Thursday, April 26, 2012

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Hugo Awards (But Didn't Want to Be Bored With Rules-Lawyering to Learn)

SF Signal has created a nifty infographic detailing some of the more interesting moments and concepts in the history of SF's most prestigious and long-lasting award.

I must note that my personal bugbear, the Dramatic Presentation category, is one of the oldest, dating back to 1958. I still hates it, and my argument is not based on its venerability, but on its tangential relationship to the actual fields of SFF and its fandom.


Anonymous said...

How is it possible that Jack Gaughan was the first winner of the Best Fan Artist award in 1967 (as indicated at the top left of the graphic) when he had already been published previously?

Andrew Wheeler said...

Anon: "Fan" does not mean "has never been published professionally" in the Hugo rules; it never has. (You might be confusing the Hugos with the Olympics, where, traditionally, having been paid once for a similar competition is an immediate disqualifier.)

Hugo fan awards are for work done as a fan, and many, many pros have won in those categories, because they're also fans.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification.

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