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Hugo Deadline Approaches

For all of you who are members of the Helsinki worldcon... the deadline for casting your Hugo ballot is only five days away.

Voting will end on 15 July 2017 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time (2:59am Eastern Daylight Time, 06:59 Greenwich Mean Time, 08:59 in Finland, all on 16 July)

You have to be a member of worldcon to vote. If you are, you should have already received a personalized link to your ballot.

There's some really good stuff up this year, so do be sure to let your voice be heard. The Hugo is the oldest and most prestigious award in SF and fantasy, don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise.



Jul. 11th, 2017 05:54 am (UTC)
Re: Worldcon
No, worldcon is not "mainly for writers," though a good many writers attend it. As do editors, artists, agents, and other professionals. But mostly worldcon is for the fans.

It's the oldest SF convention, the original, first held in 1939. Once it was the largest, but these days it is probably not even in the top fifty in terms of attendance. San Diego Comicon draws 150,000 people. Worldcon draws from 3,000 to 10,000, depending on where it is held.

But by being smaller, it also offers you a better chance to see the panels you want, get the autographs you want, and even party with your favorite authors.

Worldcon programming includes comic books and graphic novels, art, television, film, costuming... but it is still mainly a literary con, as it always has been, and its chief focus is mostly on books.
Jul. 11th, 2017 11:19 am (UTC)
Re: Worldcon
Thanks George. I'm from Chicago, and three years ago, I read your Song of Ice and Fire series for the first time. It was a dark time for my family since my father was in and out of the hospital but ultimately passed away a few days after I finished Storm of Swords. He was a fan of the show and watched it all the way to the end of season 4. All I can say is that your books helped me cope with his death and literally got me back into reading books again. I might be the millionth person to say this to you, but thank you (since I claim to be the millionth do I get a prize??). On worldcon, you sold me on it, hopefully after seeing you, I will leave with a signed copy of Winds? Just kidding, you can't rush art. Words are wind. Thanks again George


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