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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Transcript of 1968 Hugo Awards Ceremony Found

Although we know of no recordings of the 1968 Hugo Awards ceremony, Tom Whitmore, while going through the papers of Alva Rogers (co-chairman of BayCon, the 1968 Worldcon), found a transcription of the 1968 Hugo Awards Ceremony. Because of the rough condition of the transcript, Tom retyped it and edited the transcript of the 1968 Hugo Awards Ceremony into a readable form, and he has made it available to us to post as part of our historical information about the 1968 Hugo Awards.

We here at TheHugoAwards.org thank Tom Whitmore for his work in making this document availble.

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2015 Hugo & Campbell Award Nominations Now Open

The 2015 Worldcon in Spokane (“Sasquan”) has opened nominations for the 2015 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. See the Nominating Ballot at the Sasquan web site to make your nominations.

Anyone who is or was a voting member of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons by the end of the day (Pacific Time/GMT – 8) on January 31, 2015 is eligible to nominate. You may nominate only once, regardless of how many of those three Worldcons you are a member.

Nominations close at 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time (GMT – 7) on March 10, 2015. The works/people receiving sufficient nominations in this first stage of the balloting will go on to the final ballot, which will be announced later this year. Only members of the 2015 Worldcon will be eligible to vote on the final ballot. The January 31, 2015 membership deadline does not apply to the final ballot, only the nominating ballot.

In general, works first published or appearing in calendar year 2014 are eligible for the Hugo Award. Works previously published in languages other than English but first published in English in 2014 are eligible. Works previously published outside of the USA but first published in the USA in 2014 are eligible. Medium of publication is irrelevant: works published or appearing online are considered the same as if published in hard-copy form or shown on television or in theaters, including film festivals. Works published in multiple parts, such as serialized stories including graphic works, are eligible if their final part appeared in 2014. Detailed rules for the Hugo Award are contained in Article 3 of the World Science Fiction Society’s constitution.

Direct specific questions about the 2015 Hugo Awards to the 2015 Hugo Award Administrator through the 2015 Worldcon Committee Contact List. (Scroll down to “Hugo Administrator” for the specific contact information.) Please do not ask specific questions about the 2015 Hugo Awards by commenting here or sending inquiries to TheHugoAwards.org. The team managing this web site does not actually run the individual awards, so we can only forward your questions to the current year’s Hugo Award Administrators, which will delay a reply.

Besides online voting (which requires a Personal Identification Number (PIN) issued by the 2015 Worldcon), you will also be able to vote on a paper ballot. Members of the current Worldcon will be mailed ballots. A PDF of the ballot is available from the 2015 Worldcon Hugo Awards page

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2015 Hugo Award Base Competition Announced

The 2015 World Science Fiction Convention (“Sasquan”) announced today an open competition to design the base of the 2015 Hugo Award.

The Hugo Award trophy consists of a rocket design standardized since 1984 on a design by Peter Weston and recently registered as a service mark by the World Science Fiction Society. Worldcon committees design the base, and most recent Worldcons have conducted competitions to select a design.

Full details including the specifications and submission guidelines, are on the 2015 Worldcon web site. Direct any questions about the competition to the 2015 Hugo Base Competition Subcommittee, not to the Hugo Awards web site.

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2014 Hugo Award Winners

The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3, has announced the 2014 Hugo Award winners. 3587 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.


Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)


“Equoid” by Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)


“The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com /
Tor.com, 09-2013)


“The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013)


“We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)


“Time” by Randall Munroe (xkcd)


Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films;Warner Bros.)


Game of Thrones “The Rains of Castamere” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)


Ellen Datlow


Ginjer Buchanan


Julie Dillon


Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki


A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher


SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester


Kameron Hurley


Sarah Webb


Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

Sofia Samatar

The 2014 Hugo Award winners were announced on Sunday evening, August 17, at the ExCel Converntion Centre in London, England. The ceremony was hosted by Justina Robson, Geoff Ryman. Text-based CoverItLive coverage of the ceremony was provided through the Hugo Awards web site. Video streaming coverage was provided by Ustream.

The 2014 Hugo trophy base was designed by Joy Alyssa Day

The full order of finish in each category and links to the nomination and voting details are available on the 2014 Hugo Awards page.

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2014 Hugo Awards Live Coverage

The 2014 Hugo Awards Ceremony starts at 20:00 (8 PM) British Summer Time tonight.

Below is the window to our live text-based coverage of the 2014 Hugo Awards Ceremony on CoverItLive.

Streaming video coverage is on the UStream Hugo Awards channel. The UStream and CoverItLive coverages are not synchronized. CoverItLive will probably be a few seconds to a few minutes ahead of the UStream video.

Live Blog 2014 Hugo Awards Ceremony

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Update on Ceremony Video Streaming

2014 Hugo Award Administrator Dave McCarty reports that this year’s Worldcon technical crew recorded the broadcast of the 1939 Retro-Hugo Awards Ceremony and will rebroadcast it on UStream with audible audio at a later date after Worldcon. We will announce here when the new version is available or rebroadcast is scheduled.

Technical problems affecting the audio portion of the Retro-Hugo broadcast have reportedly been resolved and Loncon 3 does not expect a repeat of them during Sunday’s 2014 Hugo Awards Ceremony broadcast on the UStream Hugo Awards channel starting at 20:00 (8 PM) British Summer Time.

In addition to the live-streaming broadcast of the Hugo Awards Ceremony, TheHugoAwards.org will have text-based live coverage of the ceremony via CoverItLive. This text-based coverage will not be synched with the UStream broadcast, so we encourage people to make their Hugo-watching plans accordingly.

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1939 Retro-Hugo Awards Announced

The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3, announced the winners of the 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards at a ceremony on the evening of Thursday, August 14, 2014. 1,307 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.


The Sword in the Stone, T. H. White (Collins)


“Who Goes There?”, Don A Stuart [John W. Campbell] (Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1938)


“Rule 18”, Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1938)


“How We Went to Mars”, Arthur C. Clarke (Amateur Science Stories, March 1938)


The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick; Directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)


John W. Campbell


Virgil Finlay


Imagination! edited by Forrest J Ackerman, Morojo, and T. Bruce Yerke


Ray Bradbury

The 1939 Retrospective Hugo Award winners were announced on Thursday evening, August 14, 2014, at the at the ExCel Convention Center in London, England. The ceremony was hosted by Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman.

The 1939 Retro-Hugo trophy base was designed by Marina Gélineau.

See the Final Ballot Details for a full breakdown of votes, subsequent placements, and nomination counts.

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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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