Cheryl Morgan has a post urging people to nominate for the Hugo Awards. While I don’t place the same priority she does on the gender distribution of who gets nominated, I applaud her for doing this now, while there’s a chance to influence the actual ballot, rather than waiting until April to complain about it. If you care about what science fiction and fantasy works win awards, go read what she says about it.
I will also toss out another cheap way to influence the Hugo ballot and eventual winner. As a member of last year’s Worldcon, I am entitled to nominate for this year’s award. Here is my current Hugo nomination ballot:
- The Sunless Countries by Karl Schroeder
That’s pretty much it, at this point. I don’t read much short fiction, so I’ve got nothing in those categories, I haven’t had time to watch tv or movies in ages, and I have no opinions on the zine scene. My hypothetical ballot is blank until the personal categories, at which point I will happily put down the names of friends.
If you care about the composition of the ballot, whether it be the gender distribution, as Cheryl does, or some Adam Roberts sort of concern about the general quality, here’s a free chance to do something about it (you can also buy a supporting membership for $50 and get full voting rights of your own, but this is free). Tell me what I should be reading to fill in those blank spaces, and I will at least give those works a shot. I won’t vote for anything I don’t actually like, but if you suggest something and I like it, I will be more than happy to vote for it.