Hugo Awards An­nounced; Con­tro­versy Con­tin­ues

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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.

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