Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask #88, A Column of Unsolicited Opinions

In Search Of…The 2023 Hugo Awards      

By Chris M. Barkley: On February 17, 2024, I received the following email:

Feb 17, 2024, 4:25 AM

Dear Hugo and Related Award Winners,

Many of you are wondering when Hugo Awards, and Finalist pins and certificates will be shipped out to those who did not take possession of them in Chengdu. We could not distribute Finalist pins to Acceptors at the convention as is generally the custom, because we were not yet in possession of a large enough supply. So only attending Finalists received pins, and we missed some of them if they showed up early.

The award materials were shipped in bulk to the US for individual mailing, and arrived just recently. We need you to send us the shipping addresses(es) of the Winner or Winners. This needs to be a facility that can take delivery of a medium sized box. A PO Box will not do, unless you have a really understanding post office or a really large PO box. While we have a list of who got their Hugo Finalist pins in Chengdu, we would appreciate you confirming that you did or didn’t receive yours in your responses so that we can be sure we’re getting everyone handled appropriately.

Even if you have previously sent us an address, we would appreciate it if you could send it to us again to confirm things before we ship items out.

Thank you so much for all your cooperation during the preparations for the Awards Ceremony. Everything went really well, and we were pleased with the participation level of our Finalists and Winners at a Worldcon so far away from many of us. The Chinese fans experiencing all of this for their first time were thrilled to see so many finalists and winners there.

Should you have any questions regarding these instructions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] and [email protected] Because, of course, the HugoTeam email address is still occasionally having hiccups.

Congratulations again to all of you.

——————

Ann Marie Rudolph
Hugo Award Selection Committee
Chengdu Worldcon
https://en.chengduworldcon.com/

Now, after reading this message, I, and everyone else who received this email, had every expectation of the delivery of all of the materials and awards due to the recipients. 

But this is not the case.

On January 20, fandom was rocked by the release of the 2023 Hugo Awards Long List and nominating ballot statistics, which inexplicably excluded a number of nominees and works, from within and outside the People’s Republic of China, and some without any explanation whatsoever.

Thirty-two days later, on Valentine’s Day, matters were confounded even further when my colleague Jason Sanford and I published a revealing investigative report that provided part of the answer; with material provided by award administrator Diane Lacey, it was revealed that the Chengdu Hugo Award Administration team, headed up by Dave McCarty, had ruled that some of works had been ruled “ineligible” because of their alleged or perceived bias against China. 

The Hugo Awards arrived in the United States in late January, but, as I have reported here in an afterword to my interview with Dave McCarty, all of the display cases and some of the awards were damaged in transit from China. As of this writing, there has been no comment from the Chengdu Worldcon Committee how the awards were shipped nor has anyone ascertained how the damage occurred or taken responsibility for their condition.  

Before and during these tumultuous events, I made several inquiries as to when the recipients might expect their awards to arrive. Other than an email asking for my correct mailing address in mid-March (from an administrator not implicated in the scandal), I have not received any other news regarding the awards. 

I must take a moment to commend the work and artistry of Liu Cheng and his team, who designed and manufactured the beautiful and exquisite base of the 2023 Hugo Award. I have often said that I was envious of those who received the 2007 Hugo Award depicting the rocket alongside the Mt. Fuji and the iconic tokusatsu hero, Ultraman (designed by Takashi Kinoshita and KAIYODO). 

2023 Hugo Award by Richard Man

After the ceremony, I couldn’t take a step in any direction as I was besieged by fans for nearly 45 minutes as they clamored to pose for photographs with this magnificent piece of sculpture (and me), a yearning panda, reaching out of a stargate towards the Hugo rocket. I indulged everyone I could that frenzied and crazy evening because who knows when they might have a chance to see and hold such a fine work of art.  

A lot has happened since the end of the Hugo Awards Ceremony nearly eight months ago; most notably an extensive delay in the delivery of a number of Hugo Award trophies won by those residing outside of the People’s Republic of China (estimated to be 29 in total) to the United States to be dispersed by the 2023 Hugo Awards Administrator, Dave McCarty. 

In the past few weeks, as I marked the seventh month since the Hugo Awards Ceremony, I began to wonder if any of the 2023 recipients had either received their awards or have had any other contact regarding their Hugo Awards.

And so, starting on May 15th, I set out to contact all of the twenty-nine recipients via email or social media to conduct a survey of who and who did not receive their Hugo Awards. 

(Note: I did not attempt to contact Samantha Mills (Best Short Story, “Rabbit Test”) or Adrian Tchaikovsky (Best Series, “Children of Time”) since they have publicly declined to accept their awards due to the controversy surrounding their selection. I also did not contact any of the Chinese recipients, for obvious reasons.) 

I made a concerted effort to contact the following people:

T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon), Best Novel, Nettle & Bone

Seanan McGuire, Best Novella, Where the Drowned Girls Go

Bartosz Sztybor, Filipe Andrade, Alessio Fioriniello, Roman Titov, Krzysztof Ostrowski, Best Graphic Story or Comic, Cyberpunk 2077: Big City Dreams

Rob Wilkins, Best Related Work, Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, Naren Shankar and Breck Eisner, Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form, The Expanse: “Babylon’s Ashes”

Neil Clarke, Best Editor – Short Form

Lindsey Hall, Best Editor – Long Form

Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, Chimedum Ohaegbu, Monte Lin, Meg Elison, Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Best Semi-Prozine, Uncanny Magazine 

Haley Zapal, Amy Salley, Lori Anderson, and Kevin Anderson, Best Fancast, Hugo, Girl!

Richard Man, Best Fan Artist

Out of all of the queries sent, I received the following responses:

 T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon) conveyed to me, via social media, that as of this writing, she had not received her award. She also stated that she was vociferously ambiguous about keeping it, saying that she would decide whether or not to keep it after she received it.

Daniel Abraham’s assistant, Ms. Rogers, reported on May 23rd: 

Nope, no award, no emails, no nothing. I’m just answering for Daniel but I will check with Ty and Naren. Please keep us posted if you hear anything.”

Lindsey Hall, responding on a social media site on May 18th, was surprised; she kept her Hugo Award after the ceremony and had fully intended to have it shipped but never connected again with Mr. McCarty, so she decided to squeeze the case and award into her luggage and she cleared customs in China and the US with no problems at all. She also expressed surprise that none of the other recipients had received their awards yet.  

Lynne M. Thomas commented via social media a few days ago that the Hugo Awards she and her husband Michael Damian Thomas won were dropped off at their Chicago area home by Mr. McCarty at an unspecified date. She also said that both trophies did not show any damage but they were given without the display boxes. She also stated that they did inquire by email in May about the other awards for their staff members but have not received any response as of this writing.  

It turns out Lori Anderson of the Hugo, Girl podcast team was just as curious as I was; my inquiry to her prompted her to email Dave McCarty on May 28th:

Email screenshots with permissions from Lori Anderson

Undeterred, she sent a follow up email on June 6th:

As of this writing, there has been no response from Mr. McCarty.

On May 16th, Richard Man sent this DM response via Facebook:

 “Nope, heh.” And, he followed up by asking, “Have you? Has anyone?”

And I responded, nope.

As for myself, I had a chance to receive my Hugo Award twice; I considered taking it home in my luggage but decided against it on the evening of the ceremony because I did not know what level of bother to expect at customs. So, I can easily attest that my Hugo was the very first to be boxed up. Which I regret to this very day.

Hugo Award in a display box by Chris Barkley, 21 October, 2023

The second time was the weekend of Capricon 44 on February 3rd; when Juli and I arrived, we encountered Mr. McCarty in the upper-level lobby near the dealer’s room and the art show. He told me that the damage to the display box was so bad that it was totally unusable. The Hugo base needed to be tightened up and there was a notable chip in the paint on the panda. He generously offered to bring it to me to take home the next day but also said that he could have it repaired and restored.

After agonizing over it for a few minutes, I told him, yeah, please have it repaired. Which I also regret to this day because not more than an hour later I was taking custody of a flash drive and emails from Diane Lacey that would completely upend Mr. McCarty’s life, and fandom as well.

With the exception of passing along my condolences on the death of a mutual friend, I have not attempted to contact Mr. McCarty. 

On Saturday, June 8th, 2024, I attended the 50th Anniversary celebration of my high school, Purcell-Marian High School, Class of 1974.

I was invited back by the alumni association on the 25th anniversary back in 1999 but I was still feeling a bit resentful and raw from my experiences there; the teasing, fights, bullying and being made to feel as though I was a social outcast still weighed heavily on me. 

But I had grown a lot a quarter century ago and I decided to attend, if anything, to finally put this part of my life behind me for good.

And from the moment my partner Juli and I arrived, we were warmly greeted. Several people personally sought me out and we shared some personal memories that reminded me that not everything was as hellish as I remembered.  

When they asked what I had been doing over the past 50 years, I regaled them with stories about my daughter Laura, my four grandchildren, jobs I held over the decades and my many adventures in fandom.   

Of course, this all culminated with me (repeatedly) whipping out my phone and showing them a photo of myself, holding the 2023 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer, proudly holding it while being in the People’s Republic of China.

Chris M. Barkley with 2023 Fan Writer Hugo Award by Pablo Vasquez, 21 October 2023

I was delighted to find that there were some sff fans among my classmates and their partners who KNEW what a Hugo Award was and there was much eye-popping and praise.

And when my classmates inevitably ask where I keep it, I cryptically replied that I have a special space reserved in our dining room. 

As of today, June 10th, there has been no response from Mr. McCarty, Ms. Rudolph, Chengdu Worldcon Co-Chairs Chen Shi, Ben Yalow and Hongwei He and convention liaison Joe Yao about this situation. 

What we have at the moment is an astonishing lack of responsibility, accountability and transparency regarding this issue. 

We all know what needs be done:

  • All of the Hugo Award Finalists should be sent their pins and certificates, immediately.
  • If there is a condition or repair issue regarding anyone’s Hugo Award, they should be sent a notice stating what the current situation is and when a delivery can be expected.
  • If an award needs to be replaced in its entirety, the recipient should be notified.
  • If the awards are going to be disbursed to everyone at the same time or as each award has been repaired, recipients should be made aware of that status.  
  • Each and every Finalist should receive a written apology for the convention’s lack of transparency and delay of their materials and awards.  

While I can safely say that no one’s life is at stake here, I can also say that once again, fandom’s black eye from the trials and tribulations of its own making continues to be on public display and, at this point, may actually be festering.

And the silence is absolutely deafening. 

Samantha Béart Announced as Special Guest at Glasgow 2024

Glasgow 2024 today announced actor Samantha Béart (she/they) as a Special Guest of the 2024 Worldcon.

Samantha Béart

Samantha Béart is a BAFTA and DICE nominated, GANG Award-winning actor. They are best known for their role as Karlach in Baldur’s Gate 3 (Larian Studios). They are also a member of this year’s BAFTA Breakthrough cohort, the first actor to enter the scheme for a video game, The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow (Wadjet Eye Games/Cloak and Dagger Games). Samantha is also the creator and host of “It Takes A Village”, a streaming chat show on Twitch featuring a live audience Q&A. The show shines a spotlight on those who are so often overlooked – the people who make our games – on themes of collaboration and community. VODs can be found on Samantha’s YouTube Channel. Most recently they co-hosted the “Future Games Show: Spring Showcase”.

Looking ahead to the convention, Samantha said “Glasgow is my favourite city in the UK, and it’s wonderful to visit during Worldcon. I’m looking forward to connecting with friends, old and new.”

Announcing Samantha’s appearance, convention chair Esther MacCallum-Stewart added “I am delighted to welcome Samantha Béart to Glasgow 2024, a Worldcon for our Futures. Samantha will be playing D&D live onstage with our other Special Guests; Tanya DePass and the Three Black Halflings, and I can’t wait to see the dice start to roll!” 

About Samantha Béart: Before training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Samantha’s first professional acting job was as Random Dent in BBC Radio 4’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Quintessential Phase. This was to be the first of many audio drama collaborations with director Dirk Maggs, including Terry Pratchett’s Unseen AcademicalsAlien: River of Pain by Christopher Golden, and How the Marquis Got His Coat Back & Calliope in The Sandman, both by Neil Gaiman. Samantha also appeared in two UK theatre tours with the original cast of “Hitchhikers”. They have been in 41 audio dramas with Big Finish Productions (42 can’t be far away now). Aside from various episodes of “Doctor Who”, highlights include Vienna with Chase Masterson, New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield with David Warner, The War Master with Derek Jacobi, and as team member Orr in three series of “Torchwood” – a new character created by Russell T Davies.

Other games include The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (Capcom), The Solitaire Conspiracy (Bithell Games), Demon’s Souls Remake (Japan Studio/Bluepoint) and Age of Wonders III (Triumph Studios)

Samantha’s full biography can be found on the Glasgow 2024 website.

Follow Samantha online at https://linktr.ee/samanthabeart

[Based on a press release.]

Worldcon Heritage Organization Succeeds in Buying First Hugo at Auction

The first Hugo Award ever presented, given to Forrest J Ackerman by Isaac Asimov at the 1953 Worldcon, was acquired by Worldcon Heritage Organization when it went on the block today at Hindman Auctions.  

WHO President Kent Bloom said fans pledged $12,350 towards a community effort to add the award to the exhibits shown at Worldcons. The total sale price was $12,065 after the Buyer’s Premium was added to the winning bid of $9,500.

Forrest J Ackerman with Hugo at 1953 Worldcon.

There were not funds available to also bid on the honorary Hugo Award presented to Hugo Gernsback at the 1960 Worldcon as “The Father of Science Fiction” which was on the block in the same auction. It sold for $6,985 inclusive of buyer’s premium. The purchaser is unknown at this time.

[Thanks to Kent Bloom and Kent Pollard for the story.]

Worldcon Heritage Organization’s Hugo Award exhibit at 2017 Worldcon in Helsinki.

Australia 2028 Worldcon Bid News

The Australia 2028 Worldcon bid today made its first post on X.com in three years saying they are “live”.

The X.com profile has been partially updated to show the bid’s target year.

The X.com profile says the bid chair is Random Jones. (There was a Chicon 8 (2022) member by that name.)

The bid’s X.com profile still links to a now-defunct Australia in 2025 web page. A copy of the page saved at the Internet Archive in 2023 shows it was launched after CoNZealand in 2020.  

For the past several years the only active 2028 bid has been Uganda 2028, to host the Worldcon in Kampala.

Glasgow 2024 Membership Rate Changes as of July 1

Glasgow 2024 has announced changes to its membership rates to take effect from July 1, 2024. These rates will apply until the convention and on the door.
 
Attending Membership Rates: In-person attending membership rates from July 1, 2024 will be as follows. All these memberships include the right to attend the convention, WSFS rights to participate in the Hugo Awards and Site Selection, and for those over 15 years old, full access to the Online Convention, both during and after the convention.
 
Full Adult (26 and over) – £255 (previously £230)
First Worldcon Adult – £185 (previously £165)
Historically Under-represented Adult – £185 (previously £165)
Scottish / Local Adult – £165 (previously £150)
Full Young Adult (16-25) – £150 (previously £135)
Scottish / Local Young Adult – £100 (previously £95)
Teenage (11-15) – £100 (previously £90)
 
The following rates will also change:
 
Online Bundled (Includes WSFS rights) – £95 (previously £80)
Online Unbundled (no WSFS rights) – £50 (previously £40)
Child Tickets (In-Person Only, 6-10 years old) – £65 (previously £55)
Infant Tickets (under 6, excludes Childcare) – £15 (previously £5)
WSFS Only (Supporting) Memberships – £50 (previously £45)
 
Day and Weekend Tickets: The prices for Glasgow’s Day and Weekend Tickets will also increase from July 1. These tickets are available in two forms: one for those aged 16 and over including access to the online convention, and one for younger fans covering physical attendance only.
 
Please note that Day and Weekend Tickets do not include WSFS rights; a separate WSFS Only Membership will be required for individuals who wish to participate in the Hugo Awards, Site Selection and Business Meeting.

Day / Weekend ticket rates from July 1 will be as follows: 

DayAdult (over 16)Under 16
Thursday 8 Aug£60£25
Friday 9 Aug£85£30
Saturday 10 Aug£85£30
Sunday 11 Aug£85£30
Monday 12 Aug£50£20
Weekend 10 and 11 Aug£155£55

People planning to attend on two or more days should check their rates against our Full Attending In-Person rates, particularly if they are eligible for a concessionary rate (First Worldcon, Scottish / Local etc) or also plan to buy a WSFS Membership, as the Full Attending Rate may offer a cheaper option.

[Based on a press release.]

WSFS Mark Protection Committee Draft Amendments

The WSFS Mark Protection Committee, chaired by Donald E. Eastlake III, is circulating drafts of amendments to the WSFS Constitution that they are considering submitting to the Glasgow Business Meeting. The drafts are being posted publicly for comment.  Download a PDF copy here.

The first proposal replaces the current practice of informally licensing Worldcons to use the WSFS marks with a written license agreement.

The second proposal provides for independent monitoring of site election and Hugo Award administration.

It would make mandatory, instead of optional, the delegation of all authority over the Hugos to a Subcommittee whose decisions are irrevocable by the Worldcon Committee. Two members of that Subcommittee will be chosen by the Business Meeting and charged with reporting to the Business Meeting and Mark Protection Committee “as to the propriety of the procedures followed by the Hugo Award administrations.”

Likewise, the Business Meeting will choose two persons who shall report to the Business Meeting and to the Mark Protection Committee “as to the propriety of the procedures followed by the…site selection that they monitor.”

The third proposal makes two changes. It provides the means for Mark Protection Committee members to cause a meeting of the MPC to be held. And it creates authority and a mechanism for the Mark Protection Committee to remove an elected member of the MPC by a two-thirds vote of that committee.

The MPC gives a fuller justification for each proposal in the draft document.

Glasgow 2024 Hugo Voter Packet Available

Glasgow 2024 notified members today that the Hugo Voter Packet is available to download through the Hugo Awards page.

The packet impressively contains complete works for five out of six Best Novels, and all six Best Novella, Best Novelette, and Best Short Story finalists. There also are many complete books and stories provided by the Best Series, Best Editor Long and Short Form, Best Semiprozine, and Best Graphic Story finalists.

The Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form has available MP4’s for two complete movies.

Many fan finalists are also represented by complete works.

There were no materials provided by the finalists for the Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form category. Rosemary Parks of the Hugo Help Desk commented, “We are grateful to the rights holders who generously donate works for the Hugo Voters Packet.  The contents of the Hugo Voter Packet are made available to the voters through the kindness of the creators and their publishers. We urge all of our members to be grateful for the material provided and understanding of any finalist who has chosen not to participate.  We received no materials for the Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form category.”

Online voting for the 2024 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer is already open. All ballots must be received by July 20 at 20:17 p.m. GMT instead of the more standard 11:59, because that’s 55 years to the minute of the moon landing.

A highly convenient index PDF for each category shows the works and formats available. The following checklist is based on the committee’s indexes.

If a finalist has no material in the packet, they are lined through in the list below.

2024 HUGO VOTER PACKET CONTENTS

Best Novel

  • The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty (Harper Voyager, Harper Voyager UK) — ePub, PDF
  • The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera (Tordotcom) — ePub, PDF
  • Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh (Tordotcom, Orbit UK) — ePub, PDF
  • Starter Villain by John Scalzi (Tor, Tor UK) — ePub, PDF
  • Translation State by Ann Leckie (Orbit US, Orbit UK) — — PDF Excerpt
  • Witch King by Martha Wells (Tordotcom) — ePub, PDF

Best Novella

  • “Life Does Not Allow Us to Meet”, He Xi / 人生不相见, 何夕, translated by Alex Woodend (Adventures in Space: New Short stories by Chinese & English Science Fiction Writers) — ePub, PDF
  • Mammoths at the Gates by Nghi Vo (Tordotcom) — ePub, PDF
  • The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older (Tordotcom) — ePub, PDF
  • Rose/House by Arkady Martine (Subterranean) — ePub, PDF
  • “Seeds of Mercury”, Wang Jinkang / 水星播种, 王晋康, translated by Alex Woodend (Adventures in Space: New Short stories by Chinese & English Science Fiction Writers) — ePub, PDF
  • Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher (Tor, Titan UK)  — ePub, PDF

Best Novelette  

  • I AM AI by Ai Jiang (Shortwave) — ePub, PDF Chinese and English versions.
  • “Introduction to 2181 Overture, Second Edition”, Gu Shi /〈2181序曲〉再版导言, 顾适 translated by Emily Jin (Clarkesworld, February 2023) — ePub, PDF Chinese and English versions.
  • “Ivy, Angelica, Bay” by C.L. Polk (Tor.com 8 December 2023) —ePub, PDF
  • “On the Fox Roads” by Nghi Vo (Tor.com 31 October 2023) — ePub, PDF
  • “One Man’s Treasure” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine, JanuaryFebruary 2023) — ePub, PDF, Mobi, JPG Includes cover image.
  • “The Year Without Sunshine” by Naomi Kritzer (Uncanny Magazine, November-December 2023)  — ePub, PDF, Mobi, JPG Includes cover image.

Best Short Story

  • “Answerless Journey”, Han Song / 没有答案的航程, 韩松, translated by Alex Woodend (Adventures in Space: New Short stories by Chinese & English Science Fiction Writers) — PDF
  • “Better Living Through Algorithms” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld May 2023) – ePub, PDF
  • “How to Raise a Kraken in Your Bathtub” by P. Djèlí Clark (Uncanny Magazine, January-February 2023) — ePub, PDF, Mobi, JPG Includes cover image.
  • “The Mausoleum’s Children” by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny Magazine, May-June 2023) — ePub, PDF, Mobi, JPG Includes cover image.
  • “The Sound of Children Screaming” by Rachael K. Jones (Nightmare Magazine, October 2023) — ePub, PDF Full issue of Nightmare magazine.
  • 美食三品 (“Tasting the Future Delicacy Three Times”), 宝树 / Baoshu (银河边缘013:黑域密室 / Galaxy’s Edge Vol. 13: Secret Room in the Black Domain) — ePub, PDF Chinese and English versions

Best Series  

  • The Final Architecture by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tordotcom, Orbit UK) — ePub, PDF Excerpt from Shards of Earth.
  • Imperial Radch by Ann Leckie (Orbit US, Orbit UK) — PDF Excerpt from Translation State.
  • The Last Binding by Freya Marske (Tordotcom, Tor UK) — ePub, PDF All three books in the trilogy: A Marvellous Light, A Restless Truth, and A Power Unbound.
  • The Laundry Files by Charles Stross (Tordotcom, Orbit UK) — ePub, PDF Excerpts from The Atrocity Archives and Dead Lies Dreaming, and complete book of Three Tales from the Laundry Files.
  • October Daye by Seanan McGuire (DAW) — PDF NetGalley* links for all of the books in the series.
  • The Universe of Xuya by Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz; JABberwocky Literary Agency; Subterranean Press; Uncanny Magazine; et al.) — PDF, JPG Excerpts and cover images from A Fire Born of Exile and The Red Scholar’s Wake 

Best Graphic Story or Comic  

  • Bea Wolf, written by Zach Weinersmith, art by Boulet (First Second) — PDF Excerpt.
  • Saga, Vol. 11 written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples (Image Comics) — PDF Volume 11, collecting issues 61–66.
  • Shubeik Lubeik, Deena Mohamed (Pantheon); as Your Wish Is My Command (Granta) — PDF Start reading at the bottommost or rightmost page. If you see the table of contents, you’re at the start of the book; if you see “About the Author,” you’re at the end of the book.
  • 三体漫画:第一部/ The Three Body Problem, Part One, adapted from the novels by 刘慈欣 (Liu Cixin), written by 蔡劲 (Cai Jin),戈闻頔 (Ge Wendi), and 薄暮 (Bo Mu), art by 草祭九日东 (Caojijiuridong) (Zhejiang Literature and Art Publishing House)  —ePub, PDF Part One.
  • The Witches of World War II written by Paul Cornell, art by Valeria Burzo (TKO Studios LLC) — PDF Collecting issues 1–6.
  • Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, art by Phil Jimenez, Gene Ha and Nicola Scott (DC Comics) — PDF Collecting issues 1–3

Best Related Work  

  • All These Worlds: Reviews & Essays by Niall Harrison (Briardene Books) — ePub, PDF
  • 中国科幻口述史, 第二卷, 第三卷,(Chinese Science Fiction: An Oral History, vols 2 and 3) ed. 杨枫 / Yang Feng (8-Light Minutes Culture & Chengdu Time Press) —ePub, PDF Two volumes, in Chinese.
  • A City on Mars by Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith (Penguin Press; Particular Books) — PDF
  • The Culture: The Drawings, by Iain M. Banks (Orbit)
  • 雨果X访谈 (Discover X), presented by 王雅婷 (Tina Wong) – PDF; Introductory PDF in Chinese and English, with links to videos on bilibili and YouTube.
  • A Traveller in Time: The Critical Practice of Maureen Kincaid Speller, by Maureen Kincaid Speller, edited by Nina Allan (Luna Press Publishing) — ePub, PDF Excerpt

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form  

  • Barbie, screenplay by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, directed by Greta Gerwig (Warner Bros. Studios)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, screenplay by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein and Michael Gilio, directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Paramount Pictures) — MP4, VTT, SRT Complete movie, along with separate subtitle files in two file formats.
  • Nimona, screenplay by Robert L. Baird and Lloyd Taylor, directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane (Annapurna Animations) 
  • Poor Things, screenplay by Tony McNamara, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Element Pictures)
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Dave Callaham, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson (Columbia Pictures / Marvel Entertainment / Avi Arad Productions / Lord Miller / Pascal Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation) — MP4, PDF, JPG Script, trailer, and promotional still images.
  • 流浪地球2 / The Wandering Earth II, based on the novel by 刘慈欣 Liu Cixin, screenplay by 杨治学 Yang Zhixue, 郭帆 / Frant Gwo, 龚格尔 Gong Geer, and 叶濡畅 Ye Ruchang, script consultant 王红卫 Wang Hongwei, directed by 郭帆 / Frant Gwo (中影创意(北京)电影有限公司 / CFC Pictures Ltd, 郭帆(北京)影业有限公司 / G!Film (Beijing) Studio Co. Ltd, 北京登峰国际文化传播有限公司 / Beijing Dengfeng International Culture Communication Co, Ltd, 中国电影股份有限公司 / China Film Co. Ltd) MP4 Complete movie, with subtitles burned in

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Doctor Who: “The Giggle”, written by Russell T. Davies, directed by Chanya Button (Bad Wolf with BBC Studios for The BBC and Disney Branded Television)
  • Loki: “Glorious Purpose”, screenplay by Eric Martin, Michael Waldron and Katharyn Blair, directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Marvel / Disney+)
  • The Last of Us: “Long, Long Time”, written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, directed by Peter Hoar (Naughty Dog / Sony Pictures)
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: “Those Old Scientists”, written by Kathryn Lyn and Bill Wolkoff, directed by Jonathan Frakes (CBS / Paramount+)
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: “Subspace Rhapsody”, written by Dana Horgan and Bill Wolkoff, directed by Dermott Downs (CBS / Paramount+)
  • Doctor Who: “Wild Blue Yonder”, written by Russell T. Davies, directed by Tom Kingsley (Bad Wolf with BBC Studios for The BBC and Disney Branded Television)

Best Game or Interactive Work

  • Alan Wake 2, developed by Remedy Entertainment, published by Epic Games — PDF Information about the game, links to other game materials, and information on how to request an evaluation code to play the game.
  • Baldur’s Gate 3, produced by Larian Studios —PDF, PNG Promotional still images, information about the game, links to videos, and information on how to request an evaluation code to play the game.
  • Chants of Sennaar, developed by Rundisc, published by Focus Entertainment —PDF Information about the game, links to other game materials, and information on how to request an evaluation code to play the game.
  • DREDGE, developed by Black Salt Games, published by Team17 — PDF, JPG, PNG Promotional still images, information about the game, links to other game materials, and information on how to request a Windows Steam key to play the game.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, produced by Nintendo
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, developed by Respawn Entertainment, published by Electronic Arts — PDF, JPG, PNG Promotional still images, information about the game, and links to other game materials

Best Editor Short Form

  • Scott H. Andrews — ePub, PDF Editorial philosophy and Beneath Ceaseless Skies issue 392.
  • Neil Clarke — ePub, PDF Editorial philosophy and multiple edited stories.
  • 刘维佳 (Liu Weijia) — ePub*, PDF Editorial philosophy in Chinese and English, and The Best of Chinese Metropolis Science Fiction: The Annual Rings of the Earth in Chinese.
  • Jonathan Strahan — PDF List of works edited in 2023, with links
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas — ePub, PDF, Mobi, JPG Uncanny issues 50–55, and a compilation of highlights from the magazine
  • 杨枫 (Yang Feng) — ePub*, PDF Editorial philosophy in Chinese and English, and Galaxy’s Edge issues 013–016 in Chinese.

Best Editor Long Form

  • Ruoxi Chen — ePub, PDF Includes multiple edited books.
  • Lindsey Hall — PDF
  • Lee Harris — PDF
  • Kelly Lonesome — ePub, PDF Includes multiple edited books.
  • David Thomas Moore — ePub, PDF Includes samples of multiple edited books.
  • 姚海军 (Yao Haijun) — PDF Includes samples of multiple edited books, in Chinese

Best Professional Artist

  • Micaela Alcaino — PDF, JPG
  • Rovina Cai — PDF
  • Galen Dara — PDF, JPG
  • Dan Dos Santos — JPG
  • Tristan Elwell — JPG
  • Alyssa Winans — PDF, JPG

Best Semiprozine

  • Escape Pod, editors Mur Lafferty and Valerie Valdes; assistant editors Benjamin C. Kinney, Premee Mohamed and Kevin Wabaunsee; hosts Tina Connolly and Alasdair Stuart; producers Summer Brooks and Adam Pracht; and the entire Escape Pod team — MP3, ePub, PDF Audio and text versions of multiple episodes.
  • FIYAH Literary Magazine, publisher and executive editor DaVaun Sanders, poetry editor B. Sharise Moore, special projects manager L. D. Lewis, art director Christian Ivey, acquiring editors Rebecca McGee, Kerine Wint, Joshua Morley, Emmalia Harrington, Genine Tyson, Tonya R. Moore, sponsor coordinator Nelson Rolon — PDF Multiple issues of the magazine.
  • GigaNotoSaurus, editor LaShawn M. Wanak, associate editors Mia Tsai and Edgard Wentz, along with the GNS Slushreaders Team — ePub, PDF Multiple stories that appeared in the magazine.
  • khōréō, produced by Aleksandra Hill, Zhui Ning Chang, Kanika Agrawal, Isabella Kestermann, Rowan Morrison, Sachiko Ragosta, Lian Xia Rose, Jenelle DeCosta, Melissa Ren, Elaine Ho, Lilivette Domínguez, Jei D. Marcade, Jeané Ridges, Isaree Thatchaichawalit, Danai Christopoulou, M. L. Krishnan, Ysabella Maglanque, Aaron Voigt, Adil Mian, Alexandra Millatmal, E. Broderick, K. S. Walker, Katarzyna Nowacka, Katie McIvor, Kelsea Yu, Marie Croke, Osahon Ize-Iyamu, Phoebe Low, S. R. Westvik, Sara S. Messenger — ePub, PDF Multiple issues of the magazine
  • Strange Horizons, by the Strange Horizons Editorial Collective — ePub, PDF Multiple works that appeared in the magazine.
  • Uncanny Magazine, publishers and editors-in-chief: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas; managing editor Monte Lin; nonfiction editor Meg Elison; podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky. — ePub, PDF, Mobi, JPG Multiple works that appeared in the magazine, as well as links to the podcast.

Best Fanzine

  • Black Nerd Problems, editors Omar Holmon and William Evans — PDF Multiple articles.
  • The Full Lid, written by Alasdair Stuart and edited by Marguerite Kenner — PDF Introduction and multiple issues.
  • Idea, editor Geri Sullivan — PDF Introduction and issue 13.
  • Journey Planet, edited by Michael Carroll, Vincent Docherty, Sara Felix, Ann Gry, Sarah Gulde, Allison Hartman Adams, Arthur Liu, Jean Martin, Helena Nash, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Yen Ooi, Chuck Serface, Alan Stewart, Regina Kanyu Wang, James Bacon and Christopher J. Garcia — PDF Issues 70–78.
  • Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together, editors Roseanna Pendlebury, Arturo Serrano, Paul Weimer; senior editors Joe Sherry, Adri Joy, G. Brown, Vance Kotrla. — ePub, PDF Multiple articles.
  • Unofficial Hugo Book Club Blog, editors Olav Rokne and Amanda Wakaruk  — PDF Multiple articles.

Best Fancast  

  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe — MP3, PDF Introduction and multiple audio episodes
  • Hugos There, presented by Seth Heasley — MP3, PDF, text Introduction and multiple audio episodes, with transcripts.
  • Octothorpe, by John Coxon, Alison Scott, and Liz Batty —MP3, PDF, SRT, text Introduction and multiple audio episodes, with transcripts.
  • Publishing Rodeo, presented by Sunyi Dean and Scott Drakeford — MP3, PDF Introduction with links, and a compilation of excerpts from multiple audio episodes, with transcripts.
  • 科幻Fans布玛 (Science Fiction Fans Buma), production team 布玛(Buma),刘路(Liu Lu),刘倡(Liu Chang) —MP4, PDF Introduction in Chinese and English, a video in Chinese with subtitles in Chinese and English, a video in Chinese with subtitles in Chinese, and a link to a video playlist.
  • Worldbuilding for Masochists, presented by Marshall Ryan Maresca, Rowenna Miller, Cass Morris and Natania Barron — MP3, PDF Introduction and multiple audio episodes, with transcripts.

Best Fan Writer

  • Bitter Karella — ePub, PDF Introduction and multiple works.
  • James Davis Nicoll — PDF Introduction and links to multiple reviews.
  • Jason Sanford — ePub, PDF Introduction and multiple articles.
  • Alasdair Stuart — PDF Introduction and multiple articles.
  • Paul Weimer — ePub, PDF, Mobi Introduction and multiple articles.
  • Örjan Westin — ePub, PDF Introduction and multiple works.

Best Fan Artist

  • Iain J. Clark – PDF, JPG
  • Sara Felix – PDF, PNG
  • Dante Luiz — JPG
  • Laya Rose — PDF
  • Alison Scott — PDF, JPG, PNG
  • España Sheriff — PDF

Lodestar Award for Best YA Book

  • Abeni’s Song by P. Djèlí Clark (Starscape) — ePub, PDF
  • Liberty’s Daughter by Naomi Kritzer (Fairwood Press) — ePub, PDF
  • Promises Stronger than Darkness by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen) — ePub, PDF All three books in the trilogy: Victories Greater Than Death, Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, and Promises Stronger Than Darkness.
  • The Sinister Booksellers of Bath by Garth Nix (Katherine Tegen Books, Gollancz and Allen & Unwin) — PDF Excerpt
  • To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose (Del Rey) — PDF Excerpt of the book, plus a NetGalley* link to request the whole book.
  • Unraveller by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books; eligible due to 2023 U.S. publication by Amulet) — PDF

Astounding Award for Best New Writer (sponsored by Dell Magazines)

  • Moniquill Blackgoose (1st year of eligibility) — PDF Excerpt of To Shape a Dragon’s Breath, plus a NetGalley**** link to request the whole book
  • Sunyi Dean (2nd year of eligibility) — ePub, PDF The Book Eaters.
  • Ai Jiang (2nd year of eligibility) ePub, PDF “Give Me English” and “I AM AI” in Chinese and English.
  • Hannah Kaner (1st year of eligibility) ePub, PDF Godkiller
  • Em X. Liu (1st year of eligibility) ePub, PDF The Death I Gave Him and If Found, Return to Hell
  • Xiran Jay Zhao (eligibility extended at request of Dell Magazines) ePub, PDF Iron Widow

See Videos of 2023 Chengdu Worldcon Events

By Ersatz Culture: The fan organization that oversees the Japanese national sf convention recently posted videos of the 2023 Chengdu Worldcon to their YouTube channel. These are a mix of business meeting sessions, the Hugo Awards, and Closing Ceremonies.

  • Worldcon 81 in Chengdu Bussiness meeting Day2-2 (20 Oct. 2023)
  • Worldcon 81 in Chengdu Bussiness meeting Day3 (21 Oct. 2023)
  • Worldcon 81 in Chengdu Hugo Ceremony (21 Oct. 2023)
  • Worldcon 81 in Chengdu Hugo Night (21 Oct. 2023)
  • Worldcon 81 in Chengdu Closing

Glasgow 2024 Opens Hugo Awards Voting

Glasgow 2024 today opened online and mail voting for this year’s Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer. All ballots must be received by Saturday, 20th July 2024, 20:17 GMT.
  
The Final Ballot is open to holders of Glasgow 2024 memberships in the categories of Attending Adult, Young Adult, and Teen Members, Online Attending Members, and WSFS Members. (Holders of Day Tickets, Online Attending Tickets, and Child/Infant Attending Tickets are not eligible to vote in the Final Ballot).
 
More information about the Hugo Awards, including full instructions on how to complete and submit a final ballot can be found on the Glasgow 2024 website. Also provided are PDF versions of the ballot in both English and Chinese. These printable ballots can be downloaded by members who prefer to submit their votes by postal mail. All ballots, whether submitted electronically or by postal mail, must be received by the deadline of 20.17 GMT on Saturday, July 20th, 2024.
 
Instructions have also been sent to all eligible Glasgow 2024 Members by email, using the email address associated with their membership. They encourage members to check their junk/spam/promotions folders for this email if they do not appear to have received it because voter notification messages may be flagged as spam by some email systems. Worldcon members who are uncertain of their status or who experience problems with the online ballot form should contact the committee at [email protected].
 
Only members of the 2024 Worldcon are eligible to vote on the final ballot. To join the convention, see the Glasgow 2024 Membership Page.
 
Any questions about the administration of the 2024 Hugo Awards should be directed to [email protected].

HUGO VOTER PACKET. Glasgow 2024’s Nicholas Whyte, in an online Town Hall session today, said the Hugo Voter Packet will be released a few weeks from now, during May.

BUSINESS MEETING. Whyte also said the Worldcon Business Meeting will be livestreamed and recorded. However, he reminded viewers, the rules do not allow virtual participation in the meeting.

[Based on a press release.]

Glasgow 2024 Hugo Awards Subcommittee Explained

Members of the current Worldcon committee are only eligible for the Hugo Award if authority over it has been delegated to a subcommittee[1]. Glasgow 2024’s subcommittee members are Nicholas Whyte (2024 Hugo Administrator and WSFS Division Head), Cassidy, Kathryn Duval and Laura Martins.

Glasgow’s Hugo Awards Eligibility Research Team, composed of Claire Brialey, Arthur Liu, Mark Plummer, Regina Kanyu Wang, Alissa Wales, and Fergal Whyte, were not part of the subcommittee explained Nicholas Whyte when asked by File 770. Therefore, it is not a conflict that Arthur Liu and Regina Kanyu Wang are named as team members of Best Fanzine Hugo finalist Journey Planet.

Whyte added for full clarity, “Kat Jones was a member of the subcommittee when it was set up, and resigned from it only after nominations had already opened. We determined that she too remained ineligible. All five of us were listed on the ballot as ineligible for nomination, and I don’t think it needs to be a secret that when the votes were counted, none of us had any.”

Whyte also gave these insights into the eligibility research process:

As for the research process, the word “team” may be misleading. There was no communication between researchers (other than Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer, who worked together); they all worked independently and each reported directly to the subcommittee. Individual eligibility researchers did not research the areas in which they themselves (or their work) might receive nominations.

For your interest, the research began early, almost as soon as nominations re-opened in February. Researchers were given alphabetized lists of the top twelve nominees in each category, as voting then stood, as long as they had at least 60% of the votes held by the currently sixth-placed nominee. These lists were updated as votes came in. (Some of them changed more than others.)

Eligibility issues that were flagged by the researchers were referred to the subcommittee, and discussed and decided by the subcommittee alone. We in turn referred one eligibility issue in the Astounding Award (which is not part of the WSFS Constitution) to Dell Magazines, who duly ruled on it. In several cases, including the three cases where nominees were disqualified, we were also able to get the views of the relevant creators.

We are very grateful to the researchers for their work.


[1] Section 3.13: Exclusions. No member of the current Worldcon Committee or any publications closely connected with a member of the Committee shall be eligible for an Award. However, should the Committee delegate all authority under this Article to a Subcommittee whose decisions are irrevocable by the Worldcon Committee, then this exclusion shall apply to members of the Subcommittee only.