Voting for the Hugo Awards closes tomorrow, July 31, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
I’d hoped to post additional reviews on the different categories, but I seem to have done the time warp again, and suddenly it’s the end of July. D’oh!
So instead, have a scattering of related thoughts and links.
- Hugo Voting Site. (In case you misplaced the URL.)
- On Voting No Award, by Kevin Standlee. Standlee explains in clear, straightforward terms how voting “No Award” works.
- Dierdre Saoirse Moen’s Sad Puppy-Free Hugo Voting Guide, for anyone looking to know which nominees were part of the puppy slates. While I didn’t vote No Award for 100% of the puppy nominees, I did put the majority of them below No Award.
- At least three of the nominees appear to support voting No Award, even over their own works:
- Puppy nominee Tom Kratman has stated that he wants the Hugos “utterly destroyed, No Awarded in perpetuity.” That’s not going to happen, but I see no reason not to respect his wishes when ranking his story.
- Puppy nominee Michael Williamson voted No Award across the board, including his own category.
- Rabid Puppy Organizer Vox Day has acknowledged that “No Award was the original objective for Rabid Puppies.” Which would explain some of his nominees…
- Williamson’s nominated work “Wisdom From My Internet” was on both the Sad and Rabid Puppies’ slates for Best Related Work, which I found both fascinating and revealing, as it does not appear to be related to SF/F in any way.
My overall impression? The Hugos have not been destroyed. There are some cranky people who want to piss all over things, but what else is new? Despite the shenanigans I think there are some very strong works on the ballot this year. Far fewer than usual, but enough that I remain excited to find out who takes home some rocket trophies. I also expect No Award to make a strong showing this year.
I encourage folks to vote, and to nominate next year, and beyond that, we’ll see what happens.