I’ve just returned from MidAmeriCon II, the 74th incarnation of the World Science Fiction Convention. It was such a blast and provided the opportunity to connect with authors, artists, and other fans. My first WorldCon attendance certainly hooked me, and I’m excited for the opportunity to attend WorldCon 75 next year.
I collected a number of new books at the con, which I expect you’ll see reviewed here in the coming months. But this also means I’m a little bit behind on a few things. There are some review requests I’ve received that should hopefully get responses today. And book reviews should resume tomorrow.
The 2015 Worldcon (World Science Fiction Convention), to be held in Spokane, Washington, USA in August, has opened nominations for the Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. The awards are given annually and are sponsored by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). One of the wonderful things about these awards is that any member of Worldcon can nominate and vote on the awards in all categories.
The Hugos are awarded in the following categories:
- Best Novel (40k words or more)
- Best Novella (17.5k words to 39,999 words)
- Best Novelette (7.5k words to 17,499 words)
- Best Short Story (less than 7.5k words)
- Best Related Work
- Best Graphic Story
- Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form (90+ minutes)
- Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form (<90 minutes)
- Best Editor – Long Form
- Best Editor – Short Form
- Best Professional Artist
- Best Semiprozine
- Best Fanzine
- Best Fancast
- Best Fan Writer
- Best Fan Artist
The John W. Campbell Award is presented and awarded along with the Hugos, but its rules are not governed by the WSFS,
Eligible works are generally those released during the last calendar year (so we’re looking at 2014 releases here), but you can see the full eligibility details for more information.
Are you someone who enjoys science fiction and fantasy in its myriad forms? Do you have opinions on what was clearly the best of the best in 2014?
To be eligible to participate in nominations, you must meet at least one of the following criteria by January 31, 2015:
- Attending or Supporting member of the 2014 Worldcon (Loncon 3);
- Attending or Supporting member of the 2015 Worldcon (Sasquan); or
- Attending or Supporting member of the 2016 Worldcon (MidAmeriCon II)
Supporting memberships to Sasquan are available for USD40. To be eligible to vote in this year’s awards (after nominations are completed and the final ballot is determined) you must be an Attending or Supporting member of Sasquan.
I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts on a few categories over the coming weeks as we approach the nominating deadline of March 10. I don’t think I talked about the Hugos on the blog at all last year, so I’m excited to do so this time around.