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Hugo Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Hugo Awards.

You can nominate online at http://midamericon2.org/the-hugo-awards/hugo-nominations/

Those still using paper can also download a ballot and mail it in.

On-line works better, though. A mailed ballot, once mailed, is done. On-line, you can fill in a few choices now, then add or change later. The nominations are opening now, but won't close until March 31. So if you know a few things you want to nominate, and you have your PIN, put them down now. You can always change 'em later.

Of course, you do need to be a worldcon member to nominate. That is to say, a member of this year's worldcon (MidAmericon II in Kansas City), or last year's (Sasquan in Spokane), or next year's (in Helsinki). If you hold a membership in any of those you're good.

If not, though, you need to act NOW. To qualify, you need to buy a membership in either KC or Helsinki by JANUARY 31, and the last time I looked, that was tomorrow.

You can sign up at:
http://www.worldcon.fi/
http://midamericon2.org/registration/

Even if you can't come to worldcon, you can still nominate and vote by buying a supporting membership. But attending is better, if you can make it. Finland has never hosted a worldcon before, but Helsinki is a great city, so '17 should be a hoot and a half. With saunas. As for KC, MidAmericon I in 1976 was my favorite worldcon of all time, and if MAC II is even half as good, it will be terrific.

What you nominate is, of course, entirely up to you.

But please, NOMINATE. I have been beating that same drum for a decade, and this year it behooves me to beat it even louder. Nominate the stuff that you enjoyed best last year. Let your own individual voice be heard.

Yes, I have recommended some stuff I liked, in older posts below. And I will be doing more of same in the near future. But remember, that's just me saying, "hey, I liked this, you might like it too, take a look." No one should ever nominate anything just because someone else tells them to.

((This is has been a fannish service announcement)).

Comments

( 11 comments )
April Wilson
Jan. 31st, 2016 03:51 am (UTC)
Thank you
Thank you for posting this. I've read a lot of good sci fi last year and some not so good. Here we go again. I still think you're the best, though. :)
Rob Ronci
Jan. 31st, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
Worldcon Volunteering Recommendations
My wife and I have recently moved to Norway for school, making Helsinki's Worldcon seem like a great chance to go to one nearby. We are also pretty big on volunteering and would love to volunteer there. We have never been to a Worldcon (or other fandom type of convention) and would like to really get to know the culture behind the whole thing. So I was wondering if you might know of any specific volunteering roles or activities we should apply for to get the most out of the experience?
grrm
Jan. 31st, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Worldcon Volunteering Recommendations
Volunteers are always needed at worldcon, and it's a great way to get to know people.

Depends on the con, where they need help most... but registration and progam ops are two areas often in need of volunteers.
aulus_poliutos
Jan. 31st, 2016 11:49 am (UTC)
Hugo Voting aside, is there a limit to the number of members who can participate in a con and thus a deadline for getting a membership for 2017 at all? Because whether I'll go to Helsinki is something I'd likely decide in late spring 2017. :-)

I don't need accomodation in the Con hotels - I actually prefer to get out of it for a few hours now and then because I don't do well with crowds, so I'd rather book my own room somewhere quiet.
grrm
Jan. 31st, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
No, there's no cap on worldcon membership. Compared to mega-cons like Dragoncon and San Diego Comicon, worldcons are still quite small.
Madeeha Mishaal
Jan. 31st, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
I am not an American so i can not do anything about it. Still, thanks for the information sir.. may your hopes come true.
grrm
Jan. 31st, 2016 08:19 pm (UTC)
Being American has nothing to do with worldcon membership. It's WORLDcon. The one in 2017 is in Finland.
Madeeha Mishaal
Feb. 1st, 2016 05:07 pm (UTC)
Ooops sorry. I am new at this con business so plz ignore my naiveness. Infact i knew about them from your posts. You are doing great work.
dhhargat
Jan. 31st, 2016 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the deadline reminder! This will be my first Worldcon. Can't miss out when it's less than a 5 hour drive away.
thepainyak
Jan. 31st, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have recommended some stuff I liked, in older posts below. And I will be doing more of same in the near future. But remember, that's just me saying, "hey, I liked this, you might like it too, take a look." No one should ever nominate anything just because someone else tells them to.

...how am I supposed to know what I like unless someone tells me? Now I'm confused.
davidgoldfarb
Feb. 1st, 2016 03:02 am (UTC)
Last year I thought, "I should nominate, do my bit to counterbalance the Puppies." But I got lazy, and I didn't do it. We saw what came of that. I got my email with my PIN from MACII last night, and I went straight over to their site and started filling out my ballot.

(I still think that the nominating period should be longer, though. Why shouldn't I have been able to go to their website all last year, when I finished reading something I liked? Have my ballot updated in real time, as it were, instead of having to keep my own records.)
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