Worldcon 75 announced today that they have disqualified Alex Garner, who was initially announced as a finalist in the Best Fan Artist category for the 2017 Hugo Awards. According to the announcement, Garner notified the Hugo administrators that in fact the entirety of his published 2016 work was professional work and not fan art. The Hugo Administrators praised Garner for “his candour in dealing with this awkward situation” and “his integrity in bringing the matter to our attention.”
The announcement further states that Garner’s place on the ballot for Best Fan Artist will be taken by the next available candidate, Steve Stiles. Worldcon 75 will reissue paper Hugo ballots, and online Hugo ballot (which will go live shortly) will be amended accordingly.
The revised final ballot for Best Fan Artist is:
Likhain (M. Sereno)
2464 valid nominating ballots (2458 electronic and 6 paper) were received and counted from the members of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 World Science Fiction Conventions. Members were eligible to make up to five equally-weighted nominations in each category. The number of voters was second only to last year’s record-setting total at MidAmeriCon II.
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 Award ceremony in August.
Online balloting for the Hugo Awards will be available on the Worldcon 75 web site soon. Worldcon 75 will also distribute paper ballots to its members, and paper ballots will be available for download from their web site when balloting opens. Voting on the final ballot will be open to all Attending (including Adult, First Worldcon, and Youth, but not Child or Kid-in-Tow), and Supporting members of Worldcon 75.
A Hugo Award Voter Packet of works appearing on the final ballot is expected to be issued sometime after the final ballot itself is released. The Voter Packet is dependent upon the rights-holders to the various works permitting those works’ distribution within the Packet. There is no guarantee that any given finalist work will be in the Packet.
The 2017 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award winners will be announced on Friday August 11, 2017, at the Hugo Awards Ceremony in Helsinki.
Please direct questions about the administration of this year’s Hugo and Campbell Awards to the Worldcon 75 Hugo Award 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 a given year’s Awards can only come from that year’s Administrator.