So it seems it is Hugo time again and JOn Del Arroz had a post up called When Hugo Insane. Vox also had a post up on Hugo Finalists of Note where he was having a traditional Dark Lord chuckle to himself.
I’ve been following the Hugos over the last few years with some interest after a few things I was involved in got nominated. I didn’t really pay any attention this year except to note it was coming and this is the first serious attention i’ve paid this year. As Jon noted in his post the numbers are down about 1000 nominations in each category this year from last year, which seems like a pretty serious drop off but these aren’t the numbers i’m really interested in. The numbers that i’m really interested in seeing are the final vote tallies. I wonder how far they will be down this year. The difference in the year to year final vote tallies translates into a year to year reduction in money for the convention after all.
I know I bought a Hugo supporting membership in 2015 which I used to cast a ballot and some of those votes last year are from me using the memberships nomination privledge in the following year. I didn’t buy one last year so I didn’t get to nominate anything this year. How many other people did the same thing? How many people who nominated this year did buy a vote last year but wont bother this time around because of the rules changes?
So it would seem the people who wanted the clubhouse to themselves have managed to get it for themselves but at what price? I will be intersted to see how many final votes are cast later this year. I was thinking about going to Worldcon in 2020 in New Zealand but will it even be a going concern by then?
Speaking of awards that matter, have you cast a votes for The Dragon Awards this year? Anybody going to DragonCon? With the success of Forbidden Thoughts i’ve got the money to attend and I will be keen to meet people I have only ever known online!