Red Wombat, Seth Gordon, Ultragotha, idontknow, mc simon milligan, Brian Z, Jack Lint, Stevie, Chris Hensley, and Soon Lee.
Precosmic era [Cubist wrote:]
Sadly, no records whatsoever have survived from UrCon (ca. 13.8 gigayears Before Present Era). From what little physical evidence has survived, we can surmise that one of the events was some sort of fireworks display that got exceedingly out of hand.
Prehumanic Awards [Ginger wrote:]
Well, the only remaining documents from Laetolicon (3.7 million years ago) are the footnotes, so whether they dealt with slate dominating over schist or even obsidian, we’ll never know. What is clear, though, is that they actually had aliens invading their territory. If only we could have retrieved their documents! Alas. Let this be a warning to you all: always save your documents in multiple formats, across different platforms.
A later, earlier rule change brought in by recourse to H. Beam Piper's time police prohibits works being eligible - before they're written (SBJ)
Pre-history and Early History (including some retro-HUGOs awarded by Bishop Usher whose attempt to prove that the first HUGO ceremony was in 4004 BC has since been widely disregarded.)
[Camestros Felapton wrote:]
[Greg wrote] re: 15000 BCE fan artist: Well, of course Lascaux won! They flooded the voting pool. I thought the group from Altamira was significantly stronger, but clearly the Hugos disagreed.
[There was however some disagreement at the time, as CPACA notes:]
Grog say, Og picture “Deer running from fire” on wall Big Cave Over Water not deserve Hugo, Best Graphic Story. Fire servant of Storm God, come from lightening! Grog tired stupid religious themes passed off as science fiction. Go tell it to shamans!
Grog also tired “Best Graphic Story” – someone invent writing! Grog has spoken.[I have to refer the reader to the evidence in the Doctor Who story "An Unearthly Child"
- "Orb will not give HUGO to you!" (SBJ).
[as Ginger notes]
With respect to controversy, need I mention that people are still arguing over the Original Controversy? The novella that is still published as “Genesis”, in which the main characters are created from “earth” — clearly science fiction, come on — and so on; the schisms created by the warring camps has only grown greater with the centuries since its publication. In contrast, Gilgamesh was completely overlooked, probably because it was mis-labeled a saga and not best novel; there may also have been some anti-Ur sentiment floating around. And what has ever been nominated out of the Aztec, or Pueblo/Hopi/Zuni, or indeed, any of the native North American traditions? They’ve clearly been completely blocked off by a shadowy cabal.
[Mike] Re native North American traditions?” I have it on the highest authority that the answer is Vox Day. The Voice will tell you himself! I thought the Voice was — historically speaking — a miniature equid, or a little horse?
(This appears to be a mistake - the voice of God is of course Metaton - and in a staggeringly organicist statistical fluke no transforming truck with delusions of godhood has ever won a Hugo. SBJ)
[Johan P comments:] Oh, they completely swept the ballot in the years when WorldCon was held in America. It’s just a shame the reports from those cons never reached European fen, and nothing survives today. The closest we come to remember pre-columbian Worldcons in America is Leif Ericssons saga, about a group of Norse fens and their failed attempt to reach the IroqCon.
[Red Wombat writes:]
Alas, they never got further than Newfoundland and I don’t buy for a minute those claims by Joseph Smith that he located the original ballots from Tezcatlipocon held in Seventeenth Jaguar Year. All those ballots and not a single vote for Doctor Who? Puh-leaze.
[Seth Gordon wrote:]
I still bear a grudge against Raamsescon for giving the Hugo to “Genesis”. It’s an entertaining yarn, I’ll admit, but to earn a major award you ought to do more than hack together a scroll full of clichés. (“Adam” and “Eve”? Really?) And the “Cain and Abel” subplot is a complete ripoff from DC Comics.
[Camestros Felapton wrote:]
thought it was adapted from that Egyptian Manga – Set & Osiris.
[Simon Bisson]. Actually the Egyptians were pioneers of the ligne clair style that was later adopted to document the adventures of Belgian journalists in the near East (and later globally).
[Camestros Felapton recognises the reference:]
Ah yes – the great pantheon: Horus! Isis! Ra! Captain Haddock! *Choke*
Of course very few remember the scandal of the West Saxony Aulde Worlde Con when the epic poem Beowulf was left off ye liste of nominees in total due to no one knowing the name of ye aulde author. [posted by idontknow] [SBJ notes: it is odd that a contemporary con describes itself as Aulde Worlde, it is likely this refers to a Con considerably later than Beowulf retconning it an award,
perhaps dating to the division of West and East Saxony.]
[Other's criticised the Greek's influence on the Hellenistic HUGOs with multiple wins for HOMER - which he obviously only got due to an SJW sympathy vote for his blindness - I mean "wine-dark sea" is that a believably evocative description? (SBJ)
Oh, I thought the dreadful decline in the quality of the Hugo nominees was traced back to Aristotle. Damn him.
Frankly I think Socrates was pushing it. I don’t think there has been a truly deserving winner since Pythagoras.
1066 - precursors of the Hugos - "The Haralds" [posted by Johan P]
When we complain about this year’s (2015 SBJ) puppy ruckus, it behooves us to remember that it’s blissfully peaceful compared to some historic debates – like the fights over proposals for “Best Saga” and “Best Graphic Novel” categories in the early 11th century.
The award itself dates back to 1197 and Bishop Hugo de Rainault (brother of the then Sherrif of Nottingham) who it will be remembered offered ‘a mighty prize for the most puissant account of how yon addlepate knave Robin Earle yclept Loksley might best be set about his heels.’
(It's now clear de Rainault used poor communications which meant the name could appear novel in the Nottingham area to 'steal' the name of an existing award - thank heavens unscrupulous men could never do that now. The 'Haralds' were probably also 'Hugos' and the original name dates back at least as far as the "Hydrogen Universe Great Origin" Point or 377,000 years post Big Bang (SBJ))
The original silver arrow has now become over time the stylised ‘rocket robin hood’ shape of the current award.
Contenders at this period and later under Richard 1st - include:
“Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, and William Langland, who were all know to be bald and to have problems with short jerkins on rising are sometimes (following the suggestion of academic John Burrow) collectively called the Picardian Poets.” [sbj post].
2: 1378 (Winner in bold)
The award nominations for best Modern English Poem(1) we we would now refer to this as Middle English, but when we were in the Middle we didn’t know we weren’t near the end –