Yesterday the nominations for the Hugo Awards were announced. As expected, some folks came away feeling pleased or honored or even surprised to have been included on the ballot. However, as with any award, there were those who were not pleased with what happened. There has been much lamentation and breast beating — not to mention threats to try to derail the process by voting No Award. I won’t go into all that right now, at least not in detail.
Now, I will readily admit I’m in that group of folks who felt honored and humbled to have been included in the nominations. I applaud those who were also nominated in the field of best fan writer and count Dave Freer and Cedar Sanderson, two of my cohorts over at Mad Genius Club, as friends. I have read and respected Jeffro Johnson’s work. I will also familiarize myself with Laura J. Mixon’s work before I cast my ballot.
Here is what I have to say about the Hugos and all those nominated: judge the work. Ignore the posturing and teeth-gnashing, no matter where it comes from. If someone says you should completely ignore the work and vote No Award simply because of who nominated it, well, ask yourself why. What is their motivation in doing so?
We have read for some time now about the graying of “fandom”. There have been calls to expand the reach of “fandom” and bring in new blood. Isn’t that what is happening now?
I am thrilled to be included on this year’s ballot. I will do my due diligence when it comes to voting and try to read everything that is included in the packet that will be sent out shortly. And that is what I encourage each of you to do. Vote based on the merits of the work, not because you think you know what the author’s politics are or because of who did or did not nominate them. The Hugo Award is for the best in the genre, not for the author’s political stripes or religious beliefs or anything else.
After I’ve had time to digest everything that has been said by all sides, I’ll be back with another post. That will, in all likelihood, be tomorrow. In the meantime, here are some links to posts I think are of interest.
The complete list of Hugo Nominees.
Stealing the Enterprise, by Brad Torgersen
The peasant revolt will be televised, by Brad Torgersen
If you are interested in how the other side has been reacting to the news of the nominations, check out the comments over at Making Light and Tor.com. Sorry, I’m not feeling kindly enough about the attacks being made there to actually link to them.