Saturday, March 9, 2013

Nominate Fanzine Europa SF for a Hugo Award

The closing date for nominations for the prestigious 2013 Hugo Awards is tomorrow! Get your nominations in by March 10, 2013. LoneStarCon 3, this year’s Worldcon, must receive your ballot by Sunday, March 10, 2013, 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. They are named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories (recently resurrected by Steve Davidson et al. at The Experimenter Publishing Company—and itself worthy of a Hugo nomination). 

Organized and overseen by the World Science Fiction Society, the awards are given each year at the annual World Science Fiction Convention as the central focus of the event. They were first given in 1953, at the 11th World Science Fiction Convention, and have been awarded every year since 1955. Over the years that the award has been given, the categories presented have changed; currently Hugo Awards are given in more than a dozen categories, and include both written and dramatic works of various types.

Like the Canadian Aurora Awards, the Hugo Award winners are selected through a process of initial nominations to determine a short list from which voters then choose the winner. This makes the initial nomination stage critical. Eligible works must receive sufficient nominations to be considered “nominated” and to warrant being on the voting ballet.

This year, voters should consider a wonderful new fanzine out of Europe dedicated to the European science fiction community: Europa SF, the European Science Fiction portal.

Europa SF appeared online in October 2012 and has already attracted worldwide attention. Here’s what Marian Truta said in the first editorial:

The website is the successful outcome of the discussions I have had with several SF writers, translators and fans. So it is but fair to say that the idea of creating an informative site whose purpose is to cover the activities going on in the European fandom does not belong to a certain person. It is a collective idea. Through this portal, science fiction lovers can keep in touch with one another and members of the national fandoms will get the feeling that they belong to a larger, continental community with a common but diverse cultural basis.

To analyse our activity so far would be too soon. Yet, judging by the reactions and the messages we have received in the past month, I am convinced that in time, with help from both fans and professionals, this portal will become increasingly important and will provide as much info as possible about the European fandom. It will also facilitate information exchanges between fans, artists, writers and editors, giving us all the chance to discover one another.”

“We believe it’s high time things started changing. Diversity is a quality of European science fiction... European SF writers provide a cultural reservoir that is not exploited enough on a continental scale. We believe it’s high time European authors had the courage to cross frontiers and meet one another. We believe it’s high time European editors had the courage to publish more authors from Europe than they have so far. We believe it’s high time we knew and appreciated one another. This is what Europa SF wants. And any of you reading these lines can make it possible.”

The site contains a monthly editorial, films and book reviews, On the Spot feature articles about science fiction and fantasy events and interests throughout Europe, news about authors, publishers and magazine and the latest news updates.

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