Thanks, GalleyCat

We are delighted to see that a post about the 2012 Hugo Awards proved to be the most popular “literary mix tape” on the GalleyCat blog this year. GalleyCat is a major publishing industry blog, and we beat out many other prominent awards to get to the spot. We are very grateful to GalleyCat for their support for the Hugo Awards, and are pleased to see them pointing their readers in the direction of some very fine writing and art.

2013 Hugo Subcommittee Announced

LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the Hugo Administration Subcommittee for 2013:

  • Todd Dashoff
  • Vince Docherty
  • Saul Jaffe
  • Steven Staton
  • Ben Yalow

Per the provisions of the WSFS Constitution, LoneStarCon 3 is responsible for administering the 2013 Hugo Awards. LSC 3 has irrevocably delegated the administration of the 2013 Awards to this subcommittee, and therefore its members (and any works created by them) are ineligible for the 2013 Hugo Awards. All other persons (and any works created by them) are eligible for the 2013 Hugo Awards.

The nominating process for the 2013 Hugo Awards begins in early 2013 when LoneStarCon 3 releases the Hugo Awards nominating ballot. Members of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Worldcons as of January 31, 2013 may cast nominating ballots. Those people and works that receive sufficient votes will be 2013 Hugo Award Nominees and will appear on the final ballot. Only members of LoneStarCon 3 may vote on the final ballot.

For more information about the specific arrangements for the 2013 Hugo Awards, see LoneStarCon 3’s Hugo Awards page.

New Server, New Look

It took us a little longer than we originally expected, but we’ve migrated the site to a new hosting server, and rolled out a new look to the web site. Many of the items that were once in the sidebar are now available off the menus at the top of the page. All of the content that was on the site before the move is still here; it’s just arranged a bit differently that it was before the change.

Possible Downtime Ahead

We’ll be moving to a new server in the next few days. There may be some brief periods when the site is not available. Don’t panic! We’ll be back soon.

Hugo Awards Ceremony to be Re-Broadcast

Hugo Awards Ceremony Rebroadcast
The 2012 Hugo Awards Ceremony, originally staged at Chicon 7, the 2012 Worldcon, on September 2, will be re-broadcast in its entirety and ad-free via UStream on Sunday, September 9, starting at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT) at

The original broadcast on UStream was interrupted when UStream’s automated copyright-infringement software detected content deemed to be in violation of copyright. The content (clips of Hugo-Award-nominated dramatic presentations) had been cleared for use as part of the ceremony, but UStream was unable to restart the coverage of the ceremony.

UStream founder and CEO Brad Hunstable spoke directly to Chicon 7 Chairman Dave McCarty the day after the 2012 Worldcon ended and apologized for the disruption. UStream will rebroadcast the 2012 Hugo Awards Ceremony without ads or interruption and will work with the Hugo Awards Marketing Committee (which McCarty chairs) and future Worldcons to support future Hugo Award ceremony broadcasts.

Further details are in the press release on the Chicon 7 Worldcon web site.

2012 Hugo Award Winners

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the 2012 Hugo Award winners. 1922 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.


Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)


“The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s, September/October 2011)


“Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (


“The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2011)


The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz)


Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)


Game of Thrones (Season 1) (HBO)


“The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who) (BBC Wales)


Sheila Williams


Betsy Wollheim


John Picacio


Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.


SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo


Jim C. Hines


Maurine Starkey


SF Squeecast, Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente


Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer
of 2010 or 2011, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

E. Lily Yu

The 2012 Hugo Award winners were announced on Sunday evening, September 2, at the at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. The ceremony was hosted by Chicon 7 Toastmaster John Scalzi.

The 2012 Hugo trophy base was designed by artist Deb Kosiba, who had also previously designed the bases for the 2005 and 2006 Worldcons.

Chicon 7 also presented a Special Committee Award to Chicago resident and science fiction author, editor, and collector Robert Weinberg.

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

2012 Hugo Trophy Unveiled

The design of the 2012 Hugo Award trophy was unveiled during the Opening Ceremonies of Chicon 7, the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention, on the evening of August 30. Although in recent years conventions have unveiled that year’s design during the Hugo Award ceremony, Chicon 7 elected to showcase the trophy earlier so that members could see it before the final night of the convention. The trophy has been on display in the convention’s Hugo Award history exhibit.

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. This year’s trophy base designer Deb Kosiba appeared in the Opening Ceremonies and gave a presentation on the design she produced. Deb has graciously provided with a copy of her presentation text, which we have incorporated into the 2012 Hugo Award Trophy page.

The 2012 Hugo Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Chicago on the evening of Sunday, September 2, 2012, starting at 8 PM CDT. The ceremony will be streamed live on the Worldcon UStream Channel and described on the Hugo Awards web site as a CoverItLive Broadcast.

2012 Hugo Awards to be Streamed

Chicon 7, this year’s World Science Fiction Convention, has confirmed that the 2012 Hugo Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live around the world via the Worldcon UStream Channel. This is in addition to the previously announced CoverItLive event that will be hosted on the Hugo Awards web site.

The Hugo Awards Ceremony will be Sunday, September 2, 2012 at a formal ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The ceremony is scheduled for 8 PM CDT.

1,922 people cast ballots in this year’s Hugo Awards, representing the second-highest voter turnout for the final ballot in the history of the Awards.

More details are available in the announcement at the Chicon 7 web site.

2012 Hugo Awards Livecast Scheduled

Can’t attend this year’s Worldcon? You can attend the ceremony virtually by following our online coverage. As we did last year, will provide live text-based coverage of the 2012 Hugo Awards ceremony from Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 2, 2012 at 8 PM Central Daylight Time.

Bookmark our 2012 Hugo Award Live Coverage page for the gateway to the event coverage on CoverItLive.

Kevin Standlee and Mur Lafferty will cover the event from the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and we’ll incorporate the official @chicon_7 and @TheHugoAwards Twitter feeds, as well as Twitter posts using the #hugos, #hugoaward, #hugoawards, and #thehugoawards hashtags.

Our coverage is text-only. Chicon intends to provide live streaming coverage of the ceremony on UStream. We’ll include a link to the live-stream from within our coverage.

We’ll be “on the air” shortly before the scheduled 8 PM CDT start. Join us to watch, read, and discuss the results as the Worldcon presents our field’s top honors.

Our thanks to Chicon 7, the 2012 Worldcon, for their cooperation and funding of live coverage of the 2012 Hugo Awards ceremony.