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April 14, 2007

The Locus poll
Posted by Patrick at 08:09 AM * 9 comments

Still in London, back home mid-week, but I’m reminded by several people that the deadline for voting in the Locus poll is midnight tomorrow.

The Locus poll doesn’t quite have the in-genre prestige of science fiction’s Hugo Awards, but it does draw from a larger electorate; in fact, anyone with an interest in SF can vote, and you can vote online. (The form asks for your Locus subscription number but if you’re not a subscriber you can ignore that.) This year, what with the fiction Hugo nominees consisting of nineteen men and only one woman, a lot of people seem to be urging one another to use the Locus poll to, perhaps, think again. I personally think Jo Walton’s Farthing would be a good thought on which to start, but that’s just me.

Comments on The Locus poll:
#1 ::: Josh Jasper ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2007, 09:33 AM:

Huh. First reply didn't go through, let's try again:

I hope Dave Langford rememebred to say 'hi' from Rose and myself, as we just met up with him a few hours before you did.

#2 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: April 14, 2007, 03:33 PM:

I see the traffic is a bit heavy in New York tonight...

#3 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2007, 02:57 AM:

I've never voted in the Locus polls before, but I did this year specifically so that I could vote for Farthing.

#4 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2007, 08:35 AM:

Just London, not Scotland at all?

('cause with 8 hours' jet lag, I feel totally sociable. Not. But still.)

#5 ::: Peter S. ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2007, 06:29 PM:

If you assume that around one in four of the natural candidates for nominees is a woman (which I estimated by looking at the Locus Recommended Reading List), I think that one in twenty female nominees is easily within the range of statistical fluctuation. I suspect nobody is going to believe this explanation, though. But statistically, you can't conclude anything from one year because of the small sample size ... somebody should calculate the multi-year statistics to see whether the percentage of females nominated for the Hugo is consistently substantially less than that on the Locus Recommended Reading List, or whether this year was an anomaly.

Of course, this leaves open the question of whether the Locus Recommended Reading List is biased. But let's not go there unless we get the statistics.

#6 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 15, 2007, 08:22 PM:

I have a growing number of issues with the Locus Recommended Reading List. Starting with the year that John M. Ford's story collection Heat of Fusion failed to make the list. Not to put too fine a point on it, and fond though I am of many individual Locus reviewers, I think their tastes and outlooks span the gamut from A to B.

Abi, alas, no Scotland. Would that I had a business excuse to visit my favorite country in the world.

#7 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2007, 10:50 AM:

Patrick: The Locus list is far from a smooth consensus. This year, I spent so much time battling (with *some* success) to get my favorites onto various parts of the list, I completely screwed up the accompanying comment piece. [Note to self: Don't do that again!]

#8 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2007, 11:58 AM:

Patrick @6
Drat. I've only got a couple more months here, and then my membership in the Scottish Malt Whisky Society won't be nearly as much of a draw in persuading people to socialise with me.

#9 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: April 18, 2007, 11:00 PM:

Abi: You could, of course, just post me some Laphroaig. All donations of single malts gratefully accepted (finals in three weeks, last regular essays this week, headache in 3...2...1...).

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