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Missing Split Categories[edit]

There seem to be a few missing split and unsplit categories in the former categories table.

From 1957 ( there were two prozine categories, one for American and one for British publications. More generally, both Editor and DP categories existed in unsplit forms before being broken into the long and short form versions we have today. I would think the history would be worth at least a note in any discussion of categories. Glennglazer (talk) 00:50, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Harry Potter complaints[edit]

The complaints about Harry Potter were a combination of "it's not sf", "it's a children's book", and "Rowling didn't care enough to send someone to accept the award." The Hugo rules ( explicitly state that fantasy as well as sf is eligible, though there are few Hugo winners that are unambiguously fantasy. As long as I was about it, I did some other tidying. Vicki Rosenzweig 14:01, 24 Sep 2003 (UTC)

In 1959 (, both "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" and "Dracula" were nominated and neither one is SF. This establishes a precedent almost as far back as the genesis of the Hugos in 1953. Glennglazer (talk) 01:21, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

I think perhaps the Harry Potter kvetching doesn't really rate discussion in the top-level article on the Hugo award. It *is* true, and worth mentioning, that the award goes most often to SF, but putting that right next to the mention of the complaints about Harry Potter seems to me to make a much stronger statement. And of course the Lord of the Rings movies have won two hugos, and Buffy won a hugo, so there are *at least* three examples of fantasy winning in just the last couple of years. And examples go back to at least 1959 (Bloch's "That Hell-Bound Train"). I haven't edited the page to do this yet, though. David Dyer-Bennet 16:14 CST 13-Feb-2004.

Yes, but the best-novel award is the one everyone talks about. When someone says "the hugo" they mean for novel. Regardless, there have been complaints about it, that makes it fodder for the article. →Raul654 22:18, Feb 13, 2004 (UTC)

Also the "dramatic presentation" is almost allways for a movie. Altough "The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (the radio series) ran second (to "Superman - the Movie"!) one year. // Liftarn

The potter complaint isn't the only one regarding the Hugos. The Hugos are, by the very nature of the voting system, more prone to award popular works versus "good" works. Unlike awards given by peers (for example, Nebulas and the Oscars), it's unlikely that a person is familar with every work in a category he or she is voting for, and if there's only one work he or she read, it's common for someone to vote for that one. This is especially true in the most popular categories, Novel and Dramatic Presentation. //Uhlek

Personally, I gave up on the Hugos when they gave the award to Gollum's acceptance speech. 23skidoo 15:02, 10 August 2005 (UTC)

The facts are that people often don't show up to collect their awards in person. David Langford usually sends Martin Hoare or someone else to collect their awards. Most movies TV shows do not have producers accepting the awards; Craig Miller, Jeff Walker, or others often stand in for them. Flying from Britain to California kills a whole day in each direction, and Rowling earns $100,000 a day sitting at her keyboard, which is not trivial. Nobody thought that Peter Jackson was snubbing the Hugos when he did not interrupt post-production of the third Lord of the Rings movie to fly in from New Zealand to accept an award. Rowling has prominently mentioned winning the Hugo in other contexts since winning the award. Section 3.2.1 of the WSFS by-laws clearly state that the awards are for science fiction and fantasy. The Potter book may be the first unambiguously fantasy book to actually win, though Heinlein's Glory Road and Norton's Witch World were on the ballot in 1964 and Joan Vinge's The Snow Queen in 1981 certainly contained fantasy elements. This small tempest in a teapot does not reach the level of significance to be mentioned here, let alone taking up a large chunk of the history section. Gossip isn't history. There is commentary here which is unsourced and highly POV and which should be removed. Try putting this commentary on the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire page (where it would actually be more relevant) and see how the editors there respond. Avt tor 20:12, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Removing the "Recent Controversy" discussion[edit]

I'm going to remove this section. The footnotes referencing the voting stats don't prove anything -- and if they did, it'd be original research. (The 885 best novel votes at Philcon are well within the historical numbers in the NESFA paper, anyway.) If somebody wants to replace it with something well-sourced, that's great -- links to actual discussion of the win, some external analysis of Hugo voting patterns showing HP as an anomaly (cf. the rumored ballot stuffing for L. Ron Hubbard back in 1987). As it is, we've just got gossip. --Chronodm (talk) 14:44, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Oh, and that also goes for the Dramatic Presentation controversy. Yes, there's been plenty of it, but we need references. Chronodm (talk) 14:45, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Reversion question[edit]

How do I revert a page to an older version? The slashdot scum screwing with this page pissed me off.--Tasadar24 23:50, 5 August 2005 (UTC)

Picture of a Hugo[edit]

Can we get a picture of the Hugo on this page? Anouymous 06:38, 28 August 2005 (UTC)

I have added a picture of the 2005 Hugo Award. VJDocherty 08:56, 9 April 2006 (UTC)

Different design[edit]

Not to sound like a pervert or a sex-addict but I would propose they redesign the look of the actual award. It looks kind of like a... you know. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 01:37, 14 April 2006 (UTC).

Well most people say it looks like a classic rocket, but it is true that we occasionaly use the 'where do the batteries go' joke. :-) Nevertheless, the design is what it is and is specified in the WSFS constitution, so it's not likely to change any time soon. VJDocherty 12:36, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

Who Votes for this Award[edit]

I didn't find anywhere in the article where it describes who votes on this award or what the voting procedure is. Certainly how an award is arrived at should be a critical part of the description of that award? --JeffW 23:26, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

The voters are the members of that years Worldcon. Each annual WorldCon has its own open memebership. the voting is unique also as it is austrailian rules elimitation. There is good documentatuon at —Preceding unsigned comment added by Exprexxo (talkcontribs) 06:53, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

I think something to that effect should be added to the article. --JeffW 16:03, 2 May 2006 (UTC)

I have updated the article to make the voting procedure clearer. VJDocherty 14:25, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

Thank you. --JeffW 16:40, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

I still find it a bit befuddling. E.g. I've heard it's really a "FAN'S AWARD," which explains the Harry Potter prize. I.e. the Hugo is decided by fans and the Nebula by authors. Also heard it said that more people vote for the TV Hugo than the novel, which is a pretty severe comment on the quality of the award. I had been looking to the award as a guide of quality, but after winning a terrible Hugo (Hyperion), I'm inclined not to trust it. Anyway, if the voting procedure could be elaborated (and critiqued), I'd really appreciate it. I'd like to better understand the Hugo. --Smilo Don (talk) 03:55, 1 May 2009 (UTC)
You really need to visit the website for details on the awards. If you are a member of that worldcon, you can vote for the hugos. The convention is held around the world, and science fiction and fantasy fans, authors, publisher, artists and the top people in that community attend every year. It is both a peer and a fan award. I've been voting in the hugos on and off for about 25 years, it's a wonderful proces. Timmccloud (talk) 04:44, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

Base Selection[edit]

I changed the line that said the Worldcon committee designed the Hugo Bases to say they selected the Hugo bases. The committees may have designed the bases in the past, but at least in recent years, there has been a competition sponsored by most Worldcons, in which members of fandom submit designs and the committee selects the design. I (and many others)submitted a design for Noreascon 4 in 2004. The committee selected my design for the Retro Hugos, and Scott Lefton's for the regular Hugos that year.

Patrick J. O'Connor

Patrick - that's a good point. I think I would add the qualification that the Worldcon committee is *responsible* for producing the base design, and can then choose the best method to create it - by someone on the committee, or by direct commission or by competition. VJDocherty 10:04, 10 September 2006 (UTC) extlink[edit]

Does it really belong there? It seems to mostly point to online retail sites to get these audio recordings from. Unless someone explains why it should stay, I'd like to remove it per WP:EL. 05:59, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

snortyville link[edit]

One can find a zillion references to the Hugo Awards with a Google search; I'm not sure the snortyville link is noteworthy. Avt tor 17:49, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Hugo Award for Best Professional Magazine[edit]

Why is there no article for Hugo Award for Best Professional Magazine? This is one of only two such categories not to have an article. --Orange Mike 17:40, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

Paging an authority on Hugo Rules as pertain to Semiprozine . . .[edit]

Can someone conversant with Hugo Semiprozine rules weigh in here? Talk:Kathryn_Cramer

Thanks. --Pleasantville 02:31, 13 August 2007 (UTC) aka Kathryn Cramer

Special Hugos[edit]

Could a list of the recipients of the special Hugo Awards (Like Watchmen, for instance, be put here? Or does it already exist somewhere else? Marvin the Parinoid Android 03:54, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Someday, the official site at may have a "sort by category" list (currently the list is only available by year) -- probably if we get it database-driven to make it easier to do the sorts without having to worry about the lists getting out of synch. (One thing at a time; we just launched the new site earlier today!) At the moment it does not have a way to list out the special Hugos as separate categories. Possibly someone would like to go through the list and write an article on Special Hugos and collect them all up there. Kevin Standlee 01:27, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

The Nebula Award and logrolling[edit]

I have removed a queried statement that the Nebula Award has been 'increasingly criticised for "logrolling" since 1990s'. The statement is arguably true and I am sure citations could be found, both for the statement in general and for specific instances. However, any cited sources would almost certainly derive from internal arguments within the awarding body for the Nebula Award, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and would need rather more detailed and careful treatment than is warranted in an article on another topic - such as this one. PWilkinson (talk) 03:07, 12 January 2008 (UTC)

Hood Ornament?[edit]

A D. Gary Grady did a lot of work to prove that the Hugo was not based on the Olds Rocket Hood Ornament. And I would like to correct that in the article. Does anyone have any objection? Rich Dengrove 22 February 2008 (UTC)

As long as you source it to the same sources D.Gary used, sounds good. (Mention the legend, then source the refutation.) Multajn dankojn! --Orange Mike | Talk 04:36, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

The legend is in the article, isn't it? As for sources, I absolutely intend to stick to D. Gary Grady's sources. The only sources I might have a problem with are the ones, like the links to Craig's list, I suspect are temporary. Rich Dengrove 22 February 2008 (UTC)

2008 nominations[edit]

The 2008 nominations have been revealed. --Private Sweety (talk) 09:53, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Hood Ornament Returned[edit]

Previously the article claimed that the original, 1953 Hugo was based on the hood ornament of a 1953 Oldsmobile Here's a picture of the 1953 Hugo trophy [1]

Here are images of the the Olds Rocket 88 hood ornament from circa 1950 [2]

This gives specific years [3]

The hood ornament, for most years looks nothing like the 1953 Hugo, except for the 1951 model. There the base looks a fair amount like it, but the fins are quite different. They are larger and there are fewer of them on the hood ornament. Presuming that Oldsmobile had the same hood ornament on all of its cars that year, the Hugo was unlikely to have been based after it.

Mike Glyer, the publisher of File 770, gives this story on a Polish website. It is based on an article by Ben Jason, ScientiFiction, Winter 1994. In 1955, Nick and Noreen Falasca wanted to bring back the Hugo for the 1955 Cleveland Worldcon. They hoped that Jack McKnight might make the Hugo, but he did not reply to their letters. Nick Falasca suggested that they use am Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" model hood ornament. That is probably where the idea came from that those ornaments were used. The problem wsa that they had a hollow underside, and the idea had to be rejected. Instead, Ben Jason made the rounds of machine shops looking for a way to make affordable Hugos. Finally, someone advised him to make a picture of it. Eventually, Hoffman Bronze Company prepared a pattern from it, and made six chrome plated replicas from it. This first batch was too flawed to be used as Hugos. However, the second was lathed to remove surface pits and fissures, and proved satisfactory. Today's Hugos are based on that design. [4]

Rich Dengrove 4 May 2008(UTC)

Works not in English are eligible for the Hugo Award[edit]

I have just removed a statement from the article lead that the Awards are only for work in English. In fact, while the source that was cited is the official website for the Awards and can thus be treated as authoritative, it actually states, "Any work is eligible, regardless of its place or language of publication. Works first published in languages other than English are also eligible in their first year of publication in English translation."

The first sentence that I have quoted makes it clear that the Awards are, in principle, for works published in any language, not just English. I suspect that the previous editor misread the second sentence.

Having said that, I don't believe that any work not originally published in English has ever actually won a Hugo, even in English translation - but, as non-English language works are in principle eligible, I would suggest that this is a matter for the main body of the article, provided the appropriate facts can be suitably sourced.

PWilkinson (talk) 19:21, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

The sole exception is Pan's Labyrinth, which was originally in Spanish. --Orange Mike | Talk 01:36, 22 January 2010 (UTC)

Alternative History is NOT Science Fiction[edit]

It's Fiction.

If alternative history is science fiction, then books like Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" and Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America" are science fiction, which they certainly are not. Michael Chabon's book "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" won the Hugo (and Nebula) Awards but other than a minor alt-history setting, it's really nothing more than a Jewish Detective Novel that could have easily been set in the Jewish district of any large European or Northeastern city. Billing alt-history books as science fiction is misleading and it does damage to the credibility of the Hugo (and Nebula) Awards. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:21, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

The Fix Is In. The Hugos Lose.[edit]

OK, this explains it. "Only about 700 ... members actually vote." The award can be easily rigged by a band of zealous fans, publishers, agents, authors, and/or PR people. No wonder books like "Doomsday Book" (historical fiction), "Paladin of Souls" (romantic fantasy), "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" (detective novel) and "The Graveyard Book" (ghost story) have won this award. The Hugos (and the Nebulas) have lost all credibility and can no longer be trusted to select a great sci-fi. Too bad. They've finally killed off a great award for a great genre. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:49, 13 May 2010 (UTC)

Were you under the impression that it had ever been anything other than that?
People chosing to vote or not vote make a big difference. It's open to all worldcon attendees, but not all of them chose to participate.
This is not news. It's always been this way. Everyone involved is aware of it.
Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 20:38, 13 May 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for confirming my suspicions. But having been a sci-fi fan since a young age and having recently gone back and read (and re-read) most of the Hugo Award winners, there seems to have been a qualitative change in the nature of the award winners starting sometime in the early to mid '90s. Any ideas as to what happened and why there was such a divergence away from great (hard and soft) science fiction?
Perhaps new generations of fans with different preferences?
This conversation is really more appropriate for a blog than Wikipedia... Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 19:38, 17 May 2010 (UTC)
Perhaps the changing nature of the award would be worth documenting. The shift away from sci-fi is pretty noticeable.

If some telling evolution of the Convention can be documented, it may be worth covering in another article, and briefly mentioning here. It would be appropriate to mention/link changes in Convention scope, or the emphasis of its promotion, alongside the rules governing participation in the vote and developments such as internet campaigns (if all can be documented). --P64 (talk) 16:34, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Hugo Award/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Wizardman Operation Big Bear 18:19, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

I'll review this article in the next couple days, once I wrap up a review I currently have going. Wizardman Operation Big Bear 18:19, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

After reading this a couple times over, I could not find any issues with this peace. If I were to be nitpicky, I'd say replace "and instated afterward as an official Hugo Award" with "and established afterward...", since it's slightly cleaner. Since I found no major problems, I'll pass the article as a GA. Wizardman Operation Big Bear 15:50, 26 June 2011 (UTC)

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Info from Franson/DeVore and Clute/Nicholls[edit]

Bibliographic info for Franson and DeVore is:

  • Franson, Donald; DeVore, Howard (1978). A History of the Hugo, Nebula and International Fantasy Awards. Dearborn, Michigan: Misfit Press. 

The history of the Hugos is an essay in the book from page 3 to page 8, by Donald Franson, titled "The Hugo Nominations".

Any reason why you don't have a list of sources at the end of the article, by the way? See e.g. Startling_Stories#References; I think if you have print citations it's useful to list them for the reader.

Biblio info for the Clute/Nicholls is

  • Clute, John; Nicholls, Peter (1993). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-09618-6. 

There's a 1978 edition too, but the later one is much expanded.

The first useful thing from Franson is the conception of the awards. He cites the March 1954 issue of Future Science Fiction, which I have, so I dug that up. Biblio info for that is:

Robert A. Madle, "Inside Science Fiction" in Future Science Fiction vol. 4, no 6 (Mar 1954), p.54.

though I don't cite magazines much so this may not be standard format. What Madle says is:

The banquet was held Sunday evening, with Isaac Asimov as toastmaster ... the First Annual Science Fiction Awards were presented. Forry Ackerman, voted the year's top fan, turned over "Hugo" over to Ken Slater of England; Virgil Finlay was the fen's choice of all the interior artists and ... [etc.] We feel that the presentation of these awards (conceived of by Harold Lynch) should be an annual custom, and trust that future conventions will continue the tradition established at 1953 convention. [sic]

Harold Lynch is (or was) a fan, and perhaps was part of the convention committee. See also this copy of a newszine from the con itself; the website is not a reliable source, sadly, though the zine itself might be if we could get a copy.

I won't list the categories that Franson and DeVore list as they are all given on the WSFS website; e.g. here. I think it would be good to tabulate the extinct categories as well as the surviving ones.

Franson, pp. 3–4: "At the Detention, in Detroit in 1959, there were two important innovations. The first was that awards would be for the previous calendar year, rather than on a vague "preceding year" basis. This was partly due to the second innovation, that of nominating ballots, which required extra time for the two sets of ballots to be distributed and returned. It was specified that 1958 items which won at the Solacon [the 1958 Los Angeles convention] would be ineligible for a second award: this applied only to individual stories, not to magazines or artists."

Franson, p. 4: "Besides these innovations, which continue in effect to date, the institution of "No Award" was established. Two of the categories, Best Movie and Best New Author, were promptly so voted. This was an open nomination, with nominating ballots, and even final ballots, available to all of fandom, not just members of the convention. This is another of the rules which has undergone change through the years."

Franson, p. 4: "P. Schuyler Miller wrote in the letter column of Shangri-L'Affaires #51 that the Pittcon (1960) would have only six categories, 'for the simple reason that Ben Jason had six of the original Hugo rockets left and let us have them.' ... They must have located another rocketship to give a Special Hugo Award to Hugo Gernsback, the first committee-given Hugo, not voted on by the membership."

Note that Peter Nicholls in the Clute/Nicholls explicitly says that this was not a Hugo, and I believe other references follow Nicholls on this. I'll check.

Franson, p. 4: "In 1961 ... rules were added to the nominating ballots. From time to time, the current committee, or the business meeting at the convention, would think of some new rules to prevent something from happening again that had already happened; or to clarify something that had been misunderstood. According to the decision of the Pittcon business meeting, the final ballots were now to be distributed only to the members of the convention, though nominating ballots were still sent out wholesale and reproduced freely in fanzines. The Chicon III (1962) in Chicago topped this by sending out nominating ballots to be printed in prozines. This was the last year of the open nominating ballot (except for 1965 and 1967) ...."

Franson, p. 4: "Rules for 1963 stated that only members of the DisCon (Washington, D.C.) or of the previous convention (the Chicon) could nominate. This rule was followed by conventions to come with a couple of exceptions as already noted. Final voting was restricted (and has been since 1960) to members of the current convention, who receive their ballots with one of the convention progress reports. ... At the DisCon ... there were some new rules made regarding them at the business meeting, of the 'lock-the-barn-door-after-the-horse-has-been-stolen' variety. Seems that a couple of series had won recent Short Fiction and Drama awards, and rules were changed so that only individual stories or programs could be nominated. This rules continues to this day, making possible the strange picture of five Star Trek episodes competing against one another in 1968."

Franson, pp. 4–5: At the Pacificon II (1964, Oakland) ... another category was dropped: Dramatic Presentation was voted "No Award" on the nominating ballots, so it did not even appear on the final ballot."

Franson, p. 5: "The Loncon II committee (London, 1965) inadvertently left off Dramatic Presentation and continued Book Publisher, possibly in the assumption that the Pacificon had standardized the categories. Protests and write-ins put Dramatic Presentation back on the final ballot, together with two nominees. ... Best Short Story [was] defined as anything shorter than a novel. ... The Tricon (Cleveland, 1966) nominating ballots contained spaces for three choices in each category. Perhaps this was to increase the nominations, which had been small (the Pacificon II Program Book tells just how small). ... on the final ballot, ... once again Dramatic Presentation did not make it. Rules adopted at the Loncon permitted committees to add or drop categories as necessary."

On pp. 25–26 Franson quotes the number of nominations each nominee received (this is the information he mentions above as having come from the Pacificon program). The five nominated novels received no more than 20 nominations; one nominee (Herbert's "Dune World") received only 11 nominations. Franson adds "The purpose of the listing was to show how few votes were being received, and to justify the committee's variation in the number of contenders in each category due to the spread of votes." He lists nominating votes in all categories, and it might be worth noting that the ultimate short fiction winner, Anderson's "No Truce With Kings", received only 9 nominations, though it received 93 votes in the final ballot.

Franson, p. 5: "In fandom, there have been all sorts of polls and awards (mostly honorary) for fan achievement, ranging from the popular Fanac Poll to the unpopular Fan Achievement Awards -- these were proposed statuettes based on an Emsh cover on the October 1956 Infinity, to be given out at convention banquets, along with the Hugos. After the downfall of this proposal, unofficial fan polls were popular for a while, then languished. Then, for the NyCon 3 (New York, 1967) someone go the idea of Fan Achievement Awards. These were to be separate from the Hugos, which were Science Fiction Achievement Awards, but voted on by the membership on the same ballots. There were to be three categories: Best Fanzine, Best Fan Writer, and Best Fan ARtist (the distinction between amateur and fan is nice: even a pro can be a fan). Unfortunately, one of the categories, Best Fanzine, was taken away from the regular Hugos. Objections were raised to this: to the separation of fans from pro; and to the name chosen for the separate fan awards, the Pongs -- named after 'Hoy Ping Pong', a facetious pseudonym of Bob Tucker, well-liked fan. It wasn't Tucker that anyone objected to, just the name 'Pong'. The unfortunate name was dropped, but not before the nominating ballots went out, which included the three new categoriesw as Fan Achievement Awards, rather than Science Fiction Achievement Awards, the Hugos. The final ballot listed them all together as Achievement Awards. Finally the committee gave them full status as Hugos. So now there were two additional Hugo categories."

Franson, p. 6: "Formal World Science Fiction Society (Uninc.) rules made their appearance at the Noreascon (Boston, 1971), among other clarifications allowing only five nominees in each category on the final ballot. (This rule has been stretched at times.) The business meeting redefined Fan Artist so that no Pro Artists could compete, and expanded the Drama award from 'radio, television, stage or screen' to 'any medium of dramatized science fiction or fantasy'. As a result, recordings have been nominated."

Franson, p. 6: "Just when it seemed that the regular Hugo categories were at last straightened out, the business meeting at DisCon II adopted a whole new constitution for the WSFS, scrapping most of the previous Hugo rules defining categories. This limited them to ten (including a reborn Special Award) but gave the convention committees a free hand to juggle categories once again. Aussiecon (Melbourne, Australia, 1975) didn't ratify the new Constituion in toto. It was argued that fandom wanted specific Hugo categories, and nine of them were reinstated (leaving out Novella -- nevertheless Novella didn't miss a convention, showgin that by now the categories had a life of their own). AussieCon tried out a new category "Contribution to the Field", but abandoned it on account of vagueness before it reached the final ballot. MidAmeriCon (Kansas City, 1976) announced ten categories as usual, and allowed only MidAmericon members to nominate, under the terms of the new Constitution. SunCon (Miami Beach, 1977) Convention Journal #3 printed another new Constitution, voted on at the MidAmeriCon business meeting, which resotred all the categories and rules generally as they were before."

Nicholls, p. 595: "HUGO. The almost invariably used term, in honour of Hugo Gernsback, for the Science Fiction Achievement Award; it has been an official variant of the formal title since 1958. ... the original idea, from fan Hal Lynch, was based on the National Film Academy Awards (Oscars). The first model was designed and produced by Jack McKnight; from 1955 a similar design by Ben Jason has normally been used. The rockets have been cast since 1984 (except 1991) in Birmingham, UK, at the foundry of prominent fan Peter Weston; in 1992 they were gold-plated to celebrate the 50th Worldcon."

I've gone through everything up through here and added it to this article (or the Best Dramatic Presentation article). --PresN 04:19, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

-- Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 23:49, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

Tuck on German Hugos[edit]

Donald Tuck, on p. 901 of volume 3 of his The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, has a listing under "Hugo Awards (German)", as follows: "This trophy, in the form of a document signed by Hugo Gernsback, was first awarded at the Biggercon in 1957, covering 1955 and 1956; the second was in 1958 [neither recipient known]. The third was in 1959 at the First European Convention, Zürich, to K.-H. Scheer for the novel Oktavian III."

I've never seen this mentioned in other references, and it's clearly not really anything to do with the Hugos, but it might be worth mentioning as a footnote. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 00:31, 15 September 2011 (UTC)


There's a little more that I think could be added from Nicholls, and I will try to get to that tomorrow. I am just starting to look through my other sources and I found some critical comments by James Blish in his More Issues at Hand. Are there any objections if I just add this material as I come across it? I'll try to get through all my sources by the end of the weekend; it might be quicker than that. You can of course revert and discuss here if necessary; it just seems like that would be quicker than me posting the source info verbatim for you to process. Let me know. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 00:53, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

If that is faster for you I'm fine with that; I can tweak wording and such after you're done. For criticism I'm pretty sure that anything you add will be left in verbatim, so go for it. --PresN 07:32, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Recognition and criticism paragraph[edit]

I was going to add some material from Nicholls but I have some reservations about that section of the article, so I'm going to quote the relevant part of Nicholls here, and then go back to the FAC and add more comments there, rather than try to edit it to correct what I see as flaws.

Nicholls, p. 596: The Hugos have for many years been subject to criticism on the grounds that awards made by a small, self-selected group of hardcore sf fans do not necessarily reflect either literary merit or the preferences of the sf reading public generally; hardcord fandom probably makes up less than 1 per cent of the general sf readership. Certainly Hugos have tended to be given to traditional, hard sf, and have seldom been awarded to experimental work, but they have been, on the whole, surprisingly eclectic. While many awards have gone to (good but) conservative writers like Poul Anderson, Robert A. Heinlein, Clifford D. Simak and Larry Niven, they have also been given to such doyens of the New Wave as Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny and James Tiptree, Jr, and to a number of works of literary excellence which quite fail to conform to the standard patterns of genre expectation, such as Walter M. Miller Jr's A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959) and Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed (1974). Neither was Fritz Leiber's eccentric The Big Time (1958; 1961), which won the award before going into book format, a traditionalist selection. The rival award, the Nebula, is chosen by professional writers, but there is no evidence that they have consistently selected works of superior literary merit; indeed some critics would argue the contrary case, that the Hugo voters have proved themselves marginally the more reliable judges. Though good books are often ignored, and in some years individual awards have seemed strange, the track record of the Hugos has been, on the whole, quite honorable. Another cavil is that both Hugo and Nebula, being US-centred, are notably chauvinistic, and awards to non-US writers have been rare. Nevertheless, despite all the criticisms to which both awards are readily subject, they are of real value to their recipients in increasing book sales.

-- Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 10:29, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Sources section?[edit]

Any objections if I add a sources section, like this? I am finding it a bit frustrating to look through the footnotes to see if a particular source has been used; I think source sections are very helpful. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 10:31, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Here's the sort of thing I'd like to add, except I would see if there is sensible way to combine all the WSFS website sources into one line.

"1973 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 

-- Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 15:46, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

That's fine, though I don't think you'll be able to get anywhere on combining the websites. --PresN 17:39, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

You might be able to just use "The Hugo Awards" as a general title in Sources (ie. present the base URL and archive thereof) and then do something like ""Hugo Awards Logo" (2011-07-08 archive)". However, this would only work if all of the dates are the same (I haven't checked whether they are). Nikkimaria (talk) 22:19, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Sources list with websites removed[edit]

1991 design.[edit]

"The rocket trophy was formally redesigned in 1984, and since then only the base of the trophy has changed each year." Except for 1991! It's obviously the 1982 design. The clear plastic rocket and metal part of the base are identical but 91 used a round of marble in place of 82's round of wood. Bizzybody (talk) 11:47, 10 January 2012 (UTC)

No list of winners?[edit]

Shouldn't we have a list of winning works, somewhere? Jim Hardy (talk) 04:48, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

There are lists of winning and nominated works for each category already. They're in the template at the bottom, as well as the "Categories" section. --PresN 07:41, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
Many visitors are sure to be interested in such lists. (Whether most visitors are interested may depend on how the articles on particular books and artists link to this page, to its subpages, or to both, which I don't know.)
It may be useful to have "Winners" show up in the Contents, even at the top, and that can be done with a section that consists of nothing or almost nothing but a Main article link, or an equivalent link to a Category. --P64 (talk) 16:34, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
I hope I have used the last few minutes well. :::See the revision "help users find ..." --P64 (talk) 02:00, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

A question about the prize[edit]

The Nebula Award article states that there is no cash prize associated with that award. Is it also the case with the Hugo? It would be helpful if the article clarified this. Thanks.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); August 17, 2012; 19:19 (UTC)