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July 28, 2006

One Last Hugo Plug

For those of you who are eligible to vote for the Hugos and the Campbells, Monday is the last day to vote. Please do vote. I go into detail why you should vote in another entry, but in sum, you should vote because you can. So vote, even if you don't vote for me. But if you do vote for me, for either the Hugo or the Campbell, thank you.

(NB: Please do not discuss how you've voted in the comment thread to this entry. Come Tuesday -- i.e., after the voting has closed -- I'll probably open a discussion thread on the subject. But for now, hold your fire. Thanks.)

Update: Been asked in the comment thread and e-mail how one becomes eligible to vote. The answer is that you need to be a member of this year's Worldcon. Memberships come in attending and supporting levels. Attending allows you to vote and attend this year's Worldcon; supporting allows you simply to vote. Attending memberships are $200; supporting memberships are $50. If you want to get a membership, here's the online registration site.

Posted by john at July 28, 2006 12:29 PM

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Timmy | July 28, 2006 01:13 PM

Here's a flagrantly ignorant question, but what makes one eligible to vote in this thing?

John Scalzi | July 28, 2006 01:23 PM

You need to be a member of Worldcon, either attending or supporting. If you're a supporting member, that means you're not going but you want to vote for the Hugos. It costs $50 to be a supporting member and $200 to be attending (although, of course, then you do get to attend the ceremony).

Memberships are available here.

Timmy | July 28, 2006 02:06 PM

I think the cost of supporting membership should be equal to or less than the cost of the paperback you wish to vote for.

And that's Timmy's two cents.

John Scalzi | July 28, 2006 02:08 PM

Heh. $50 is a lot, just to vote. I don't expect there will be many takers at this point.

MikeB | July 29, 2006 12:43 PM

No disrespect but I'd rather spend my $50 buying books then voting for them. Awards are nice but bucks in an author's bank account have to count for something too.

John Scalzi | July 29, 2006 01:38 PM

Well, as I said, $50 is a lot for a vote, so I don't expect folks who are not already Worldcon members to suddenly pitch in just so they can vote. Having said that, winning a Hugo means the work is likely to have more interest to other readers who might not otherwise read it, thus eventually putting more money into the pocket of the author. So there's an economic incentive for the award, too, albeit not as direct.

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