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Sep 022013

hugo_sm1The 2013 Hugo Awards were presented on Sunday, September 1 at LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Best Novel

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)

Best Novella

The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)

Best Novelette

The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi, Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)

Best Short Story

Mono no Aware, Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)

Best Related Work

Writing Excuses Season Seven, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson

Best Graphic Story

Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

The Avengers, Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Game of Thrones, Blackwater, Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)

Best Editor, Short Form

Stanley Schmidt

Best Editor, Long Form

Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Best Professional Artist

John Picacio

Best Semiprozine

Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker

Best Fanzine

SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester

Best Fancast

SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)

Best Fan Writer

Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fan Artist

Galen Dara

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2011 or 2012, sponsored by Dell Magazines. (Not a Hugo Award, but administered along with the Hugo Awards; 476 nominating ballots cast)

Mur Lafferty

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Aug 232013

Girl Genuis!fogliosGirl Genius creators Phil & Kaja Foglio join us this week as special guests on The Event Horizon this coming Saturday, August 24 at 9PM PDT / 12 AM EDT.

Join your hosts, station manager Gene Turnbow. executive producer Susan Fox, and guest panelist Rob Seutter (“True Thomas the Storyteller”, “The Voice of Legend”) as we talk with the Foglios about everything from Jaegers to Schweincopters to a giant guardian slime (whom we have affectionately nicknamed “Murgle”).  It’s great fun, and you’ll love it!

If you miss it, the show will air again on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 4PM PDT / 7PM EDT.

Girl Genius follows the career of Agatha Heterodyne, a hapless student at Translyvania Polygnostic University who discovers that she has more going for her than she ever imagined.  Imagine a world where mad science actually works, mad men rule countries and strange creatures roam the Earth.  Add two dashing young men vying for the affections of the world’s most powerful inventor and heir to her own kingdom, and you have steampunk gas lamp adventure and romance web comic Girl Genius!

The wildly popular web comic has been credited with creating an entire genre of popular media, and won the Hugo award for best graphic series three years running.  Phil & Kaja are also credited with creating one of the first web comics, literally giving away their product every week against the hope that people will love their work enough to buy bound physical versions of the same comics – and it works.  Their recent Kickstarter campaign to fund going to press with Volume 12 of the famous web comic netted more than seven times their set goal.

And they’re amazing to listen to and talk to.  Kaja and Phil (it’s pronounced “Kiy’ya”, by the way), are fans just like us, and for all their success are two of the most down to earth people you’ll ever meet.  Join us Saturday for this amazing episode of The Event Horizon - it’s one to remember!

The Event Horizon - It’s Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi!

By the way, if you like what you hear, please come to Facebook and “like” us, and/or follow us on Twitter.  There’s so much more in the offing, and you won’t want to miss it – and of course, bookmark this page!

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Sep 032012

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the 2012 Hugo Award winners. 1922 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.

Chicon 7 was a five day event this year, starting August 30th and ending today, September 3.  WorldCon, as it is also known, takes place in a different city around the world each year. It is the premier gathering of authors, artists, fans, dealers, and more in the world science fiction community. Worldcon covers all the genres of written speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and alternate history, as well as science, media (movies, television, anime, and online), fanzines, gaming, costuming, filking, and more.

More than 5,000 attendees from more than thirty countries attended the five-day event, and unlike the almost unfathomable San Diego Comic-Con with its attendance of 150,000 annually, this convention above all others champions speculative fiction in all its forms as literature.  Much of the popular media we take for granted today has its origins in the written word, so the Hugo Awards are especially significant and relevant.

The World Science Fiction Convention has been giving out Hugo Awards and setting the standard for predictive fiction since 1955.

The winners, after the break.

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Apr 072012
Chicon 7
Krypton Radio Newswire

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).

Voting for the Hugo Awards takes place in two stages. The first stage, nomination, is open to anyone who has a Supporting or Attending membership in the previous, current, or following year’s Worldcon as of January 31. For Chicon 7, this means members of Renovation (the 2011 Worldcon), Chicon 7 itself, and LoneStarCon 3 (the 2013 Worldcon).

The second stage of voting is the final ballot. This stage is open only to Chicon 7 members. In the final ballot, members choose between the five finalists in each category. The final ballot was announced today, April 7, 2012, at several conventions being held over the Easter weekend (see below).

The Hugo Awards themselves are presented at a formal ceremony which is always one of the highlights of the Worldcon, and we expect Chicon 7′s ceremony to be no different. The Chicon 7 ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 2, 2012.

The official web site of the Hugo Awards is at This site includes a full history of the Hugo Awards, nominees and winners, information on the voting process, a photo gallery of past trophy designs, and much more.

Chicon 7, this year’s World Science Fiction Convention, has announced that they received 1,101 nominating ballots for the 2012 Hugo Awards, a new record, eclipsing last year’s high-water mark of 1,006.

The 2012 Hugo Award nominations were announced today, Saturday, April 7 starting at 3:00 PM Central Daylight Time in an announcement ceremony held simultaneously at these five separate SF conventions:

  • Norwescon 35, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy conventions, at Seatac, WA (1 PM. PDT)
  • Leprecon 38, Arizona’s annual science fiction and fantasy convention, at Tempe, AZ (1 PM MST)
  • Minicon 47, Minnesota’s longest-running science fiction convention, at Bloomington, MN (3 PM CDT)
  • Marcon 47, the Midwest’s largest annual convention, at Columbus, OH (4 PM EDT)
  • Olympus 2012, the British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon) (9 PM BST)

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