Since nothing could be more “social” than what is happening with the Hugo Awards, we present a round up of “Vote No Award” posts today, and pretty much nothing else.
Note: Others may have their own reasons for voting No Award, and others may have their own methodology for how to do so. I (which means me – Steve Davidson – and no one else associated with Amazing Stories since everyone here does their own thing) have determined to place No Award as my number one pick (placing #1 next to that option) for every category that draws all of its nominees from a slate.
For those mixed categories (ones that have both slate and non-slate works) I will read the non slate works and, if I believe one or more of them to be worthy of a Hugo, will vote them above No Award. I will then vote No Award into the next slot.
I will then read the works that were gamed onto the ballot with slate voting and, if I believe any of them worthy, I will vote them in, ranked BELOW No Award.
Just to be clear, here’s how my final ballot for the Best Novel category might look if I deem the slate works not worthy:
- [ 2 ] Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK)
- [ ] The Dark Between the Stars, Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books) (slate)
- [ 3 ] The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books)
- [ ] Skin Game, Jim Butcher (Orbit UK/Roc Books) (slate)
- [ 1 ] The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu translator (Tor Books)
- [ 4 ] No Award
I’ve not read Goblin or either of the slate works yet. If they’re in the packet, I’ll read them. Prior to Three Body’s inclusion, I was planning on voting Sword (unless reading Goblin changed my mind) as I’ve read it and found it to be a very strong book 2 of a trilogy.
Lets suppose I read the works in the packet and find Goblin to be as good as everyone is saying, and I find Dark Between and Skin to also be fine works. Here’s what the ballot would look like:
- [ 3 ] Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK)
- [ 5 ] The Dark Between the Stars, Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books) (slate)
- [ 1 ] The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books)
- [ 5 ] Skin Game, Jim Butcher (Orbit UK/Roc Books) (slate)
- [ 2 ] The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu translator (Tor Books)
- [ 4 ] No Award
The 5 next to both works indicates that either one or the other slated work will be selected for the ballot in the final slot. Which does slightly up its chance of a win over the No Award across the board option.
Novelette, Novella and Short Story are comprised of all slate nominees and will therefore have a 1 placed next to No Award. With perhaps a work or two numbered below, depending upon what a read of the packet results in.
- [ 1 ] NO AWARD
- [ ] Big Boys Don’t Cry, Tom Kratman (Castalia House) (slate)
- [ ] “Flow”, Arlan Andrews, Sr. (Analog, 11-2014) (slate)
- [ ] One Bright Star to Guide Them, John C. Wright (Castalia House) (slate)
- [ ] “Pale Realms of Shade”, John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House) (slate)
- [ ] “The Plural of Helen of Troy”, John C. Wright (City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis, Castalia House) (slate)
Freeping the Hugos (anyone else annoyed by this internet-inspired new words?)
How to Vote No Award (instructions, not advocacy)
The Day Fandom Ended (don’t think it will end, but it will be unhappy for a while)
For far more juvenile dog related stuff than anyone cares to read, see today’s Amazing News of Fandom. File 770 has been doing yeoman’s work all week long!