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Hugo Reminder

Just a reminder. Today is the last day to nominate for this year's Hugo Awards.

The Hugo is the oldest of the (now myriad) SF and fantasy awards, and for my money, it is still the most meaningful and prestigious. Where the Nebula is a peer award, given by the members of the SFWA, and the World Fantasy Award is decided by a jury, the Hugo is given by the fans.

By you guys, in other words. By the readers. No one matters more.

To be eligible to nominate, you must be a member of either last year's worldcon (Aussiecon IV, in Melbourne, Australia) or this year's (Renovation, to be held in Reno, Nevada in August). Membership in both is not required, please note. Either one will do. And if you can't make the Reno convention, you can still nominate and vote. Only a supporting membership is required, not the more expensive attending membership.

I urge everyone to support worldcon every year, whether you can attend or not. Other cons have become much larger (see Dragoncon, or just about any comicon or gaming con), but worldcon is the original, the one where it all began, where all the traditions started. It remains the single most important SF and fantasy con, just as the Hugo is the most important award.

What's one more Hugo nomination worth, you may ask? Quite a lot, actually. Hundreds of people vote for the Hugos every year, but far fewer take the time to nominate. In some categories, fifteen nominations are all it takes to make the ballot. In many categories, a single nomination may make the difference between being one of the final five, the shortlist, and just being another also-ran listed on the nomination sheet they hand out on Hugo night. Do you want your favorite story or book to miss out by a single vote? No? So NOMINATE.

Nominations can be made online here: http://hugos.renovationsf.org/nominate/

You will need your worldcon membership number and a PIN.

What's worthy of nomination this year? That, of course, is something each individual voter needs to decide for himself.

Moi? Well, I did not publish a novel last year (you may have noticed). But I did have "The Mystery Knight" in WARRIORS, which is eligible in the Novella category. And Gardner Dozois and I co-edited two original anthologies, WARRIORS and SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH, which means both of us are eligible in Best Editor/ Short Form.

All of the contents of WARRIORS and SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH are eligible in one or the other of three short fiction categories (Novella, Novelette, and Short Story). I'm very proud of both anthologies and think there's some terrific award-calibre work in both books. I would mention my own particular favorites... but as editor, I really can't. Editors, like parents, must pretend to love all their children equally. But please read both books, make up your own minds, and keep your particular favorites in mind when filling out your nominations ballot. `

Enough about my stuff. What about the other categories?

Let me mount some of the same pet hobbyhorses I ride every year around this time.

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST. Every year we seem to get the same five or six usual suspects nominated in this category. They are all very talented artists, mind you... but there are other artists, equally gifted, who NEVER seem to get a nod. MICHAEL KOMARCK is one newer artist who is screamingly overdue for nomination, I think. And how about the great trio of Tolkien artists, John Howe, Alan Lee, and Ted Nasmith? I don't think any of them has ever been nominated. Nasmith did the 2011 Ice & Fire calendar, published last year, so this would be an especially apt year to put him on the ballot. And Lee and Howe have been overdue for decades.

BEST EDITOR/ LONG FORM. Another usual suspects category. Let me recommend my own editor, Anne Groell, to your attention. She's just as good as some of last year's final five, and better than others. As fine an editor as I have ever worked with.

BEST FANZINE. Blogs and efanzines are supposedly eligible in this category, but none of them ever actually seem to get nominated. Instead the five slots are inevitably filled by old style paper fanzines, which have a tenth of their readership. I'd love to see some recognition for PAT'S FANTASY HOTLIST, for the WERTZONE, and, yes, for WINTER IS COMING and WESTEROS in this category. They're just as fannish as anything done on a mimeo, full of e-versions of reviews, locs, trip reports, humor, SF/ fantasy news, and other faanish staples.

BEST FAN WRITER. Consider Adam 'Wert' Whitehead and Elio 'Ran' Garcia.

BEST NOVEL. If you don't have your own favorites in this category, you're not a fan.



So... who do YOU think deserves a nod this year?

Feel free to chime in with your own choices, for the consideration of your fellow readers.

But remember... there are only hours left before nominations close.


Mar. 26th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
Ser, I was under the impression you don't endorse or condone fanfiction, which I understand completely as someone is always looking for a piece of the pie. I believe you wrote about an author who endorsed fan fiction of her material and was later sued by a fan writer when inevitably similar content/plotline/character work showed up in published work.

I was putting in my nominations but I got confused when I hit the category for "fan writer" as I know your feelings on fan fiction. Also I've not heard of either writers, Ran or Wert. Going by the George Lucas model, are they allowed to write expanded universe material? Is their stuff considered canon in ASOIAF?

If so I'd love to read it as I've never heard of any "expansion" Ice and Fire work, nor have I heard of these authors.

Sorry for the bloviated comment, just wanted some clarification before I go vote.
Mar. 26th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Fan writing is not fan fiction. BEST FAN WRITER has been a Hugo category since the 1950s. None of the people who have ever won it wrote what would be considered "fan fiction" by its present definition. They wrote reviews, letters of comment, trip reports, humor, essays, satires... not stories featuring characters and settings created by others.
Mar. 27th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
just so you know
"Bloviate" is a verb, not an adjective.

Furthermore, it's intransative - you can't bloviate something.
Mar. 27th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: just so you know
Thank you for your correction. I'll note it for future reference, as well as alert Warren G. Harding.
Mar. 30th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
Re: just so you know
True, but I believe you could use it as a passive participle.
Mar. 27th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
I have no clue if they're eligible but I'm currently reading the Unincorporated War by the Kollins brothers and it is one of the better novels I've read in a long time.
Mar. 27th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
I'd asked this in a previous thread, but now it's actually on-topic!: Will you be at WorldCon this year?
Mar. 27th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
They probably wouldn't hold Worldcon this year if he wasn't going to be present!
Mar. 27th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
George is listing it in his Appearances section on the website, so I am thinking yes.
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Mar. 27th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
DANCE isn't eligible
until next year, in 2012. that's ChiCon 7. An excellent convention site, and some great Guests for that year.
Mar. 28th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: DANCE isn't eligible
Peggy Rae is a great person, SMOF, and fan. I wonder if her house will be bid for an upcoming worldcon site...
Mar. 27th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
and the Hugos don't have a "best anthology/collection" award
Some award organizations do, but the Hugos do not.

There are, however, some great stories in both WARRIORS and SONGS OF LOVE & DEATH that I hope got nominated, like the M L Hanover story "Hurt Me", among others.

We'll hear from the committee in a few weeks after all the ballots are tabulated, etc.
Dorin Emanoil Pirvu
Mar. 28th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Dear George, I just wanted to congratulate you on the Warriors anthology. Even if I've not read that many anthologies, of all collections of Fantasy and SF stories I've encountered, Warriors is one of the few to bring such a diversity of tales and one of the few to make me enjoy more than three quarters of the content.
So, just wanted to say "Good Work!" and "Keep it up!".
(and... looking forward to ADWD :D )
Mar. 29th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for mentioning John Howe (and Lee and Nasmith) as being missed so often.


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