Yes, it is Hugo Nominations season again, so we are getting the usual rash of posts about how the Hugos are completely out of touch with what SF fans are reading today. And in the first two I looked at today one was complaining that there was no really good hard SF in the Best Novel list, and the other was complaining that there was no blockbuster fantasy in the Best Novel list.
Now of course there could be both of those things. (I nominated Daniel Abraham and Paul McAuley.) But what the complainers really want is a ballot that solely reflects their taste, because that’s what they think is “good”. It ain’t gonna happen.
Firstly the Hugos are popular vote awards that cover the whole of fandom. These days fandom is very diverse. A list that has representatives of a wide range of different tastes would be a good result.
And secondly, I always wonder how many of these people who complain so bitterly actually sent in nominations. Yes, I know it is expensive. People like Kevin and I are working hard to both bring down the cost and get your more for your supporting membership. But when it comes down to it, if you don’t participate, the Hugos will represent other people’s tastes, not yours.