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The membership numbers for Sasquan continue to climb higher and higher. In the past, worldcons in major metropolitan areas like LA, Chicago, Boston, and London have boasted the largest membership numbers, while those in smaller and more out-of-the way locales have been smaller. Spokane is about as small and out-of-the-way as worldcon sites are like to get, and therefore might reasonably have been expected to be one of the smaller worldcons in the past decade.

But this is no ordinary year. Thanks to Puppygate and the Hugo War, Sasquan's membership numbers are way higher than anyone could have expected. The little con in Spokane even has an outside chance of eclipsing the record membership totals set last year by London.

FILE 770 has the numbers: http://file770.com/?p=22097

What's even more unusual -- though perfectly understandable in context -- is that this huge upswell is for SUPPORTING memberships, not attending. In other words, these are people who want to vote on the Hugo Awards, but have no actual interest in attending the worldcon.

But who are they? Are these new members Sad Puppy fans, signing up to vote the Torgersen/ Correia slate to victory? Are these the Rabids, the lockstep legions of Vox Day? Or is this fandom, gathering to defend the integrity of the Hugos? Pronouncements abound, but no one really knows, and no one is likely to know until the envelopes are opened. This will be the most dramatic Hugo night in worldcon history. But not in a good way.

Myself, I think it's All of the Above. Fans on both sides -- or all three sides, if you want to draw a line between the Sad Puppies and the Rabids -- are laying down their money to cast their vote. I also think the votes may be way closer than some of the people on "my side" think. I am sensing way too much complacency from fandom. The Puppies dominated the nominations by mustering 200-300 votes for their slate, out of 2000; the fans seem to be counting on the "other" 1800, the voters who scattered their own nominating ballots, to outvote the Pups. And yes, 1800 beats 200 every time... but that does NOT account for all these new members.

However this goes down, we will see more Hugo ballots cast than ever before. If any of this matters to you -- yes, YOU, reading this right now -- you can and should cast one of them. It will cost you $40, and you have until July 1 to sign up. Go to:


Looking at those membership numbers, especially the number of Supporting Members as opposed to Attending, makes me wonder -- are any of the Puppies actually planning on coming to Sasquan? If their slate should prevail and win a bunch of rockets, who is going to be there to accept them? We know Brad Torgersen cannot attend, since he is being deployed. I believe that Larry Correia had also stated that he won't be going. So... who will?


Rohini Kumar
Apr. 25th, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
Speaking of fans...
I'm going through the final hour of my pre-game routine ahead of the Spurs-Clippers game. This may be the final season that I get to be the luckiest fan, of the best team in professional sport. After Timmy retires, they will of course still be the best in my eyes, but this era - this combination of a big 3 and the coach and the decades spanned - is historic.

My pre-game routine mostly involves watching videos and worrying silently. Being a relapsed Hindu, the 1000's of gods come in handy at this time, as there's one for every type of niche sporting situation - lost causes, new starts, vengeful wrath, etc.

My question for you in all of this is, outside of Football, do you have franchises/sports that you support?

Edited at 2015-04-25 12:37 am (UTC)
Apr. 25th, 2015 12:51 am (UTC)
Re: Speaking of fans...
I used to be a big baseball fan as well. My team was the NY Mets.

One of the highlights of my life -- I was at the sixth game of the 1986 world series between the Mets and the Red Sox. First base side, fourth row, by the dugout, amazing experience.
Rohini Kumar
Apr. 25th, 2015 01:06 am (UTC)
Re: Speaking of fans...
Brilliant, thanks for sharing! Not a Mets fan anymore because of passive or active reasons?

I wish I could quit teams. I've been a frustrated but loyal Liverpool fan for 25+ years.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to reply to me -I am going to take a print out of this little interaction and treasure it

(Go Spurs Go) .
Apr. 25th, 2015 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: Speaking of fans...
Back in the 80s, I could actually watch a lot of Mets game on cable.

That is no longer the case, sadly, so I've lost track of the team. I don't even know who plays for them any more.
Apr. 25th, 2015 02:10 am (UTC)
Re: Speaking of fans...
You probably know this already, but MLB TV offers Internet streaming packages for around $130 a year. I use the cheaper MLB Audio which is around $20 a year.
Apr. 25th, 2015 03:26 am (UTC)
Re: Speaking of fans...
These days, there's mlb TV on the internet. I have it linked to my old Roku box which is hooked to the downstairs TV. So I can watch any non-local game.
Apr. 25th, 2015 01:09 am (UTC)
Re: Speaking of fans...
So we have to add the '86 Sox to the list of characters you've killed off? : -)
Apr. 25th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC)
The slogan around my neck of the woods is "Damn You, George R. R. Martin!"
Apr. 25th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
Re: Speaking of fans...
So you had a front row seat for the infamous Bill Buckner misplay? Nice!
Apr. 25th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
Re: Speaking of fans...
We could count the stitches as the ball rolled between his legs.
Apr. 25th, 2015 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Speaking of fans...
My husband's heart was broken that day. He hasn't been the same since.
Apr. 26th, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Speaking of fans...
Roller derby! *runs away*


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