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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. 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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