Off in another part of Teh Interwebs, someone has raised a hue and cry about the Hugo Awards and how Their Favorite Authors don’t stand a chance of getting on the ballot, specifically because the readers of TFA exist in numbers insufficient to sway the nomination process.
Let me pause here for a moment and acknowledge that I have a horse in this race. As a matter of fact, I have three horses enlisted (Saltation, Mouse and Dragon, Carousel Tides) — which this year means very little, since 2010 saw a new Miles book published, which History Has Shown will eat the lunch of every other book that came out last year.
Which brings us handily back to our topic — i.e. How To Get Your Favorite Work of 2010 Onto the Hugo Ballot.
It’s easy: You have to nominate it. Then, you have to convince about 19 other friends to also nominate it. That’s right, it only takes about 20 nominations to get a work onto the final Hugo ballot.
The nomination period is open right now. Here’s the link to the ballot. Now, notice! In order to nominate you must fulfill one of the following conditions:
1. You are an attending member of Renovation, this year’s WorldCon
2. You are a supporting member of Renovation, this year’s WorldCon
3. You were an attending member of AussieCon, last year’s WorldCon
Now, suppose you and your friends have put your nominating where your mouths are and Your Favorite Book achieves the final ballot. That’s when you abandon all hope, right? Because thousands and thousands of voters are going to vote for something else?
Well, let’s look.
Here’s the vote breakdown for AussieCon 4. A total of 1094 ballots were cast, not all participants voting in every category. According to File 770, AussieCon’s total membership was 2034. Some of those members would not have been eligible to nominate, because they had not achieved membership by deadline.
This is actually Quite Good, I’m impressed. More than half of the AussieCon attending membership voted on the final ballot. Compare that with the 2007 stats from LACon, where 500 people (out of a convention massing 6,000 members) bothered to vote on the Hugo Awards.
Now, the Hugo’s claim to importance is that they are “the reader’s award.” If you (yes, you) want them to better reflect what you’re reading, then you need to nominate, and then you need to vote.
That’s how it works, see? Easy.
Here are the Hugo Award Rules
Here is a previous post by Yr Hmbl Narrator on this same subject