Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hugo Awards Season: How to Vote

One of my favorite authors, Max Gladstone, has written a post all about the Hugo awards

I suggest you go read it.

Go ahead. 

I'll wait.

Didn't do it? Well, you can lead a horse to water...

No, I'm not insulting you. Never mind. Here's how you become eligible to vote:

1. Register for World Con before Jan 31 2012, by filling out this form.  Click “Submit.”  This will take you to a page where you can select the kind of membership you want to buy.  If you don’t plan to go to World Con this year in person, you want the “Supporting Membership ($60),” which is the last option on the next page.   Fill out the form, and click “Buy Now,” which will take you to a PayPal payment processing page.
2. Receive a Hugo Voter PIN.  World Con will send this number to you.
3. When you have received your PIN, use this electronic form to nominate works for the Hugo, and there you go!  You’ll receive more instructions from the award administrators from that point on.

Who would you vote for if you could?

I'd definitely vote Max Gladstone's THREE PARTS DEAD for Best Novel. I'm reading it right now and loving every page -- and I'm not the only one:

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone.  I talked a lot about this novel at cons last year, pretty much on any panel where someone asked how important it is to stick to strict genre categories, because this proves that good story trumps any kind of marketing category.  Write a good book, the publisher will find a way to sell it.  This one got marketed as urban fantasy, with the hot chick with a weapon on the cover.  But it’s also a post-apocalyptic fantasy with gods that’s also a legal thriller.  It’s pretty much unlike anything you’ve read. -Carrie Vaughn


Best Novel (nominations): 
The Killing Moon/The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge  
-from the Book Smugglers

Haven't read THREE PARTS DEAD yet?

A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.
Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith. 
When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival. 
Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.  

ENJOY! Let me know if you vote and which books you elevated in the world's estimation!

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