Talk:Hugo Award

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June 26, 2011 Good article nominee Listed
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Current status: Good article

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)

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)

2016 Finalists named[edit]

List here. It looks like the Rapid Puppies in particular had success with their slate, but I don't think they swept the nominations. I imagine Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle will get some media attention. Kelly hi! 19:53, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

According to File770, it appears the Puppy slates did once again sweep most of the nominations. Just took a quick scan through the list - non-Puppy noms included a Best Novel finalist, a short-form dramatic presentation finalist, some of the editors, and a fan award or two. Kelly hi! 20:08, 26 April 2016 (UTC)
Here is an article about the finalist list in The Guardian.[5] Kelly hi! 20:13, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

Re recent edits[edit]

This only came out in edit summaries, but technically it's not an English-language award. In practice, of course, works won't win unless an English-speaking audience can understand them, and other-language works are eligible also based on their year of English-language publication. Pinkbeast (talk) 14:01, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

Well, technically, yes, but it's defacto English-only, no matter what the rules officially state. In any case, its certainly not American- eligibility is worldwide, and worldcons have been in the UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, etc. --PresN 14:32, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

Why Hugo ?[edit]

Why this name « Hugo » ? I can't find it out here... Thks for your help. --Marc-AntoineV (talk) 21:19, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

In honor of Hugo Gernsback, but you're right that (properly sourced, e.g., [6]), that information should be in the article. --joe deckertalk 22:01, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
That's literally the source used for that information in the article. Second sentence of the "Award" section. --PresN 01:58, 16 January 2017 (UTC)
Yup I added the link after I wrote what I did, a bit of rewording on my part would have probably been in order. --joe deckertalk 02:16, 16 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks to all of you, --Marc-AntoineV (talk) 18:52, 21 January 2017 (UTC)
And thank you for pointing out that an important point was missing from the article! --joe deckertalk 14:46, 22 January 2017 (UTC)