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Hugo Deadline Approaches

Just a reminder for all of you who are members of this year's worldcon... the deadline for voting on the Hugo Awards is almost upon us.

Voting will be closing at the end of the month, so if you've been meaning to cast a ballot, this is the time to do so. Go here: https://midamericon2.org/home/hugo-awards-and-wsfs/2016-hugo-ballot/

The Hugo is science fiction's oldest and most prestigious award. These past few years, however, the awards have been under siege, and that's true this year as well.

Nonetheless, there are some worthy books and stories up for this year's rockets, along with some reprehensible shit. I will leave it to your own judgements as to which is which.

Vote your own taste.

Vote your own conscience.

But vote. Every ballot counts.


Jul. 29th, 2016 04:48 pm (UTC)
Trying to finish as many of the "shorts" as I can.

Just plowed through the last novel last week.

Had to invoke the 100 page rule though - if its not HUGO ready after 100 pages I have to move on. Shorts get 5-10 pages - usually so back and finish latter. Question is not whether its worth reading - but is it HUGO worthy.

Aside: my Battle for the Iron Throne miniature game was big hit at Historicon (biggest historical miniature wargame con in US). Even Historial players like Westeros battles. (Iron Throne currently held by the Lannisters but its up for grabs again at DragonCon - bring your army!).

Back to HUGO reading (and voting). Remember don't BOO VOTE!

Jul. 29th, 2016 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Reading!
I think one hundred pages is more than sufficient. If you don't like something that far in, it is probably not for you.

David Fiore
Jul. 29th, 2016 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Reading!
The 100-Page Rule was completely undermined for me by Goldman's Marathon Man. Because of that damn book I'll never be able to give up on a novel halfway through without being haunted by doubts. The first half was silly, trashy. Then it just kept reaching new heights.
Susan H Beaty
Jul. 30th, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
Reading Too
I am running across things that I'm having a hard time finishing, and I can usually whip through a novella in an hour.
Brian Pavlac
Jul. 31st, 2016 03:12 am (UTC)
midamericon 1976
Not quite on topic, but I was a member of MidAmericon back in 1976, having joined at the behest of my late brother Ross Pavlac to help vote, not for a Hugo, but a bid for Chicon which he co-chaired in 1982. Did you ever meet him? While I never got deep into fandom, I am currently editing a book of essays on Game of Thrones. Thank you for writing the series.
Jul. 31st, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: midamericon 1976
Yes, I knew Ross. I met him many times. He was very active in midwest fandom, even before the Chicago bid.
Brian Pavlac
Jul. 31st, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: midamericon 1976
Ross was a complicated and difficult person in a lot of ways, but devoted so much to fandom.
Jul. 31st, 2016 07:17 am (UTC)
What do you think of the offerings for Best Dramatic Presentation Long Form this year?
Jul. 31st, 2016 05:50 pm (UTC)
It's a very strong ballot in Long Form... though my own nominees included several things that did not make the cut, like the miniseries of JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL.
Jul. 31st, 2016 12:51 pm (UTC)
MidAmericon Interview
Dear George,

we are delegates of SFera society in Zagreb,Croatia and visiting MidAmericom this year. We would like to have an interview with you if it is possible, it would mean a lot to us.
Could you give us some contact if you are interested?

Ivan and Jelena
Jul. 31st, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: MidAmericon Interview
Thanks, but no thanks. I am not doing interviews at present.
Jul. 31st, 2016 06:31 pm (UTC)
Which is the correct pronunciation of Jaehaerys?
Jul. 31st, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Jaehaerys

hope this helps!
Jul. 31st, 2016 08:57 pm (UTC)
A Song of Ice and Fire
Really appreciate your work and your determination to your fans! Keep doing what you do best!

Best wishes


George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

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