Hugo Award


August 14, 2022

The Hugo Award is an artistic award given annually by the World Science Fiction Society's gathering, Worldcon delegates, for works and achievements in the genres of science fiction and fantasy in the preceding calendar year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, founder of the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories.


Next to the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award is the best-known science fiction award. The prize was awarded for the first time in 1953, at the XI. It was awarded at Worldcon, although at that time it was still called the Annual Science Fiction Achievement Award. It was not awarded the following year, but it has been awarded every year since 1955. It has been officially called the Hugo Award since 1993. In the more than half a century that has passed since the beginning, the categories have also changed several times. In the categories of literary works (novel, short novel, short novel, short story), Connie Willis can claim the most prizes, she has won the Hugo Award 11 times. He is followed by Poul Anderson and Harlan Ellison 7, Roger Zelazny and Robert Heinlein 6, Joe Haldeman, Fritz Leiber, Ursula K. Le Guin, Lois McMaster Bujold, Isaac Asimov, Michael Resnick, Larry Niven, Michael Swanwick and Vernor Vinge 5 and Arthur C. Clarke with 4 first places. The most Hugo Awards can be claimed by Gardner Dozois, who won the award 15 times for his professional editorial activities. The first prize-winning novel was The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester in 1953.

Categories of awardees

Short Stories: less than 7,500 words. Short novels (Novelette): between 7,500 and 17,500 words. Short stories (Novella): between 17,500 and 40,000 words. Novels: longer than 40,000 words Scripts (Dramatic Presentation) 1960-2002 Dramatic Presentation, Short Form 2003- Dramatic Presentation, Long Form 2003- Comic books (Graphic story) 2008- Non-Fiction Book 1980-1998 Related Books (Related Book) 1999- Semi-professional magazine (Semiprozine) Professional Artist Original Illustrator (Original Artwork) 1990-1996 Professional Editor 1973-2006 Editor (long format) 2007- Editor (short format) 2007- Magazine 1953-1972 Fanzine (The best amateur magazine was also awarded between 1962 and 1978, but not every year) Fan Artist Fan Writers

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