The 50th Anniversary Hugo Awards Ceremony took place tonight at the 61st World Science Fiction Convention (Torcon 3) in Toronto, Ontario. MC Spider Robinson’s opening comments praising Science Fiction seemed at odds with the number of fantasy works which were nominated or which won.

The familiar rocket-statue was plated with gold this year, and set in carved maple representing the fury and flame of lift-off, stylized into a maple leaf.

So…. Who won?

Best Fan Artist: Sue Mason

Best Fan Writer: Dave Langford

Best Fanzine: Mimosa, edited by Rich and Nicki Lynch

Best Semi-Prozine: Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown, Jennifer A. Hall, Kirsten Gong-Wong.

Best Short Form Dramatic: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Conversations with Dead People.”

Best Professional Artist: Bob Eggleton

Best Professional Editor: Gardner Dozois

Best Related Book: Better to Have Loved: the Life of Judith Merril, Judith Merril and Emily Pohl-Weary.

Best Long-form Dramatic: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Best Short Story: “Falling Onto Mars” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Analog 7-8/02)

Best Novelette: “Slow Life” by Michael Swanwick (Analog 12/02

Best Novella: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Best Novel: Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
(presented by George R.R. Martin, whose somewhat lengthy build-up to the revelation prompted the words “Best Long Presentation: George R.R. Martin” to appear on the auditorium’s main screen).

Lucid commentary and photos will appear here soon. Meanwhile, my quick illucid draft comments there may prove entertaining. Ideas were exchanged, views were exchanged, costumes were worn, alcohol was consumed, I was “mobbed” by belly-dancers, and Enterpise was dissed…..