but were in the top fifteen places, will be published after the Hugo Awards ceremonies in August.

Online balloting for the Hugo Awards will be available on the MidAmeriCon II web site in mid-May. MidAmeriCon II will also distribute paper ballots to its members, and paper ballots will be available for download from their web site when balloting opens. Voting on the final ballot will be open to all Attending, Young Adult, and Supporting members of MidAmeriCon II.

A Hugo Award Voter Packet of works appearing on the final ballot is expect to be issued sometime after the final ballot itself is released in May 2016. The Voter Packet is dependent upon the rights-holders to the various works permitting those works’ distribution within the Packet. There is no guarantee that any given finalist work will be in the Packet.

The 2016 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award winners will be announced Saturday, August 20, 2016, at the Hugo Awards Ceremony. The 1941 Retrospective Hugo Award winners will be announced Thursday, August 18, 2016, in conjunction with a Retro Hugo Swing Dance event. Both events will be at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City.

Please direct questions about the administration of this year’s Hugo and Campbell Awards to the MidAmericon II Hugo Award Administration Subcommittee. TheHugoAwards.org does not actually manage the administration of each year’s Hugo Awards, and while we can answer general queries, definitive answers to specific questions about a given year’s Awards can only come from that year’s Administrator.

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Hugo Award Nominations Shatter Records; Finalists to be Announced April 26

MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, announced on April 14 that over 4,000 nominating ballots were cast for the 2016 Hugo Awards, almost double the previous record of 2,122 ballots set last year by Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon, in Spokane, Washington. They also confirmed that the finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards, 2016 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards will be announced on Tuesday, April 26.

The announcement of the Hugo Award finalists will be carried live via MidAmeriCon II’s social media. The finalists will be released category by category, starting April 26, 2016 at Noon CDT (10 AM PDT, 1 PM EDT, 6 PM BST, 7 PM Western European Summer Time), through the convention’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MidAmeriCon2/) and Twitter feed. The announcement will begin with the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards then continue with the 2016 Hugo Awards and Campbell Award. The full list of finalists will be made available on the MidAmeriCon II website directly after the completion of the live announcement, and will also be distributed as a press release to all MidAmeriCon II press contacts.

Voting on the final award ballot to select this year’s winners will open in mid-May 2016, and will be open to all Attending, Young Adult, and Supporting members of MidAmeriCon II. The winners will be announced on Saturday, August 20, at the MidAmeriCon II Hugo Awards Ceremony in Kansas City.

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