2002 Hugo Awards Announced (Mania.com)

By:Chris Wyatt
Date: Monday, September 02, 2002

Sunday, September 1st the 2002 World Con, called Con Jose, hosted the 49th annual Hugo awards. The Hugo, named after famed SF editor Hugo Gernsback, is considered the top honor in genre entertainment, especially with regards to literature. This year's awards show was held in San Jose, California's Civic Auditorium.

The ceremony was presided over by Con Jose guest of honor/toastmaster, Tad "OTHERLAND" Williams. Other presenters included bestselling author Connie Willis, editor Stanley Schmidt, and SF living legends Robert Silverberg and Vernor Vinge.

The award winners included:

Best Professional Editor:

Ellen Datlow

Best Dramatic Presentation:

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING; Peter Jackson, Director

Best Related Book:

THE ART OF CHESLEY BONESTELL by Ron Miller and Frederick C. Durant III with Melvin H. Schuetz

Best Short Story:

"The Dog Said Bow-Wow" by Michael Swanwick

Best Novelette:

"Hell is the Absence of God" by Ted Chiang

Best Novella

"Fast Times at Fairmont High" by Vernor Vinge

Best Novel

AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman

Fan reactions to the awards were extremely positive, with more than twenty after-award room parties at the nearby Fairmont Hotel lasting all night.

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