2010 Hugo Voters Packet and AussieCon4 Online Registration Now Live

I’m delighted to tell you that the folks at AussieCon4 have told me that the 2010 Hugo Voter’s Packet is now live, and with it the ability to get a membership for AussieCon4 online.

First thing first: This year’s Hugo Voter’s Packet is the most complete ever, to help every AussieCon4 member make an informed vote on the Hugos. In the packet this year you’ll find electronic versions of the following:

Best Novel
* Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Tor)
* The City & The City by China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
* Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
* Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)
* Wake by Robert J. Sawyer (Ace; Penguin; Gollancz; Analog)
* The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)

Best Novella
* “Act One” by Nancy Kress (Asimov’s 3/09)
* The God Engines by John Scalzi (Subterranean)
* “Palimpsest” by Charles Stross (Wireless; Ace; Orbit)
* Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James Morrow (Tachyon)
* “Vishnu at the Cat Circus” by Ian McDonald (Cyberabad Days; Pyr; Gollancz)
* The Women of Nell Gwynne’s by Kage Baker (Subterranean)

Best Novelette
* “Eros, Philia, Agape” by Rachel Swirsky ( 3/09)
* “The Island” by Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2; Eos)
* “It Takes Two” by Nicola Griffith (Eclipse Three; Night Shade Books)
* “One of Our Bastards is Missing” by Paul Cornell (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume Three; Solaris)
* “Overtime” by Charles Stross ( 12/09)
* “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast” by Eugie Foster (Interzone 2/09)

Best Short Story
* “The Bride of Frankenstein” by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s 12/09)
* “Bridesicle” by Will McIntosh (Asimov’s 1/09)
* “The Moment” by Lawrence M. Schoen (Footprints; Hadley Rille Books)
* “Non-Zero Probabilities” by N.K. Jemisin (Clarkesworld 9/09)
* “Spar” by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld 10/09)

Best Related Work
* Canary Fever: Reviews by John Clute (Beccon) (Excerpt)
* Hope-In-The-Mist: The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees by Michael Swanwick (Temporary Culture)
* The Inter-Galactic Playground: A Critical Study of Children’s and Teens’ Science Fiction by Farah Mendlesohn (McFarland) (Excerpt)
* On Joanna Russ edited by Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan)
* The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of SF Feminisms by Helen Merrick (Aqueduct) (Excerpt)
* This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”) by Jack Vance (Subterranean)

Best Graphic Story
* Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Written by Neil Gaiman; Pencilled by Andy Kubert; Inked by Scott Williams (DC Comics)
* Captain Britain And MI13. Volume 3: Vampire State Written by Paul Cornell; Pencilled by Leonard Kirk with Mike Collins, Adrian Alphona and Ardian Syaf (Marvel Comics) (Link to issues #10 and #11)
* Fables Vol 12: The Dark Ages Written by Bill Willingham; Pencilled by Mark Buckingham; Art by Peter Gross & Andrew Pepoy, Michael Allred, David Hahn; Colour by Lee Loughridge & Laura Allred; Letters by Todd Klein (Vertigo Comics)
* Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio; Art by Phil Foglio; Colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment) (Link)
* Schlock Mercenary: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse Written and Illustrated by Howard Tayler

Best Semiprozine
* Ansible edited by David Langford (Links)
* Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan
* Interzone edited by Andy Cox
* Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
* Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal

Best Fanzine
* Argentus edited by Steven H Silver
* Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer
* CHALLENGER edited by Guy H. Lillian III (Link)
* Drink Tank edited by Christopher J Garcia, with guest editor James Bacon
* File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
* StarShipSofa edited by Tony C. Smith (Links)

Best Professional Artist
Package includes works by:
* Bob Eggleton
* Stephan Martiniere
* John Picacio
* Daniel Dos Santos
* Shaun Tan

Best Fan Artist
Package includes works by:
* Brad W. Foster (Link)
* Dave Howell
* Steve Stiles
* Taral Wayne

Best Fan Writer
Package includes works by:
* Claire Brialey
* Christopher J Garcia
* James Nicoll
* Lloyd Penney
* Frederik Pohl (Link)

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Package includes works by:
* Saladin Ahmed
* Gail Carriger
* Felix Gilman
* Seanan McGuire
* Lezli Robyn

Basically, far more stuff than I can post covers for above. This a lot of excellent, excellent reading.

And how can you access the Hugo Voter’s Packet? Well, as the name implies, it’s only available to potential Hugo voters. How do you become a potential Hugo voter? You become a member of AussieCon4, this year’s Worldcon, taking place in September in Melbourne, Australia. You can either become an attending member ($310 Australian), which means you plan on attending the convention, or a supporting member ($70 Australian), which means you won’t be attending (alas), but wish to support the convention and also vote for the Hugos.

If you wish to become either an attending or supporting member of AussieCon4, here’s the easiest way to do: The new Online Membership Form, which just went live today. Payment goes through PayPal, which makes it simple and secure, and once you’re a member you’ll be given instructions on how to access the Hugo Voter’s Packet.

As you can see by the sheer amount of awesome in this year’s packet, it’s really an excellent perk to AussieCon4, and more importantly, you’ll be able to make a full and informed decision on which works, authors and artists deserve this year’s Hugo awards. It’s a big responsibility, but hey, I know you’re up to it.

So: Join AussieCon4, get the Hugo Voter’s Packet, vote on the Hugos, make science fiction history. Easy! See you in Australia.


Signed First Editions of The God Engines Available

For as long as it takes for people to buy them all. They’re here.

Update: All gone! Unsigned copies still available.

The story of how they were discovered:

Prior to John Scalzi’s stealth appearance at a local sf con, Tim once again took up his rucksack and ventured into the Stygian darkness that is SubPress deep storage. This time, he religiously followed his handwritten Zork map, and rather than being eaten by a ghoul, Tim emerged with a box of new first edition trade hardcovers of Scalzi’s acclaimed dark fantasy novella, The God Engines.

We have a limited supply of them at cover price, available via the online store. (Once we’re sold out, we’ll change the edition’s designation to “unsigned, later printing”). So if you’re interested in a collectible copy of this award-nominated excursion into generally non-Scalzi-like territories, now’s your chance.

We’re pretty sure there are no more boxes of first editions to be discovered, so this really is it. If you want one, you better make this your impulse buy for the day.

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