David Louis Edelman January 30th, 2007
Just a friendly public service announcement. I will try to keep the shameless self-promotion to a minimum, but there’s plenty of it on the mirrorÂ entry in my personal blog.
The deadline to submit nominations for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Best New Science Fiction Writer Award is not until March 3, 2007. Plenty of time. Howeverâ€¦ in order to nominate someone, you must have either been an attending or supporting member of last yearâ€™s WorldCon in Anaheim, CA or this yearâ€™s WorldCon in Yokohama, Japan by January 31, 2007.
In other wordsâ€¦ if you didnâ€™t attend WorldCon last year, and you donâ€™t intend to trek out to Japan this year, you have until tomorrow, January 31, to pay for a $50 supporting membership if you want to submit nominations. The official nomination page says you must be a member â€œbefore January 31, 2007.â€ I assume that means â€œbefore the midnight Greenwich Mean Time that occurs between January 31, 2007 and February 1, 2007,â€ but like so many other things in science fiction fandom, thatâ€™s not clear.
Among the eligible candidates for the Campbell listed on the Writertopia Eligibility Page are my friends Cat Rambo, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maria V. Snyder, and Joel Shepherd. Other names of note on the list include Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, Justine Larbalestier, Cherie Priest, and Alma Alexander. Also included are some folks whoÂ stop by toÂ makeÂ comments on this website from time to time, like Elaine Isaak andÂ Marie Brennan. And then, of course, there’s, um, me, and that’s all I’ll say about it.
So how do you get a supporting membership? Go to the Nippon 2007 Registration Page, whip out your credit card, and plunk down $50. Reading this page after January 31? Donâ€™t despairâ€¦ according to the rules, youâ€™re still eligible to actually vote for the nominees that make the ballot if you get a supporting membership and get your ballot in by March 3.
Now let’s make this democratic. I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who have Hugo-eligible material. Go ahead and pimp your Hugo-eligible stuff in the comments thread. Or pimp someone else’s deserving work. Work it, baby, work it!