Reforming the Short Form Hugo: A Guest Post by Dale Skran

By Dale Skran: For a long time, I’ve felt the Short Form Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation was not properly organized to give an award to the best “Television” SF of the previous year.  My critique was three-fold:

(1) Requiring a particular episode to be nominated “by name” made it very difficult for a program to receive the award.  Fans often love the show but prefer different episodes.  A great series might get many nominations for different episodes but lose out to a single episode from a lesser series being pushed by an organized fan campaign.  This characteristic also gives an unfair advantage to long-running series like Doctor Who with a large fandom that can run a campaign for a particular episode.

(2) Allowing short-shorts that are not regular TV shows to be nominated has the effect of diminishing the short-form Hugo as an award for series SF.

(3) The requirement to nominate a single episode also tilts the playing field in favor of anthology series or highly episodic television.  This may have been appropriate the 1950s/60s when some of the best SF shows were The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, and virtually all series programming was rigidly episodic, but is a much worse match to series performances of the modern age that feature long story arcs and tight ties between long sequences of “episodes.”

As the world of “television” has expanded to included Internet shows and has taken on a globalized character, a new problem has arisen.  It may be years before a great SF series makes it to a venue such as Netflix where it has a wide audience such that it might get enough attention to be nominated for the short form Hugo.  Thus, we live in a time in which the short form Hugo simply ignores the best series SF, and is given out to whatever happens to be on BBC, Amazon Prime, Disney, HBO, or Netflix in the previous year.

As an example, consider the 2021 short form nominees and winner:

  • The Good Place: “Whenever You’re Ready,” written and directed by Michael Schur (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group) [WINNER] [you can watch on Netflix]
  • The Expanse: “Gaugamela,” written by Dan Nowak, directed by Nick Gomez (Alcon Entertainment / Alcon Television Group / Amazon Studios / Hivemind / Just So)
  • The Mandalorian: “Chapter 16: The Rescue,” written by Jon Favreau, directed by Peyton Reed (Golem Creations / Lucasfilm / Disney+)
  • The Mandalorian: “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” written and directed by Dave Filoni (Golem Creations / Lucasfilm / Disney+)
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: “Heart (parts 1 and 2),” written by Josie Campbell and ND Stevenson, directed by Jen Bennett and Kiki Manrique (DreamWorks Animation Television / Netflix)
  • Doctor Who: “Fugitive of the Judoon,” written by Vinay Patel and Chris Chibnall, directed by Nida Manzoor (BBC)

As can be readily seen, these programs all appeared on a small number of the most widely viewed net “channels.”  The impact of this phenomenon is that anything that takes a few years to make it to the bigger venues can never win a short form Hugo no matter how excellent it might be.  One example is fantastic Counterpart, which ran for two years on the cable network Starz from 2017 to 2019.  I watched it much later on Amazon Prime. It is also available for purchase on various other services to buy.  Right now, I am watching Motherland: Fort Salem by purchase on Amazon.  It is “free” only on Freeform.  This series has the best fantasy SF/world-building I’ve seen since Counterpart, but not enough of an audience will ever see it to allow it to be nominated for a short form Hugo — ever.

Since the 2022 nominees are just out, let’s take a look at them as well:

  • The Wheel of Time: “The Flame of Tar Valon,” written by Justine Juel Gillmer, directed by Salli Richardson-Whitfield, based on The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (Amazon Studios)
  • For All Mankind: “The Grey,” written by Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi; directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Tall Ship Productions/Sony Pictures Television)
  • Arcane: “The Monster You Created,” written by Christian Linke and Alex Yee; story by Christian Linke, Alex Yee, Conor Sheehy, and Ash Brannon; directed by Pascal Charrue and Arnaud Delord (Netflix)
  • The Expanse: “Nemesis Games,” written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, and Naren Shankar; directed by Breck Eisner (Amazon Studios)
  • Loki: “The Nexus Event,” written by Eric Martin, directed by Kate Herron, created for television by Michael Waldron (Disney+)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: “wej Duj,” written by Kathryn Lyn, directed by Bob Suarez (CBS Eye Animation Productions)

The good news is that mercifully we don’t see yet another Doctor Who episode being nominated. The bad news is that with the exception of Star Trek: Lower Decks [Paramount+] and For All Mankind [Apple+] everything is on one of the major “net” channels — Amazon Prime, Netflix, or Disney+.  At least some of these certainly deserve the nomination, like The Expanse, and even Arcane, which is surprisingly good. For All Mankind is said to be excellent, but Apple TV+ has such a small subscriber base that it will probably get less support than it deserves.  But it is hard to escape the feeling that The Wheel of Time is riding on a vast fan base, and Loki on the shoulders of Disney.  Another 2022 strangeness is that WandaVision[Disney+] has been nominated for the Long Form although it appears in six 30 minute episodes.

There are two ways forward. The Saturn Awards do a much better job of rewarding good SF series work, so perhaps we should just retire the short form Hugo as irrelevant to the modern age.  Somehow, I don’t think this is going to happen, so I offer instead the following reforms:

  • The short form dramatic presentation Hugo should be retitled “Dramatic series Hugo” and the definition changed to exclude “single event” dramatic presentations.  If we want a Hugo for single events, including plays, a new award, or more likely a special occasional award, should be created.
  • The definition of the “Dramatic series Hugo” should be such that the nomination is for the series, not for particular episodes.
  • A minimum number of episodes should be required — I suggest three episodes of at least 40 minutes each, or six episodes of at least 20 minutes.  An open issue is whether to exclude or allow a series of theatrical films such as Twilight, but I lean toward excluding them.
  • The eligibility period should be changed from the previous year to at least the two previous years, and preferably the five previous years. This would allow time for new works to migrate to the larger platforms where they might actually be seen by a larger audience.
  • No series could win the award twice.  This would work against the domination of the award by a single series [Doctor Who] that has a large, organized fandom, or a single very popular series like Game of Thrones.  This raises the question of how to handle a “rebooted” series or something like Doctor Who which is periodically restarted with a new actor playing the title character.  Fairness suggests that a “rebooted” version of a series should once again be eligible to win even if a previous version of the show had already won the short form series Hugo.

It should be noted that anthology or highly episodic series might still win, but only by being consistently excellent.  So, there you have it — my plan to make the world a better place, one Hugo Award at a time!

[Reprinted by permission from MT Void.]

DisCon III Gives $20K Pass-Along Funds Grant to Chicon 8

DisCon III has sent Chicon 8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, a grant of $20,000 as an initial payment toward the funds that DisCon agreed to contribute under the Worldcon Pass-Along Funds Agreement.

Since being instituted in 1989, nearly every Worldcon has participated in the Worldcon pass-along funds system. DisCon III agreed to distribute half of the convention’s surplus to the succeeding three Worldcons who likewise decided to join the pass-along system.

DisCon III was held in December, much later in the year than any previous Worldcon, and thus is still wrapping up its operations. Recognizing that Chicon 8 is less than four months away, DisCon has made this significant grant as partial fulfillment of its pass-along obligations and will be making additional pass-along grants to Chicon and the next two eligible Worldcons as soon as possible.

DisCon III’s announcement again expressed the committee’s appreciation to everyone who worked to make the convention a success, saying “We are glad to play our part in ensuring the success of Chicon 8 and other future Worldcons.”

[Based on a press release.]

Chicon 8 Names Some of the People Who Will Be on the Program

Chicon 8 today released an initial list of 118 confirmed Program Participants.

They are in addition to the Guests of Honor Erle Korshak (who died on August 25, 2021, but will still be honored at the convention), Floyd Norman, Joe Siclari, and Edie Stern; Toastmasters Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz; and Special Guests Dr. Eve L. Ewing, Gene Ha, and Eric Wilkerson.

The list distinguishes some people who will only be doing in-person panels, and some others who will only be part of the virtual program.

More names will be added as they are confirmed continuing up until the convention.

Confirmed Panelists

Scott H. Andrews onsite only
Catherine Asaro
Ali Baker
Chris M. Barkley  
Liz Batty  
Peter Adrian Behravesh  
Gautam Bhatia virtual only
Casella Brookins onsite only
Alex Brown virtual only
Jennifer Brozek virtual only
Cora Buhlert virtual only
Sue Burke  
Pat Cadigan onsite only
James L. Cambias  
Becky Chambers
Wesley Chu onsite only
Neil Clarke onsite only
John Coxon virtual only
Vida Cruz virtual only
Ellen Datlow onsite only
Suyi Davies Okungbowa virtual only
Randee Dawn  
Vincent Di Fate
S.B. Divya onsite only
Vincent Docherty  
Shaun Duke
Meg Elison onsite only
Lorelei Esther onsite only
Sara Felix onsite only
Grace Fong virtual only
Terry Gant  
Chris Garcia virtual only
Laura Anne Gilman  
Jen Gunnels
Joe Haldeman onsite only
Gay Haldeman onsite only
Frances Hardinge virtual only
Jed Hartman  
Ariela Housman  
José Pablo Iriarte onsite only
Bitter Karella  
Diane Kelly onsite only
Marguerite Kenner virtual only
Benjamin C. Kinney onsite only
Marcin ‘Alqua’ Klak virtual only
Mary Robinette Kowal  
Naomi Kritzer onsite only
Mur Lafferty
Geoffrey A. Landis onsite only
Oriana Leckert  
Fonda Lee onsite only
L. D. Lewis
Darcie Little Badger virtual only
Eddie Louise  
Dr. Bradford Lyau  
Maurizio Manzieri onsite only
Gideon Marcus onsite only
Marshall Ryan Maresca onsite only
Freya Marske virtual only
Arkady Martine  
Seanan McGuire onsite only
Foz Meadows onsite only
Farah Mendlesohn virtual only
Rowenna Miller onsite only
Helen Montgomery onsite only
Cheryl Morgan virtual only
Cass Morris onsite only
Andrew Nette virtual only
Alec Nevala-Lee
Brandon O’Brien  
Hannah Onoguwe virtual only
Ada Palmer
Suzanne Palmer onsite only
Charles Payseur  
Tamora Pierce  
Sarah Pinsker
Gillian Polack virtual only
C. L. Polk virtual only
Jennifer Rhorer virtual only
Rebecca Roanhorse  
Olav Rokne  
Sumiko Saulson virtual only
John Scalzi onsite only
Isabel Schechter  
Lawrence M. Schoen onsite only
Alison Scott  
Nibedita Sen
Chuck Serface onsite only
Alex Shvartsman onsite only
Renée onsite only
Steven H Silver onsite only
Elsa Sjunneson  
Priya Sridhar  
Emily St. James onsite only
Raven Stern  
Jonathan Strahan onsite only
Charlie Stross
K.M. Szpara onsite only
Wole Talabi virtual only
Kat Tanaka Okopnik  
Takayuki Tatsumi onsite only
Lynne M Thomas onsite only
Sheree Renée Thomas  
Michi Trota
Valerie Valdes virtual only
Jo Walton onsite only
LaShawn M. Wanak  
Paul Weimer  
Martha Wells
Fran Wilde onsite only
Sheila Williams onsite only
Alyssa Winans  
John Wiswell  
Navah Wolfe virtual only
Gary K Wolfe onsite only
Khan Wong onsite only
Caroline M. Yoachim onsite only
E. Lily Yu onsite only

Chicon 8 Membership News

Chicon 8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, reports that April was its best month yet for member sales, with 720 new members joining the con, including 520 who will be attending in person.

COVID. With nearly 4,000 total members, including over 2,600 physical attending members, registered so far, the Chicon 8 committee is “confident of delivering a full and rounded Worldcon experience.” At the same time, they are committed to protecting their staff and members from the residual threat of Covid-19, and to learning lessons from other events over the last two years. Read their Covid policy at the link.

MEMBERSHIP RATES. Full information on all membership types and how to register can be found here.

In person: Chicon 8 membership rates increased on May 1, with a full Adult Attending membership now costing $240, a First Worldcon Attending membership $145, and lower rates for Children, Teens and Young Adults (those aged under 25 as of September 1, when the convention opens).

Virtual: There also are Virtual Attending Memberships available for $80 (or $30 as an upgrade for existing Supporting Members). Virtual Attending Memberships include WSFS rights, and will enable members to vote in the Final Ballot for the 2022 Hugo Awards, nominate for the 2023 Hugo Awards, and vote in Site Selection for the locations of the 2023 NASFiC and 2024 Worldcon.

Dailies: Day Admissions will be on sale from June 1.

ROOMS. Accommodation at the Hyatt Regency is open for booking and rooms are already selling well – full details can be found here.

VIRTUAL PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS. Chicon 8’s Program team has re-opened sign-ups through May 7 to allow Virtual Panel Participants to apply. Interested individuals can fill in the Program Participant Interest Form here.

DEALERS AND ARTISTS. The convention is continuing to accept applications for space in the Dealers’ Room and Art-show.

[Based on information provided by Chicon 8.]

Chicon 8 Announces Hugo Award Base and Lodestar Award Designers

Chicon 8, the 2022 World Science Fiction Convention, today announced the designers of the 2022 Hugo Award base and the 2022 Lodestar Award.

The 2022 Hugo Award base will be designed by Brian Keith Ellison, owner of BKE Designs, Inc., a company local to Chicago. Ellison is academically trained as an architect and is also a life-long fan of science fiction.

The 2022 Lodestar Award will be designed by Sara Felix, a mixed media artist who lives in Austin, Texas. She is the current president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. She also created the 2018 WSFS Young Adult Award, the 2018 and 2016 Hugo Award bases, and the Lodestar Award for 2019-2021.

2022 Hugo Award Finalists

Chicon 8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, today announced the finalists for the 2022 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer.

There were 1368 valid nominating ballots (1366 electronic and 2 paper) received from members of the 2021 and 2022 World Science Fiction Conventions. Voting on the final ballot will open later in May.

The 2022 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award, and the Astounding Award will be presented at Chicon 8 on Sunday evening, September 4, 2022.

BEST NOVEL

[1151 ballots for 443 nominees; Finalist range 111-242]

  • A Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, by Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager / Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Light From Uncommon Stars, by Ryka Aoki (Tor / St Martin’s Press)
  • A Master of Djinn, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom / Orbit UK)
  • Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir (Ballantine / Del Rey)
  • She Who Became the Sun, by Shelley Parker-Chan (Tor / Mantle)

BEST NOVELLA

[807 ballots for 138 nominees; Finalist range 90-235]

  • Across the Green Grass Fields, by Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)
  • Elder Race, by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tordotcom)
  • Fireheart Tiger, by Aliette de Bodard (Tordotcom)
  • The Past Is Red, by Catherynne M. Valente (Tordotcom)
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built, by Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)
  • A Spindle Splintered, by Alix E. Harrow (Tordotcom)

BEST NOVELETTE

[463 ballots for 171 nominees; Finalist range 44-74]

  • “Bots of the Lost Ark”, by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, Jun 2021)
  • “Colors of the Immortal Palette”, by Caroline M. Yoachim (Uncanny Magazine, Mar/Apr 2021)
  • L’Esprit de L’Escalier, by Catherynne M. Valente (Tordotcom)
  • “O2 Arena”, by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Galaxy’s Edge, Nov 2021)
  • “That Story Isn’t the Story”, by John Wiswell (Uncanny Magazine, Nov/Dec 2021)
  • “Unseelie Brothers, Ltd.”, by Fran Wilde (Uncanny Magazine, May/Jun 2021)

BEST SHORT STORY

[632 ballots for 589 nominees; Finalist range 44-96]

  • “Mr. Death”, by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, Feb 2021)
  • “Proof by Induction”, by José Pablo Iriarte (Uncanny Magazine, May/Jun 2021)
  • “The Sin of America”, by Catherynne M. Valente (Uncanny Magazine, Mar/Apr 2021)
  • “Tangles”, by Seanan McGuire (Magicthegathering.com: Magic Story, Sep 2021)
  • “Unknown Number”, by Blue Neustifter (Twitter, Jul 2021)
  • “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather”, by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine, Mar/Apr 2021)

BEST SERIES

[707 ballots for 194 nominees; Finalist range 66-242]

  • The Green Bone Saga, by Fonda Lee (Orbit)
  • The Kingston Cycle, by C. L. Polk (Tordotcom)
  • Merchant Princes, by Charles Stross (Macmillan)
  • Terra Ignota, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)
  • Wayward Children, by Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)
  • The World of the White Rat, by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) (Argyll Productions)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY OR COMIC

[340 ballots for 239 nominees; Finalist range 19-66]

  • DIE, vol. 4: Bleed, written by Kieron Gillen, art by Stephanie Hans, lettering by Clayton Cowles (Image)
  • Far Sector, written by N.K. Jemisin, art by Jamal Campbell (DC)
  • Lore Olympus, vol. 1, by Rachel Smythe (Del Rey)
  • Monstress, vol. 6: The Vow, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image)
  • Once & Future, vol. 3: The Parliament of Magpies, written by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Dan Mora, colored by Tamra Bonvillain (BOOM!)
  • Strange Adventures, written by Tom King, art by Mitch Gerads and Evan “Doc” Shaner (DC)

BEST RELATED WORK

[453 ballots for 303 nominees; Finalist range 27-65]

  • Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman’s Fight to End Ableism, by Elsa Sjunneson (Tiller Press)
  • The Complete Debarkle: Saga of a Culture War, by Camestros Felapton (Camestros Felapton)
  • Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985, edited by Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre (PM Press)
  • “How Twitter can ruin a life”, by Emily St. James (Vox, Jun 2021)
  • Never Say You Can’t Survive, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tordotcom)
  • True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, by Abraham Riesman (Crown)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM

[597 ballots for 192 nominees; Finalist range 67-261]

  • Dune, screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, and Eric Roth; directed by Denis Villeneuve; based on the novel Dune by Frank Herbert (Warner Bros / Legendary Entertainment)
  • Encanto, screenplay by Charise Castro Smith and Jared Bush; directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard, and Charise Castro Smith (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • The Green Knight, written and directed by David Lowery (BRON Studios/A24)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, screenplay by Dave Callaham, Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham; directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Space Sweepers, written and directed by Jo Sung-hee (Bidangil Pictures)
  • WandaVision, screenplay by Peter Cameron, Mackenzie Dohr, Laura Donney, Bobak Esfarjani, Megan McDonnell, Jac Schaeffer (created by and head writer), Cameron Squires, Gretchen Enders, Chuck Hayward; directed by Matt Shakman (Disney+)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM

[386 ballots for 337 nominees; Finalist range 25-44]

  • The Wheel of Time: The Flame of Tar Valon, written by Justine Juel Gillmer, directed by Salli Richardson-Whitfield, based on The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (Amazon Studios)
  • For All Mankind: The Grey, written by Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi; directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Tall Ship Productions/Sony Pictures Television)
  • Arcane: The Monster You Created, written by Christian Linke and Alex Yee; story by Christian Linke, Alex Yee, Conor Sheehy, and Ash Brannon; directed by Pascal Charrue and Arnaud Delord (Netflix)
  • The Expanse: Nemesis Games, written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, and Naren Shankar; directed by Breck Eisner (Amazon Studios)
  • Loki: The Nexus Event, written by Eric Martin, directed by Kate Herron, created for television by Michael Waldron (Disney+)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: wej Duj, written by Kathryn Lyn, directed by Bob Suarez (CBS Eye Animation Productions)

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM

[319 ballots for 123 nominees; Finalist range 47-72]

  • Neil Clarke
  • Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
  • Mur Lafferty & S.B. Divya
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheree Renée Thomas
  • Sheila Williams

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM

[182 ballots for 85 nominees; Finalist range 12-44]

  • Ruoxi Chen
  • Nivia Evans
  • Sarah T. Guan
  • Brit Hvide
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Navah Wolfe

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST

[233 ballots for 210 nominees; Finalist range 19-34]

  • Tommy Arnold
  • Rovina Cai
  • Ashley Mackenzie
  • Maurizio Manzieri
  • Will Staehle
  • Alyssa Winans

BEST SEMIPROZINE

[312 ballots for 78 nominees; Finalist range 39-113]

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor Scott H. Andrews
  • Escape Pod, editors S.B. Divya, Mur Lafferty, and Valerie Valdes; assistant editors Benjamin C. Kinney and Premee Mohamed; guest editor Brent C. Lambert; hosts Tina Connolly and Alasdair Stuart; audio producers Summer Brooks and Adam Pracht; and the entire Escape Pod team
  • FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, publisher Troy L Wiggins; executive editor DaVaun Sanders; managing editor Eboni Dunbar; poetry editor B. Sharise Moore; reviews editor and social media manager Brent Lambert; art director L. D. Lewis; web editor Chavonne Brown; non-fiction editor Margeaux Weston; guest editors Summer Farah and Nadia Shammas; acquiring editors Kaleb Russell, Rebecca McGee, Kerine Wint, Joshua Morley, Emmalia Harrington, Genine Tyson, Tonya R. Moore, Danny Lore; technical assistant Nelson Rolon
  • PodCastle, co-editors Jen R. Albert, C. L. Clark, Shingai Njeri Kagunda, and Eleanor R. Wood; assistant editors Summer Fletcher and Sofía Barker; audio producer Peter Adrian Behravesh; host Matt Dovey; and the entire PodCastle team
  • Strange Horizons, Vanessa Aguirre, Joseph Aitken, Kwan-Ann Tan, Rachel Ayers, M H Ayinde, Tierney Bailey, Scott Beggs, Drew Matthew Beyer, Gautam Bhatia, Tom Borger, S. K. Campbell, Emma Celi, Zhui Ning Chang, Rita Chen, Tania Chen, Liz Christman, Emma-Grace Clarke, Linda H. Codega, Kristian Wilson Colyard, Bruhad Dave, Sarah Davidson, Tahlia Day, Arinn Dembo, Belen Edwards, Rebecca Evans, Ciro Faienza, Courtney Floyd, Lila Garrott, Guananí Gómez-Van Cortright, Colette Grecco, Julia Gunnison, Dan Hartland, Sydney Hilton, Angela Hinck, Amanda Jean, Jamie Johnson, Sean Joyce-Farley, Erika Kanda, Kat Kourbeti, Catherine Krahe, Anna Krepinsky, Clayton Kroh, Natasha Leullier, Dante Luiz, Gui Machiavelli, Cameron Mack, Samantha Manaktola, Marisa Manuel, Jean McConnell, Heather McDougal, Maria Morabe, Amelia Moriarty, Sarah Noakes, Aidan Oatway, AJ Odasso, Joel Oliver-Cormier, Kristina Palmer, Karintha Parker, Anjali Patel, Juliana Pinho, Nicasio Reed, Belicia Rhea, Abbey Schlanz, Elijah Rain Smith, Alyn Spector, Hebe Stanton, Melody Steiner, Romie Stott, Yejin Suh, Sonia Sulaiman, Ben Tyrrell, Renee Van Siclen, Kathryn Weaver, Liza Wemakor, Aigner Loren Wilson, E.M. Wright, Vicki Xu, and The Strange Horizons Editorial Collective
  • Uncanny Magazine, publishers and editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas; managing/poetry editor Chimedum Ohaegbu; nonfiction editor Elsa Sjunneson; podcast producers Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

BEST FANZINE

[243 ballots for 87 nominees; Finalist range 21-76]

  • The Full Lid, by Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner
  • Galactic Journey, founder Gideon Marcus; editor Janice L. Newman; associate writers Gwyn Conaway, Jason Sacks, and John Boston
  • Journey Planet, edited by Erin Underwood, Jean Martin, Sara Felix, Vanessa Applegate, Chuck Serface, Errick Nunnally, Evan Reeves, Steven H Silver, James Bacon and Christopher J Garcia
  • Quick Sip Reviews, editor Charles Payseur
  • Small Gods, Lee Moyer (Icon) and Seanan McGuire (Story)
  • Unofficial Hugo Book Club Blog, editors Amanda Wakaruk and Olav Rokne

BEST FANCAST

[384 ballots for 202 nominees; Finalist range 32-55]

  • Be The Serpent, presented by Alexandra Rowland, Freya Marske, and Jennifer Mace
  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan producer
  • Hugo, Girl!, hosts Haley Zapal, Amy Salley, and Lori Anderson; producer/editor Kevin Anderson
  • Octothorpe, by John Coxon, Alison Scott, and Liz Batty
  • Our Opinions Are Correct, presented by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, produced by Veronica Simonetti
  • Worldbuilding for Masochists, presented by Cass Morris, Rowenna Miller, and Marshall Ryan Maresca

BEST FAN WRITER

[368 ballots for 168 nominees; Finalist range 31-117]

  • Chris M. Barkley
  • Bitter Karella
  • Alex Brown
  • Cora Buhlert
  • Jason Sanford
  • Paul Weimer

BEST FAN ARTIST

[230 ballots for 122 nominees; Finalist range 15-49]

  • Iain J. Clark
  • Lorelei Esther
  • Sara Felix
  • Ariela Housman
  • Nilah Magruder
  • Lee Moyer

LODESTAR AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK

[451 ballots for 208 nominees; Finalist range 59-117]

  • Chaos on CatNet, by Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)
  • Iron Widow, by Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen / Rock the Boat)
  • The Last Graduate, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey Books)
  • Redemptor, by Jordan Ifueko (Amulet Books / Hot Key Books)
  • A Snake Falls to Earth, by Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • Victories Greater Than Death, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen / Titan)

ASTOUNDING AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER

[416 ballots for 187 nominees; Finalist range 44-119]

  • Tracy Deonn (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Micaiah Johnson (2nd year of eligibility)
  • A.K. Larkwood (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Everina Maxwell (1st year of eligibility)
  • Shelley Parker-Chan (1st year of eligibility)
  • Xiran Jay Zhao (1st year of eligibility)

Only Chicon 8 members will be able to vote on the final ballot and choose the winners for the 2022 Awards. To become a member, go to the Chicon 8 website to register as at least a Supporting member in order to participate in the Hugo Awards. More information about the Hugo Awards is available here.

Chicon 8 Membership Update

Chicon 8, the 2022 Worldcon, has published Progress Report #3, available to all as a free download.  

MEMBERSHIP RATES WILL RISE. On May 1, 2022, rates will increase in certain membership categories. See the PR for details.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS TO OPEN. Chicon 8 will be opening hotel reservations on April 25, 2022. The links for quiet and party floors will be available on their website that day at 12:08 p.m. CDT: https://chicon.org/

GOH FEATURE. A highlight of the PR is James Bacon’s article about animation legend and Chicon 8 GoH Floyd Norman.

CHICAGO COMMUNITY WORLDCON FUND. The CWCF is a special fund to help defray the expenses of attending Chicon 8 for the following groups of people: Non-white fans or program participants; LGBTQIA+ fans or program participants; Local Chicago area fans of limited means. To learn more about the CWCF and how donations will be utilized, read the FAQ on the website: https://chicon.org/home/for-members/chicago-worldcon-community-fund   

MEMBERSHIP STATISTICS. The Progress Report includes membership totals as of February 12, 2022.

ADULT ATTENDING (*)1691
AGE ATTENDING (**)70
SUPPORTING1065
TOTAL2826
(*) includes First Worldcon attendees (**) includes Young Adults, Teen and Child Attending Members plus Kids-in-Tow

Charles de Lint Steps Down as Chicon 8 GoH

Chicon 8 announced today that author Charles de Lint will not be appearing as one of their guests of honor.  

It is with regret that we announce that Charles de Lint has had to step down as Guest of Honor for Chicon 8 due to family circumstances.

We were utterly thrilled in 2020 when Mr. de Lint agreed to be our Author Guest of Honor and have been looking forward to having him at the convention. However, we completely understand that his current situation will not allow him to attend Chicon 8 either in person or virtually. In discussion with Mr. de Lint, we agreed that rather than honor him in his absence, we will release him as a Guest of Honor. Our sincere hope is that a future Worldcon will take the opportunity to honor him as he so richly deserves.

The family circumstances likely include his wife’s illness. De Lint shared publicly on Facebook last November that his wife MaryAnn has been afflicted with “Powassan virus which is a tick born virus akin to West Nile” and “since Sept 7th she has been unable to move. She was aware but unable to communicate.” Writing two months after the first onset he said, “there have been some incremental improvements. She can move her feet and her mouth is mobile enough to ‘talk’ but no sound comes out. We mostly communicate by lip-reading (badly) or spelling the words out letter by letter. The rest of her body remains immobile and she still has some blurring/double vision….” He gave one more public update later that month, and has not posted another since that time.

2022 Hugo Announcement Coming 4/7

Chicon 8 will reveal the 2022 Hugo Awards finalists on April 7 at 10 a.m. Central.

Chengdu Worldcon Publishes Q&As to Explain Their Membership and Admission Structure

The 2023 Chengdu Worldcon committee has updated its membership rate chart and posted a set of Q&A’s to clarify their original announcement made earlier this month.

The official channel to buy memberships will open in May (right now the website is not taking them).

The revised rate chart is below. (Click for larger image.)

The text of the Q&A’s follows.

Q: What is special for the fees plan of 2023 Chengdu Worldcon?

A: We have set up a pre-packaged five-day on-site admission pass bundle, which does not include WSFS MEMBERSHIP rights (Hugo nominating/voting, site selection voting). It is not a full ATTENDING MEMBERSHIP. This is designed mainly to attract more young fans from our local community who are not familiar with Worldcon system but enthusiastic about science fiction and fantasy genre. You can also consider it as an introduction gateway to the Worldcon community. We will be offering Single-Day Admission passes next year, starting from July 1st, 2023.

Q: Is WSFS Membership required to buy the in-person five-day admission package?

A: No, WSFS membership is not a requirement to buy the in-person admission package, but if you buy both, you’ll be given a full ATTENDING MEMBERSHIP.

The same applies to Online Admission. Just remember, to “attend Worldcon activities” with an “admission” does not grant you WSFS rights or ATTENDING MEMBERSHIP status.

Q: How to upgrade to a WSFS MEMBERSHIP?

A: If you bought a 2023 Advance Supporting Membership from DC3, you don’t have to do anything to upgrade. Not matter you voted or not for the 2023 Site Selection, no matter which city you voted, you automatically have WSFS MEMBERSHIP, and you have been given a full ATTENDING MEMBERSHIP for free, both in-person and online attending.

Q: What rights do people who voted for Site Selection at DisCon III have?

A: People who voted for Site Selection at DisCon III, including people voted on-site without a DC token, have been given WSFS membership plus In-person Admission.

Q: What rights do people who bought 2023 advance Supporting Memberships but didn’t vote?

A: The same rights as people who voted, WSFS membership plus In-person Admission.

Q: The above situations do not apply to me. How to obtain a full ATTENDING MEMBERSHIP?

A: If you are a first time Worldcon attendee in 2023, you need to pay $50 to obtain a WSFS MEMBERSHIP, and pay another $50 to obtain the IN-PERSON FIVE-DAY ADMISSION. So you will need to pay $100 to have full ATTENDING MEMBERSHIP.

If you are NOT a first-timer, WSFS rate is $50, and the five-day admission is $70. So you will pay a total of $120 to have ATTENDING MEMBERSHIP.

If you are a student, 12-year-old to the end of postgraduate studies, with a valid student ID, you can get the student discount. Student ID will be required when purchasing and picking up your badge. If you are also a first time attendee, then the student discount fits you better, which is $50 for WSFS MEMBERSHIP, and $30 for the admission package.

Q: Who are eligible for the First Worldcon discount?

A: The First Worldcon discount is for adults who have not attended any Worldcon in person before. Note that if you only had a Supporting Membership in DC (or another) Worldcon, you are still eligible for the First Worldcon discount.

Q: If I want to take part in Site Selection for 2025 Worldcon, what will be the requirement?

A: You will need to buy an Advance Supporting Membership in 2025. This will likely be about $50. We will announce it later according to the WSFS Constitution.

Q: What are your other discount packages?

A: Children ages 0-11 can attend for Free. This admission has no voting rights. And childcare hours are not included.

Family discount, discount for people with access requirements, coupon for flight over 3000 km, and other discount programs will be announced later.

Q: If I bought In-Person Admission package, can I still attend the convention online?

A: Yes. The in-person admission package will also allow the holder to attend the convention online.

Q: What are included with a WSFS Membership?

A: Being a WSFS member of the Worldcon gives you the right to participate in the ongoing WSFS activities of the Worldcon. So, the WSFS MEMBERSHIP rights include:

1) The Hugo Awards nomination in 2023 Worldcon and 2024 Worldcon;

2) The Hugo Awards voting in 2023;

3) 2023 Chengdu Worldcon Business Meeting voting rights (on-site);

4) Opportunity to purchase Advanced Membership to vote in 2023 Chengdu Worldcon for 2025 site selection.

The fact that you have read through this whole thing means you are a real fan! So if you still have questions, please let us know!

NOTES:

  1. The currency is in US dollars.
  2. Major credit cards will be accepted.
  3. For Full ATTENDING MEMBERSHIP status, you need to combine a WSFS MEMBERSHIP and one choice of admission rights.