As Kate notes, I am a paid-up member of this year’s Worldcon, and thus entitled to nominate works for the Hugo Awards. Of course, there are a zillion categories, and I’m not entirely sure what to nominate for any of them.
So, if you are a reader or watcher of science fiction and/or fantasy, this is your opportunity to influence my nominations. If there’s a book, story, tv show, movie, editor, or artist that you really, really want to see on the ballot, drop me a comment and let me know. I’ll look at the work, if I have time, and give it proper consideration.
If you are a person who cares deeply about the racial or gender make-up of the nominees, this is your cheapest chance to influence that (you could always buy your own membership, and nominate things yourself). If there are books or stories by female authors, or authors from euphemistically named backgrounds, that you think are deserving but I might not have seen, tell me, and I will make an effort to read and consider them. The short fiction categories usually don’t require all that many nominations to reach the final ballot (the last few years, short stories have made it on with fewer than 20 votes), so if you want to pack the ballot, here’s your chance to influence my reading in your preferred direction.
(If you’d like to bribe me to nominate books or stories without reading them first, drop me an email, and we can talk. I don’t come cheap, though.)