The truth is stranger than science fiction. The Hugo Awards were named after this guy, Hugo Gernsback. He was a publisher and inventor, among more dubious things. Here he is in a 1963 photo from LIFE magazine wearing a little invention he called TV glasses. You're thinking Google glass, right?
He made quite a few predictions about the future. Would he have predicted the victor of the 2014 Hugo for best novel,and the first winner of the “Triple Crown of science-fiction writing”, would be a woman?
Ann Leckie was born in Toledo, Ohio. She lives in St. Louis. Her debut Ancillary Justice won the Arthur C. Clarke, Nebula, and the Hugo for best novel this year. The second book in a projected trilogy, Ancillary Sword, will be released in October.