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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Hugo Award Voting Closed

Voting for the 2013 Hugo Awards is now closed. The winners will be announced at the Hugo Awards Ceremony at LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention, on Sunday, September 1, 2013. According to the LoneStarCon 3 web site, the convention is finalizing plans to show the Hugo Awards Ceremony by video streaming and to also provide lower-bandwidth plain-text coverage, with details to be announced in early August. For more information, see the Hugo Awards page at the LoneStarCon 3 web site.

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Hugo Voting Deadline Approaches

The deadline for voting for the 2013 Hugo Awards is fast approaching. LoneStarCon 3 must receive your ballot by Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 23:59 (11:59 PM) Central Daylight Time. Note that the deadline is in Central Daylight Time (Texas time). Don’t miss out on voting because you didn’t realize the deadline wasn’t in your zone’s time and missed it by an hour or two. Even better, vote a few days before the deadline so that if your internet connection goes down at the last minute, you don’t miss out on voting.

See the Hugo Awards Page at the LoneStarCon 3 web site for details on how to vote. Even if you’re not yet a member of LoneStarCon 3, it’s still not too late to join as at least a supporting member and cast your vote on this year’s Awards.

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2013 Hugo Base Designer Announced

Texas-based artist Vincent Villafranca will design the 2013 Hugo Award trophy base, according to an announcement from LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention. LSC3′s announcement goes on to say that Villafranca is a Chesley Award-winning sculptor who produces futuristic and fantastic bronzes using a traditional lost-wax casting process.

In keeping with tradition, the actual design of the 2013 Hugo Award base will not be reveled until the convention. A photo gallery of past Hugo Award trophy designs is on the Hugo Awards web site.

The Hugo Award trophy consists of a base designed by each year’s Worldcon with a gleaming rocketship of standard design mounted on it. The original rocket design by Jack McKnight and Ben Jason has in recent years been standardized by Peter Weston.

2013 Hugo Award final ballot voting, including the online ballot, is currently underway and will continue through July 31, 2013.

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2013 Hugo Voter Packet Now Live

The 2013 Hugo Voter Packet is now live and available to Supporting, Attending, Military and Young Adult members of LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention, in order to help them evaluate the 2013 Hugo Award nominees and cast their final ballots.

In order to access the Hugo Voter Packet, you will need your name (as recorded in the LoneStarCon 3 membership database) and your unique Hugo PIN. LoneStarCon3 will sent PIN reminders at regular intervals during the final ballot period, and you can recover lost or forgotten PINs on the download page. If you are not yet a member of LoneStarCon 3, you can join this year’s Worldcon in order to be eligible to vote on this year’s Hugo Awards and to receive the Hugo Voter Packet. Only members of the 2013 Worldcon are eligible to vote on the 2013 final Hugo Awards ballot.

The works in the Hugo Voter Packet have been made available to the members of LoneStarCon 3 as a courtesy by the publishers, editors, artists and authors of the works nominated for a Hugo or John W. Campbell Award.

Direct questions about the 2013 Hugo Voter Packet to LSC3′s Hugo Packet Administration, not to TheHugoAwards.org. Administration of each year’s Hugo Awards and the Hugo Award Voter Packet is done by individual Worldcon committees, not by the marketing team at TheHugoAwards.org.

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Paper Hugo Award Ballots Released

The LoneStarCon 3 Hugo Awards page now has copies of the paper version of the 2013 Hugo Awards final ballot. Paper ballots can be printed out and mailed in to this year’s Hugo Award Administrators. (Ballots must be received by LSC3 by Wednesday, July 31, 2013.) An online version of the final Hugo Award ballot is promised by LSC3 to be available “by the end of May, 2013.”

A Hugo Voter Packet, featuring electronic versions of nominated works, is also expected to be released in late May.

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2013 Hugo Award Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards were announced at four conventions, online via UStream, through CoverItLive coverage on the Hugo Awards web site, and via the Twitter feed and other social media of LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 Worldcon, on March 30, 2013.

1,343 valid nominating ballots (1,329 electronic and 14 paper) were received and counted from the members of Chicon 7, LoneStarCon 3 and Loncon 3.

See the 2013 Hugo Awards page for the full list of nominations.

The 2013 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award winners will be announced Sunday, September 1, 2013, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at LoneStarCon 3 in San Antonio, Texas.

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2013 Hugo Awards Nomination Coverage

Below is the window to our live coverage of the 2013 Hugo Awards Nominations Announcement:

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Hugo Nominations to be Broadcast from Minicon

In addition to the multiple live announcements and online coverage of the 2013 Hugo Awards Announcements, Minicon will be providing a live video stream of their nomination announcements starting at 3 PM Central Daylight Time Saturday, March 30, 2013.

We will be hosting online coverage of the announcement via CoverItLive here at TheHugoAwards.org. We’ll be “on the air” shortly before 1 PM PDT Saturday. Join us there as the results come in and to hear others’ reactions to the announcements.

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2013 Hugo Nominations to be Announced March 30

The finalists for the 2013 Hugo Awards will be announced on Saturday, March 30. The announcements will be made simultaneously at four science fiction conventions an also on a special CoverItLive internet feed hosted by TheHugoAwards.org

The nominations will be announced at these conventions and sites:

  • Online coverage at TheHugoAwards.org (Coverage begins shortly before 1 PM PDT)
  • Norwescon 36, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy conventions, in Seatac, WA (1 PM PDT)
  • Minicon 48, Minnesota’s longest-running science fiction convention, in Bloomington, MN (3 PM CDT)
  • Marcon 48, the Midwest’s largest annual convention, in Columbus, OH (4 PM EDT)
  • EightSquaredCon, the British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon), in Bradford, England (8 PM GMT)

Nominations will also be released category by category via the LoneStarCon 3 Facebook page and the LoneStarCon 3 Twitter feed.

Participation in the Hugo Awards nominating process is at an all-time high, with 1,343 valid nominating ballots cast this year, substantially exceeding the previous record of 1,101 set in 2012 by Chicon 7.

Once the nominees are announced, the final ballot voting will commence. Attending, Young Adult, Military, and Supporting members of LoneStarCon 3 will be able to cast final ballots until Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT. The winners will be announced on Sunday, September 1, 2013, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at LoneStarCon 3.

More information is available in the full LoneStarCon 3 announcement.

CoverItLive coverage of the 2013 Hugo Awards Announcement is made possible through a grant from Chicon 7 to cover event hosting costs.

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