LoneStarCon 2 1997 Hugo Nomination Press Release - 4/21/97

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Date: April 21, 1997
     Contact: Laurie Mann
Press Relations Area Head
LoneStarCon 2, PO Box 27277, Austin, TX 78755-2277

1997 Hugo Nominees

LoneStarCon 2, the 1997 World Science Fiction Convention, announces the 1997 Hugo nominees for outstanding achievement in the science fiction field. The Hugos are nominated by members of the current World Science Fiction Convention. LoneStarCon 2 received a total of 429 valid ballots (ballots cast for each category are noted).

Best Novel (356 ballots)

Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperCollins Voyager; Bantam Spectra)

Holy Fire by Bruce Sterling (Orion; Bantam Spectra)

Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon (Baen)

Starplex by Robert J. Sawyer (Ace; Analog 7-10/96)

Best Novella (209 ballots)

"Abandon in Place" by Jerry Oltion (F&SF 12/96)

"Blood of The Dragon" by George R. R. Martin (Asimov's 7/96)

"The Cost to Be Wise" by Maureen F. McHugh (Starlight 1)

"Gas Fish" by Mary Rosenblum (Asimov's 2/96)

"Immersion" by Gregory Benford (SF Age 3/96)

"Time Travelers Never Die" by Jack McDevitt (Asimov's 5/96)

Note: There are six nominees due to a tie vote.

Best Novelette (221 ballots)

"Age of Aquarius" by William Barton (Asimov's 5/96)

"Beauty and the Opéra or the Phantom Beast" by Suzy McKee Charnas (Asimov's 3/96)

"Bicycle Repairman" by Bruce Sterling (Asimov's 10/96)

"The Land of Nod" by Mike Resnick (Asimov's 6/96)

"Mountain Ways" by Ursula K. Le Guin (Asimov's 8/96)

Best Short Story (254 ballots)

"The Dead" by Michael Swanwick (Starlight 1)

"Decency" by Robert Reed (Asimov's 6/96)

"Gone" by John Crowley (F&SF 9/96)

"The Soul Selects Her Own Society..." by Connie Willis (Asimov's 4/96; War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches)

"Un-Birthday Boy" by James White (Analog 2/96)

Best Non-Fiction Book (163 ballots)

The Faces of Fantasy by Patti Perret (Tor)

Look at the Evidence by John Clute (Serconia Press)

The Silence of the Langford by Dave Langford (NESFA Press)

Time & Chance by L. Sprague de Camp (Grant)

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones (Gollancz/Vista)

Best Dramatic Presentation (283 ballots)

Independence Day (Centropolis Film Productions/20th Century Fox Film) Directed by Roland Emmerich, Written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, Produced by Dean Devlin

Mars Attacks! (Warner Bros.) Directed by Tim Burton, Written by Jonathan Gems, Produced by Tim Burton and Larry Franco

Babylon 5 "Severed Dreams" (Warner Bros.) Directed by David J. Eagle, Written by J. Michael Straczynski, Produced by John Copeland

Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount) Directed by Jonathan Frakes, Story by Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga & Rick Berman, Screenplay by Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga, Produced by Rick Berman

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Trials and Tribble-ations" (Paramount) Directed by Jonathan West, Written by Ronald D. Moore & Rene Echevarria, Story by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler & Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Executive Producers Ira Steven Behr & Rick Berman

Note: The Babylon 5 episodes "War without End" and "Z'Ha'Dum" received enough votes to be nominated, but J. Michael Straczynski declined.

Best Editor (248 ballots)

Gardner Dozois (Asimov's)

Scott Edelman (SF Age)

Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor)

Kristine Kathryn Rusch (F&SF)

Stanley Schmidt (Analog)

Best Professional Artist (226 ballots)

Thomas Canty

David Cherry

Bob Eggleton

Don Maitz

Michael Whelan

Best Semiprozine (223 ballots)

Interzone edited by David Pringle

Locus edited by Charles N. Brown

New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, Tad Dembinski, Ariél Hameon, David G. Hartwell and Kevin Maroney

Science Fiction Chronicle edited by Andrew I. Porter

Speculations edited by Kent Brewster

Best Fanzine (224 ballots)

Ansible edited by Dave Langford

File 770 edited by Mike Glyer

Mimosa edited by Dick & Nicki Lynch

Nova Express edited by Lawrence Person

Tangent edited by Dave Truesdale

Best Fan Writer (202 ballots)

Sharon Farber

Mike Glyer

Andy Hooper

Dave Langford

Evelyn C. Leeper

Best Fan Artist (177 ballots)

Ian Gunn

Joe Mayhew

Peggy Ranson

William Rotsler


Note: Brad Foster and Teddy Harvia declined their nominations.

John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo) (156 ballots)

(Award for the best new science fiction writer of 1995 or 1996, sponsored by Dell Magazines)

Michael A. Burstein2

Raphael Carter1

Richard Garfinkle1

Katya Reimann1

Sharon Shinn2

1 - first year of eligibility
2 - second and final year of eligibility

The Hugos, the Campbell, and other awards related to the science fiction field will be given out at the Hugo Award Ceremony on Saturday, August 30, 8p.m., at the Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX.

LoneStarCon 2 News

The 55th World Science Fiction Convention, LoneStarCon 2, will take place in San Antonio, Texas, from August 28-September 1, 1997, at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center. The Worldcon is the annual gathering of science fiction writers, artists, publishers and readers. The Worldcon attracts about six thousand attendees from around the world. In addition to the traditional art show and auction, Hugo Awards ceremony, book-filled dealer's room and masquerade, this Worldcon will display its Texan roots by sponsoring a Chili Cookoff.

The guests of honor for the 1997 Worldcon are Algis Budrys and Michael Moorcock, the guest artist is Don Maitz, the fan guest is Roy Tackett, and the toastmaster is Neal Barrett, Jr.

Membership Information

LoneStarCon 2 is open to the public. Here are the rates for memberships in LoneStarCon 2:

     Attending $135includes admission to all events and exhibits, voting rights and all publications
Supporting $25 includes voting rights and all publications
Children, 3-12 $40 includes admission to all events and exhibits

These rates will be good until July 31, 1997. Full convention and day rates will be available at the door.

Writers and Artists Planning to Attend

LoneStarCon 2 will attract hundreds of the top science fiction writers and artists each year. Some of the professionals who said they plan to attend the Worldcon include David Brin, Lois McMaster Bujold, C. J. Cherryh, Hal Clement, Glen Cook, George Alec Effinger, Frank Kelly Freas, Joe Haldeman, George R. R. Martin, Vonda N. McIntyre, Larry Niven, Terry Pratchett, Mike Resnick, Jennifer Roberson, Robert Silverberg, Allen Steele, Harry Turtledove, Walter Jon Williams, Gene Wolfe, and Janny Wurts.

A frequently-updated list of professionals who plan to attend can be found at the LoneStarCon 2 Web site at http://www.alamo-sf.org/lonestarcon2/partlist.html.

Speculative Fiction Writers' Workshop

LoneStarCon 2 will host a writers' workshop, to provide help for both experienced and beginning writers. It provides LoneStarCon 2 members the opportunity to have their manuscripts evaluated by selling authors who enjoy helping others grow as artists. This is not a competition. The manuscript may not be any longer than 7,500 words, and must be submitted by June 15, 1997. For a copy of the complete rules, write to Writers' Workshop, c/o the LoneStarCon2 box, or send E-mail to saxland@io.com.

Short Story Contest for Unpublished Writers

LoneStarCon 2 is sponsoring a short story contest for unpublished writers who are members of LoneStarCon 2. Bill Fawcett will make the final selection. For a copy of the complete rules, write to Short Story Contest, c/o the LoneStarCon 2 box, or send E-mail to saxland@io.com. Deadline is June 15.

Hotel Reservations

The LoneStarCon 2 hotels are the Marriott Rivercenter and the Marriott Riverwalk. Reservation forms were mailed to all LoneStarCon2 members. Copies of the hotel form are available at the LoneStarCon2 Web site at http://www.alamo-sf.org/lonestarcon2/housing.html, or you can write to the LoneStarCon 2 PO Box and request that one be sent to you. Please do not call the hotels directly.

Auction of Coffeepots to Benefit the Real Musgrave Scholarship

Brad Foster is soliciting coffeepots and art about coffeepots for a unique display at LoneStarCon 2. In addition to the coffeepot display, most of the objects will be auctioned off to LoneStarCon 2 members. The proceeds will be used to create the Real Musgrave Art Scholarship at Texas Tech University. Musgrave will be donating money and a painting to help launch the scholarship fund.

Science fiction artists are encouraged to help get involved with this project. Coffeepots can be historically accurate, wildly imagative, a caveman coffeepot, a future coffeepot, an illustration, a cartoon, a statue, or anything that strikes the artist's fancy. Interested artists can contact Brad Foster at PO Box 165246, Irving, TX 75016.


LoneStarCon 2's Masquerade will take place on Sunday night, August 31 in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott River Center. LoneStarCon 2 members who plan to participate in the Masquerade need to pre-register. Send E-mail to peggykennedy@worldnet.att.net or write to Peggy Kennedy, 62 Touchstone, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035. The complete rules appeared in Progress Report 4.5.

Chili Cookoff

LoneStarCon 2 will be the site of a Chili Appreciation Society International-sanctioned Chili Cookoff. The Chili Cookoff will have three categories:

  • CASI-sanctioned chili (no fillers)
  • fun fan chili
  • commercial chili
LoneStarCon 2 members may enter the Chili Cookoff without any additional charges. People without LoneStarCon 2 memberships may enter, but will be charged an entry fee. For an entry form and official rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Judith Ward, 6602 Spring Rose, San Antonio, TX 78249. The deadline to enter the Chili Cookoff has been extended to July 20, 1997.

The LoneStarCon 2 Chili Cookoff will take place at 8:00p.m. on Friday, August 29, 1997 at La Villita. The public is invited to attend the Chili Cookoff. Funds raised by the Chili Cookoff will be donated to the San Antonio Public Library.

Upcoming Progress Reports

Progress Report 5 will be sent to all LoneStarCon 2 members in May. Progress Report 6 will be sent out in early August to all LoneStarCon 2 members.

Dealers' Room

The Dealers' Room is not sold out yet. For information about selling books or other items in the Dealers' Room, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Steve Francis, 5503 Matterhorn Drive, Louisville, KY 40216-1326. Interested dealers can also call Steve at 502-448-6562 (7p.m.-11p.m. EDT), or send him E-mail at sjf1138@aol.com

Art Show

Space is still available in the Art Show, but it is filling up very fast. To receive Art Show mailings, send a long, self-addressed stamped envelope (with $0.55 in postage) to Pegasus Management, Attention: Worldcon Art Show, PO Box 150471, Arlington, TX 76015-6471. Artists may also request information by sending E-mail to pegasus@bab.com or to chelsea@io.com, or by calling 817-467-0681.

Volunteers Needed!

The Worldcon is one of the largest annual events in America to run almost exclusively on volunteer labor. Worldcons always need more volunteers. To help run LoneStarCon 2, write to Volunteers c/o the LoneStarCon 2 box.

Press Information

Press releases will be mailed to major media outlets several times before the Worldcon. The press is invited to use any information at the LoneStarCon 2 Web site (http://www.io.com/~lsc2). Additionally, an online press area has been established at http://www.alamo-sf.org/lonestarcon2/press.

Press credentials will be extended to professional journalists and photographers who have been assigned to cover LoneStarCon 2 for professional newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations and new media outlets. Due to the large number of free lance writers, semi-pro writers, fan writers, photographers, and Web developers in fandom, free press Worldcon members cannot be extended to individuals with ties to fandom. However, individuals who write for any publication, broadcast program or Internet site. who would like press releases, press kits and assistance from the Press Relations staff. are invited to use our facilities. If you have any doubt about your ability to be credentialed, please write to Laurie Mann, c/o the LoneStarCon 2 box, or send E-mail to lauriem@dpsinfo.com.

Please complete the questionnaire if you or someone from your organization is planning to cover this year's Worldcon.

Ways of Reaching LoneStarCon 2

Address LoneStarCon 2, PO Box 27277, Austin, TX 78755-2277
Voice 512-472-9944
FAX 512-472-4290
E-mail alamo@alamo-sf.org
URL http://www.alamo-sf.org/lonestarcon2/

LoneStarCon 2, is a service mark of Austin Literary Arts Maintenance Organization (ALAMO), Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit literary, educational corporation. All rights reserved.
"World Science Fiction Society", "WSFS", "World Science Fiction Convention", "Worldcon", "NASFiC", and "Hugo" are registered service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.

Reference Web URLs

     LoneStarCon2 Internet Information Center http://www.alamo-sf.org/lonestarcon2/
LoneStarCon2 Press Page http://www.alamo-sf.org/lonestarcon2/press/
LoneStarCon2 Guest Biographies http://www.alamo-sf.org/lonestarcon2/
San Antonio http://www.tristero.com/usa/tx/sa/
Marriott Rivercenter http://www.marriott.com/marriott/tx-185.htm
Marriott Riverwalk http://www.marriott.com/marriott/tx-186.htm
Chili Appreciation Society International http://www.bigbend.com/casi/
World Science Fiction Society http://www.wsfs.org

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