Chicon 8: The 80th World Science Fiction Convention

Steven Barnes
Steven Barnes
Tananarive Due
Tananarive Due
Edie Stern and Joe Siclari
Edie Stern & Joe Siclari
Erle Korshak
Erle Korshak

October 5, 2022

One month ago, Chicon 8 came to a close.

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a month—it really feels like it just happened! So many years of work, an amazing five days, and a month of recovery time. 

You can read some of my thoughts about Chicon 8 and a whole bunch of fun facts and stats (because we’re data geeks!) on the Message from the Chair page.

Helen Montgomery
Chicon 8, Chair


Welcome to Chicon 8! We are finally here on-site in Chicago (for the 8th time, a record for any Worldcon host city). And as we continue to recover from the pandemic, we are excited that over 4,000 of you are choosing to join us and experience our events, performances, programming, dealers’ room, art show, displays and of course the rich social interaction that makes our event what it is.

Hugo Awards 2022

The 2022 Hugo Award Ceremony was broadcast via Youtube, with the event starting at 8 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, September 4th. The Ceremony was streamed in two versions, one with ASL and one without, and is available for playback on Youtube.

2235 valid final ballots (2230 electronic and 5 paper) were received and counted from the members of Chicon 8. The detailed nominating and final ballot statistics can be found on the Hugo Awards page. The winners were as follows:

Best Novel

A Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine (Tor)

Best Novella

A Psalm for the Wild-Built, by Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)

Best Novelette

“Bots of the Lost Ark”, by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, Jun 2021)

Best Short Story

“Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather”, by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine, Mar/Apr 2021)

Best Series

Wayward Children, by Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)

Best Graphic Story or Comic

Far Sector, written by N.K. Jemisin, art by Jamal Campbell (DC)

Best Related Work

Never Say You Can’t Survive, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tordotcom)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Dune, screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, and Eric Roth; directed by Denis Villeneuve; based on the novel Dune by Frank Herbert (Warner Bros / Legendary Entertainment)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

The Expanse: Nemesis Games, written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, and Naren Shankar; directed by Breck Eisner (Amazon Studios)

Best Editor, Short Form

Neil Clarke

Best Editor, Long Form

Ruoxi Chen

Best Professional Artist

Rovina Cai

Best Semiprozine

Uncanny Magazine, publishers and editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas; managing/poetry editor Chimedum Ohaegbu; nonfiction editor Elsa Sjunneson; podcast producers Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine

Small Gods, Lee Moyer (Icon) and Seanan McGuire (Story)

Best Fancast

Our Opinions Are Correct, presented by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, produced by Veronica Simonetti

Best Fan Writer

Cora Buhlert

Best Fan Artist

Lee Moyer

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

The Last Graduate, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey Books)

Astounding Award for Best New Writer

Shelley Parker-Chan


The main Registration Desk is located on the Ballroom (Gold) level of the East Tower (that’s two levels down from the main entrance). Please note that we need everyone to pick up their own badges in order to show proof of vaccination and ID. Registration hours are:

  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Full Attending Memberships (Adult, First Worldcon, Young Adult, Teen, Child and Kid-in-Tow) can be bought in person from Registration. Single Day Admissions for all days and all age groups can also be bought on the door. Supporting and Virtual Memberships can be purchased online via the website. Full details of membership types and rates can be found on the Membership page.

Our Schedule

Our full schedule is available from our online Convention Guide. The Guide will be updated at least daily through the weekend with any changes to item times, locations or participants. (No more need for those pesky pink sheets!).

This year’s Pocket Program is provided in electronic format only and can be downloaded in PDF format from the Publications page. We will also have printed program grids available for collection from the at-con Info Desk. The Pocket Program includes the convention schedule along with maps and other information to help you enjoy the convention.

Virtual Chicon 8

Our program includes substantial virtual elements, allowing fans from around the world to participate in Chicon 8 and turning the event into a truly global celebration of the science fiction genre. We are running up to 6 items of exclusive virtual content during peak hours, in addition to up to 4 items of content streamed out from the convention. In total, no less than 327 program items and activities will be available to our virtual attendees.

For more information on Virtual Chicon 8, go to the Virtual Chicon 8 page.

Getting the Best from the Website

Look out for these key pages under the “Chicon 8” tab of the main menu; these will help you to quickly find the information you want.

Policies: Code of Conduct, COVID, and Weapons

We remind all attendees to be aware of our key policies and commitments.

If you have any questions about the COVID Policy, please contact our COVID response team. If you have questions about Registration, please contact the Registration team.

Join us on Social!

You can find us on Facebook as @ChicagoWorldcon. We also have a private Facebook Group for the Chicon 8 Community where people can connect, find room and travel sharers, and generally talk about the convention.

We are also on Twitter as @ChicagoWorldcon, and on Instagram, also as @ChicagoWorldcon.

We encourage you to use #Chicon8 and #VirtualC8 hashtags when posting.

“World Science Fiction Society”, “WSFS”, “World Science Fiction Convention”, “Worldcon” “NASFIC”, “Hugo Award”, the Hugo Award logo, and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award rocket are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society. ©2022 “Chicago in 2022 Worldcon” (501(c)3) not-for-profit corporation d/b/a Chicon 8.