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Renovation Announces Record Hugo Awards Voter Turnout

Renovation, The 69th World Science Fiction Convention,
Reno, Nevada - August 17-21, 2011

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Reno, Nevada, USA – Renovation, the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention, is delighted to announce a record Hugo Awards voter turnout.

A record total of 2100 valid final ballots were cast, a 46.1% turnout, from voters in 33 countries. (The previous record set in 1980 was 1788 ballots cast.) Renovation also broke a record earlier this year when it received 1006 valid nominating ballots.

The 2011 Hugo Award winners will be announced on Saturday evening, August 20, at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. Jay Lake and Ken Scholes will preside as masters of ceremony, with additional presenters to include Renovation Guests of Honor Tim Powers, Boris Vallejo, and Ellen Asher, along with leading genre writers George R. R. Martin and Robert Silverberg.

The unique 2011 Hugo trophy base design will also be revealed at the ceremony by designer and Hugo base contest winner Marina Gelineau.

For more information about Renovation or attending the 2011 Hugo Awards ceremony, please visit http://www.renovationsf.org/.

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction and fantasy literature and media as well as the genre's fans. The awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon") in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and Worldcons have continued to present the awards annually for nearly 60 years.

ENDS

Renovation is the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon"). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939 and Worldcons have been held annually since then except for 1942-45 when there was no event due to World War II. Renovation's Guests of Honor are Ellen Asher, Charles N. Brown (in memoriam), Tim Powers and Boris Vallejo.

For more details about the convention or to purchase memberships, visit www.renovationsf.org. Send press questions, or requests to be removed from the Renovation press release mailing list, to press@renovationsf.org. Send general queries to info@renovationsf.org.

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