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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.

Comments

grrm
Jun. 14th, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yes... and the contest for 2017 is the first four-way race in decades, with Helsinki, Washington DC, Montreal, and Japan all contending.
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realorian
Jun. 16th, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
Helsinki
I haven't experienced a pitch from the Montreal people, but I can tell you that Helsinki was very persuasive when they were on the ballot in 2013. :)
querldox
Jun. 15th, 2015 06:59 am (UTC)
However, it should be made clear that there is a voting fee in addition to this year's membership fee. Namely, $40, which does get you a Supporting membership for 2017 in whichever bid wins. Having a Sasquan membership gives you the right to pay the voting fee and vote, but does not by itself give you the right to vote. See http://sasquan.org/site-selection/ for full details.

And, just because I'm pretty sure I'm responsible for letting all the bids know of the potential problem, none of the 2017 bids (which are for different dates), directly conflicts with the Monday, August 21st 2017 total solar eclipse that will have a totality path going from Oregon to South Carolina. The closest is Washington, which ends on the day before and gives enough time to either drive down to South Carolina or fly to whereever's closest to home on the totality path. Nippon does start on Thursday the 24th, meaning you'd need to take off the two days after the eclipse to make it to the start from North America.
chicken_is_bad
Jun. 15th, 2015 04:34 pm (UTC)
Worldcon Site Selection 2017

Viva La Helsinki! Viva La Helsinki! Viva La Helsinki!

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