Hugo Award for Best Fancast
|Hugo Award for Best Fancast|
|Awarded for||The best non-professional science fiction or fantasy video or audio series published in the prior calendar year|
|Presented by||World Science Fiction Society|
|Currently held by||SF Squeecast|
The Hugo Awards are given every year by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was once officially known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award. It has been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction" and "the best known literary award for science fiction writing".
The Hugo Award for Best Fancast is awarded to any generally available non-professional audio or video periodical devoted to science fiction, fantasy, or related subjects. The fancast must have released four or more episodes by the end of the previous calendar year, at least one of which appeared in that year, and it must not qualify for the dramatic presentation category. The Hugo Award for Best Fancast was first proposed as a category after the 2011 awards. It then appeared as a temporary category at the 2012 awards. Temporary awards are not required to be repeated in following years. The 2013 awards, however, did repeat the category, and after the awards it was ratified as a permanent category, and will appear in all future Hugo Awards.
Hugo Award nominees and winners are chosen by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, and the awards presentation constitutes its central event. Supporting members are those who do not attend the convention itself, and pay a smaller membership fee as a result. The selection process is defined in the World Science Fiction Society Constitution as instant-runoff voting with five nominees, except in the case of a tie. These five fancasts on the ballot are the five most-nominated by members that year, with no limit on the number of fancasts that can be nominated. Initial nominations are made by members in January through March, while voting on the ballot of five nominations is performed roughly in April through July, subject to change depending on when that year's Worldcon is held. Worldcons are generally held near the start of September, and are held in a different city around the world each year.
Winners and nominees
In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the story was first published. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the other nominated works.
|2012||SF Squeecast*||Thomas, Lynne M.Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente|||
|2012||The Coode Street Podcast||Strahan, JonathanJonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe|||
|2012||Galactic Suburbia Podcast||Krasnostein, AlisaAlisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Andrew Finch|||
|2012||SF Signal Podcast||DeNardo, JohnJohn DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester|||
|2012||StarShipSofa||Smith, Tony C.Tony C. Smith|||
|2013||SF Squeecast*||Bear, ElizabethElizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente, and David McHone-Chase|||
|2013||The Coode Street Podcast||Strahan, JonathanJonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe|||
|2013||Galactic Suburbia Podcast||Krasnostein, AlisaAlisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Andrew Finch|||
|2013||SF Signal Podcast||DeNardo, JohnJohn DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester|||
|2013||StarShipSofa||Smith, Tony C.Tony C. Smith|||
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