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Ten Reasons Why Science Fiction Writers are Like Porn Stars

Ten Reasons Why Science Fiction Writers are Like Porn Stars


1991 Hugo Award

Why Science Fiction Writers are Like Porn Stars from io9.

Our list:

  • First you do it for love, then you do it for a few friends, and finally you do it for money.
  • You can look like Ron Jeremy and still have a good career.
  • Each of them lust after phallic objects; in the case of the SF writers, it’s the Hugo award.
  • The more exotic the characters, the better.
  • Both have devoted groupies that you don’t always want to be around.
  • Both get flattering offers from fans that are rarely followed up on.
  • When they get censored, they know they’re doing something right.
  • Both are respected by Playboy and Penthouse.
  • Most of them hope to get picked up by the real movies for a big payday. Few of them are.
  • You don’t have to be a big dick to be successful, but it can’t hurt.
The 2011 Hugo Awards Winners Announced

The 2011 Hugo Awards Winners Announced

Hugo Award circa 2005

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UPDATE 8/21: So much for hotel wi-fi, which also limited our Harvey Awards coverage.

A recording of the full Hugo Awards Ceremony is still up at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/16783348 Two caveats: there’s a commercial ad that you have to watch before the actual recording, and the ceremony starts some 35 minutes or so into the stream.

There were 2100 valid voting ballots were counted, 2086 electronic and 14 by postal mail.

Best Novel (1813 ballots)
[[[Blackout/All Clear]]] by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)

Best Novella (1467 ballots)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean) – Read Online

Best Novelette (1469 ballots)
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010) – Read Online

Best Short Story (1597 ballots)
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010) – Read Online

Best Related Work (1220 ballots)
[[[Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It]]], edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)

Best Graphic Story (1263 ballots)
[[[Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse]]], written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment) – Read Online

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (1755 ballots)
[[[Inception]]], written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (1466 ballots)
Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)

Best Editor, Short Form (983 ballots)
Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form (898 ballots)
Lou Anders

Best Professional Artist (1304 ballots)
Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine (1112 ballots)
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker

Best Fanzine (870 ballots)
The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon

Best Fan Writer (814 ballots)
Claire Brialey

Best Fan Artist (993 ballots)
Brad W. Foster

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (1138 ballots)
Lev Grossman

The winners of these categories are first-time Hugo winners:

Best Short Story
Best Related Work
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Best Editor, Long Form
Best Semiprozine (Baker only)
Best Fanzine
Best Fan Writer

Of the 23 named people in Hugo winning categories, 9 are female and 14 male. A PDF with the nominations and final ballot statisitcs is here: http://www.renovationsf.org/download…hugo-stats.pdf

Congratulations to all the winners!

The Hugo Award is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society, at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), which is taking place now in Reno, Nevada.

Voting for the Hugos takes place in two stages. The first stage, nomination, is open to anyone who has a supporting or full (adult or young adult) membership of Renovation as of January 31, 2011 and to all supporting and attending members of Aussiecon 4, the prior year’s Worldcon. Nomination is a write-in process where members can put forward any eligible work or person.

The second stage of voting is the final ballot. This stage is only open to Renovation members. In the final ballot, members choose between the five finalists in each category.

The Awards themselves are presented in a public ceremony which is always one of the highlights of the Worldcon, and we expect Renovation to be no different. The Renovation ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 20, 2011 in the Tuscany Ballroom at the Peppermill Hotel.


The 2011 Chesley Award Winners

This is a busy weekend for awards, and the first major awards have just been handed out. The winners of the 2011 Chesley Awards were announced today at Renovation, the WorldCon going on right now in Reno, Nevada. The Chesleys are given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists each year for excellence in genre art.

  • Paperback: Jason Chan, for [[[Geist]]] by Phillipa Ballantine (Ace)
  • Hardcover: Michael Whelan, for The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Tor)
  • Magazine: Nick Greenwood, for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show #17
  • Three-Dimensional: Mark Newman, Eel Walker; bronze
  • Interior: Donato Giancola, [[[Middle Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth]]]
  • Unpublished Color: Julie Dillon, “Planetary Alignment”
  • Unpublished Monochrome: Ian Miller, “Triptych”
  • Product: Sam Weber, [[[Shadow Rising]]] by Robert Jordan, promo art for Tor ebook
  • Gaming: Lucas Graciano, [[[Amorphous Drake]]] (Legends of Norrath) (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • Art Director: Jon Schindehette — Wizards of the Coast
  • Lifetime Achievement: Boris Vallejo

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! And check ComicMix tomorrow for the results for the Harvey Awards from Baltimore Comic-Con and the Hugo Awards from WorldCon!


2009 Hugo Nominations — including the first Hugo Awards for graphic novels

2009 Hugo Nominations — including the first Hugo Awards for graphic novels

First the New York Times makes a graphic novel bestseller list… now the Hugos are getting int the act.

The nominees have been announced for the 2009 Hugo Awards, recognizing the best in science fiction and fantasy writing– and, for the first time, an award will be given out in the newly created Best Graphic Story (or graphic novel) category. ComicMix’s Andrew Pepoy, creator of The Adventures of Simone and Ajax, was nominated for his work in Fables: War and Pieces along with Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Andrew Pepoy, Lee Loughridge, and Todd Klein. No strangers to comics themselves, Neil Gaiman was nominated for Best Novel for The Graveyard Book, and Cory Doctorow was nominated for Little Brother; while comics properties The Dark Knight, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and Iron Man were nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.

The Hugo Awards celebrate the best in the field of science fiction and fantasy.  Hugos are presented each year at the World Science Fiction Convention, a.k.a. WorldCon, by the World Science Fiction Society, and are voted on by attendees of this year’s WorldCon in Montreal, Anticipation. The Hugos awarded at Anticipation will be for works released in 2008.

More information is on the official Hugo Award web site. If you’d like to vote on them, here’s how.


Best Graphic Story
(212 Ballots / Bulletins)


Philip Jose Farmer: 1918-2009

Philip Jose Farmer: 1918-2009

Philip José Farmer’s website reports the author has passed.

“Philip José Farmer passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning.

“He will be missed greatly by his wife Bette, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends and countless fans around the world.

“January 26, 1918 – February 25, 2008. R.I.P.

“We love you Phil.”

Best known for creating Riverworld, Farmer has written science fiction, fantasy and dabbled in other genres. His concept of metafiction, bringing in characters from other authors’ worlds in many ways led to birth of the fan fiction universe.  His Tarzan Alive and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life blended elements from across fiction and reality, leading to the introduction of the final publication of Riverworld concept: everyone who ever lived wound up resurrected in an afterlife located on a river that circled an entire world. The concept was developed for a series on the Sci FI Channel but never went beyond the pilot. Farmer first conceived the notion for a story he wrote in 1952 for a contest, which he won.

Farmer first gained attention for his World of Tiers series of stories which crossed multiple artificially constructed parallel universes. The first was published in 1966 and ended with a final volume in 1993.

Among his peers, he was bold in his use of sexuality and religion beginning with his first published effort.

The author was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but relocated to Peoria, Illinois and lived there for much of his life. His first story was “The Lovers” which won him immediate attention and the Hugo Award as "most promising new writer" in 1953.

Through the years he wrote original works and played with other franchises including authorized Tarzan and Doc Savage stories in the wake of his “biographical” work with both pulp heroes. He has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews and articles with several projects still scheduled for publication.

But what he may be best remembered for is his work in creating the Wold Newton family; a group of heroic and villainous literary figures that Farmer postulated belonged to the same genetic family. Some of these characters are adventurers, some are detectives, some explorers and scientists, some espionage agents, and some are evil geniuses. The Wold Newton family originated when a radioactive meteor landed in Wold Newton, England, in the year 1795. The radiation caused a genetic mutation in those present, which endowed many of their descendants with extremely high intelligence and strength, as well as an exceptional capacity and drive to perform good, or, as the case may be, evil deeds.

Popular characters that Farmer concluded were members of the Wold Newton mutant family include: Solomon Kane; Captain Blood; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Harry Flashman; Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty (aka Captain Nemo); Phileas Fogg; The Time Traveler; Allan Quatermain; Tarzan and his son Korak; A.J. Raffles; Professor Challenger; Richard Hannay; Bulldog Drummond; Fu Manchu and his adversary, Sir Denis Nayland Smith; G-8; The Shadow; Sam Spade; Doc Savage, his cousin Pat Savage, and one of his five assistants, Monk Mayfair; The Spider; Nero Wolfe; Mr. Moto; The Avenger; Philip Marlowe; James Bond; Lew Archer; and Travis McGee. Others took it even farther, proposing that the family reached as far into the past as Conan, and as far into the future as Mr. Spock. Farmer’s work was a direct inspiration for Warren Ellis’s Planetary.

He was nominated six times for the Hugo Award, winning four times while collecting two Nebula nominations. Farmer received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, lifetime achievement, awarded at the 2000 Nebula Awards Ceremony in addition to the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and Forry Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Hugo Awards add Graphic Novel Category

Hugo Awards add Graphic Novel Category

When The Watchmen won the 1988 Hugo Award for Best Novel, horrified science fiction purists saw to it that graphic material be excluded from consideration. Until now that has remained the case but next year, the World Science Fiction convention will be adding the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story to the ballot "to honor works in which illustrations are integral to the movement of the plot, whether or not text is present. The special Hugo, to be called Best Graphic Story, will cover any science fiction or fantasy narrative in graphic form appearing for the first time in 2008. It may potentially be ratified as an annual award at the WSFS Business meeting at the convention."

Material to be considered will be any science fiction or fantasy narrative in graphic form appearing for the first time in 2008. Those who purchased memberships to this year’s World Con, held in Denver, and next year’s, will be eligible to nominate works whern the process begins next spring while only those holding 2009 memberships will be eligible to vote for the winner.

The 2009 World Con will be Anticipation, held in Montreal from August 6-10 with guests of honor including Neil Gaiman, Élisabeth Vonarburg, Ralph Bakshi, Taral Wayne, Tom Doherty, David Hartwell, and Julie Czerneda.

Hugo, girls and guys!

Hugo, girls and guys!

Yesterday in Japan, which I believe is today here, the Hugo Awards (which some of us jokingly refer to as the Eisners of science fiction) were handed out in the first-ever Asian-based World Con, Nippon 2007.  Congratulations to all the winners (see below), especially ComicMix friend Patrick Nielsen-Hayden!

Novel: Rainbow’s End by Vernor Vinge (Tor)

Novella: "A Billion Eves" by Robert Reed (Asimov’s, October/November 2006)

Novelette: "The Djinn’s Wife" by Ian McDonald (Asimov’s, July 2006)

Short Story: "Impossible Dreams" by Timothy Pratt (Asimov’s July 2006)

Non-fiction Book: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon edited by Julie Phillips (St. Martin’s Press)

Professional Editor: Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor Books)

Professional Artist: Donato Giancola

Dramatic Presentation: Pan’s Labyrinth Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro. Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Picturehouse)

Short Dramatic Presentation: Doctor Who "Girl in the Fireplace" Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Euros Lyn (BBC Wales/BBC1)

Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi

Fanzine: Science Fiction Five-yearly edited by Lee Hoffman, Geri Sullivan & Randy Byers

Fan Writer: Dave Langford

Fan Artist: Frank Wu

Campbell Award: Naomi Novik

The full list of nominees can be found here.

Hugo Awards voting reminder

Hugo Awards voting reminder

If you’re registered as a member of this year’s world science fiction convention, a.k.a. WorldCon (Nippon 2007), you’re entitled to vote for the Hugo awards.

All votes must be received by Midnight (2359hrs), Pacific Standard Time on Tuesday, July 31, 2007. You can vote online here. Please note that it’s an alternative preference ballot, i.e. you rank your choices in order of preference — even voting for one of the contenders as your fifth choice may help it win, if there’s no outright victor in the first through fourth runoffs.

If you’re going to the World Science Fiction Convention – the 65th – you’ll be going to Yokohama, Japan and you’ll b e there between August 30th and September 3rd. Get your passports ready!

Science Fiction/Fantasy Interviews

Science Fiction/Fantasy Interviews

Bookninja interviews Guy Gavriel Kay, author of Ysabel. Then they flip out and kill a whole lot of people, ‘cause that’s what ninjas have to do. [via Locus Online]

Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing’s twenty-fifth podcast features an interview with author Walter H. Hunt, plus publishing news and the first installment of “Ask a Writer,” with Tobias S. Buckell.

SciFi Wire talks to Michael Swanwick about his story “Lord Weary’s Empire,” currently a finalist for both the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and the Hugo Award.