74th World Science Fiction Convention
|MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention|
|Venue||Bartle Hall Convention Center|
|Location(s)||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Inaugurated||August 17–21, 2016|
|Organized by||Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc.|
|Filing status||501(c)(3) non-profit|
The 74th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as MidAmeriCon II, was held August 17–21, 2016, at the Bartle Hall Convention Center in downtown, Kansas City, Missouri. Its location was selected on August 17, 2014 by the members of the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London.
The convention was organized by Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc., and was chaired by Ruth Lichtwardt and co-chaired by Diane Lacey. The convention's name, by established Worldcon tradition, follows after the first MidAmeriCon, the 34th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Kansas City in 1976.
Guests of honor
The announced Guests of Honor for MidAmericon II were artist Kinuko Y. Craft, authors Tamora Pierce and Michael Swanwick, plus editors Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Teresa Nielsen Hayden. Pat Cadigan served as Toastmaster.
By the February 2014 deadline, only two committees had announced bids to host the 74th World Science Fiction Convention: "KC in 2016" for August 17–21, 2016, at the Bartle Hall Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and "Beijing in 2016" for August 14–19, 2016, at the China National Convention Center. Kansas City bid co-chairs Diane Lacey, Ruth Lichtwardt, and Jeff Orth represented the non-profit Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc. Of the 758 votes cast by Loncon 3 members, Kansas City won the contest with 651 votes over Beijing with 70 votes. "None of the above" received 4 votes while other sites, including Minneapolis, Boston, Norway, Helsinki, and Sitka, Alaska, received 1 or 2 votes each. If Beijing had been selected, this would have been the first Worldcon in China and the first in mainland Asia.
The Hugo Awards, named after Hugo Gernsback, are presented every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society. Other awards, including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, are also presented at each year's Worldcon.
MidAmeriCon II also presented Retro Hugos for the calendar year 1940, on the 75th anniversary of the 3rd World Science Fiction Convention held in Denver because, having not yet been established, no Hugo Awards were presented in 1941.
2016 Hugo Awards
The 74th World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon II, announced the winners of the 2016 Hugo Awards at a ceremony on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016. The ceremony was hosted by Toastmaster, Pat Cadigan, assisted by Jan Siegel. 3,130 valid final ballots were received and counted. The 2016 Hugo Award trophy base was designed by Sarah Felix.
- Best Novel: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit)
- Best Novella: "Binti" by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
- Best Novelette: "Folding Beijing" by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)
- Best Short Story: "Cat Pictures Please" by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)
- Best Related Work: No Award
- Best Graphic Story: The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)
- Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Martian screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox)
- Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Jessica Jones: "AKA Smile" written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer (Marvel Television; ABC Studios; Tall Girls Productions; Netflix)
- Best Professional Editor, Short Form: Ellen Datlow
- Best Professional Editor, Long Form: Sheila E. Gilbert
- Best Professional Artist: Abigail Larson
- Best Semiprozine: Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
- Best Fanzine: File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
- Best Fancast: No Award
- Best Fan Writer: Mike Glyer
- Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
The MidAmeriCon II masquerade was held on Friday, 19 August with 34 entrants. Gregory de Danann was the Masquerade Director and the master of ceremonies was John Hertz. The judges were Tanglewyst de Holloway, Karen Schnaubelt, and Kathy Pepmiller for performance and Jill Eastlake and Aurora Celeste for workmanship.
Young Fan division
- Most Adorable: "Young Sherlock" by Zachary Rohwer
- More Most Adorable: "Ding" (Doctor Who) by Grayson Rohwer
- Honorable Mention for Carving: "Mystogan" (Fairy Tail) by Jacob Lemon-Rogers, Jonathan Kunkee, Loren Kunkee, and Lyndsey Luther
- Honorable Mention for Puff Patterns: "Rambo Brite" by Gene Bennett
- Honorable Mention for Puppetry: "Sarabi, the Gryphon" by Ashely Bilke and Chelsea Shelton
- It Lights up and Spins Award: "Raymond J. Stanz, Apparition Eliminator" (Steampunk Ghostbuster) by Zachary Miles
- Best Fur Work: "Pooch" by Kathy Hinkle
- Best in Class: "Mythological Loki" by Sarah Sanders
- Best Novice Humor: "Rambo Brite" by Gene Bennett
- Best in Class: "Victorian Twilight Sparkle" (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) Rosemary Williams
- Painting the Roses Red Award: "When Queens Collide" (The Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of the Night from Mozart's The Magic Flute) by Janine Wardale, Theresa Halbert and Thor Halbert
- Best in Class: "Cinderella" (based on artwork by Kinuko Y. Craft) by Sheryl Nance-Durst
- Best Humor: "Flight of the Valkyries" by Sharon Bass, Christine Brockway, Chris O'Halloran and Sara Vanderbroek (singing).
- Best in Class: "When Queens Collide" by Janine Wardale and Theresa Halbert
- Honorable Mention for Beadwork: "A Paid Political Announcement" (Flash Gordon for President) by Kevin Hewett and Rebecca Hewett
- Best Execution of Concept: "Boots Upgraded" (Cyberman) by Jennifer Skwarski
- Best in Class: "Tri Morrignae" (Irish mythology) by Jennifer Old-d'Entremont, Bethany Padron and Megan McQueen
- Best Master Humor: "Sharknado" by Amanda Arthur-Struss and Joe Struss
- Honored for Excellence in Presentation: "Tri Morrignae" (Irish mythology) by Jennifer Old-d'Entremont, Bethany Padron and Megan McQueen
- Best in Class: "Flights of Fantasy" (history of flight in SF literature) by Tim Morgan, Lorretta Morgan, Iain Miller, Meredith Hines and Russ Miller
- Judges' Choice Award: "Spirits of the Tea" (based on artwork by Kinuko Y. Craft) by Sallie Abba, Greg Abba, Robert A. Cook, Rachelle Hrubetz, Leslie Roth and Tal Roth
- Best in Show: "Troll Bridge" by Susan Eisenhour, Joyce Blakesley, Isabell Robinson, Quincy Robinson, Paul Elmer, Kate Elmer, Freya Elmer, Juliet Elmer, Darrin Blom, Richard Blom and Margaret Blom
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- Wickersham, Teresa (August 26, 2016). "Worldcon 74: Masquerade Contest Honors Tradition, Innovation, and Hard Work". SciFi4Me. Retrieved 2017-05-18.
- MidAmericon II official website
- Worldcon official website
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