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How to Vote
This ballot uses a modified version of the Alternate Vote System, sometimes known as the "Australian Ballot". To vote, mark your choices in each category in order of preference: "1" for first place, "2" for second place, and so on. You are not required to rank all the nominees in any category, and we recommend that you not vote in any category in which you are not familiar with a majority of the nominees. If you decide not to vote in a given category, leave it blank. Note that "No Award" is not an abstention, but a vote that none of the nominees should be given the award in question. When the ballots are counted, all the first place choices will be tabulated. If no nominee has received half or more of the votes, the nominee with the fewest first-place votes will be eliminated, and its votes transferred to the nominees marked "2" on those ballots. This process of elimination will continue until one nominee receives half or more of the votes, at which point it becomes the winner (unless the votes are outnumbered by "No Award" votes under specific conditions described in Section 2.9.3 of the WSFS Constitution, see Progress Report #4). A few tips may help you in voting:

  1. Please keep in mind that second and further preferences play no part in the voting unless and until your first choice is eliminated. This is not a point system where many voters' second choices can overwhelm a few voters' first choice. We suggest that after marking your first choice, you proceed by imagining that it has disappeared from the ballot, and placing your "2" by the remaining nominee you most prefer, and so on. This mimics the way the ballots are actually counted. Thus even if your heart is set on one nominee, don't hesitate to give "2"s and other high rankings to other nominees you consider worthy of the award.
  2. Nevertheless, if your top choices are eliminated early, your lower preferences could be the tiebreaker between the remaining nominees, so choose all your preferences carefully! No matter how much you dislike a nominee, if you rank it the vote will be counted if the counting gets down that far. We recommend that you not rank a nominee that you do not consider worthy of the award. In this way you can be sure of casting your vote against it in all circumstances.

The Nominees
The nominees that follow were chosen by popular vote by 429 members of LoneStarCon2 or LACon III who submitted valid nominating ballots. In the Best Novella category six nominations appear due to a tie in votes. Both Brad Foster and Teddy Harvia withdrew their nominations in the Best Fan Artist category, and J. Michael Straczynski withdrew the nominations that the Babylon 5 episodes "War without End" and "Z'Ha'Dum" received.

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Voting Ballot for the
1997 Hugo Awards and THE JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD
This ballot must be postmarked by July 26, 1997 and received by August 4, 1997.

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)
_____ No Award

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)
_____ No Award

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 (Intersections; Asimov's 10-11/96)
_____ "The Land of Nod" by Mike Resnick (Asimov's 6/96)
_____ "Mountain Ways" by Ursula K. Le Guin (Asimov's 8/96)
_____ No Award

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)
_____ No Award

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)
_____ No Award

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 Pictures) 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
_____ No Award
Babylon 5 "War without End" and "Z'Ha'Dum" were nominated but J. Michael Straczynski declined.

Best Professional Editor (248 ballots)
_____ Gardner Dozois (Asimov's)
_____ Scott Edelman (SF Age)
_____ Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor)
_____ Kristine Kathryn Rusch (F&SF)
_____ Stanley Schmidt (Analog)
_____ No Award

Best Professional Artist (226 ballots)
_____ Thomas Canty
_____ David Cherry
_____ Bob Eggleton
_____ Don Maitz
_____ Michael Whelan
_____ No Award

Best Semiprozine (223 ballots)
_____ Interzone edited by David Pringle
_____ Locus edited by Charles N. Brown
_____ The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, Tad Dembinski, Ariel Haméon, David G. Hartwell and Kevin Maroney
_____ Science Fiction Chronicle edited by Andrew I. Porter
_____ Speculations edited by Kent Brewster
_____ No Award

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
_____ No Award

Best Fan Writer (202 ballots)
_____ Sharon Farber
_____ Mike Glyer
_____ Andy Hooper
_____ Dave Langford
_____ Evelyn C. Leeper
_____ No Award

Best Fan Artist (177 ballots)
_____ Ian Gunn
_____ Joe Mayhew
_____ Peggy Ranson
_____ William Rotsler
_____ Sherlock
_____ No Award
Brad Foster and Teddy Harvia declined their nominations.

John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo) (156 ballots)
_____ Michael A. Burstein (second year of eligibility)
_____ Raphael Carter (first year of eligibility)
_____ Richard Garfinkle (first year of eligibility)
_____ Katya Reimann (first year of eligibility)
_____ Sharon Shinn (second year of eligibility)
_____ No Award

The chart below shows the total number of ballots marked for each category.
Novel 356
Novella 209
Novelette 221
Short Story 254
Nonfiction Book 163
Dramatic Presentation 283
Professional Editor 248
Professional Artist 226
Semiprozine 223
Fanzine 224
Fan Writer 202
Fan Artist 177
Campbell 156

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Voting Ballot for the
1997 Hugo Awards and THE JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD
This ballot must be postmarked by July 26, 1997 and received by August 4, 1997.


1997 Hugo Awards
Nina Siros, Voting Administrator
1208 Devonshire Drive
El Paso, Texas 79925-2300