The HUGO Voter Packet: Why would you NOT do this?
The 2012 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 Chicon 7 in Chicago August 30 – September 3.
From the website “You may vote on the 2012 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer if you are an Attending or Supporting member of Chicon 7 (the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention).”
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), and several other of the nominated works for novella, novelette, short story, works from those authors nominated for the Campbell award….
…shall I go on?
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. 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 is: how much will get read before the voting deadline of July 31st?
TITLE AUTHOR KINDLE PRICE PAPERBACK PRICE PUBLISHER
Among Others Jo Walton 9.99 10.19 Tor
A Dance With Dragons George R. R. Martin 14.99 24.30 (two paperbacks) Bantam Spectra
Deadline Mira Grant 7.99 9.99 Orbit
Embassytown China Miéville 11.99 10.88 Macmillan/Del Rey
Leviathan Wakes James S. A. Corey 9.99 10.87 Orbit