Thursday, August 04, 2005

Hugo Award to be announced at Sci-Fi Convention

The Hugo Awards, the science fiction world's equivalent of the Oscars, are to be announced this week at the 63rd annual Worldcon. Held this year at the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland, the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is expected to attract over 4,000 delegates to the four-day event. One of the highlights is the announcement of the Hugo Award winner, and for the first time ever all of this year's shortlisted finalists are from the UK. The Hugo Award, also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award, is one of the world's premier literary awards in its genre. It is named after Hugo Gernsback, "The Father of Magazine Science Fiction," as he was described in a special award given to him in 1960. The Hugo Award is sponsored by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) and administered by the committee of that year's Worldcon. The award is usually given for works appearing in the previous 12 months. In addition to the Hugo Award, the Campbell Award (the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the Best New Writer) is also administered by the Worldcon cttee and assessed using the same nomination and voting mechanism as the Hugo. The Campbell Award was originally sponsored by Conde Nast Publications and Davis Publications in 1979, but in 1993 Dell Magazines took over sponsorship of this award.