Voting Open for 2015 Hugo Awards

Voting for the 2015 Hugo Awards opened on May 1, 2015. Members of the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention (Sasquan) may vote until July 31, 2015 using the Online Hugo Awards Final Ballot or by using the paper ballot that will be sent to all members. Members who join Sasquan by July 31, 2015 (the close of voting) are eligible to vote. Members who registered an e-mail address with the 2015 Worldcon will receive instructions including a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for accessing the online ballot.

Finalists for the 2015 Hugo Award were selected by nominations received by the members of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Worldcons. Only members of the 2015 Worldcon can vote on the final ballot. The ballot includes the finalists for the Hugo Award and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (sponsored by the publisher of Analog), which is not a Hugo Award but is administered and voted upon by the same system as the Hugo Award and is presented at the Hugo Award ceremony.

The Final Hugo Award ballot uses the “Instant Runoff Voting” (IRV) system. Voters rank their preferences among the nominated works (including “No Award,” which is always listed in each category; if it wins, no Hugo Award is presented in that category that year). Voters 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.

Sasquan is preparing the “Hugo Voter Packet,” 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. Sasquan expects to release the Hugo Voter Packet in late May 2015. In addition, many publishers, authors, and artists have made full versions of their nominated works available on their websites.

The results of the 2015 Hugo Awards will be announced at a ceremony on August 22, 2015 at Sasquan in Spokane, Washington. The ceremony is planned to be shown live on streaming video and a 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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Edmund Schubert Withdraws from 2015 Hugo Awards

Edmund Schubert, previously announced as a finalist for the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Editor, Short Form, announced on April 27, 2015 that he was withdrawing from contention for the Award. In a statement published on his behalf by Alethea Kontis “because he has no true platform of his own from which to speak,” Schubert writes, in part:

My name is Edmund R. Schubert, and I am announcing my withdrawal from the Hugo category of Best Editor (Short Form)…. Regrettably this situation is complicated by the fact that when I came to this decision, the WorldCon organizers told me the ballot was ‘frozen.’ This is a pity, because… I would very much have liked to see someone else who had earned it on their own… get on the ballot in my place. But the ballots had already been sent off to the printers…. So it seems that the best I can do at this stage is ask everyone with a Hugo ballot to pretend I’m not there. Ignore my name, because if they call my name at the award ceremony, I won’t accept the chrome rocketship. My name may be on that ballot, but it’s not there the way I’d have preferred.

In a further statement on the Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show web site, Schubert confirmed his decision, saying, “I therefore withdrew my name from consideration.”

Schubert is the second finalist to withdraw from the 2015 Hugo Awards after this year’s Worldcon finalized the ballot. Black Gate announced their withdrawal on April 19.

The 2015 Hugo Awards final ballot will be mailed to members of the 2015 Worldcon soon. An electronic version of the 2015 Hugo Awards final ballot is available on the 2015 Worldcon web site. Only members of the 2015 Worldcon are eligible to vote on the 2015 Hugo Awards final ballot. Lead 2015 Hugo Award Administrator John Lorentz stated that “There will be a notice on the online ballot form, listing the finalists who have asked people not to vote for them.”

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Black Gate Announces Withdrawal; Hugo Ballot Frozen

On Sunday, April 19, Best Fanzine finalist Black Gate announced that they were withdrawing from consideration in the 2015 Hugo Awards. This announcement came after the deadline for withdrawing from the 2015 Hugo Award shortlist as announced by this year’s Hugo Awards Administrators. According to the Administrator in a statement quoted on File 770, “The ballot is indeed locked, and Black Gate will remain on the ballot.”

The ballot is already at the printer in anticipation of a mailing of Hugo Award Finalist and 2017 Worldcon Site Selection voting ballots planned in the near future.

The Administrators are considering the possibility of including a statement regarding Black Gate’s announcement on the online voting page when that page launches in the near future.

Address any questions about the administration of this year’s Hugo Awards to the 2015 Hugo Award Administrators, not to the Hugo Awards web site.

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Two Finalists Withdraw from 2015 Hugo Awards

The 2015 Hugo Award Administrators have announced that two of the finalists originally announced for the 2015 Hugo Awards have withdrawn their acceptances and will not appear on the final ballot for the 2015 Hugo Awards. We have updated the 2015 Finalist Shortlist accordingly.

In the Best Novel category, Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos was withdrawn by its author. It has been replaced by The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu).

In the Best Short category, “Goodnight Stars” by Annie Bellet was withdrawn by its author. It has been replaced by “A Single Samurai” by Steven Diamond.

The Administrators also announced that in the Novelette category, the listing for “The Day the World Turned Upside Down” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt originally did not include the name of the translator, Lia Belt. That oversight has now been corrected. The announcement from the 2015 Worldcon further noted that this year appears to be the first time that multiple fiction finalists for the Hugo Award were originally written in languages other than English. Under World Science Fiction Society rules for the Hugo Award, a work originally published in a language other than English gets an additional year of eligibility if it is published in English in a later year.

This year is the first time in the history of the Hugo Awards that a finalist has withdrawn a work after announcement of the finalist shortlist. Nominees with sufficient nominating votes to make the shortlist have in the past declined nomination as Finalists; however, this has always happened before the shortlist was announced.

In the statement explaining the above changes, the Administrators announced that the ballot is now going to the printer and there will be no further revisions. The original finalist announcement stated that they expected to open the final ballot for voting by the members of the 2015 Worldcon “as soon as possible.” We will post an announcement on The Hugo Awards website when online voting opens.

Only supporting and attending members of Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, are eligible to vote on the final Hugo Award ballot. See the 2015 Worldcon Membership Registration Page for information about joining Sasquan. Membership is open to any person with an interest in SF and Fantasy literature.

A Hugo Voter Packet of nominated works will be released as soon as it is available with versions of the nominated works for members of the current Worldcon to review so that they can be better-informed voters. 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 2015 Worldcon) will be given access to the Hugo Voter Packet.

The 2015 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award winners will be announced Saturday, August 22, 2015, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at the 2015 Worldcon.

Please direct questions about the administration of this year’s Hugo and Campbell Awards to the Sasquan 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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2015 Hugo Finalist Withdrawals

We are aware of announced finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards having subsequently announced that they are withdrawing their acceptance of the finalist slots. We here at TheHugoAwards.org are holding off on any action at our end until we receive an official announcement of from the 2015 Hugo Awards Administrators.

To repeat something we have said here many times: TheHugoAwards.org does not administer the Hugo Awards. The Awards themselves are run by a Hugo Administration Subcommittee (HASC) appointed each year by the individual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) that hosts that year’s Awards. The HASC is an independent body with delegated authority to administer that year’s Awards under the rules established by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). Each Worldcon is also an independent entity selected by the members of WSFS to organize that year’s Worldcon. There is no Board of Directors or Chief Executive of the WSFS. Each Worldcon runs their own Worldcon (under the rules by which they were selected), and each Worldcon runs their Hugo Awards (under the rules imposed by WSFS that they agreed to operate under when they bid to host the convention).

The Hugo Awards web site is run by a committee set up by the members of WSFS for the purpose of serving as a clearinghouse for information about The Hugo Awards and to cooperate with Worldcon committees in their work running the Awards. We do not dictate rules to Worldcons, nor do we have any authority over the operation or administration of the awards themselves. We record results; we don’t dictate them.

Please direct any questions about the administration of the Hugo Awards to this year’s Hugo Awards Administration Subcommittee.

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2015 Hugo Award Finalist List Revised

Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention, has disqualified two finalists from the 2015 Hugo Award finalists due to eligibility issues and clarified the status of two other finalists.

In the Best Novelette category, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” by John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House) was originally published online in 2013 prior to its appearance in that collection. It has been replaced by “The Day the World Turned Upside Down” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Lightspeed Magazine, April 2014).

In the Best Professional Artist category, Jon Eno was replaced by Kirk DouPonce.

In the Best Novella category, both Big Boys Don’t Cry and One Bright Star to Guide Them were previously published in much shorter versions, and were significantly expanded to novella-length in their 2014 publication. Following previous precedents, for the purposes of the 2015 Hugos they are designated as new works. Both works remain as finalists in this category.

In the Best Fancast category, he original Hugo Award finalist announcement did not include the full name of Adventures in SciFi Publishing.

The full revised and corrected list of finalists is on the 2015 Hugo Awards page.

A list of the top 15 nominees in each category, along with the number of nominations received by each, will be released after the Hugo Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 22 August, 2015 at Sasquan.

Direct administrative questions about the 2015 Hugo Awards to the Sasquan Hugo Administrators. Please do not send administrative questions about the current Hugo Awards to TheHugoAwards.org, as we are not the ones who actually administer the Awards, and it will slow the answer to your query while we forward to the current Administrators.

Sasquan plans to release the final Hugo voting ballot to members of Sasquan online and by mail sometime in late April 2015. Only supporting and attending members of Sasquan are eligible to vote on the final ballot.

Full details of how to become a member of Sasquan are available on the Sasquan web site Registration page.

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2015 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards were announced at Norwescon and three other conventions and online via UStream, as well as via the Twitter feed and other social media of Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, on April 4, 2015.

2,122 valid nominating ballots (2,119 electronic and 3 paper) were received for the 2015 Hugo Awards from the members of Loncon 3, Sasquan, and MidAmericon II the 2014, 2015, and 2016 World Science Fiction Conventions. This year’s nominating ballot count sets a new record for participation, exceeding last year’s previous record nominationg ballot turnout of 1,923 votes.

See the 2015 Hugo Awards page for the full list of 2015 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 Sasquan web site Hugo Awards page as soon as possible. Sasquan will also distribute paper ballots to its members. Only supporting and attending members of Sasquan, the 2015 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 2015 Worldcon) will be given access to the Hugo Voter Packet.

The 2015 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award winners will be announced Saturday, August 22, 2015, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at the 2015 Worldcon.

Please direct questions about the administration of this year’s Hugo and Campbell Awards to the Sasquan 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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2015 Hugo Award Finalist Announcement Live Coverage

The finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards will be announced live at Norwescon and three other conventions around the world starting at 12:00 Noon Pacific Daylight time on Saturday, April 4. Watch the announcements here via UStream.



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2015 Hugo Shortlist to be Announced April 4

Nominations for the 2015 Hugo Awards are now closed. The shortlist of finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards is scheduled to be announced on April 4 (Pacific Daylight Time) at four conventions around the world:

The announcement will also be carried live online via UStream. Coverage is scheduled to begin at Noon on Saturday, April 4, 2015, Pacific Daylight Time. (GMT -7).

Voting on the final ballot will begin shortly after the finalists are announced. Only members of the 2015 Worldcon can vote on the final ballot. Both attending and supporting (non-attending) members of the 2015 Worldcon will be able to vote on the final ballot. You do not have to attend the 2015 Worldcon to vote on the 2015 Hugo Awards.

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Hugo Nominations Close March 10

The deadline for making nominations for the 2015 Hugo Awards is 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time (GMT – 7) on March 10, 2015. You are eligible to nominate if you were a member of at least one of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons as of January 31, 2015. See the 2015 Worldcon Hugo Nominating page for further details on how to vote.

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