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Despite controversy, the World Science-Fiction Society handed out some trophies

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The World Science Fiction Society was at it again, this time at Sasquan, the world convention in Spokane, Wash., where the legendary Hugo Awards were handed out.

“Orphan Black” won a Hugo for its second season finale, “By Means Which Have Not Been Tried” during the ceremony, which took place Aug. 22. Series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcet wrote and directed the episode, respectively.

“Orphan Black” beat out both the “Doctor Who” episode “Listen” and the “Game of Thrones” episode “The Mountain and the Viper,” both which have multiple wins in the Best Dramatic Presentation-Short Form category. The “Grimm” episode “Once We Were Gods” and “The Flash” pilot also were finalists in the category.

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David D’Antonio accepts Hugo Awards for winners who couldn’t make it to Spokane this year.

“The Guardians of the Galaxy” won the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation-Long Form. “Guardians” and “The Avengers” were the only Marvel movies to win the Hugo. Other finalists included “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Interstellar,” and “The Lego Movie.”

None of the winners could attend — ceremony co-director David D’Antonio accepted the awards for both categories.

For the first time, the award for Best Novel and Best Novelette went to works not originally published in English. “The Three Body Problem” by Cixin Liu won for Best Novel. Hugo winner Ken Liu translated the Chinese novel for Tor Books.

“The Day the World Turned Upside Down” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt won Best Novelette. Lia Belt translated the Dutch story for Lightspeed magazine. Ken Liu accepted for “The Three Body Problem,” and Hugo winner Pat Cadigan accepted for Heuvelt and Belt.

This was a contentious year for the Hugos. Two groups of conservative science-fiction writers known as Sad and Rabid Puppies out out a slate of nominees, which completely dominated many categories included Best Related Work and Best Editor (Long and Short Form). Though not illegal by WSFS standards, many in the organization claimed this violated the spirit of the awards.

Because of that, those categories — as well as Best Short Story and Best Novella — did not receive any awards. Before this year, Hugo voters have used the “no award” option five times in the last 62 years. This year, the number of “no awards” doubled.

Other notable winners include “Ms. Marvel: Vol. 1 – No Normal” for Best Graphic Story, and Lightspeed for Best Semi-Prozine.

This year broke many records, with Sasquan building the biggest membership of any Worldcon with more than 11,000 members. That membership sent a record-breaking 2,122 nominating ballots, and 5,950 final ballots.

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