What is the Hugo Award?

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The Hugo Awards are determined by the membership of each WorldCon, including both attending and supporting members. They are given to honor extraordinary works of science fiction which were published during the preceding year. Oddly enough, they are named after Hugo Gernsback who is largely forgotten by all but those most involved in fandom as a way of life. And of course writers who like receiving awards.

Hugo Gernsback founded the magazine Amazing Stories and is considered one of the fathers of both modern fandom as it exists socially and of modern science fiction magazine writing. Additionally, the man was a huge ham radio buff and also founded the Wireless Association of America. He held roughly eighty patents at the time of his death in 1967.

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