Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hugo nominations coming to a close

Read any good books lately? Was the story first published in 2008? Are you a member of Anticipation (the 2009 World Science Fiction Convention) or were you a member of Denvention 3 (the 2008 Worldcon ™)? Have you sent in your Hugo nominations ballot yet? The nominating period for the 2008 Hugos ends this Saturday, February 28, 2009, at 2359 hrs PST. The online ballot is available here.

If you aren’t a member of either of those conventions then you are probably wondering what a Hugo is? Named for Hugo Gernsback the founding editor of Amazing Stories, the Hugo award has been given out at the annual World Science Fiction Convention since 1955 for the fan selected best works in various categories of science fiction and fantasy related work. The categories have changed over the years but currently include best novel, graphic novel, short story, long and longer short story (novelette and novella), dramatic presentation, editor (pro and fan), artist (pro and fan), and fanzine, along with the John W. Campbell for Best New Writer.

So if you attended or are attending either of these Worldcons ™, get your nominations in. If you didn’t or aren’t, look into the upcoming sites for the Worldcon ™, as it does rotate every year. You can find links to the current committees that are bidding to hold it here. It is really a great experience. You can meet a lot of the heavy weights in the industry in a mere weekend. Along with learning about the history that supports our favorite genre.

1 comment:

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