The publication began as a news fanzine in 1968, and the awards were created by the magazine’s editor/publisher, Charles N. Brown. The awards cover most areas of SF publishing, and are voted upon by the readers of Locus. The annual event usually attracts one of the largest vote totals of any SF award. The actual physical awards have varied from year to year.
Some authorities have argued that the Locus Awards actually are more representative of the best work in the field than the more celebrated Hugos and Nebulas, drawing as they do upon larger vote totals.
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