When I was a boy, I had this vision of the Hugo Awards looking a bit like the Oscars. I imagined there would be a orchestra, and for years (and I do mean years) I tried to decide what I would have as my music if I ever went up to accept an award.
It was only a few years ago that I actually got to see video of a Hugo Awards Ceremony and I was disappointed to see there was no orchestra, just someone with a tape recorder who played the Star Trek TNG theme as people went up to accept their awards (as a lifelong Star Wars fan, I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I was).
However, since then, trying to find coverage of the Hugo Awards (other than the results) has often seen me waiting weeks.
At Eastercon, I got to see the nominations announced live, and it was incredibly exciting. It left me wanting more.
So I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate the Hugo Coverage by Cheryl Morgan, Mur Laferty & Kevin Standlee. The video feed suffered problems but you know what, it was enough to give you the atmosphere. As someone who has provided online coverage for events, I know how much hard work these things are. I think what was done this year was a great foundation that can be built on.
So Mur, Cheryl & Kevin, you’ll probably never get to read this, but thank you. I really appreciated the coverage and video. Maybe one year I’ll get to see the awards live, but until then you’re coverage is almost as good.