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Hugo Time

It's that time again. Another year has ended, another worldcon is on the horizon (The Finnish Convention, this August, in Helsinki), and nominations are once again open for the Hugo Awards for the best science fiction and fantasy of 2016.

To nominate, you need to be a member of at least one of these three worldcons:
-- MidAmericon II, last year's Kansas City worldcon,
-- the current year's worldcon, in Helsinki,
-- the 2018 worldcon, ConJose II, in San Jose, California.

Unless you've got a time machine, it's too late to join MidAmericon II, but signing up for Helsinki and San Jose is easy enough... and the sooner you do it, the less you'll be spending, since the cost of membership rises as we get nearer to the con. You do NOT have to attend to be able to nominate. Supporting Memberships are also available, at a much lower rate.

To join the Helsinki con, go to:
http://www.worldcon.fi/

To join for San Jose, the address is:
http://www.worldcon76.org/

Join one, join the other, join both. Come if you can, but nominate even if you can't.

Once you've signed up, you will be sent your own personalized link to the nominations page, which will allow you to nominate the books, stories, movies, television shows, artists, fans, and editors whose work most wowed you this past year.

The Hugo Awards were first given in 1953, and remain our field's most prestigious, important, and meaningful awards. The list of Hugo winners is a Who's Who in science fiction and fantasy, and you can have a voice in determining which names are added to that distinguished roster besides those of Alfred Bester, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Roger Zelazny, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jack Vance, Connie Willis, Samuel R. Delany, N.K. Jemisin, James Tiptree Jr, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, Gardner Dozois, Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Poul Anderson, Frank Herbert, Anne Leckie, Anne McCaffery, and so many many more.

And yes, come to worldcon if you can. The best place to meet and hang with your favorite writers. Including me...

Comments

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cyniclclasicist
Jan. 20th, 2017 11:01 pm (UTC)
Hugo
Lets not let Trump/Euron spoil the year. I hope the Hugo Adwards go well.
johannesrmp
Jan. 20th, 2017 11:22 pm (UTC)
WorldCon 2017 Helsinki
Hi George, and greetings from Finland!

By 'And yes, come to worldcon if you can. The best place to meet and hang with your favorite writers. Including me...', did you mean you are in fact coming to Helsinki in August? :) that would be frigging amazing!

Best regards
-J
grrm
Jan. 20th, 2017 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: WorldCon 2017 Helsinki
Yes, I am coming to Helsinki in August.

I've only missed one worldcon in the last thirty years.
danihinze
Jan. 20th, 2017 11:25 pm (UTC)
Reading this post, I just thought too myself , how I should read more. I read a couple of books in 2016 but all of them were older books.

And man I would give my left arm to meet you, at Wondercon. I hope I do meet you one day.
You such a inspiration not just to me, but too the planet. Keep up the good work George.

Hopefully in 2017 we can read the next book of Game of thrones.

:)
rjcollins
Jan. 20th, 2017 11:31 pm (UTC)
You a Mark Lawrence fan by any chance?
starkdad
Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:27 pm (UTC)
Lawrence
I liked the first three - less so the second trilogy.

Dark but very interesting - post apocolayse medieval world.

TomT
Langkard
Jan. 21st, 2017 01:10 am (UTC)
Cut-off for nominations is the 31st of January, I believe.
grrm
Jan. 21st, 2017 04:33 am (UTC)
No, that is the last day to join Helsinki or San Jose to be able to nominate... but the nominations themselves do not clise until March.
Langkard
Jan. 21st, 2017 05:21 am (UTC)
Ah,thanks for that correction, good sir! I knew the 31st was for something. I'm only supporting for Helsinki, but really hope to make San Jose.
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grrm
Jan. 21st, 2017 04:33 am (UTC)
RE: Elections and such.
No
Gregory Hullender
Jan. 21st, 2017 02:57 am (UTC)
Short Fiction Nomination Assistance
Hi George. Eric and I are still doing Rocket Stack Rank this year, and we've got lots of information for Hugo nominations (http://www.rocketstackrank.com/p/2017-hugo.html). This year we read and reviewed all the stories in 11 magazines and 11 anthologies. (Last year it was just 5 magazines and 9 anthologies.) We also tracked what six other reviewers thought about the stories, so the scores aren't just our opinions. And we've got lots of information about how to buy, borrow, or read the stories for free online. (Sometimes people hear about a story they'd like to read, but cannot find any way to get hold of it.)

Besides short fiction, there's a really nice photo gallery for choosing Best Pro Artist, there's a list of Campbell-eligible authors and the short stories they wrote this year, plus tips on making nominations in other areas. (Best Editor, Short Form, is coming next week.)

Like last year, it's all free. No fees, no ads, no affiliate codes on the links, and no begging for money.
grrm
Jan. 21st, 2017 04:57 am (UTC)
RE: Short Fiction Nomination Assistance
Sounds like a great resource.

If I may make a few comments and suggestions...

You have a good list of professional artist candidates, but listing them in alphabetical order by their FIRST name is kind of, ah, odd. When I look for John Picacio, I look under P, not J. Also, your list omits two of the artists I will be nominating myself -- Michael Komarck, who does our fantastic Wild Cards covers, and Didier Graffet, who painted the 2017 ICE & FIRE calendar, which debuted in July 2016. Do you have some selection criteria with which I am unfamiliar?

In the Drama categories, you list only films in Long Form, as if only they were eligible. But in fact television programs can also compete in Long Form, if the fans nominate the entire season instead of an individual episode. In fact it was in Long Form that GAME OF THRONES won its first Hugo, at Chicago, for season one as a whole. This year, I think one could make a strong case for nominating GOT season six as a whole, along with the first seasons of WESTWORLD and STRANGER THINGS. All three had a dramatic unity that makes them, really, a single story rather than a string of episodes.

Whether or not the fans chose to nominate whole seasons of these shows in Long Form, rather than episodes in Short Form, is of course entirely up to them, but they should be reminded that they do have that option.

Edited at 2017-01-21 06:28 am (UTC)
sebifeix
Jan. 23rd, 2017 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Short Fiction Nomination Assistance
One didn't even know that one could nominate different forms, one must correct this at once ;)
Thanks for the clarification and your efforts.
Aaron Hdez
Jan. 21st, 2017 05:46 am (UTC)
Nominees
I imagine you won't be nominated for this year either? :p
grrm
Jan. 21st, 2017 06:20 am (UTC)
Re: Nominees
That's entirely up to the worldcon membership.

GAME OF THRONES had a strong season and won the Emmy Award for best drama, as well as Emmys for writing, directing, and a bunch of other categories. It is not out of the question that an episode could be nominated in Short Form, or the season as a whole in Long Form.

I am also eligible as editor for Wild Cards, Wild Cards itself is eligible as series, HIGH STAKES is eligible in novel (though the last would be a zillion to one shot).
mrjoshuaspeaks
Jan. 21st, 2017 07:55 am (UTC)
You Forgot A Most Prestigious Adversary....
J.K. Rowling. although she is great I am jesting. Was my first voting worldcon when she won over your much beloved "Storm Of Swords"(which I was so eager to vote for). I was shocked that it happened, bitter even, but it was fun nonetheless unlike say this evenings travesty. Hope to see you nominated for the "Big One" in San Jose. Happy Voting.

Edited at 2017-01-21 07:56 am (UTC)
Jason M. Vaughn
Jan. 21st, 2017 08:58 am (UTC)
Hugo
Can Richard Adams win a Hugo this year - just one of those posthumous "you-were-and-still-are-and-always-will-be-awesome" sorta things?
grrm
Jan. 21st, 2017 09:04 am (UTC)
RE: Hugo
Not unless he published something new.
Gordon Landis
Jan. 24th, 2017 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Hugo
Worldcon can issue special awards of some sort, but I bet it's too late for Finland. What Adams really ought to get is a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement award.
justasansafan
Jan. 21st, 2017 11:48 am (UTC)
Just another appreciative fan XD
Hi! I'm new and I just recently read your ASOIAF series, currently I'm up to A Storm of Swords! I just wanted to say how much I enjoy and in love I am with it right now, especially the journey each of your characters are going through. If you couldn't tell by my username, my favourite character/chapters (atm) is Sansa. Is it difficult for you when you write her chapters? I'm sorry if it's a stupid question but I sometimes wonder about this ^.^;
amirssheth
Jan. 21st, 2017 04:49 pm (UTC)
Massive Dragon Sculptures
I know you love dragons. This artist in Scottsdale, AZ produces magnificent large dragon artworks of metal, stained-glass, and river-stone. Take a look for some inspiration, and hey, maybe commission some amazing GOT dragon sculptures for us to feast our imaginations on: https://mccallistersculpture.com/
amirssheth
Jan. 21st, 2017 04:50 pm (UTC)
This artist in Scottsdale, AZ "mccallister sculpture" (google it) produces magnificent large dragon artworks of metal, stained-glass, and river-stone. Take a look for some inspiration, and hey, maybe commission some amazing GOT dragon sculptures for us to feast our imaginations on.
Jeddy B Wilkinson Jr
Jan. 23rd, 2017 02:20 am (UTC)
Recommendations
Do you have any recommendations for novels from last year to check out? I read a lot, but am bad at keeping track of what's new and interesting. I read Station Eleven based on your glowing praise of it and absolutely loved it.
grrm
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Recommendations
BABYLON's ASHES, latest volume in the Expanse series, was terrific.
noybusiness
Jan. 24th, 2017 08:52 pm (UTC)
One of my friends gave me his venerable copies of Volumes One - Three of The Hugo Award Winners edited by Isaac Asimov for my 30th birthday last week, including your "Song for Lya".
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