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The 2017 Hugos and me

I'm hugely honoured to take on the role of Hugo administrator for Worldcon 75, to be held in Helsinki in 2017. The Hugos have been part of my fannish life since I was a teenager, and I've been commenting in depth on the fiction nominees every year this century. I love the institution and I'm really glad to be part of it.

2017 may be a bit different to previous years. Four amendments to the Hugo rules passed last August by Sasquan will, if ratified by MidAmeriCon II next year, come into effect for Worldcon 75 to administer. I'll be ready to implement any or all of them.

I will also be largely refraining from comment on the SF of 2016 until after the 2017 Hugo ceremony is over. That still leaves plenty else to talk about, of course...

More information about Worldcon 75, including how to join.



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Dec. 21st, 2015 10:32 am (UTC)
Congratulations, and good luck!
Dec. 21st, 2015 10:36 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Also, good to have a Hugo Awards Administrator with previous professional experience of preferential run-off voting!
Dec. 21st, 2015 10:38 am (UTC)
What does a Hugo Administrator do, and how does one become one? Of course I know what the Hugos are, but I'm curious about how the process from behind the scenes works out...
Dec. 21st, 2015 01:37 pm (UTC)
The job is, very simply, to implement the provisions of the World Science Fiction Society constitution with respect to the Hugo Awards; ie managing the opening, closing, counting and announcement of the nominations and votes. The position is in the gift of each year's Worldcon committee; you'd have to ask them why they asked me...
Dec. 21st, 2015 10:39 am (UTC)
If you need a counter, or an assistant or anything else, then feel free to get in touch. I already have an attending membership for WorldCon 75 and can easily enough plan to be in Helsinki a day or two early.

Also, any technical help required (either computer-technical or voting systems-technical), I'll be happy to assist.
Dec. 21st, 2015 11:27 am (UTC)
There will be no counting on-site -- voting closes weeks before the convention, so that the votes can all be counted (and the awards engraved with the names of the winners) before the convention begins.
(no subject) - nwhyte - Dec. 21st, 2015 01:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 21st, 2015 10:45 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Your combination of experience and skills makes you a brilliant choice, and Worldcon 75 - and the Hugos - are fortunate to have you. Good luck with it; whatever the challenges, I think it will be both fascinating and exciting. Enjoy it!
Dec. 21st, 2015 11:28 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Thank you (in advance) for your service ;)
Dec. 21st, 2015 11:29 am (UTC)
Gosh, whatever made them think of you - besides your extensive experience dealing diplomatically with fraught situations riven by a troublesome faction's intransigence... :)

Seriously, congratulations and admiration in equal measure.
Dec. 21st, 2015 11:55 am (UTC)
Dec. 21st, 2015 11:58 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I better buy an associate membership.

Can I nominate for 2015 hugos with a 2017 associate membership?
Dec. 21st, 2015 01:41 pm (UTC)
Cheers! Alas, the 2015 Hugos have already been awarded so it is too late now. But if you buy a 2017 membership you can nominate in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as voting in 2017.
Dec. 21st, 2015 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Dec. 21st, 2015 01:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I was considering buying Worldcon membership for 2017 even if attending may not be on the horizon... sounds like a good reason to do so now. :)
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:28 pm (UTC)
Will you be doing Retro-Hugos as well? (I know it's the Worldcon committee's decision not just yours.) Or is 2017 not a Retro-Eligible year?
Dec. 21st, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
A straight "No" to that one - there was no Worldcon in 1942, so unless the rules are changed some time in the future (which won't happen in time in time for 2017) there will be no 1942 Retro Hugos.
Dec. 21st, 2015 03:01 pm (UTC)
Dec. 21st, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and good luck.
Dec. 21st, 2015 03:52 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, although I fear you may live in interesting times!
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