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Discovering the Award Winners: Birth of the Hugos

by Paul

The organizers of the 1953 Worldcon, known as PhilCon II, were looking for a centrepiece event for their convention. They decided on an award ceremony. The awards would be known as the Science Fiction Achievement Awards, and would be voted on by members of the convention. At the time there was no plan to continue […]

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Hugo shortlists announced

by Paul

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The shortlists for this year’s Hugo Awards have now been announced. Best Novel            All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers Death’s End by Cixin Liu Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin Too Like the Lightning by Ada […]

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Prometheus Award Finalists

by Paul

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The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the five finalist for the Prometheus Award, which recognises “outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that dramatize the perennial conflict between Liberty and Power, expose the abuses and excesses of coercive government, critique or satirize authoritarian ideas, or champion individual rights and freedoms as the mutually respectful foundation […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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It’s one of those months when anybody interested in astronomy, astrophysics, space – you know, all that stuff that science fiction does – must have been in seventh heaven. I mean, just look at the stuff that’s been coming out. There’s the discovery of an Earth-like world that could be capable of sustaining life in orbit […]

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Elsewhere

by Paul

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First of all, congratulations to Helsinki on winning the 2017 Worldcon. A great choice, and I look forward to seeing a lot of you there. Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings and translator of Cixin Liu’s Hugo-shortlisted novel The Three Body Problem is interviewed in the New York Times. Kim Stanley Robinson, whose new novel Aurora is getting […]

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What’s wrong with the Hugos, part 2

by Paul

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I hope this is not going to be as long as the last part, but let us push on a bit. Last time I made the claim that science fiction is now too big for the Hugos. Part of that is down to the ambition of the awards: the desire to be the awards for […]

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What’s wrong with the Hugos

by Paul

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Okay, I admit, I’ve been putting this off. Frankly I’m getting tired of the whole Hugo kerfuffle. Right now, no-one on either side is exactly covering themselves with glory. The whole mess has become a competition to see who can become most outraged at the least thing. It is not helped by the fact that […]

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Considering the Hugos

by Paul

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In a long and thoughtful response to this post, Nirvan asked me to write at greater length about the Hugo Awards. My first response was: oh dear me no, I don’t want to step further into that minefield. Then I thought again, and decided I would, partly because I’ve been sceptical about the value of […]

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The Hugos and the Puppies, part 1

by Paul

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Connie Willis has turned down an invitation to present the Campbell Award at this year’s Hugo ceremony. Willis has won 10 Hugo Awards for her fiction, and has presented awards on numerous occasions. Turning down this invitation is a big deal. So what the hell is happening with the Hugos? There are huge numbers of […]

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