The 2012 Hugo Award nominees will be announced simultaneously at five conventions in the United States and Europe on April 7. Arrangements are also being made to broadcast all five convention presentations via Ustream.
This is the fourth consecutive year Worldcon members have cast a record-breaking number of Hugo nominating ballots. Chicon 7 received 1,101 nominating ballots, exceeding the 1,006 received by Renovation last year. Prior to that Aussiecon 4 received 864 in 2010 and Anticipation received 799 in 2009, each a record-setting figure at the time.
Conventions taking part in the announcement are:
- Norwescon 35, a Pacific Northwest sf convention, at Seatac, WA (1 p.m. PDT)
- Leprecon 38, an annual Arizona sf convention, at Tempe, AZ (1 p.m. MST)
- Minicon 47, Minnesota’s longest-running sf con, at Bloomington, MN (3 p.m. CDT)
- Marcon 47, an annual Midwest sf con, at Columbus, OH (4 p.m. EDT).
- Olympus 2012, the British Eastercon, (9 p.m. BST).
The final ballot voting deadline will be July 31, 2012, midnight PDT. The winners will be announced at the Hugo Awards Ceremony on Sunday, September 2.
The full press release from Chicon 7 follows the jump.