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.