For those who are hip to the science fiction awards scene, I wanted to remind y’all that tomorrow is the last day to register for Worldcon this year and still get to vote for the Hugo awards.
For those of you who aren’t hip to the science fiction awards scene, it goes like this. The Hugo Award (named for editor Hugo Gernsback) is one of the most prestigious awards in the field. It’s voted on by members of Worldcon, so if you’re going to this year’s Worldcon in Chicago, you get to both nominate works to appear on the final ballot and cast a final ballot that counts.
Or, if you’re not going, you can get a supporting membership for $50 — which has in recent years included electronic access to copies of most if not all of the works that get on the final ballot, and as such is actually pretty cheap for a collection of the most popular science fiction and fantasy work done in the last year.
And this is one of those cases where just a few votes really does count. Last year, total number of people voting was a little over 2000, and the best novel award was only about 20 votes ahead of the second place title.
The nominations process for getting on the final ballot is oing to be open for a while yet, but if you want to be one of the elect and get a voice in what wins the prize, now’s the time.