The 2013 Hugos are awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society, at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). This year that convention is LoneStar Con 3 in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas August 29 – September 2.
Voting is only open to members of LoneStar Con 3 (71st Worldcon).
To be a supporting member is 50 bucks. And not only does this allow you to vote, but you also get the “Hugo Voter Packet“.
…which contains the five nominated novels (in various formats), all of the graphic novels and several other of the nominated works for novella, novelette, short story, works from those authors nominated for the Campbell award….
As with my post for last year, i have two major points:
- why would you not do this, given the price of all of the novels alone combined?
- vote for SFSignal for Best Fanzine and Best Fancast (full disclosure: I occasionally participate in both of these wonderful sites and podcasts)
The Hugo group should be applauded for this most excellent bribery to get people to read the nominated works and voted from the experience of reading, not from the reputations of the authors. This is done with a lot of trust (a fact that is pointed out, as it should be, in several places in the packet and on the website) and with the suggestion that readers support the authors who have contributed their works.
I do not normally follow or worry about the awards given out, as many of them are popularity contests (only 1,343 valid ballots were cast for the 2013 Hugo nominees). But this is an excellent investment, and a great way to participate.
I’ve included some simple math in a table below. Fifty bucks is a lot of money, but there is a ton of material in here.
The big question, as always, is: how much will get read before the voting deadline of July 31st?
TITLE AUTHOR KINDLE PRICE PAPERBACK PRICE PUBLISHER
2312 Kim Stanley Robinson 9.99 9.00 Orbit
Blackout Mira Grant 7.59 8.99 Orbit
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance Lois McMaster Bujold 9.99 10.58 Baen
Redshirts John Scalzi 7.99 11.47 Tor
Throne of the Crescent Moon Salidin Ahmed 9.99 10.87 DAW