Last year I purchased a membership to the World SF Convention. I ended up going to Dragon*Con instead, but I still voted for the Hugos.
For those who don’t know, the Hugos are the awards for the ‘best’ new stuff in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Why is this important? Well, it’s a combination popularity contest and kudos for authors. While selling well is nice, it’s also good to know that your peers like your work. Of late, however, the Hugos have often gone to people with messages, books that are more about causes and politics than about what we all got into SF&F in the first place: being entertained.
Larry Correia writes quite a bit on the subject, and if you haven’t read his take on it all, you should. It’s highly entertaining, if nothing else. I personally beleive that ‘best’ in Science Fiction and Fantasy should mean “well written” and “entertaining” and maybe even “fun.” I don’t think I’m alone in that regard. As a disclaimer, I am eligible for two catagories, so I’m pitching my hat in the ring.
Luckily, because I bought membership last year, I get to vote this year as well. Seeing as I hope to attend next year, I’ll be voting next year too.
Without further ado, here’s my nominations, they’re all books I’ve enjoyed (well, I enjoyed writing mine, ok?)
A Few Good Men, Sarah Hoyt, Baen
Grand Central Arena, Ryk Spoor, Baen
Warbound, the Grimnoir Chronicles, Larry Correia, Baen
Renegades: Deserter’s Redemption, Kal Spriggs, Sutek Press
Best Short Story:
Skyspark, Ryk Spoor, Baen
Best Graphic Novel:
Schlock Mercenary, Howard Taylor
Campbell Award (For a new author)
Why does this matter to you? Well, you might be like me and have a membership lying around from last year. Might as well use it, right? Vote for the books and authors you enjoyed and let’s make the Hugo awards into something we can enjoy again.