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The Replacements

MidAmericon II has finally announced the replacements for the two Hugo nominees who withdrew from the ballot as originally announced.

Replacing BLACK GATE in Best Fanzine is LADY BUSINESS, which can be found here http://ladybusiness.dreamwidth.org/

Replacing "The Commuter" by Thomas Mays in Short Story is "Cat Pictures Please" by Naomi Kritzer, which was originally published in CLARKESWORLD http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/kritzer_01_15/

I am not familiar with either of the new nominees... but since they were not part of any slate, I think both of them are likely to be strong contenders. I look forward to checking them out.

(As I said in a previous post, sixth place has never been so important).

((Though I am curious as to whether these two new finalists were indeed sixth. It seemed to take MAC a rather long time to announce the replacements after the withdrawal, something that could presumably be accomplished in minutes just by looking at the list and seeing who was next up -- unless, perhaps, there were other withdrawals along the way? We'll find out come August)).

Short Story and Fanzine were two categories where the Rabid Puppies had swept the field, top to bottom. Accordingly, they were also two categories that I had earmarked as being in need of Alfies. But the withdrawals and replacements broke the Rabid stranglehold, leaving me with a decision to make -- do I still present Alfies in those categories, or no?

I am going to need to ponder that for a while.


May. 7th, 2016 12:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification.

And congratulations on your nomination!

If you lose, we'll welcome you gleefully to our Hugo Losers Party.

If you win, we'll welcome you anyway, but we'll make you wear a silly hat and mock you without mercy.
May. 7th, 2016 02:44 am (UTC)
Ooh, froggy icon! Can I get a "hiya!?"
May. 7th, 2016 04:10 pm (UTC)
Hiya, kids, hiya hiya.
Coen Coen
May. 7th, 2016 06:19 am (UTC)
Your fan's are crazy.
Are you aware that a large portion of the internet is freaking out right now all because you used a frog photo?

I wonder if you find the insanity amusing, or just annoying at this point.

Also can i come too?
May. 7th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Your fan's are crazy.
Really? Just cause Froggy appeared?

Well, plunk my magic twanger.

Frank Probst
May. 8th, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Your fan's are crazy.
I haven't seen anything yet, but it's the weekend. By tomorrow afternoon, there will probably be a dozen theories about What It Means.
May. 9th, 2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
I hope the silly hats are a promise, dude. As the only non-Rabid slated nominee in my category (but not the only good story; 'Folding Beijing' is a more worthy nomination than mine by a country mile), I feel obligated to try and win, but the losers' party is what I'm really looking forward to.

Edited at 2016-05-09 06:15 pm (UTC)
May. 9th, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC)
Last year we had coneheads for the winners. Not sure if we'll do that again or change it up, but we'll definitely have something suitably silly. There are some fun options.

And yes, as the only non-slate story on the ballot, I think you have an excellent chance of winning. However, the category also contains a couple of hostages, quality work by writers who had no part in the slates and have long records of opposing everything VD stands for. I don't know where the author of "Folding Beijing" stands in that regard, but Stephen King is also a finalist with "Obits," a strong story that just won the MWA's Edgar Award... that's some pretty tough competition as well.

Win or lose, the party should kick ass. It is a proud and noble thing to be a Hugo Loser (I have lost 17 myself, I believe).
May. 9th, 2016 09:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not even close to considering myself at the top of that pile, but in case of (to my mind) the impossible becoming possible, I'll proudly wear any headgear you toss my way (and if it doesn't, I'll point and laugh at whomever ends up wearing it). I'm deeply honoured my goofy story managed to get this far, especially with all of the current shenanigans.

But first, the Nebulas this weekend! Which I also look forward to losing, as that is a fine, fine group of nominees, no qualifiers necessary.


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