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Hugo Voting Continues

With the Puppy Wars heating up again -- not that they have ever really cooled down -- this seems an opportune moment to remind all and sundry that there is still plenty of time left to join Sasquan and cast your ballot for this year's Hugo awards.

With the electronic ballot, once you have a membership number and a PIN, you can go and post some preferences and votes now, then return a day later, or a week later, or a month later, and change them, or add some more rankings. Your vote does not get counted until balloting closes.

The ballot is here: http://sasquan.org/hugo-awards/voting/

If you have not voted the Hugo Awards before, please note that it is an "Australian ballot," a preferential system whereby one ranks the nominees. You don't just vote for one. You can rank NO AWARD as if it were any other finalist; ahead of some nominees, behind others.

(Which is the way I believe one should use NO AWARD. As I have stated previously, I am opposed to the nuclear option of just blindly voting NO AWARD in every category).

Of course, you need to be a member to vote. Supporting Memberships will cost you $40. You can sign up to buy one at https://sasquan.swoc.us/sasquan/reg.php

In addition to voting privileges, a Supporting Membership will get you the convention's program book (usually a handsome item, though it varies from year to year) and other publications.

You can also sign up as an ATTENDING member and actually attend the convention, which is the course I strongly recommend for those who have the time and the money. Cons are fun, especially worldcon; that's what they are all about. Reading, panel discussions, the art show, the dealers' room, the masquerade, filksinging... all sorts of great stuff goes on. Something for all tastes. And EVERYONE is welcome, despite what you have heard. (Just don't be an asshole. Assholes get welcomed too, but the welcome wears out more quickly).

Both supporting and attending members get an electronic "Hugo packet" that will enable you to read many of the works nominated for this year's rockets. You should do that, no matter what side of the Puppy Wars you are on; we want informed voters. Yes, sadly, IMNSHO this is the weakest Hugo ballot in recent memory, thanks to the Puppy slates... but there's still some damn strong work there, especially in Novel and Dramatic Presentation. And of course it is possible that your own tastes may differ from mine.

So join, read, vote. And fifty years from now, when your fannish grandchildren ask you, "Say, gramps, what did you do in the Great Hugo War?" you'll have an answer for them.


Jun. 14th, 2015 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Inspiration!
I'm now working on reading my 4th novel nomination ("The Dark Between The Stars", Jim Butcher's will finish my novel reads), and I'm almost done with Novellas and Graphic Novels (a category with a very strong set of noms, IMHO).

However, all of this was spurred by your posts. I really appreciate you highlighting the issue of the Puppies and the Hugos, as it's led me to read more recent sci-fi/fantasy than usual. And, two books from now, I'll be able to confidently say which of the 5 I think was most deserving!

For editing, I was going to rank them based on the works they oversaw. As a writer, can you suggest anything else I should look for from an editor?

As always, thanks for your time and enthusiasm for the genres!

Jun. 14th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the Inspiration!
For editors, the proof has to be the pudding: the quality of the work they edited. Unless you were looking over their shoulders during the editing process, there is no way to tell how much the editor actually did... but you know the end result.
Jun. 14th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the Inspiration!
Thanks! This was my feeling, but I wasn't sure. However, given your advice, give my compliments to your editor!

Also, will you be commenting on the graphic novels? I think your love of early Marvel indicates you'll like Ms. Marvel -- shades of Peter Parker, in the best way.
Jun. 14th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the Inspiration!
Yes, I love Ms. Marvel. Some of the other GNs are good as well, but I think that one will get my vote.
Bob Jenson
Jun. 15th, 2015 05:38 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the Inspiration!
I've been reading "Rat Queens" and enjoyed it, but for me recent issues have been spinning its wheels - the cardinal sin of making me feel like it's wasting my time, so that is coloring my vote. Have not finished "Ms. Marvel" yet - enjoying it so far.


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