Other Awards Presented at the Hugo Ceremony

At Sasquan’s Hugo Ceremony on August 22, the winners of several other significant awards were announced.

Ben Yalow in 2013. Photo by Lawrence Person.

Big Heart Award: Sue Francis presented the Big Heart Award for 2015 to Ben Yalow. (David A. Kyle, in charge of the award, did not attend.) Ben has since expanded his acceptance remarks and posted them on Facebook:

I’m thrilled and overwhelmed by the honor shown me with this Big Heart. I join an extraordinary list of people, and I feel amazed to be included with that group. And I’m even more amazed by the outpouring of support from all the people who made it clear this weekend that they think the honor was deserved. But it’s not really just me receiving this. It’s all the people who welcomed me into fandom 45 years ago, and continued to do so. And the wonderful people who I’ve worked with through all these years, who have taught me so much, and given me the honor of their wisdom and support through all these years. This Big Heart isn’t just to me — it’s to all of you who helped me to give back to the community, and to the community from which I’ve received so much. My fellow staff of fannish activities have shaped me, and rewarded me with their support and guidance throughout the years — and I owe them far more than the mere thanks I can give in a post like this. And, to all of you, I hope to continue to be able to give back what I can in the future, knowing that I’ve received far more than I can ever return.

First Fandom Awards for 2015: Steve Francis was emcee, presiding over the First Fandom Awards segment at the outset of the Hugo ceremony.

Julian May.

Julian May.

First Fandom Hall of Fame Award: John Hertz kindly accepted the award on behalf of Julian May. May chaired the Tenth World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago in 1952, and went on to a career writing sf, fantasy, horror and children’s fiction.

First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame

  • Margaret Brundage
  • Bruce Pelz
  • F. Orlin Tremaine

Sam Moskowitz Archive Award

  • David Aronovitz, “for excellence in collecting.”

Special Committee Award: The Sasquan committee presented a posthumous Special Committee Award to Jay Lake, which was accepted by his sister, Mary Elizabeth. She was accompanied onstage by Lake’s daughter, Bronwyn.

[Thanks to John L. Coker III for the story.]

Update: Added Special Committee Award.

15 thoughts on “Other Awards Presented at the Hugo Ceremony

  1. I’m really glad Ben won this award. I got into writing fanzines thanks to a panel that he, Jerry Kaufman, and Suzanne Tompkins did on fanzines at OryCon two years ago. I was the only person who showed up for the panel. By all rights, they could have just gone “Well, this is a bust,” and left. However, they stuck around, and told a bunch of amazing stories about the history of fandom and fanzines in particular (and how they’re intertwined). If it wasn’t for them, I would be much more on the periphery of SF fandom than I am now.

  2. Nice words. I had a similar experience with Rusty Hevelin at a Marcon in ’73 or ’74. Gamechangers.

  3. Julian May is something of a heroine and an inspiration for me. The fact that she had her first novel published at the age of fifty is pretty meaningful to me, given that I just turned fifty myself. It’s never too late.

    I was therefore pleased to no end when I heard that she was getting a First Fandom award. Well deserved.

  4. Thank you for this. I hadn’t woken up enough at the beginning of the ceremony and I didn’t remember that segment as well as I would have liked. These awards celebrate the best things about fandom.

  5. Martin Wooster: You misspelled Sam Moskowitz’s name!

    Oo! Oo! I want to say it!

    Martin, you are hereby named File 770 Hero Proofreader of the Day with all rights and privileges appurtaining thereto!

    (hint: “all rights and privileges” means “you’re still appurtaining your own beer”)

  6. Alex, that’s a great story. I hope those folks see that here or somewhere. Sometimes it’s worth doing the panel even if only one person shows up!

  7. Martin Wooster: I guess I was so tired I also didn’t see that you had left this correction.

    And I needed John L. Coker III to point out to me that Erle Korshak’s Chicon was in 1940 (I wrote 1941).

    Who knows what else we will discover in the typo department today? Oh barve new world!

  8. Rich Lynch: Er.

    Later this week, when the Balrog meme has run its course, we can start a new meme consisting of “Mike Glyer’s future typos.”

  9. Cubist: Talk about your reverse psychology. Can I arrange for more of my typos to be kidnapped?

  10. And today Alex Case has published six issues of his own fanzine – I am glad Suzle and Ben and I stuck around to tell Alex stories.

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