I got to spend the last couple days attending Chicon 7, the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention, where sci-fi creators and fans were able to get together and share their passion for the genre. I have to say that there are some hard-core nerds at this convention. I met a lot of folks who take their sci-fi books, movies, television shows, magazines and podcasts very seriously.
And the best of the best were recognized with the Hugo Awards, science fiction's equivalent to the Emmys or Oscars. Among the winners was Neil Gaiman who wrote the script for "The Doctor's Wife", one of my all-time favorite episodes of "Doctor Who" and winner of the award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form).
Here is a complete rundown of the award winners:
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Chicago, Illinois, USA - Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is pleased to announce the 2012 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award Winners. 1922 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.
Best Novel: Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
Best Novella: "The Man Who Bridged the Mist" by Kij Johnson (Asimov's, September/October 2011)
Best Novelette: "Six Months, Three Days" by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)
Best Short Story: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2011)
Best Related Work: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz)
Best Graphic Story: Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): Game of Thrones (Season 1) (HBO)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): "The Doctor's Wife" (Doctor Who) (BBC Wales)
Best Editor (Short Form): Sheila Williams
Best Editor (Long Form): Betsy Wollheim
Best Professional Artist: John Picacio
Best Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.
Best Fanzine: SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo
Best Fan Writer: Jim C. Hines
Best Fan Artist: Maurine Starkey
Best Fancast: SF Squeecast, Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
The John W. Campbell Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2010 or 2011, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award): E. Lily Yu
The 2012 Hugo Award winners were announced on Sunday evening, September 2, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. The ceremony was hosted by Chicon 7 Toastmaster John Scalzi.
The 2012 Hugo trophy base was designed by artist Deb Kosiba, who had also previously designed the bases for the 2005 and 2006 Worldcons.
Chicon 7 also presented a Special Committee Award to Chicago resident and science fiction author, editor, and collector Robert Weinberg.
The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction and fantasy literature and media as well as the genre's fans. The awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon") in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and Worldcons have continued to present the awards annually for nearly 60 years.
For more information about the Hugo Awards, please visit www.thehugoawards.org.