Retro-Hugo Ceremony Tonight

The 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be presented tonight at a ceremony at the 2014 Worldcon, Loncon 3, hosted by Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman. You can watch the ceremony on UStream starting at 8 PM British Summer Time tonight. Results of the Retro-Hugo Awards will be posted on the Loncon 3 web site and here at TheHugoAwards.org shortly after the conclusion of tonight’s ceremony.

The 2014 Hugo Awards will be presented later this weekend on the final night of this year’s Worldcon.

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Loncon 3 Members Smash Hugo Voting Record

This year’s Worldcon, Loncon 3, has announced that participation in the Hugo Awards is now officially at an all-time high. Loncon 3 received 3,587 valid Hugo Award final ballots (3,571 online, 16 paper). The previous high was 2,100 final ballots cast by members of the 2011 Worldcon, Renovation.

According to Loncon 3’s demographics page, there were 8,784 eligible voters (5,891 attending, 2,893 supporting), meaning that over 40% of the eligible voters participated this year.

Over in the 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards, there were 1,307 valid ballots cast (1,295 online, 12 paper), a turnout of approximately 15% of eligible voters.

The winners of the 1939 Retro-Hugo Awards and the 2014 Hugo Awards will be announced at ceremonies on the first and last nights of Loncon 3. Detailed results for each set of Awards will be be available from Loncon 3 and TheHugoAwards.org shortly after each ceremony.

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Hugo Voting Closed; Ceremony Plans in Place

Voting for the 2014 Hugo Awards and 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards closed at the end of July. The SF/F world’s attention now focuses on London, where the Awards will be announced at two ceremonies at the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3.

The 1939 Retro-Hugo Ceremony will be on the first night of Worldcon, Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 8 PM. Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman will host the ceremony in the ICC Auditorium at the ExCeL convention center. The ceremony will be followed by a swing dance with music by the Brideshead Ballroom Stompers.

The 2014 Hugo Awards Ceremony will be on the final night of the convention, Sunday, August 17, also in the ICC Auditorium of the ExCel at 8 PM. Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman will host the ceremony. The ceremony will also include the announcement of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and selected other awards.

Admission to both ceremonies is open to all attending members of Loncon 3 (and day admission holders for the respective days). No separate ticket is required. Formal attire is neither required nor prohibited; in other words, feel free to dress up for the event, but don’t be afraid to come as you are.

Both events are planned to be live-streamed via UStream by Loncon 3, and the 2014 Hugo Ceremony is planned to also be covered by text-based coverage on CoverItLive by the Hugo Awards Web Site team. Results of each set of awards will also be posted on the Hugo Awards web site shortly after the end of each ceremony.

The designs for the bases of the 1939 Retro-Hugo and 2014 Hugo Awards will be unveiled at the Loncon 3 Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, August 14, at Noon, and the trophies will be on display throughout the convention in the Exhibits area.

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Hugo Voting Closes at End of July

Voting for the 2014 Hugo Awards and 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards closes at 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time Thursday 31 July 2014 (07:59 1 August 2014 British Summer Time). If you are a member of the 2014 Worldcon, Loncon 3, you have until then to cast your ballot for the Hugo Awards. See the Loncon 3 Hugo Awards page for more information about voting.

Direct any questions about 2014 Hugo Award voting directly to this year’s Worldcon, not the Hugo Awards web site. The Hugo Awards web site does not administer the voting for the Hugo Awards, so if you write to us, we’ll only forward your message on to Loncon 3.

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Retro-Hugo Voter Packet Available

The 1939 Retro Hugo voter packet is now available for download by Supporting, Attending, and Young Adult members of Loncon 3. The packet is an electronic package of nominated works made available by Hugo nominees and their publishers. The packet will remain available until voting closes at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Thursday 31 July 2014.

The 1939 Retro Hugos celebrate the science fiction and fantasy that fans at the very first Worldcon in 1939 would have known. The voter packet includes full editions of several of the works nominated for the Retro Hugos, though it was not possible to acquire permission for all of the nominated works to be included.

The 1939 Retro Hugo Awards will be presented at a ceremony on the evening of Thursday 14 August at a ceremony jointly presented by Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman, with music provided by the Brideshead Ballroom Stompers. The ceremony will be streamed live via the Internet to enable fans around the world to take part in this commemoration of the best of the science fiction and fantasy of 1939.

Full details of the 2014 Hugo and 1939 Retro Hugo Awards are available at the Loncon 3 website. Direct questions about the voter packets and the administration of the voting (such as questions about memberships and voting PINs) to Loncon 3, not to the Hugo Awards web site. We here at the Hugo Awards web site do not actually run the individual Hugo Award elections, so questions we receive can be delayed while we forward them to the current Worldcon for action.

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Hugo and Retro Hugo Base Designs Selected

After reviewing the design proposals, Loncon 3 has selected the winner of the design competition for the Loncon 3 Hugo Award bases.

The winning design for the 2014 award was submitted by Joy Alyssa Day. This is Ms. Day’s first Hugo base design. The base for the 1939 Retro Hugo will be created by Marina Gélineau, who also participated in the design competition. This is Ms. Gélineau’s second Hugo base; she previously designed the 2011 base awarded by Renovation. Both bases will be unveiled at the Opening Ceremony of Loncon 3 and will be on display throughout the run of the convention.

The actual Hugo Award trophy takes the form of a silver rocket. (The original concept by Jack McKnight and Ben Jason was inspired by the gleaming finned rocketships of Willy Ley.) The exact design has become standardized in recent years and the rockets are currently produced by British fan Peter Weston. The base on which the rocket is mounted is the responsibility of each Worldcon committee, and therefore the design changes each year, often inspired by the location of the convention.

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Hugo Voting Opens

Online voting for the 2014 Hugo Awards and the 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards is now open. You can vote online or download a paper ballot and mail it to Loncon 3.

The deadline for voting is 1 August 2014 at 00:00 PDT (that is, the end of the day Pacific Daylight Time on 31 July; note that this is 07:00 GMT/UTC on 1 August). The online voting pages will close at that time, and any paper ballots mailed in will need to also have been received by then.

Only attending, supporting, and young adult members of Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, are eligible to vote on the final ballots for the 2014 and 1939 Awards. You do not have to attend Worldcon to vote; you only need to be a member. You can join Loncon 3 at their membership page.

Loncon 3 will remind voters of their Loncon 3 Membership Numbers and Hugo PINs, and you can request your PIN through the voting web page as well. You can change your votes right up to the deadline; however, Loncon 3 recommends that you not wait until the last moment, due to anticipated heavy traffic on the voting web site during the final hours of the voting.

The Hugo Awards voting is conducted by Loncon 3. Direct any questions about the 2014 and 1939 Awards to the hugoadmin@loncon3.org. Please do not submit questions about the administration of the awards to us here at TheHugoAwards.org, because this will result in a delay while we forward the questions to this year’s Administrators.

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Hugo Voter Packet Released

The 2014 Hugo Awards voter packet — an electronic package of nominated works made available by Hugo nominees and their publishers — is now available for download by Supporting, Attending and Young Adult members of Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention.

The voter packet, which includes full editions of many Hugo-nominated works and preview versions of others, enables Loncon 3 Supporting, Attending, and Young Adult members to familiarize themselves with the Hugo Award contenders before voting. The packet will remain available until voting closes at 0000 PDT on Friday 1 August 2014. Only Supporting, Attending, and Young Adult members of Loncon 3 can vote on the final ballot for the 2014 Hugo Awards. You can become a member of Loncon 3 at their membership web site.

The 2014 Hugo Awards will be presented at a ceremony on the evening of Sunday, 17 August 2014 in London. The ceremony will be streamed live via the internet to enable fans around the world to experience this celebration of the best of the year’s science fiction and fantasy.

A voter packet for the Retro Hugos, commemorating the best in science fiction and fantasy available to fans in 1939, is also being organized by the Loncon 3 Hugo team, and we’ll announce it here when it is available.

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

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Hugo Voter Packet and Voting Update

Loncon 3 is working on assembling the Hugo Voter Packet, but has not yet released it. We will make an announcement here when they release the packet, and Loncon 3 will send an announcement to all of their members with registered e-mail addresses. If you have questions about the Hugo Voter Packet, write to hugoadmin@loncon3.org. Hugo Voter Packets will come from Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, not from the Hugo Awards web site.

Voting for the 2014 Hugo Awards has not yet opened. We will make an announcement when voting opens. Voting will take place through the Loncon 3 Hugo Awards web page and will be administered by Loncon 3. You must be a supporting or attending member of Loncon 3, the 2014 Worldcon, to vote on the final ballot. If you are a member of Loncon 3 and have a question about your PIN to use with online voting, write to hugopin@loncon3.org. Voting by paper ballots will also be available through ballots that will be available on the Loncon 3 web site and that Loncon 3 will send to their members.

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2014 Hugo Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2014 Hugo Awards and finalists for the 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced at three conventions and online via UStream, as well as via the Twitter feed and other social media of Loncon 3, the 2014 Worldcon, on April 19, 2014.

1,923 valid nominating ballots (1,889 electronic and 34 paper) for the 2014 Hugo Awards and 233 valid nominating ballots (226 electronic and 7 paper) for the 1939 Retro-Hugo Awards were received and counted from the members of LoneStarCon 3, Loncon 3 and Sasquan, the 2013, 2014, and 2015 World Science Fiction Conventions. This year’s nominating ballot count smashes the previous record of 1,343 nominating ballots cast last year and even exceeds last year’s final ballot turnout of 1,848 votes.

See the 2014 Hugo Awards page for the full list of 2014 finalists and the 1939 Retro Hugo Awards page for the full list of 1939 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 ceremony in August.

Online balloting will be available on the Loncon 3 web site Hugo Awards page as soon as possible. Loncon 3 will also distribute paper ballots to its members. Only supporting and attending members of Loncon 3, the 2014 Worldcon, are eligible to vote on the final Hugo Award ballot.

A Hugo Voter Packet of nominated works will be released as soon as it is available. The availability of nominated works is dependent upon the generosity of the authors, artists, publishers, and rights holders, and no work is guaranteed to be in the Hugo Voter Packet. Only eligible voters (voting members of the 2014 Worldcon) will be given access to the Hugo Voter Packet.

The 2014 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award winners will be announced Sunday, August 17, 2014, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony. The 1939 Retrospective Hugo Award winners will be announced Thursday, August 14, 2014, during the Retro-Hugo Awards Ceremony. Both events will be at Loncon 3 in London.

Please direct questions about the administration of this year’s Hugo and Campbell Awards to the Loncon 3 Hugo 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 given year’s Awards can only come from that year’s Administrator.

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