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February 25, 2009

Hugo Awards nomination deadline
Posted by Patrick at 11:59 AM *

If you’re eligible to nominate for this year’s Hugo Awards—which is to say, if you were a member of last year’s World Science Fiction Convention in Denver, or if you’re a member of this year’s Worldcon in Montreal—this is just a reminder that the deadline for nominations is midnight, this Saturday, February 28, and that if you wait until the last minute, Murphy’s Law may well have its way with you. Act now, act without thinking, go nominate a bunch of stuff today.

Comments on Hugo Awards nomination deadline:
#1 ::: cathy ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 12:20 PM:

Sent my nominating ballot in electronically on Sunday. I'd like to plug Steve Stiles in the fan art category, Rachel Swirsky's Marrying the Sun (Fantasy Magazine) in the short story category, and episodes of The Middleman in the dramatic presentation short form category.

#2 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 01:07 PM:

I haven't read Rachel Swirsky's "Marrying the Sun," but man, is she good. Tor.com will be publishing, within a month or so, a killer story I bought from her called "Eros, Philia, Agape."

#3 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 01:14 PM:

I electronically sent my nominations a couple of weeks ago. I'm looking forward to being able to nominate ML for a fanzine Hugo next year. Yay!

#4 ::: Carrie V. ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 01:51 PM:

Thanks for posting the link to the ballot. It was a sufficient kick in the pants for me to finally send off my nominations. (I second The Middleman, which I have just discovered, and suggest An Autumn War by Daniel Abraham for novel.)

#5 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 04:30 PM:

Serge #3: I'm looking forward to being able to nominate ML for a fanzine Hugo next year.

Don't forget, you can make MLcentric Fan Writer nominations without having to wait that long. It might piss off the dead tree fetishists, but then again, what doesn't? heh.

#6 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 04:39 PM:

Earl Cooley III @ 5... You mean that fan writers don't have the dead-tree requirement? It's too late for me, since I've already turned in my preliminary ballot, but should others less celeritous voters manage to put an ML writer on the final ballot...

#7 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 04:50 PM:

Best Fan Writer Hugo details:

3.3.13: Best Fan Writer. Any person whose writing has appeared in semiprozines or fanzines or in generally available electronic media during the previous calendar year.

(emphasis mine)

#8 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 04:55 PM:

Indeed, it was Moshe Feder and I who spearheaded the revision to the Hugo rules that added that phrase to the "Best Fan Writer" definition. All the way back in 1992!

#9 ::: Michelle ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 05:33 PM:

I'm not eligible to vote, but I quite liked Sandra McDonald's "The Outback Stars".

I have also wondered whether the author is any relation to Jim of Making Light, but the spelling reference above disabuses me. I guess the SF world is small, but not *that* small.

#10 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 05:51 PM:

Patrick @ 8... Hopefully, the change proposed to the fanzine's category last year will be ratified this year to allow blogs. I certainly intend to attend the meetings and vote.

#11 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 07:35 PM:

#9, Michelle: Sandra McDonald isn 't related to Jim Macdonald, but in fact Jim edited the book for Tor, as a freelancer.

#12 ::: affreca ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 08:29 PM:

When I lived in Japan, there was a store on my way home that always had a bin of random shirts for sale for 500 Yen. Many had amusingly mangled English writing on them, and the price was justifiable because I could buy it with a single coin. My favorite has picture of a muscle car on it, and "Firebird - Don't Try to Keep up with the Joneses".

#13 ::: affreca ::: (view all by) ::: February 25, 2009, 08:30 PM:

I'm pretty sure I meant my comment at #12 to be in the spam thread. Sorry.

#14 ::: Michelle ::: (view all by) ::: February 26, 2009, 10:32 AM:

Patrick at #9: Okay, I guess it *is* a small world after all. I don't normally look at a book's editor, but maybe I need to start.

BTW -- I've only posted here a couple of times, and with little more content than the much-belittled "me too" and "ditto", but this truly is a lovely site. Thanks to all of you for bringing it into the world.

#15 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: March 02, 2009, 12:56 PM:

I took advantage of Saturday being the Hugo Prelim's last voting day to add a few changes to my ballot. For the first time every, I nominated 2 fan writers, both of them blog-based.

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