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Nova Awards 2003

17/11/2003. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Britain's main awards for excellence in science fiction fanzines announced at Novacon 33.

Pete Young's relative newcomer Zoo Nation was named 'best fanzine', taking many pundits by surprise (although more than half of the voters had placed it in their top three), whilst Claire Brialey and Hugo winner Sue Mason were named 'best fan writer' and 'best fan artist' respectively.

Their trophies, silver rockets upon a wooden base, were presented by the event's guest of honour, author Jon Courtenay Grimwood.

The Novas have been presented annually since 1973 and are voted upon by members of the convention able to demonstrate a basic familiarity with the field. The contest was this year opened up to candidates from Eire.

A special Nova, for 'best fan', was chosen by the Novacon committee and presented by author Harry Harrison to Ina Shorrock, active in British fandom since the early 1950s.

For further information, contact the Nova Award administrator, Steve Green, on novacon34@yahoo.co.uk or check out www.novacon.org.uk.

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