Hugo Award

The Hugo Award, the most prestigious award in Science Fiction, is named after Hugo Gernsback, publisher of the first all-stf magazine Amazing Stories. The Hugos are fandom's highest honor to its members and others whose work fans admire. Hugo winners are selected annually by the members of the World Science Fiction Society and the presentation ceremonies are central to fandom's most important event, the World Science Fiction Convention.

Fans first awarded the Hugo at Worldcon in 1953 (see The First Hugos). Regular categories are Best Fanzine, Best Fan Writer, Best Fan Artist, Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Novelette, Best Short Story, Best Related Work, Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. Best Editor, Long Form, Best Editor, Short Form, Best Professional Artist, Best SemiProzine, Best Graphic Story, Best Fancast, and Best Series, with others being considered (but probably not “Best Fannish Cat,” at least not yet) from time to time.

The Worldcon Committee can and sometimes does name a committee special category each year. The Hugo has also been called “the tail that wagged the dog”: the first awards were given out more than a dozen years after the first Worldcon, but at present the WSFS Constitution that governs the Worldcon list the giving of the Hugo as the primary function of the convention.

The Hugo Trophy consists of a silvery cast-metal Hugo rocket, which is the same from year to year mounted on a Hugo base which each [Worldcon designs specially.

The award was originally named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards, and only informally called the Hugo, but the informal name stuck and is now the official (trademarked, even) name.

Despite some filthy pros' efforts to use the Hugo as a marketing tool, ithe awards are entirely a fannish endeavor. While pros who pay for membership in WSFS may vote, the administration of the awards, counting of the ballots and production of the awards ceremony are all done by volunteer fans.

See Hugo Rules for more information and Hugo voting process if you really want the gory details, and History of the Hugos. See also Campbell Award (now renamed the Astounding Award), and Special Committee Awards.

To even be nominated (be a finalist on the ballot) is considered a great honour, and unlike other awards, we record that here.

Jo Walton has written a history of the Hugos up to the year 2000.

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(Madle) The International Fantasy Award, named after Hugo Gernsback & by analogy with mundane Oscars, Emmys, etc. Hal Lynch and Bob Madle brainstormed this annually presented set of commendations at the PhilCon II; they are presented by a committee to top fanzines, proz, artists, ktp, at the Worldcon. The poll selecting winners in the various categories is perhaps the only fan poll which still produces results reflecting general fan attitudes, thanks to its size.
Best Novel 1953-present
Best Professional Magazine 1953-present (Became Best Professional Editor category in 1973.)
Best Cover Artist 1953
Best Interior Illustrator 1953
Best Feature Writer 1953, 1955
Most Promising New Author 1953, 1956, 1959
Number 1 Fan Personality 1953, 1957
Best Novelette 1955-1956, 1959, 1967-1969, 1973-present
Best Short Story 1955-1956, 1958-1959, 1967-present
Best Professional Artist 1955-1956, 1958-present
Best Fanzine 1955-1957, 1959-present
Best Book Reviewer 1956
Best Novel or Novelette 1958 (replaced Best Novel for this one year.)
Best Dramatic Presentation 1958-present
Best SF or Fantasy Movie 1959
Best Novella 1968-present
Best Short Fiction 1959-1965
Best SF Book Publisher 1964-1965
Best All-Time Series 1966
Best Fan Writer 1967-present
Best Fan Artist 1967-present
Best Professional Editor 1973-present
Best Non-Fiction Book 1980-present
Best Semiprozine 1983-present
Best Other Forms 1988
Best Translation 1990
Best Original Artwork 1990, 1992-1996
Best Related Book re-titling of Best Non Fiction Book from 1999 to 2009
Best Web Site 2003, 2005
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form 2004-present. (Best Dramatic Presentation after short form split out.)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form 2004-present
Best Editor, Long Form 2006-present. (Best Professional Editor after Short Form split out)
Best Editor, Short Form 2006-present. (split out from Best Professional Editor)
Best Graphic Story 2009-present
Best Related Work 2010-present. (retitling of Best Related Book)
Best Fancast 2012-present
Best Series 2017-present
(Campbell Award) 1973-2019
(Astounding Award) 2020-present

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