I’ve talked about the Hugo Awards before. Sure, it’s a microcosm of why democracy is a mess. The person with the best information network wins, plain and simple.
Trying to break up the wall of text here.
This year, the Hugo Awards are being held in Finland. The nominating pool is going to be limited to “people who can get to Helsinki or are sufficiently invested to buy a supporting Worldcon membership just to vote, with no intention of attending”. That will probably mean a smaller pool than previous years, and it will almost certainly include a never-to-be-repeated number of readers and supporters of ol’ Andrew Hindle.
As mentioned, there’s already some campaigning going on, and this page would be a great place to start when it comes to fleshing out your ballot paper (and not just because I’m strongly represented there).
I just need to get this info to as many people as possible.
Because here’s the thing.
This would be a pretty damn cool thing for me to wind up short-listed for. It would help me get a lot of visibility and exposure for my work.
And I could probably get on the short-list with fewer than 100 votes. At the moment, I’m really only sure of … well, 3?
Just getting to that short-list, that needs a network I really don’t have, no matter how individually amazing and supportive you guys are.
So … help me?
A supporting membership entitles you to nominate contenders, but you need to have had one by the end of January 2017. I’m sorry I screwed this up but the Worldcon website was a bit misleading there.
Obviously, if you have already paid for your membership (as of 31.1.2017) and are coming to Worldcon, you are eligible to nominate and vote up to mid-March.
So, yeah. It’s a bit of an outlay and I’m not really expecting many takers. You need to be kickstarter-perk-level committed, and to already have your tickets … I know. I know.
But this is it. This, basically, is an Important Thing for a science fiction author.
Ever wondered how you can help me succeed as a writer, short of buying my books and reviewing them on Amazon and Goodreads and all over the place (which is still beyond amazing, when you do that)? Well, this is it.
Nominate and vote if you can. It would be appreciated beyond belief.