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Speaking of Awards...

The clock is ticking. Only two weeks remain to cast a ballot for this year's Hugo Awards, in what is proving to be the most controversial and hotly contested Hugo race in the award's long history. The Hugo, as regular readers of this Not A Blog know, is our field's oldest and most prestigious award. Named in honor of Hugo Gernsbach, the founder of the first SF magazine Amazing Stories, it has been given annually at every worldcon since 1953 (well, except for 1954). And this year, as never before, the voice and vote of every true fan is needed to help protect the integrity of the rocket.

You need to be a member of Sasquan, this year's worldcon, to vote on the Hugos... but even if you are unable to attend, Supporting Memberships are available that will allow you to vote. 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.

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.

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

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.

FILE 770, which has been doing an exemplary job of reporting on Puppygate, reports that Sasquan memberships continue to climb, and that more than 2300 Hugo ballots have already come in:


Who are all these new Supporting Members? Are they trufans rallying to the defense of one of our field's oldest and most cherished institutions? Are they Sad Puppies, Rabid Puppies, Happy Kittens, Gamergaters? Are those dreaded SJWs and ASPs and CHORFs turning out by the hundreds and the thousands? Are these the Neo-Nazis and right-wing reactionaries we have been warned of? The truth is... no one knows. We may get a clue when the ballots are opened and counted, but even then, the numbers may well just say, "Answer cloudy, ask again."

All I know for sure is that every vote will count.

Once again, balloting closes at midnight on July 31. And it would be best not to wait until the last day to vote, since there is a very real danger that Sasquan's servers could be overloaded. Even if you haven't finished all the reading -- and I do urge everyone to read the nominees -- you can cast a partial ballot today, and go back and revise, add, delete, and change as many times as you want between now and July 31. No votes will be counted until the deadline.

Let this be fandom's finest hour. Vote.


Tom Root
Jul. 17th, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
What's the story with that Ultraman statue? Is it common to put famous characters on the statues?
Jul. 17th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Ultraman
No. That was the Japanese worldcon. Each worldcon designs its own base.
Re: Ultraman - Mike Glyer - Jul. 17th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Ultraman - castielowog - Jul. 18th, 2015 05:16 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 17th, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
I've volunteered to usher for the Hugos. It should be interesting.
Jul. 21st, 2015 08:59 pm (UTC)
Very cool! Let us know what you see and all about the drama that unfolds, if any, which we suspect there will be quite a bit.
Jul. 17th, 2015 10:18 pm (UTC)

So pleased you included a picture of the Aussiecon 3 award. A friend of mine designed it (reflected glory is all I can aspire to)

Jul. 17th, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, the art deco Hugo from Aussiecon 3 is one of the great ones. I envy those who won it. Nick did an amazing job.

The 1976 Hugo, the first with a base that was something other than a block of wood, was also gorgeous, with that Tim Kirk dragon. And the San Antonio base is stunning as well. I think it was Orlando where the Hugo base actually included a piece of the Saturn V gantry -- it was not as eye-catching as the others, but deserves props just for historic coolnees.

On the other hand, there have been some truly ugly base designs as well. The New Orleans 1988 Hugo is infamous. And of course the Aussiecon 3 Hugo HAD to be spectacular to make people forget the Hugo from Aussiecon 2, which featured something that was supposed to be a miniature Ayers Rock but looked more like a scoop of salmon mousse.

Edited at 2015-07-17 11:32 pm (UTC)
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jonathan pierce
Jul. 18th, 2015 03:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for your tireless effort.
George I want to sincerely thank you for all of your effort spent shedding light on this issue. I find myself to be a fringe SF/Fantasy reader that has fallen away over the years, and thanks to your not-blogging regarding it I have become more and more involved.

It has been 20 years since I have gotten seriously into reading great fiction, and if it wasn't for the puppies and their slates, as well as the reaction to it I would not have. Three Body Problem was so amazing, it is certainly at the top of my list. I have become a supporting member of this years world con, though I wont be able to make it, I will be attending next year's MidAmeriCon.

Thanks to you I learned about ConQuest, and participated in my first ever SF/Fantasy Convention. Attending GRRM and Brandon Sanderson's panels was simply outstanding.

The way you ended your first paragraph with "every true fan..." made me sharply inhale, as I know that statement will whip the puppies into a frenzy. However polarizing issue this has become, I have gotten to read some great fiction, not so much the nominees this year (a lot of 'meh'), but I decided to go back and read the Hugo Winners from the last 20 years. None of this would have happened if this years contest hadn't of been gamed by the slates.

Eric Flint and yourself have been great voices of reason, and hopefully you will see that your cat herding has paid off. I was so impressed by Mr. Flint's writing, argument, and logic I decided to pick up his grand series first novel 1632. My initial thought was that the premise was childish, but then wow, great writing. I am currently working through the 6th book in the series. Thanks again for all you have done to bring attention to the slates and their alternatives.

Bob Jenson
Jul. 18th, 2015 04:38 am (UTC)
I wish I could say I'm attending because I'm "rallying to the defense" but the simple truth is I'm going because I live in Spokane. Still, after reading about the rabidly sad puppies I would have bought a supporting membership, and I intend to do so from now on.
I've finished the novels, and I really enjoyed 3 of them and my vote is torn between two. I don't think I would vote no award above any of the nominees in that category, but hoo boy am I struggling with some in the short story and novelette categories. I will fire off the no award above some, that is for sure.
Jul. 18th, 2015 07:29 am (UTC)
This SJW (and proud of it) has voted, for the first time ever, I might add.
See you in Helsinki, I hope.
Jul. 23rd, 2015 07:36 am (UTC)
Another Motivated SJW
I also voted for the first time this year. In the past I used the Hugo nominations as a Read These Next list. I really appreciate all your efforts in keeping the fen involved in the Hugo Awards. I assure you I will be voting from every year onward. Thank you for your passionate encouragement of us all.
Re: Another Motivated SJW - Sean Montgomery - Jul. 29th, 2015 03:43 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 18th, 2015 12:33 pm (UTC)
A beautiful award is a joy forever to the lucky winner. I must sadly agree about the quality difference between the Hugos for Aussiecon 3 and 4(I was on the committee for #3, though I was doing the children's program, no connection with the awards). Anything by Nick Stathopoulos or Lewis Morley is gorgeous and they were both involved in the award design for A4.

Some years ago, we had awards here for media fanwriters and I got three of those, created by Peter Lupinski, designed to look like the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz movie. They were beautiful things, if heavy, made from glass. I still have them.

Edited at 2015-07-18 12:36 pm (UTC)
Jul. 18th, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC)
Question regarding No Award
I am a bit unclear on the preferential voting system:

If I really dislike one of the nominees, is it better to vote it in last place behind No Award, or just leave it off my ballot altogether? Or in the case where there are several disliked (like the short fiction categories) vote No Award above the disliked, or just leave them off?

I'm afraid that not voting on them at all implies I've not read them, whereas I have, and just really dislike them…
Jul. 18th, 2015 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Question regarding No Award
If you dislike them all equally, just vote No Award and leave them all off.

If, however, you dislike one mildly, dislike another strongly, and loathe hate and despise a third, then vote No Award and rank the others in the appropriate order, starting with the least disliked.
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Jul. 18th, 2015 07:07 pm (UTC)
*waves hands*

Attending. Voted. Don't give a dang about puppies of any emotional flavor. Just realized that there's only one state between me and Sasquan and I could drive! It will be a LOOOOOOONG drive across Montana, but I will do it. Have voted too, for what I've read/watched so far.
Jul. 19th, 2015 12:04 am (UTC)
Happy kittens?
Happy kittens? Who are they, did I miss something?
Jul. 19th, 2015 06:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy kittens?
Some of the fans opposed to the Sad Puppies are calling themselves Happy Kittens. Not sure how widely the term has caught on.

It certainly beats the endless succession of insults and epithets the Puppies themselves prefer to use to characterize the fans who have spoken out against them, however,
Re: Happy kittens? - Flemming Johansen - Jul. 20th, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
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BTB? - Frank Probst - Jul. 21st, 2015 04:38 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Happy kittens? - Stevie Gamble - Jul. 21st, 2015 09:44 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Happy kittens? - Flemming Johansen - Jul. 22nd, 2015 09:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Re: Happy kittens? - saare_snowqueen - Jul. 24th, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
Guardian article - Frank Probst - Jul. 21st, 2015 12:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jul. 19th, 2015 08:12 am (UTC)
Store appearance?
Visit us while you're in Spokane? https://instagram.com/p/5TMBzOpYb9/
Jul. 23rd, 2015 01:17 am (UTC)
these remind me of fallout 3 trophies and trinkets, awesome!
Jul. 23rd, 2015 11:30 am (UTC)
Hugo Awards contest
Wouah, i have listening today the problem about the Hugo Awards. I didnt know that "extreme droite" people knew how to read and write. Fu*k!
seriously i didnt know the Hugo Awards is a contest politics.
The science fiction shouldn't credit of politics context.

Jul. 23rd, 2015 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Hugo Awards contest
Traditionally the Hugo awards have been about literary quality. They have only become political of late.


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