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Worldcon 75 announced today that they have disqualified Alex Garner as a finalist in the Best Fan Artist category for the 2017 Hugo Awards. According to the announcement, Garner notified the Hugo administrators that all of his work published in 2016 was professional work, and not fan art. The Hugo Administrators praised Garner for “his candour in dealing with this awkward situation” and “his integrity in bringing the matter to our attention.”

The announcement further states that Garner’s place on the ballot for Best Fan Artist will be taken by the next available candidate, Steve Stiles. Worldcon 75 will reissue paper Hugo ballots, and online Hugo ballot (which will go live shortly) will be amended accordingly.

The revised final ballot for Best Fan Artist is:

  • Ninni Aalto
  • Vesa Lehtimäki
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
  • Mansik Yang

Of particular note in this year’s nominations is the inclusion of a music album in the category for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. 1159 ballots were cast for 569 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 91 to 193. In this category, there are:

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero”, written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris (House of Tomorrow)
  • Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC Cymru Wales)
  • The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)
  • Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO)
  • Game of Thrones: The Door, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender (HBO)
  • Splendor & Misery [album], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)

The “Daveed Diggs” noted as the creators of the album Splendor & Misery is also noted for his performances as Le Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the 2015 Broadway play Hamilton.

It’s a small world.

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