Live Coverage of 2018 Hugo Ceremony – Stay Tuned

The 2018 Hugo Award base, designed by Sara Felix and Vincent Villafranca.

The 2018 Hugo Award base, designed by Sara Felix and Vincent Villafranca.

At the Hugo Awards Web Site, Kevin Standlee has compiled the available information about 2018 Hugo Ceremony coverage:

WHEN: The 2018 Hugo Awards Ceremony begins Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. North American Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7). Master of Ceremonies will be Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio.

WHERE: McEnery Convention Center Grand Ballroom in San Jose, California. The Ceremony will also be simultaneously shown in Callahan’s Place in the Exhibit Hall in a more relaxed environment where attendees can eat, drink, and socialize during the event.

VIDEO: Worldcon 76 San Jose plans to offer live video streaming of the Hugo Awards ceremony via their YouTube channel.

TEXT: The Hugo Awards web site will offer text-based coverage of the Hugo Awards ceremony via CoverItLive. The hosts will be Kevin Standlee, Susan de Guardiola, and Cheryl Morgan. You can sign up at the CoverItLive event site for an e-mail notification before the event starts.

106 thoughts on “Live Coverage of 2018 Hugo Ceremony – Stay Tuned

  1. Best Short Story: Welcome to your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM by Rebecca Roanhorse

  2. (omg Felicia Day *kermitflail*)

    Inaugural Best Young Adult Book Award: Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

  3. Some of the winners are things I saw coming. Some of them I really did not.

    None of the winners were undeserving of their award.

    Congrats to all of those who were nominated.

  4. “The Trolley Problem” really stumped me. I didn’t like The Good Place at ALL.

    mutters “tastes differ tastes differ”

    Congrats to N.K. Jemisin and her “giant rocket shaped finger” (snicker). THREEPEAT!!

  5. Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees and the groovy outfits, too. 😉

    If I didn’t misread my notes on my own voting and who won, then 5 of my first-ranked nominees won and 6 of my second ranked nominees won. Wut. 🙂

    [ETA: And who knows, if I’d re-read my first-ranked choice in Novelette like I’d planned, maybe I’d’ve flipped my votes around and had 6 and 5.]

  6. One of my first place choices and none of my second. Which says something. I’m not sure what.

  7. Congratulations to Mike and all the winners tonight. My tastes varied significantly from other Hugo voters this year, but that’s just how it goes sometimes. And some of my faves did win so I’m happy. (Yay, Murderbot!!)

  8. Yay, Mike! Yay, Murderbot! I don’t think any of my other top picks won, but I wasn’t surprised by anything that did except DPSF.

    And yeah, three giant rocket-shaped middle fingers. 🙂 Which is three more than any of her detractors are ever going to get.

  9. Which is three more than any of her detractors are ever going to get.

    True that. It was worth coming to WorldCon 76 just to see the standing ovations for Jemisin, but there was so much more. Plus three of my top picks got the awards in their categories.

  10. Congratulations to OGH and all of the winners! N.K. Jemisin’s speech was a must-watch and I’m really glad to have seen it in person.

    The longlist has some interesting EPH effects for Best Novel. Also it’ll be interesting when the Foeigner series makes the ballot in the next couple years – eighteen books and counting!

  11. Congratulations to 770 and all the other winners. And I agree with those who have commented that it was a strong year this year.

    I went 8/12 in the Hugo categories I voted (and 1/2 in the Not-a-Hugo categories), and my second-place choices won otherwise in all but Dramatic (both winners there were in my #6 slot but YMMV &c).

    I … forgot that it was tonight until just now, while doing my nightly pre-bed 770 check. :/

  12. I was pleased to be able to sit here in my living room and watch the Hugos on my tv. I wasn’t sure that would work, but everything was perfect.

  13. @Goobergunch: Oh yay, thanks for mentioning the detailed stats; I forgot to look for that. I’m not sure what you mean re. Best Novel.

    Anyway, here it is (link to the PDF in the first paragraph) if anyone else is looking for it.

    @Kevin Hogan: Better late than never, right? 🙂

  14. I appreciated the effort John Picacio must have done to learn the pronunciations of the nominees in the categories he announced. That’s a nice touch that often seems to get overlooked.

    But I got tired of his shtick about getting the awards over quickly. At a certain point it just felt like he was treating the event like an ordeal.

  15. Thanks for the coverage, guys! I slept through the whole thing 🙂

    I’m sure someone has put this up on another thread, but the detailed PDF breakdown is here: (Edit: ninja’d by Kendall while I was filling in my unsaved details!)

    I had a grand total of 2/17 winners in my number 1 spot, but managed to predict 8/17, which is still not a number that’s going to win any prizes but, hey, *almost* 50%. Big congratulations to all the winners, though, there are some results I’m confused by but nothing that I didn’t enjoy very much!

  16. I’ve uploaded N. K. Jemisin’s incredible acceptance speech to YouTube.

    The speech was as great as the achievement of winning a Best Novel Hugo for all three books in the Broken Earth trilogy.

  17. Aaaaaah C.C. Finlay was one vote short of the ballot for Best Editor Short Form!

    (2nd thought: Oh noooooo I didn’t nominate this year I’d have made it a tieeeeeee)

    (3rd thought: wait a second, yes I did, nevermind)

  18. I was extremely happy that “The Trolley Problem (The Good Place)” won tonight. It was easily my favorite in a strong list of nominees.

  19. @rcade: Thank you for uploading that so I can share it with all my friends that weren’t watching live!

    @Kendall: I am too tired to math right now but I want to look at the interplay between The Collapsing Empire, New York 2140, The Stars Are Legion, and Autonomous at some point when I have more energy.

  20. @rcade: I like John Picacio a lot as a person and an artist, but that schtick (especially when he said he wouldn’t have one) got a bit old. Granted, it is a bit of a Worldcon running joke/annoyance, how long the ceremony sometimes runs. 😉 But he could’ve stopped after the 3rd time. Other than that, though, he did a good job!

    I prefer more presenters; that’s not his fault, methinks, but they had him presenting a lot of the awards. Guest presenters lengthen the ceremony, granted, but they took out all the non-WSFS award stuff – IMHO what significantly adds to ceremony length! – so they could’ve had a few more non-Picacio presenters, for variety. 😉

  21. @Goobergunch: Thanks. BTW I don’t totally grok the tables at the back (is N the # of ballots listing the entry? what’s Pct a percent of? sometimes the red makes no sense to me, when I thought I knew what it meant), so when you’re up to mathing, I may not get it anyway, I should warn you. 😉

    Just taking our current nomination rules as is, though (since I don’t see the old method as some kind of platonic ideal): There’s a significant gap between the top 6 novels’s points and the next two novels and it doesn’t change significantly in the battle to the final 6. If (big if!) I’m reading it right. In contrast, some other categories have some very close EPH battles.


  22. The long list is always interesting. I checked to see what was on my ballot or my own personal long list that was on the Hugo long list. Here’s what I liked that came THIS CLOSE to being on the ballot. 😉

    Best Novel: Artemis (long list; this means my own long list, of course; everything here is on the actual long list)

    Best Novella: The Furthest Station (ballot; as in my ballot), The Prisoner of Limnos (long list), Mira’s Last Dance (long list)

    Best Series: Broken Earth (ballot, despite knowing she’d decline, which I’m still annoyed at about). Hmm, I’m not sure why I didn’t have Rivers of London on my personal long list. Also, I’m surprised Shades of Magic didn’t even make the long list. It’s interesting/unfortunate to see so many nominations for things that were invalid for Best Series.

    BDPLF: Spider-Man (ballot), Guardians of the Galaxy (ballot)

    Best Fancast: Tea & Jeopardy (ballot; aw, they declined! I presume since they just won, which is nice of them)

    JWC for Best New Writer: K.B. Wagers (ballot), Benjamin C. Kinney (ballot)

    10 might-have-beens for me! 😉

  23. It was a strong year indeed. My only disappointment in the results was that Carnival 9, my favorite short story by far, did not finish higher (but none of the other entrants were unworthy either).

  24. @Kendall

    Things I nominated that missed out:
    I had The Stars Are Legion, which missed out by a nose (an EPH-affected nose at that). Ditto Passing Strange came in seventh in novella, albeit not as closely.
    Down in novelette, Oor Wombat was tied for the last spot with The Dark Birds, only for the tie to be broken against her by EPH. (I’ll bet that getting two other finalist slots is sufficient compensation though!)
    In fanzine, Black Gate continue their run of terrible bad luck since the puppy years by coming seventh.
    (I seem to have voted for the seventh place an unusually high number of times, maybe I’m bad luck!)
    Also in semipro I’d voted for Giganotosaurus and Interzone and they placed a little below. (And when will Clarkesworld and Lightspeed stop getting votes, they’ve been pro for a few years now).
    For the Campbell I’m with you on Kinney and Wagers, and also GV Anderson.

  25. I – along with the slice of Booktube that I follow on Twitter – was really excited to see Kalanadi ( on the longlist for best Fancast! Rachel does an amazing job of wrapping up recent and classic SFF releases and I always enjoy her reviews (it helps that we have similar tastes).

    Yuko Shimizu, the extraordinary artist for JY Yang’s tensorate covers, ALMOST made it for best pro artist.

    In YA, Dreadnought and Weave a Circle Round were both big favourites with me.

    In terms of final results, I already have some Strong Feelings about Best Series but they are best left to settle for a while before I articulate anything about how that category played out…

  26. Being in the audience, especially at the end for Best Novel, was a really satisfying experience. And congratulations to Ms. Jemisin for pulling off an unprecedented trifecta.

    Also, indeed yay, Murderbot. And plucky robots. ;->

  27. I only picked four of the winners for my top spot, but the field was SO strong this year that I kept rearranging my finalists until the last minute, so it could have fallen out as either more or fewer. Honestly; in my opinion all the winners were deserving!

    Sorry that Mike couldn’t pick up his final Hugo in person, but it was a classy act to recuse himself after winning so very, very many of them. And, Jo, you looked fabulous!

  28. Guess I will not be able to watch the ceremony, I had hoped it would remain available to watch at a reasonable hour.
    — didn’t this happen once before?

    Video unavailable
    This video contains content from BBC Studios, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.

  29. Bummed that Katherine Arden didn’t get the Campbell, but congrats to all. And I was amused by how far ahead of the pack Jemisin was!

  30. @Kendall

    My three favorite short stories (all on my nomination list, of course) finished at 7th, 8th and 9th place on the final list.

  31. @microtherion – I loved Carnival 9 as well, but IMO the Short Story category was the strongest this year; there were no stories I even felt ‘meh’ about, and I kept changing my rankings up until the last minute. Definitely one of the categories where I would have been thrilled with any of the winners.

    Congrats Mike for the win last night, and hope you’re feeling better!

  32. I had much more limited objectives. For months, I’d been dreading the results for fear Rocket Stack Rank would end up under No Award. I was hugely relieved to see that that didn’t happen.

    We didn’t get to spend a lot of time at George R.R. Martin’s “Hugo Loser’s Party” because some drunk woman fell over my chair and poured a full glass of red wine all over me, ruining not only my new white shirt but even my underwear. JJ had a good suggestion about using soda water to try to get the stain out of my shirt, but at that point I just wanted to go back to the hotel and shower. At least it wasn’t an author protesting a bad review. 🙂

  33. Oh, Greg, how awful! I think I would be with you on that. Ugh. I hope she has apologized, or will when she recovers.

  34. Belated hi from 15 hours ago, backstage at the Hugos, where I was Stage Right Stagehand/Tech!

    John Picacio is a class act, scholar, and gentleman. Having worked with him directly, I’m now heavily biased towards him. 🙂 I suspect the Hugos had gotten several complaints in past years about being overly long; keeping the ceremony running keeps the energy up (and reducing the number of presenters reduces the number of blips.) Particularly notable: less dead stagetime than Helsinki.

    Excluding myself from consideration either way, the entire Hugos stage management/tech direction team was fantastic.

  35. @Greg Hullender: UGH! Sorry, what a pain! But I’m sure you look good in red. 😉

    @Greg M.: The technical stuff seemed to go very smoothly. 🙂 Congrats on a job well done! As I said, the length of the Hugo ceremony is a bit of a Worldcon running joke.

  36. And John Picacio certainly wasn’t the first Hugos MC to be very sharp on time. I think I remember Connie Willis doing that, many years ago.

  37. While I have no inside information (maybe they were asked and turned it down) but this is the first Hugo ceremony I remember where neither of the Convention’s Author Guests of Honor (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Spider Robinson) presented an award.

    (Posted from ATL on my way home from an enjoyable Worldcon)

  38. @Greg Hullender
    Sorry that you had such a bad experience at the Hugo Losers’ Party. I hope the shirt is salvagable.

    @Bonnie McDaniel

    “The Trolley Problem” really stumped me. I didn’t like The Good Place at ALL.

    mutters “tastes differ tastes differ”

    I didn’t like The Good Place at all either. Usually, with non-puppy Hugo finalists I don’t like I can usually see why other people like them, but with The Good Place I don’t see any redeeming characteristics at all.

    In general, my hit rate wasn’t al that great this year. Three of my first place choices won and two of my second place choices. Looking at the longlist, I also find that those of my nominees who didn’t make the ballot didn’t make the longlist either. But then, my tastes have always been out of step with those of the larger Hugo electorate, though I am much happier with recent Hugo ballots and winners than with those of ten or twenty years ago.

  39. I’m guessing The Good Place is more polarizing than other works because it’s a comedy. Humor has less of a middle ground than more dramatic work.

    (I personally find the show very clever, and am happy with its win.)

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