If you’ve been following Jo Walton’s posts on Revisiting the Hugos you can learn some fascinating stuff about the history of the Hugo Awards. But the Hugos are not just a thing of the past, they are still going on today and you can help write their history by taking part in the nominating and voting process. Things are starting to gear up right now for the 2011 Hugos.
Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon, has announced that the 2011 Hugo Nominations are open. This essentially means that members of last year’s Worldcon (Aussiecon 4) and members of Renovation who register before January 31st can send in a nomination ballot. This last is important. While you have until March 26th to send in your nomination, you may only do so if you become a member of the convention before the end of this month.
And if you’re not sure that you’ll be able to go to Reno this summer, you can always register as a supporting member. A supporting membership will give you the right to nominate and vote for the Hugos. If you change your mind about attending at a later date (and you should—attending is usually way more fun that just staying home), then you can upgrade your supporting membership to an attending one.
Every year people wonder why a work or creator they love didn’t make the ballot, yet too many of them wait until it’s too late to speak up. If you think there’s a book, short story, fanzine, artist, editor or fanwriter that should be on the ballot, now is the time to make sure your voice is heard.
René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics, this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, write reviews of francophone short fiction for The Portal, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.