Hugo Awards Announced; Controversy Continues
The Hugo Awards were announced at Sasquan - The 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, USA, in August. Winners included The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin for Best Book and Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt for Best Graphic Novel. Guardians of the Galaxy won Best Dramatic Presentation and the Galactic Suburbia Podcast won Best Fancast. Five categories of the 2015 Hugo Awards failed to award any trophy this year, as voters selected ‘No Award’ instead of any of the nominees in those categories. This option is usually selected when a voter feels that the range of nominees is so poor that no one should win. This year’s awards were unusual because special interest groups had exploited the nomination rules to knock people off the list and replace them with their own specific choices. Those categories affected by this exploit received ‘No Award’ instead, thanks to a concerted effort by Worldcon members. The exploit has since been closed by changing the voting mechanism to Single Divisible Vote - Least Popular Elimination which will come into effect by 2017.