Get Your Geek On: 2012 Hugo Awards
The Hugo Awards (for the best creations in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres) took place three days ago, and we have the whole list of winners below. The Awards event made CNN, but not for the reason you would expect. The event was being broadcast live on ustream.com, the preferred streaming provider for many broadcasts from large ( the Hugo Awards) to small ( a puppycam of your dog’s new litter). From the CNN report:
The Hugo Awards were being streamed live on video site Ustream when, at 10:43 p.m. ET, the feed went dark during an acceptance speech by fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. The reason? Ustream says automated software designed to detect the unauthorized posting of copyrighted material was triggered when, before Gaiman’s speech, the ceremony showed clips of ‘The Doctor’s Wife,’ an episode of the popular sci-fi series ‘Doctor Who,’ that Gaiman penned. Instead of Gaiman, text reading ‘Worldcon banned due to copyright infringement,’ appeared. Worldcon is the conference at which the awards are held.
‘Our editorial team and content monitors almost immediately noticed a flood of livid Twitter messages about the ban and attempted to restore the broadcast,’ Brad Hunstable, CEO and founder of Ustream, wrote on the site’s blog. ‘Unfortunately, we were not able to lift the ban before the broadcast ended. We had many unhappy viewers as a result, and for that I am truly sorry.’
The Hugo Awards had permission to air the clips but apparently had not notified Ustream. ‘Ustream is committed to promoting Internet freedom, and we will strive to continually improve our service to provide the best, legal viewing experience possible,’ Hunstable wrote.
Perhaps as a boon to disappointed fans, Gaiman, a prolific Twitter user with more than 1.7 million followers, shared a link Monday to his video acceptance speech from when he won the SFX Award for screenwriting in February. ‘ Copyright bots switched off the Hugo Award stream last night,’ he wrote.
2012 HUGO AWARD WINNERS
(Did you notice something very cool? More than 50% of the winners are women!)
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” [link includes full story!] by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)
Best Short Story: “The Paper Menagerie” [link includes full story!] 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 [many available at link] 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