Yes, I know I’m trying to stop talking about them, but last year I promised the Feminist SF folks an article on how to minimize the cost of voting in the Hugos. It went online yesterday and, as it has been all over Twitter today, I guess I should link to it. Much of the advice is actually applicable to anyone who is short of money, not just women.
Mind you, I discovered from a comment on Tor.com yesterday that Hugos get won by people whose writing appeals to rich people, so maybe I shouldn’t be writing that sort of thing. Check out the whole thread, as it also includes a comment from someone who wants to keep the Hugos exclusive, and a lovely quote from Langford from 1987.
By the way, there are approximately 10 times as many people in the USA than in the UK, so really the fact that Americans do better than the British in what is a popular vote award should not be entirely surprising. Really, I’m not bitter about Brits never winning fan Hugos. I don’t think Dave is either.
Talking of minimizing your Hugo participation cost, you can get a free ebook copy of one of the most talked-about novels of 2009 – Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl (Juliet Ulman, ed.) – if you join the io9 book club.
And finally, Peggy Kolm has been talking about a very interesting short film made in Kenya. It is a 2009 production, and the trailer looks excellent, but at the moment the only way to see the whole thing is to go to Sundance. I’m hoping it gets online before the nomination deadline, and if not I’ll ask for an extension in Melbourne.