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Hugo nomination deadline is approaching

03/03/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Closing date for the 2005 Hugo Nominations approaches.

Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction convention has issued a reminder to all those eligible to nominate works that the closing date for nominations is 11 March 2005. Members of Interaction, who joined before 31st January 2005 and members of Noreascon 4, the 62nd World Science Fiction Convention are eligible to participate in the nomination process.

"The Hugo Awards are the most prestigious awards in science fiction and it is important that as many eligible nominators as possible participate in the process," said Interaction Co-Chair Colin Harris.

Postal nominations must be received at the UK or US Hugo Administration addresses on or before 11th March 2005. Online nominations will be accepted until midnight GMT on the same date, and can be made using a valid membership number and Personal Identification Number (PIN). Hugo PINs were printed on the address labels of Interaction's Progress Report 3. Noreascon 4 members who have not joined Interaction were sent postal cards with their Hugo PIN information.

The Hugo Awards, were first presented in 1952, and are named in honour of Hugo Gernsback, publisher of Amazing Stories and the man considered to be the father of US magazine-based science fiction.

Eligible nominators are entitled to name their favourite five works in each category. Awards are presented each year in thirteen categories including Novel, Dramatic Presentations, Fan Writing, and Art, for work that appeared the previous calendar year. In addition, each organising committee has the option to add a special once-off category. Interaction has elected to do so and a Hugo Award for best Web Site will be presented.

Based on the nominations received, a final ballot will be announced towards the end of March and all members of Interaction will be entitled to vote for their favourite. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Clyde Auditorium of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Sunday 7th August 2007.

Information on how to nominate can be found on Interaction's website at http://www.interaction.worldcon.org.uk/hugovote.htm

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