Audience for “Disasters and apocalyptic world
Panelists for “Disasters and apocalyptic world changes.” Left to right: Juliana Rew; face obscured, but perhaps Faith Hunter; Anna Gryaznova, LL.M. (National University of Science and Technology MISiS (Moscow, Russia)) , Dr Tad Daley (Citizens for Global Solutions)
Famous Ha’Penny Bridge over the River Liffey just a block or so from the WorldCon Dublin Convention Center.
Daley with Dr. Bradley Lyau, winner of the Sam Moskowitz Archive Award.
panelist and longtime LASFS member Tad Daley with his wife Kitty Felde, www.bookclubforkids.org,
standing over the River Liffey just a few blocks from Worldcon HQ at the Dublin
Thanks to Tad Daley for this fine series of photos of the Rotsler Award exhibit at Dublin 2019. The rest of them follow the jump.
The Rotsler Award is for long-time wonder-working with graphic art in amateur publications of the science fiction community. The current judges are Sue Mason, Mike Glyer, and John Hertz. It’s named for Bill Rotsler (1926-1997), a long-time wonder-worker. The annual award is ordinarily announced at Loscon.
Dublin 2019 distributed a goodbye newsletter to members today with
links to some interesting items.
The Souvenir Book.
A downloadable PDF of the souvenir book is now available as a free download. (Dropbox link, 21MB file)
Queue Survey Results. This is entertaining.
On Saturday and Sunday of the convention, 257 members participated in our queue survey. The results are summarized in our paper Revealed Preference Representations of Science-Fiction Fans Arrayed in Upright Linear Social Structures, which can be downloaded here.
The Art and Artistry of Dublin 2019. Dublin 2019 is also calling for help on a project –
Sara Felix, Iain Clarke and James Bacon are working on a post con publication, entitled ‘The Art and Artistry of Dublin 2019’ which will be made available as a PDF to download. With so much art created for the convention, bringing it together and talking to the artists seemed like a superb idea.
Many members may have also created, crafted or made art specifically for Dublin 2019, and we welcome hearing from anyone who has some art that could be considered for inclusion. Please email email@example.com for further information.
By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the series believed to be eligible as of this writing for the 2020 Best Series Hugo next year *†.
Each series name is followed by the main author name(s) and the 2019-published work(s).
Feel free to add missing series and the name of the 2019-eligible work in the comments, and I will get them included in the main post.
I just ask that suggesters (1) first do a Find on author surname on this page, to check whether the series is already on the list, and (2) then make an effort to verify that a series does indeed have 3 volumes, that it has a 2019-published work, and that it has likely met the 240,000 word threshold; in the past I have spent a considerable amount of time trying to verify suggested series, only to discover that they had fewer than 3 volumes, or nothing published in the current year, or weren’t anything close to 240,000 words (e.g., children’s books). Self-published works may or may not be added to the list at my discretion.
Note that the 2017 Hugo Administrator ruled that nominations for a series and one of its subseries will not be combined. Therefore, when nominating a subseries work, think carefully under which series name it should be nominated. If the subseries does not yet meet the 3-volume, 240,000 word count threshold, then the main series name should be nominated. If the subseries does meet that threshold, then the subseries name should probably be nominated. This will ensure that another subseries in the same universe, or the main series itself, would still be eligible next year if this subseries is a finalist this year.
The 2018 and 2019 Hugo Administrators ruled that the 2017 Best Series Finalists, although the result of a one-time category, were subject to the same re-qualification requirements as the 2018 Best Series Finalists, and it is likely this will be the rule going forward; bear that in mind when making your nominations.
Co-chairs Norman Cates and Kelly Buehler have announced that CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon, will present Retro Hugo Awards for 1945, acknowledging notable works published in 1944.
The Hugos are the most prestigious award in the science fiction and fantasy genres. First presented in 1953, they honor literature, media and fan activities, and have become the key event held during the annual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).
Since 1996, Worldcon committees also have had the option of presenting Retrospective (Retro) awards to honor works published in the earlier years of Worldcon when no Hugos were awarded. No Hugo Awards were given out in 1945, when Worldcon was on hiatus due to World War II, and CoNZealand will take place 75 years after the awards would have occurred.
The 2019 Irish Worldcon, held in Dublin last month, presented the 1944 Retro Hugos for the 1943 calendar year; Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Ray Bradbury were amongst the winners.
“Some of the works created during the World War II years have become classics and it is a great opportunity to be able to formally celebrate them,” said Cates and Buehler.
Nominations for the 1945 Retro Hugos will open at the same time as the 2020 Hugo Award nominations.
In addition to the Hugos and Retro Hugos, CoNZealand will host the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, which recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents.
By Cora Buhlert: Here are my
pics of the Raksura Colony Tree project at the Dublin 2019 Worldcon.
The pictures are mostly pretty self-explanatory. There is a before
picture, several pictures of people working on the tree in the craft area, a
photo of the table where the finished components were collected and finally the
finished tree from several angles.
There is also a group photo of many of the people who contributed
to the tree. The lady with the short hair in the Dublin volunteer t-shirt
standing to the left of the model is Constanze Hofmann, display area head for
Dublin 2019 and the person who initiated the project. The first person from the
right kneeling in the front row and wearing a Dublin 2019 t-shirt is Jan Bass,
wife of Filer David Wallace. I’m in the back row, the third person from the
I’ve also included a photo of a Bayeux style tapestry with added
TARDIS that was displayed in the Warehouse at the Point at Dublin 2019, simply
because it’s very cool.
By George R.R. Martin: Tammy Coxen’s history of
the Hugo Losers Party was informative, even to
me. I was at almost all of those conventions, and a good many
of those parties, but the precise details of when the next year’s Worldcon took
over have been lost in the mists of time.
Here are a few additional details that you may find of interest…
things I do remember…
We say that the 1976 party was held in my hotel
room at KC, and that’s certainly how it started… but there was more to it
than that. Purely by happenstance, my room — an ordinary double in
the Muehlebach Towers — was at the end of a corridor, on the same floor as the
hotel pool. Capacity was an issue even then, but when the crowd
overfilled the room, the party simply spilled out into the hallway, and then
out onto the pool deck. Hotels did not seem to mind hall parties in
those days. People sat on the floor with their backs against the
walls and passersby stepped over them. And when Joe Haldeman showed up,
having won the Hugo for FOREVER WAR, the fans picked him up and threw him in
the pool. Today’s winners get off easy with their funny hats.
I don’t even recall when and how we came to throw
a second party, at Suncon (1977). Certainly I had no intention of
doing so; the 1976 party had been so unique I figured it was a one-time
thing. But so many people asked me whether there would be a second
party that I decided to see if we could do one. My room that year
was nothing special, however, no pool deck conveniently to hand, so I did not
know where we could hold it. I believe it was Ace Books who came to
the rescue by lending us their suite. I think Jim Baen was the
editor there then, but I may be getting the years mixed up. But it
was definitely Ace that hosted the 1977 party. They provided some
of the booze too, but once again Gardner and I also scrounged from other
In 1978, in Phoenix… again, I may be
mixing up the years… but Jim Frenkel was starting Bluejay Books around then,
and came to me to ask for the right to host the party to publicize the
line. So the Phoenix bash doubled as a Bluejay Launch
Party. (If I have the right year).
The 1979 Worldcon was in the UK and I did not have
the money to attend. So far as I know there was no Hugo Losers
Party that year.
But we resumed in 1980, at Noreascon II in
Boston. Ahhh, yes. That year I had the bad taste to win
not one, but TWO Hugo Awards, so Gardner got me good when I dared showed my face
at the party with the rockets in hand. I think it was at that party
that he sprayed my head with whipped cream and even had a maraschino cherry to
pop on top. And, of course, he formally threw me out of the Hugo
Losers club with appropriate ceremony. Needless to say, I have a
lot of good memories of that night. I don’t recall where we found
the suite for the party, though. We may have begged for the use of
the SFWA Suite, or maybe that was a later year.
At Denver in 1981 I lost in novella with
“Nightflyers” and was readmitted to the ranks of Losers.
No publisher stepped forward to let us use a suite that year, so I
begged and pleaded and convinced Rusty Hevelin to let me use the suite the con
had given him as Fan GOH. It was a big lavish suite, but even so,
at one point the crush became so thick that Rusty stood on a table and shouted
for quiet and said, “If you are not a Hugo Loser, or do not even KNOW a
Hugo Loser, please leave.” I don’t recall if anyone did.
This was decades before the Alfies, to be sure, but I did make a presentation
of sorts at that party. Howard Waldrop had just lost for “The
Ugly Chickens” (which had won the Nebula earlier that year), so I
presented him with a fake F&SF cover for a non-existent special
“Howard Waldrop Issue” that I’d had painted by Jim
Odbert. I also remember the rented red dinner jacket I wore that
night. Parris said I looked like the waiter at an Italian
After that things get very fuzzy. We
threw parties in the next few years, but the details escape me. L.A.con
II in 1984 may have been the last one I helped run. The 1985 con
was Aussiecon II, and I did not have the money to get to Australia. I
don’t know if someone else threw a Losers Party there or not.
But I was definitely out of it by Atlanta in 1986.
After other hands took it over, the name Hugo
Losers Party continued for a bit, but eventually they jettisoned even
that. At one party in the late 90s or early 00s I was reprimanded
for calling it by the original name. “The nominees do not appreciate
being called losers,” I was told with a sniff. “How would
you like being called a loser?” I just laughed.
“I’m one of the original losers,” I replied. A lot of
folks still used the Hugo Losers name colloquially thereafter, but from that
point the official name was always something like “The Post Hugo Nominees
Reception.” At one such, during a year when he was not a nominee,
Gardner Dozois was even turned away. He was not on the list.
(He laughed about it. A somewhat rueful, resigned laugh, but a laugh
Returning to the present… it might interest your
readers to know that the Guinness Storehouse was our second choice for a
venue. I wanted Dublin Castle. Alas, though they do
rent the castle for parties, they have a firm policy that all events must end
at 11:00 pm. That would not have worked for us, for obvious
1976 – GRRM holds the first Hugo
Loser’s Party, an unofficial event in his hotel room
1976-1985 – GRRM continues to run the HLP
as an unofficial event “usually teaming up with a publisher”
to 1987 –
Other people run the HLP, but it continues as an unofficial event
1988 – The people who have been
running the party say they can’t do it. The 1989 Worldcon (Noreascon 3) offers
to run it. At their con in 1989, they offer the 1990 Worldcon (ConFiction) the
opportunity to run it, and it becomes a tradition for it to be done this way.
1989-2014 – The HLP is now an event hosted
by the following year’s convention, specifically targeted at the finalists of
the current year’s Hugo Awards. It’s generally held at the convention with
other parties, and often opens up to the general membership after the Losers have
been and gone. It gets progressively more formal as the years go on, with gifts
for the finalists provided by the next year’s con. And because conventions and
budgets vary, sometimes it’s a great party, and sometimes it’s not so great.
& 2016 –
Along come the Puppies, and GRRM revives his Hugo Losers Party. In a much
bigger and more extravagant fashion, because he’s now that GRRM and he
can afford to throw the best parties ever. The official, next-convention-run
party continues in parallel, but attendance is dismal, with many of the
finalists not even bothering to stop in before heading off to the exciting
2017-2019 – If you can’t beat ’em, join em!
Rather than spend money and people points hosting an official convention-run
HLP, the next year’s conventions decide instead to team up with George,
contributing their labor and paltry budget to his grander extravaganza. This
works to varying degrees of success, culminating in 2019 with Hugo finalists (who
from 1988 to 2016 were told explicitly that this was a party FOR THEM) not
being able to get into the party, and being understandably grouchy about it.