A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON ABOUT THE HUGO AWARDS
How much do you know about the beginnings of the most famous award in science fiction and fantasy?
I think that it is safe to assume that most readers of fantasy and science fiction literature have heard of the Hugo Awards, which take place annually to recognise the best science fiction and fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.
The award is regarded by many as the most prestigious honour that can be bestowed in the field of science fiction and fantasy media.
Presented below are just a few facts about how the Hugo Awards came to be.
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WHEN DID IT ALL BEGIN?
Organised and and overseen by the World Science Fiction Society, the Hugo Awards was first held in 1953 during the 11th World Science Fiction Convention, which took place in the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, in Philadelphia, USA.
The event was initially intended to be a one-off affair, so there wasn’t another awards ceremony held the following year. In 1955 however, the award ceremony was revived, and has been held every years since.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Although the name Hugo Awards has been in use since at least 1958, for most of the awards’ history it was actually nothing more than a nickname. The official name for the award was the Annual Science Fiction Achievement Award, and this remained the case until 1992, when the name Hugo Awards was finally adopted as the new official name of the awards.
WHO THE HELL IS HUGO?
The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, a Luxembourg born editor, writer and publisher, who is perhaps best known as the founder of the long running American science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories.
Amazing Stories has the distinction of being the first ever magazine devoted solely to science fiction, and was first published in April 1926. It remained in publication, on and off, for eight decades or so.
So here ends the history lesson. To conclude this post you can see a few links below that may be of interest.
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