2011 is upon us, and along with all the other things a new year brings, that means it’s time to start nominating books and short stories and comics and movies and such for the Hugo awards. The Hugos are a part of WorldCon, and along with the Nebulas later in the year, they’re arguably the biggest awards for genre fiction. You have to be signed up for WorldCon in order to nominate and vote, but there are two very good reasons you probably want to do that:
1) WorldCon 2011 is going to be accessible, affordable, and awesome.
WorldCon is in Reno this year, which sounds like a weird place, I know, but it’s actually a fantastic place for it. For one thing, it’s pretty central to everyone in the Mountain/Pacific states, relatively drive-able, and fairly cheap to fly to if you’re in the other half of the country. Once you get there, Reno’s status as a gambling town offers two great perks: the hotels are both really nice and really cheap. All in all, WorldCon in Reno (called “Renovation”) will be the most affordable WorldCon in the foreseeable future, which means it will be well-attended and full of authors and editors. If you’re a reader, this is one of the very best ways to meet your favorite SF and fantasy authors; if you’re an aspiring writer, this is your chance to learn from authors directly, and to meet agents and editors in person. Attending memberships are $180 if you buy them by February 28, so sign up today, make your plans for August 17-21, and join us in Reno! We’re going to do a couple of events specifically for fans of Writing Excuses, to really make it worth your while.
2) Supporting Memberships are only $50.
Obviously not everyone can go to WorldCon–you might have work you can’t get out of, or maybe you just can’t afford it, or whatever. If you can’t go, but you still want to support the con and nominate/vote for the Hugos, you can buy a supporting membership for only $50.
So now you know how membership works. You can sign up whenever you want, including at the door, but if you sign up before March 26 you’ll be able to nominate your favorite works for Hugo awards. This has been a great year for genre fiction, so there’s a lot of great things to vote for; if you want to vote for me, here’s a quick list of the categories I’m eligible for:
The Campbell Award
The Campbell is a special award for debut authors; last year’s winner was Seanan Mcguire, and past winners include such luminaries as Mary Robinette Kowal, Namoi Novik, John Scalzi, Jay Lake, Cory Doctorow, Stephen R. Donaldson, Orson Scott Card, and C. J. Cherryh. Each author is eligible for two years, and this is my second year. If you’ve enjoyed my books, I’d love to have your nomination.
Hugo: Best Related Work
The Best Related Work category is for academic, historical, and instructional works. Starting this year, the category has been widened to include not only published books but podcasts, which means that Writing Excuses is eligible! If you’re a fan of the podcast, and if our advice has somehow managed to be helpful to you, feel free to nominate us.
Speaking as a fan and a reader, there’s a bunch of works I want to nominate as well: novels such as The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, FEED by Mira Grant, and Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal; graphic novels such Schlock Mercenary; short stories such as the stunning That Leviathan Whom Thou Hast Made by Eric James Stone; the movie Inception; and many more. It was a great year for genre fiction, like I said–it’s going to be hard to vote for a favorite this summer, but for now I intend to nominate as many as I can.
For the full list of categories, including definitions of what each category includes, go here.