Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer

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Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer
Awarded for The best fan writer of works devoted primarily to science fiction or fantasy
Presented by World Science Fiction Society
First awarded 1967
Most recent winner Abigail Nussbaum (2017)
Website thehugoawards.org

The Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer is the Hugo Award given each year for writers of works related to science fiction or fantasy which appeared in low- or non-paying publications such as semiprozines or fanzines or in generally available electronic media during the previous calendar year. There is no restriction that the writer is not also a professional author, and several such authors have won the award for their non-paying works. The award was first presented in 1967 and has been awarded annually.

During the 58 regular and retro nomination years, 98 writers have been nominated; 20 of these have won, including ties. David Langford has received the largest number of awards, with 21 wins out of 31 nominations. He was nominated every year from 1979 through 2009, and won 19 times in a row from 1989 through 2007. The other writers to win more than once are Richard E. Geis, with seven wins out of sixteen nominations; Mike Glyer, with four wins out of twenty-five nominations; Susan Wood Glicksohn, with three of eight; Harry Warner, Jr., with two out of eight; Wilson Tucker, with two out of seven; Bob Shaw, who won both times he was nominated; and Ray Bradbury, who won both Retro Hugos he was nominated for. The writers with the most nominations without winning are Evelyn C. Leeper, who was nominated twelve times in a row from 1990 through 2001, and Steven H Silver, whose twelve nominations span 2000-2013.

History[edit]

The Hugo Awards are presented 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.[1] The award has been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction" and "the best known literary award for science fiction writing".[2][3] In addition to the regular Hugo awards, beginning in 1996 Retrospective Hugo Awards, or "Retro Hugos", have been available to be awarded for years 50, 75, or 100 years prior in which no awards were given.[4] To date, Retro Hugo awards have been awarded for 1939, 1941, 1946, 1951, and 1954, and the fan writer award has been given each time.[5]

Fan writing is a peculiar entity, generally having little in common with professional fiction writing. Fan writing can be somber or witty (and even humorous, though that is rarer), expository or abstruse; it can make the momentous commonplace and the trivial momentous, according to the desire of the writer. Commonly, fan writing is a reflection of being a fan (as opposed to the many people who simply read science fiction) in a world mostly populated with people who aren't.

— Hitchcock, Chip, Introduction, In and Out of Quandry, 1982[6]

Hugo Award nominees and winners are chosen by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, and the presentation evening constitutes its central event. The selection process is defined in the World Science Fiction Society Constitution as instant-runoff voting with six nominees, except in the case of a tie. The works on the ballot are the six most-nominated by members that year, with no limit on the number of works that can be nominated.[4] Initial nominations are made by members in January through March, while voting on the ballot of six nominations is performed roughly in April through July, subject to change depending on when that year's Worldcon is held.[7] Prior to 2017, the final ballot was five works; it was changed that year to six, with each initial nominator limited to five nominations.[8] Worldcons are generally held near Labor Day, and in a different city around the world each year.[1][9]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Abigail Nussbaum accepting the award in 2017.

In the following tables, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony. Writers are eligible based on their work of the previous calendar year. Entries with a blue background and an asterisk (*) next to the writer's name have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees on the short-list. In some years writers who received sufficient nominations to be listed on the ballot declined; these are marked as withdrawn in the entry and are not listed on the main Hugo Award site.

  *   Winners and joint winners

Year Writer(s) Ref(s)
1967 Alexei Panshin* [10]
Norm Clarke [10]
Bill Donaho [10]
Harry Warner, Jr. [10]
Paul J. Willis [10]
1968 Ted White* [11]
Ruth Berman [11]
Harry Warner, Jr. [11]
Harlan Ellison (withdrawn) [11][12]
Alexei Panshin (withdrawn) [11][12]
1969 Harry Warner, Jr.* [13]
Richard Delap [13]
Banks Mebane [13]
Walt Willis [13]
Ted White (withdrawn) [13][14]
1970 Wilson Tucker* [15]
Piers Anthony [15]
Charles N. Brown [15]
Richard Delap [15]
Richard E. Geis [15]
1971 Richard E. Geis* [16]
Terry Carr [16]
Tom Digby [16]
Elizabeth Fishman [16]
Ted Pauls [16]
1972 Harry Warner, Jr.* [17]
Terry Carr [17]
Tom Digby [17]
Rosemary Ullyot [17]
Bob Vardeman [17]
Susan Wood Glicksohn [17]
1973 Terry Carr* [18]
Charles N. Brown [18]
Richard E. Geis [18]
Sandra Miesel [18]
Rosemary Ullyot [18]
Susan Wood Glicksohn [18]
1974 Susan Wood Glicksohn* [19]
Laura Basta [19]
Richard E. Geis [19]
Jacqueline Lichtenberg [19]
Sandra Miesel [19]
1975 Richard E. Geis* [20]
John Bangsund [20]
Sandra Miesel [20]
Don C. Thompson [20]
Susan Wood Glicksohn [20]
1976 Richard E. Geis* [21]
Charles N. Brown [21]
Don D'Ammassa [21]
Don C. Thompson [21]
Susan Wood Glicksohn [21]
1977 Richard E. Geis* [22]
Susan Wood Glicksohn* [22]
Don D'Ammassa [22]
Michael Glicksohn [22]
Don C. Thompson [22]
1978 Richard E. Geis* [23]
Charles N. Brown [23]
Don D'Ammassa [23]
Don C. Thompson [23]
Susan Wood Glicksohn [23]
1979 Bob Shaw* [24]
Richard E. Geis [24]
David Langford [24]
Roy Kettle [24]
D. West [24]
1980 Bob Shaw* [25]
Richard E. Geis [25]
Mike Glyer [25]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [25]
David Langford [25]
1981 Susan Wood Glicksohn* [26]
Richard E. Geis [26]
Mike Glyer [26]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [26]
David Langford [26]
1982 Richard E. Geis* [27]
Mike Glyer [27]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [27]
David Langford [27]
1983 Richard E. Geis* [28]
Mike Glyer [28]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [28]
David Langford [28]
1984 Mike Glyer* [29]
Richard E. Geis [29]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [29]
David Langford [29]
Teresa Nielsen Hayden [29]
1985 David Langford* [30]
Leigh Edmonds [30]
Richard E. Geis [30]
Mike Glyer [30]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [30]
1986 Mike Glyer* [31]
Don D'Ammassa [31]
Richard E. Geis [31]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [31]
David Langford [31]
Patrick Nielsen Hayden [31]
1987 David Langford* [32]
Mike Glyer [32]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [32]
Patrick Nielsen Hayden [32]
Simon Ounsley [32]
D. West [32]
Owen Whiteoak (withdrawn) [32][33]
1988 Mike Glyer* [34]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [34]
David Langford [34]
Guy H. Lillian III [34]
Leslie Turek [34]
1989 David Langford* [35]
Avedon Carol [35]
Mike Glyer [35]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [35]
Guy H. Lillian III [35]
Chuq Von Rospach [35]
1990 David Langford* [36]
Mike Glyer [36]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [36]
Evelyn C. Leeper [36]
Leslie Turek [36]
1991 David Langford* [37]
Avedon Carol [37]
Mike Glyer [37]
Arthur D. Hlavaty [37]
Evelyn C. Leeper [37]
Teresa Nielsen Hayden [37]
1992 David Langford* [38]
Avedon Carol [38]
Mike Glyer [38]
Andrew Hooper [38]
Evelyn C. Leeper [38]
Harry Warner, Jr. [38]
1993 David Langford* [39]
Mike Glyer [39]
Andrew Hooper [39]
Evelyn C. Leeper [39]
Harry Warner, Jr. [39]
1994 David Langford* [40]
Sharon N. Farber [40]
Mike Glyer [40]
Andrew Hooper [40]
Evelyn C. Leeper [40]
1995 David Langford* [41]
Sharon N. Farber [41]
Mike Glyer [41]
Andrew Hooper [41]
Evelyn C. Leeper [41]
1996 David Langford* [42]
Sharon N. Farber [42]
Andrew Hooper [42]
Evelyn C. Leeper [42]
Joseph T. Major [42]
1997 David Langford* [43]
Sharon N. Farber [43]
Mike Glyer [43]
Andrew Hooper [43]
Evelyn C. Leeper [43]
1998 David Langford* [44]
Bob Devney [44]
Mike Glyer [44]
Andrew Hooper [44]
Evelyn C. Leeper [44]
Joseph T. Major [44]
1999 David Langford* [45]
Bob Devney [45]
Mike Glyer [45]
Evelyn C. Leeper [45]
Maureen Kincaid Speller [45]
2000 David Langford* [46]
Bob Devney [46]
Mike Glyer [46]
Evelyn C. Leeper [46]
Steven H Silver [46]
2001 David Langford* [47]
Bob Devney [47]
Mike Glyer [47]
Evelyn C. Leeper [47]
Steven H Silver [47]
2002 David Langford* [48]
Jeff Berkwits [48]
Bob Devney [48]
John L. Flynn [48]
Mike Glyer [48]
Steven H Silver [48]
2003 David Langford* [49]
Bob Devney [49]
John L. Flynn [49]
Mike Glyer [49]
Steven H Silver [49]
2004 David Langford* [50]
Jeff Berkwits [50]
Bob Devney [50]
John L. Flynn [50]
Cheryl Morgan [50]
2005 David Langford* [51]
Claire Brialey [51]
Bob Devney [51]
Cheryl Morgan [51]
Steven H Silver [51]
2006 David Langford* [52]
Claire Brialey [52]
John Hertz [52]
Cheryl Morgan [52]
Steven H Silver [52]
2007 David Langford* [53]
Christopher Garcia [53]
John Hertz [53]
John Scalzi [53]
Steven H Silver [53]
2008 John Scalzi* [54]
David Langford [54]
Christopher Garcia [54]
Cheryl Morgan [54]
Steven H Silver [54]
2009 Cheryl Morgan* [55]
Christopher Garcia [55]
John Hertz [55]
David Langford [55]
Steven H Silver [55]
2010 Frederik Pohl* [56]
Claire Brialey [56]
Christopher Garcia [56]
James Nicoll [56]
Lloyd Penney [56]
2011 Claire Brialey* [57]
James Bacon [57]
Christopher Garcia [57]
James Nicoll [57]
Steven H Silver [57]
2012 Jim C. Hines* [58]
James Bacon [58]
Claire Brialey [58]
Christopher Garcia [58]
Steven H Silver [58]
2013 Tansy Rayner Roberts* [59]
James Bacon [59]
Christopher Garcia [59]
Mark Oshiro [59]
Steven H Silver [59]
2014 Kameron Hurley* [60]
Liz Bourke [60]
Foz Meadows [60]
Abigail Nussbaum [60]
Mark Oshiro [60]
2015 Laura J. Mixon* [61]
Dave Freer [61]
Amanda S. Green [61]
Jeffro Johnson [61]
Cedar Sanderson [61]
2016 Mike Glyer* [62]
Douglas Ernst [62]
Morgan Holmes [62]
Jeffro Johnson [62]
Shamus Young [62]
2017 Abigail Nussbaum* [63]
Mike Glyer [63]
Jeffro Johnson [63]
Natalie Luhrs [63]
Foz Meadows [63]
Chuck Tingle [63]
2018 Camestros Felapton [64]
Sarah Gailey [64]
Mike Glyer [64]
Foz Meadows [64]
Charles Payseur [64]
Bogi Takács [64]

Retro Hugos[edit]

Beginning with the 1996 Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Society created the concept of "Retro Hugos", in which the Hugo award could be retroactively awarded for 50, 75, or 100 years prior. Retro Hugos may only be awarded for years in which a Worldcon was hosted, but no awards were originally given.[4] Retro Hugos have been awarded six times, for 1939, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1951, and 1954. The 1939, 1941, and 1943 awards were given 75 years later; the other three awards were given 50 years later.[5]

Year Year awarded Writer Ref
1939 2014 Ray Bradbury* [65]
Forrest J Ackerman [65]
Wilson Tucker [65]
Harry Warner, Jr. [65]
Donald A. Wollheim [65]
1941 2016 Ray Bradbury* [66]
Forrest J Ackerman [66]
H. P. Lovecraft [66]
Wilson Tucker [66]
Harry Warner, Jr. [66]
1943 2018 Forrest J Ackerman [67]
Jack Speer [67]
Wilson Tucker [67]
Harry Warner, Jr. [67]
Art Widner [67]
Donald A. Wollheim [67]
1946 1996 Forrest J Ackerman* [68]
Charles E. Burbee [68]
Francis Towner Laney [68]
Wilson Tucker [68]
Art Widner [68]
1951 2001 Robert Silverberg* [69]
Lee Hoffman [69]
Wilson Tucker [69]
James White [69]
Walt Willis [69]
1954 2004 Wilson Tucker* [70]
Redd Boggs [70]
Lee Hoffman [70]
James White [70]
Walt Willis [70]

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