Exploring the Hugo Awards: The 2020 Finalists for Best Related Work

The award for Best Related Work has been part of the Hugos since the 1980s.  It has always been a little bit of a catch-all category, serving to recognise significant contributions to the science fiction community. Typically it goes to works in any media of non-fiction, but it has gone to fictional works that fall …

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Exploring the Hugo Awards: The 2020 Finalists for Best Fancast

The Best Fancast category is relatively new to the Hugos, having been awarded first in 2012. It’s awarded for “any non-professional audio- or video-casting with at least four episodes that had at least one episode released in the previous calendar year.” Having just launched a podcast myself, I was fascinated to survey the state of …

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Exploring the Hugo Awards: The 2020 Finalists for Best Fan Artist

Fandom is generous, and that includes its artists. The Fan categories of the Hugo Awards celebrate the generosity that goes along with an incredible amount of work, just for the fun of it. In the past, I haven’t looked closely at the Fan categories, because who has time to look at everything? Turns out I’ve …

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Exploring the Hugo Awards: The 2020 Finalists for Best Graphic Novel

Graphic novels. Sequential Art. Comic books. Arguably one of the oldest communication formats in the world, modern comics have always had a powerful connection with science-fiction. Many graphic novels that are now regarded as corner-stones of the medium are some sort of science fiction story. For example, Alan Moore’s seminal work, Watchmen, has a Hugo. …

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Exploring the Hugo Awards: An Introduction

The Hugo Awards are science fiction’s most prestigious award, since 1953. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) which is also responsible for administering them. What is special about the Hugo Awards? The Hugo Awards are nominated for and voted on by fans who are passionate about …

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