Unlike the Arthur C Clarke awards, the Nebulas or the Kitschies, the Hugo science fiction awards are voted on by the public. In an often elitist genre, this has to be a good thingThere are few things as entertaining as the ruck that follows the announcement of literary awards, and the Hugos, handed out for both written work and dramatic presentations in the science fiction field, are no exception.In fact, few awards divide opinion as much as the Hugos, which are named after the founder of the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories and have been awarded every year since 1955 with a suitably phallic rocket-shaped trophy. Why “suitably”? Because the Hugos – which were announced at WorldCon in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday night – are, despite their longstanding provenance, an antidote to SF’s more worthy literary awards. And some elements of the very vocal SF fan community don’t, it seems, like it up ’em.The discussion of this year’s shortlists was a case in point. The Ruthless Culture blog said: “Like many people surveying the shortlists, I could not help but feel irritation and regret over the fact that genre literature’s most prestigious and well-known award continues to get it …read more

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