Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Public Service Announcement regarding the Hugo Awards

The deadline for the nominations for the 2016 Hugo Awards and 1941 Retro Hugo Awards is approaching fast, because the Hugo ballots have to be cast until March 31, 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.

If you feel you haven't read widely enough, don't worry. Just nominate whatever you read or watched and enjoyed. And if you can't fill every single slot or category, don't worry. Your ballot is valid, even if you do not fill everything in.

So if you are eligible to nominate, i.e. if you were a supporting or attending member of either Sasquan, MidAmericon II or Worldcon 75 before January 31, 2016, please nominate whatever 2015 or respectively 1940 works you read/watched and enjoyed. Because the Hugos work best, when as many of us as possible nominate.

If you’re still looking for recommendations for the 2016 Hugos, check out the excellent Hugo Nominees Wiki and the equally excellent Hugo Spreadsheet of Doom. For short fiction (as well as art), Rocket Stack Rank offers reviews and eligibility lists. If you’re still looking for nominees for the artist categories, check out the Hugo eligible art tumblr. For the Campbell award, Writertopia offers an (incomplete) list of eligible authors.

If you're looking for recommendations for the 1941 Retro Hugos, Amazing Stories has an extensive list of eligible works and creators. What is more, someone known only as Von Dimpleheimer has assembled a five volume collection of public domain science fiction stories from 1940, which are eligible for the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards. You can download all five volumes for free in various formats in ePub and Kindle format.

So what are you waiting for? Get nominating!

PS: The Speculative Fiction Showcase is eligible for best fanzine. 

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