Last summer, Erik told us that WorldCon (the World Science Fiction Convention, if you’d like to be formal about it) is going to be in San Jose this coming summer. WorldCon is where they present the Hugo Awards (awarded to the best science fiction and fantasy of the year before, in a lot of different categories), and the winners are chosen by members (anyone who goes to the convention, plus a few others). Like, I’m going to be able to vote and help decide who wins a Hugo this year. Plus it’s a big convention with a ton of my favorite authors, and so, pretty much since the day Erik told us about it (which might have been during our last visit), we’ve been planning to go.
I finally bought our memberships just before the end of the year. (John and I are members of the World Science Fiction Society now, and at the moment, I think I might keep that up. Seems like a thing I should be a member of.) I could have bought our memberships (giving us access to the convention) at any time, but I was prompted to do it before New Year’s by one very cool thing I found out in the nick of time: becoming a member before the end of the year means that not only do we get to vote, we get to nominate.
You can’t see me jumping up and down through your browser, I know, but you can imagine it. I’ve been squeeing in some form, inside or out, for the past four days.
I have read 13 books/novellas in the last year that are eligible for Hugo Award nomination. I can nominate up to 5 in each of the 15-ish categories, although I won’t hit them all. Some categories are for things like Best Editor or Best Semi Pro Zine, something I really can’t judge. I’ll focus on novels, novellas, graphic novels, movies, short stories, and stuff like that. They haven’t announced when nominations are due, but until I hit that deadline (maybe February or March?), I will only be reading Hugo-eligible works (which is any science fiction/fantasy/horror published in 2017).
I’m so excited!