After every Worldcon one of the things I try to do is set out very clearly what has changed in the rules. With the caveat that Kevin is on a train and can’t check what I’m saying, here’s what I think this year’s changes are.
1. Graphic Story is now a full-fledged category and will continue indefinitely. I must admit that I’d expected to see it dropped this year when the sunset clause was debated. However, the Business Meeting appears to have taken the category to its heart and is happy to keep it. I somehow doubt that this will improve the knowledge of comics displayed by the voters, at least in the short term, but at least there’s evidence that people do care about the category.
2. Best Fancast is now a real category and will continue at least until 2016 when it will have to go through the same sunset clause thing that Graphic Story had to face. Also audio and video productions — the sort of things that qualify for Fancast — will no longer be eligible in Best Fanzine as they were this year.
3. The raft of changes to the Fanzine and Semiprozine category were also ratified. An attempt by hardliners to exclude electronic fanzines was defeated (I keep hoping they’ll give up, but I may have to wait for them to die). The main result of these changes will be that Locus is no longer eligible in Semiprozine as it has full-time staff. Liza Groen Trombi is, of course, still eligible in Best Editor: Short Form.
The other motion that was debated was the proposal for a YA category. That was defeated, so no changes result. As to why it was defeated, that’s going to require a separate post, which I will write when I don’t have a headache because the issues are really very complicated with good points and bad on both sides.
If you want to listen to the debate on the three changes listed above, you can do so here.