Worldcon 75 – a trip to Helsinki, part 3 — The Hugos
The Hugo Awards are one of the main events at a Worldcon. They have been given out annually since 1955, and are one of the primary purposes of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). Retro-Hugos may be awarded on the 50th/75th/100th anniversary if none were originally given that year. There were no Retro-Hugos in Helsinki.
This year, our friend Chuck Serface (aka “Two Buck Chuck”), was one of the finalists for Journey Planet, a fanzine he co-edited along with 6 other friends, including Christopher J. Garcia. Chuck asked Stephen to be his designated acceptor, should they win. This meant that we were invited to the Pre-Hugo reception. We had an opportunity to talk with folks we knew, and folks we had just met. We had a nice chat with Ada Palmer, who subsequently won the Campbell Award. I was also talking to folks about Worldcon 76 next year, since I’m running the Program.
We ended up seated in front of Amal El-Mohtar (who won for her short story, see the post here), and Michi Trota and Julia Rios (who won along with co-editors Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas for Uncanny Magazine). It was loud behind us. But great fun.
We were also invited to the post-ceremony Loser’s Party. Winners may attend, but will be mocked and made to wear silly hats. Worldcon 76 co-hosted with George RR Martin at a local place Steam Hellsinki. Great decorations, great food & drinks, great company. Unfortunately, I had an early day with the Masquerade on Saturday, so we didn’t stay that late.