Two notes of reasonable importance to sf/f fans and Hugo voters:
1. The online Hugo ballot is now up at:
And online voting for the Hugos will continue from now through midnight (2359hrs.) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) July 3. Which is to say you have six weeks to catch up on all your Hugo reading and make an informed vote. Which rather conveniently brings us to the next note:
2. Just in time for the online ballot, the Hugo Voters Packet has been expanded, with the addition of a whole bunch of new material. In addition to the original contents of the Hugo Voters Packet, the following Hugo-nominated stuff has been added:
Mobi ebook version of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
“The Tear” by Ian McDonald (Galactic Empires)
“The Ray-Gun: A Love Story” by James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s Feb 2008)
Best Professional Artist
Daniel Dos Santos
Challenger edited by Guy H. Lillian III
This means, incidentally, that all the Hugo nominees for Novella, Novelette, Short Story, and all the nominees for the Campbell Award are now available in the packet for your perusal.
BUT: to get at the Hugo Voters Packet — and to vote for the Hugos, remember, that’s important, too — you have to be a member of Anticipation. And how do you become a member of Anticipation? By clicking on this link here and registering. Go on, you know you want to come to Montreal and hang out with Teh GheeX0r.
Remember that even if you can’t physically attend Anticipation (which would be a shame, because we are gonna have so much damn fun), you can still vote for the Hugos, and get access to the Hugo Voters Packet, by picking up a Supporting Membership for just $50 US (or $55 Canadian/Australian, 30 pounds, 35 euros or 6,000 yen, take your pick). The retail value of the Hugo Voters Packet is a multiple of that — indeed, it’s just about the value of an attending membership — so you’re kind of getting a massive deal here. Plus you get to vote for the Hugos, which is awesome. I can’t believe I still have to sell this to you, frankly.
In any event, remember to read, remember to vote, and thanks.