Hugo Trophy and Base Design

The World Science Fiction Convention has given out the Hugo Awards for achievement in Science Fiction and Fantasy since the early 1950s. Considered SF's most prestigious award, the Hugo trophy comprises a metal rocket on a base.

The Hugo Award rocket was inspired by the finned rockets of Willy Ley and was designed by Jack McKnight and Ben Jason. (In one famous case in 1956, Dave Kyle got away with using hood-mascots from an Oldsmobile model.) The rocket design has become standardised in recent years and the rockets are currently produced by British fan Peter Weston. (For more about the way the rockets are made, read this article on the official Hugo Awards website.)

The design for the base on which the rocket is mounted is, however, the responsibility of each Worldcon committee, and changes each year. This is an honor that Worldcon committees take very seriously and typically the design is created either by direct commission of an artist or designer or by open competition. The committee of Renovation have run a competition to come up with a design for the 2011 Hugo Base, and the winning design will be announced as part of the Hugo Ceremony.

A photographic archive of many of the previous bases can be found here.