Sasquan Opens Hugo Voting

Electronic voting for the 2015 Hugo Awards has opened. website revealed the availability of the ballot in its April 27 story about the withdrawal of Edmund R. Schubert.

Once voters access the electronic voting form they are advised about the two finalists that have dropped out since the ballot was locked.

Note: After the ballot went to press, the following Hugo finalists have asked that voters please not vote for them:

  • Edmund R. Schubert (Best Editor, Short Form)
  • Black Gate (Best Fanzine)

Although at the time of this writing Sasquan has neither issued a press release, nor tweeted the information, nor posted it on Facebook, the form is operational. A Sasquan membership and PIN is required.

The May 1 press release follows the jump.

Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention

19-23 August 2015 at Spokane WA USA


Spokane, Washington, 1 May 2015

Voting is open for the 2015 Hugo Awards, among the premier awards in the field of speculative fiction. Members of Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention, are eligible to vote through July 31, 2015. Winners will be announced August 22, 2015 at Sasquan in Spokane, Washington.

The finalists (listed below) were chosen by popular vote of 2122 members of Loncon 3 (the 2014 Worldcon), Sasquan (the 2015 Worldcon) and MidAmeriCon II (the 2016 Worldcon).

The Hugo Awards recognize a range of professional, semi-professional, and fan works. Categories for the awards are: best novel, best novella, best novelette, best short story, best related work, best graphic story, dramatic presentation (short form and long form), best editor (short form and long form), best professional artist, best semiprozine, best fanzine, best fancast, best fan writer, and best fan artist. In addition, the John W. Campbell Award, which is not a Hugo but given at the same ceremony, recognizes the best new writer in the field.

More than 8,000 people are eligible to vote. While voting is now open, many members are expected to wait to vote until the Hugo Packet, with excerpts from many of the works under consideration, is issued in late May. In addition, many publishers, authors and artists have made full versions of the nominated works available on their websites.

“The Hugo committee is planning a great presentation that will be remembered for years. Please remember to vote for your choice of who should win a Hugo this year,” said Sally Woehrle, the chair of Sasquan.

Members who join Sasquan through July 31, 2015 (the close of voting) are eligible to vote. Members will receive email with information for completing a PIN-protected online ballot that enables them to rank nominees (including a “No Award” option) in order of preference; there is also an option to send in the ballot by postal mail.

The 2015 Hugo Awards Nominees

Best Novel (1827 nominating ballots)
• Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
• The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books)
• The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books)
• The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor)
• Skin Game by Jim Butcher (Roc Books)

Best Novella (1083 nominating ballots)
• Big Boys Don’t Cry by Tom Kratman (Castalia House)
• “Flow” by Arlan Andrews, Sr. (Analog, Nov 2014)
• One Bright Star to Guide Them by John C. Wright (Castalia House)
• “Pale Realms of Shade” by John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House)
• “The Plural of Helen of Troy” by John C. Wright (City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis, Castalia House)

Best Novelette (1031 nominating ballots)
• “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium” by Gray Rinehart (Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, May 2014)
• “Championship B’tok” by Edward M. Lerner (Analog, Sept 2014)
• “The Day the World Turned Upside Down” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lia Belt Translator (Lightspeed Magazine, April 2014)
• “The Journeyman: In the Stone House” by Michael F. Flynn (Analog, June 2014)
• “The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale” by Rajnar Vajra (Analog, Jul/Aug 2014)

Best Short Story (1174 nominating ballots)
• “On A Spiritual Plain” by Lou Antonelli (Sci Phi Journal #2, Nov 2014)
• “The Parliament of Beasts and Birds” by John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House)
• “A Single Samurai” by Steven Diamond (The Baen Big Book of Monsters, Baen)
• “Totaled” by Kary English (Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, July 2014)
• “Turncoat” by Steve Rzasa (Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House)

Best Related Work (1150 nominating ballots)
• “The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF” by Ken Burnside (Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House)
• Letters from Gardner by Lou Antonelli (The Merry Blacksmith Press)
• Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth by John C. Wright (Castalia House)
• “Why Science is Never Settled” by Tedd Roberts (
• Wisdom from My Internet by Michael Z. Williamson (Patriarchy Press)

Best Graphic Story (785 nominating ballots)
• Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt (Marvel Comics)
• Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery written by Kurtis J. Weibe, art by Roc Upchurch (Image Comics)
• Saga Volume 3 written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
• Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick written by Matt Fraction, art by Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)
• The Zombie Nation Book #2: Reduce Reuse Reanimate by Carter Reid (The Zombie Nation)

Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) (1285 nominating ballots)
• Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, concept and story by Ed Brubaker, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Entertainment, Perception, Sony Pictures Imageworks)
• Edge of Tomorrow screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth, directed by Doug Liman (Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment; Viz Productions)
• Guardians of the Galaxy written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios, Moving Picture Company)
• Interstellar screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, directed by Christopher Nolan (Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Lynda Obst Productions, Syncopy)
• The Lego Movie written by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, LEGO Systems A/S Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Warner Bros. Animation (as Warner Animation Group))

Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) (938 nominating ballots)
• Doctor Who: “Listen” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Douglas Mackinnon (BBC Television)
• The Flash: “Pilot” teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, directed by David Nutter (The CW) (Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television)
• Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by Alex Graves (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
• Grimm: “Once We Were Gods”, written by Alan DiFiore, directed by Steven DePaul (NBC) (GK Productions, Hazy Mills Productions, Universal TV)
• Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried” written by Graham Manson, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions; Space/BBC America)

Best Editor (Short Form) (870 nominating ballots)
• Jennifer Brozek
• Vox Day
• Mike Resnick
• Edmund R. Schubert
• Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Best Editor (Long Form) (712 nominating ballots)
• Vox Day
• Sheila Gilbert
• Jim Minz
• Anne Sowards
• Toni Weisskopf

Best Professional Artist (753 nominating ballots)
• Julie Dillon
• Kirk DouPonce
• Nick Greenwood
• Alan Pollack
• Carter Reid

Best Semiprozine (660 nominating ballots)
• Abyss & Apex Wendy Delmater editor and publisher
• Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Association Incorporated, 2014 editors David Kernot and Sue Burtsztynski
• Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
• Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Stefan Rudnicki, Rich Horton, Wendy N. Wagner, and Christie Yant
• Strange Horizons Niall Harrison Editor-in-Chief

Best Fanzine (576 nominating ballots)
• Black Gate edited by John O’Neill
• Elitist Book Reviews edited by Steven Diamond
• Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Alissa McKersie, Colin Harris and Helen Montgomery
• The Revenge of Hump Day edited by Tim Bolgeo
• Tangent Online edited by Dave Truesdale

Best Fancast (668 nominating ballots)
• Adventures in SciFi Publishing Brent Bower (Executive Producer), Kristi Charish, Timothy C. Ward, Shaun Ferrell & Moses Siregar III (Co-Hosts, Interviewers and Producers)
• Dungeon Crawlers Radio Daniel Swenson (Producer/Host), Travis Alexander & Scott Tomlin (Hosts), Dale Newton (Host/Tech), Damien Swenson (Audio/Video Tech)
• Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
• The Sci Phi Show Jason Rennie
• Tea and Jeopardy Emma Newman and Peter Newman

Best Fan Writer (777 nominating ballots)
• Dave Freer
• Amanda S. Green
• Jeffro Johnson
• Laura J. Mixon
• Cedar Sanderson

Best Fan Artist (296 nominating ballots)
• Ninni Aalto
• Brad W. Foster
• Elizabeth Leggett
• Spring Schoenhuth
• Steve Stiles

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (851 nominating ballots) ?Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2013 or 2014, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).
• Wesley Chu*
• Jason Cordova
• Kary English*
• Rolf Nelson
• Eric S. Raymond
*Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

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7 thoughts on “Sasquan Opens Hugo Voting

  1. The page appears to be buggy and not working properly, at least not in all browsers. Some category lists aren’t shown, some rankings aren’t saved despite clicking “save”. If they haven’t announced it yet, it may be because they haven’t got all the kinks worked out yet.

  2. That’s a theory. But Kevin Standlee announced it. And it worked all right for me — something I made a point of determining before I wrote my post.

  3. Hmmm… then perhaps their website programmers just need to embrace cross-browser compatibility.

  4. Worked okay for me. I cast a few provisional ballots but it appears I can change them at any time until voting closes, so I can change things when I get through all the works.

  5. Given the slight bump in voters this year, I (rightly or wrongly) assumed there would be no physical packet. I have not voted yet because I’m not done with Three Body Problem.

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