It's that time of year again: members of the world science fiction association (basically folks who registered as members of last year's worldcon and this coming worldcon) can now nominate works for the 2010 hugo awards. The top five entries in each category go on a final ballot, voted on by members of Aussiecon 4. (If you want the details, you can find the Hugo rules here.)
If you're eligible to nominate for the Hugos? Please do so. We need breadth; in some of the minor categories only a few dozen nominations can put a work on the shortlist. If the Hugos don't receive a lot of nominations, they're prone to capture by a few favourites with a narrow clique of supporters. (Ahem.) If you're male? Please try to find the time to read and consider nominating works by women, people of colour, non-anglophone authors, and other groups you may be unconsciously avoiding. Seriously. There's good stuff in our field being written by people who aren't white anglophone males, and they don't get the visibility and recognition they deserve in the Hugo awards. This is a shame and reflects badly on the collective taste of convention-going SF fandom. It's up to us to fix it.
(And now for a shameless
informational bulletin self-promotion hidden below the fold ...)
Having said all that, if you want to know what I've written that is eligible for the 2010 Hugo awards, here's the grisly story:
I had a quiet year in 2009, publishing one novel (The Revolution Business) and a short story collection (Wireless). "Wireless" isn't eligible for a best novel award (not being a novel) and there's no way in hell that "The Revolution Business" will find its way onto any of the shortlists (being #5 in the Merchant Princes series).
Blogs are, it appears, eligible for Hugo nominations, depending on a few rules. Normally they'd go in the "best fanzine" category, but there is another category this one's eligible for: "best semiprozine". The semiprozine is an odd category, existing to sweep up those low-circulation outfits that are nevertheless too big to be a fanzine; the threshold for paper publications is over 1000 copies per print run. By long-standing tradition — at least, since 1998 — the shortlist consists of (a) "Locus", (b) "Ansible", (c) "The New York Review of Science Fiction", (d) "Interzone" and (e) something else. ("Locus" always wins, unless it's "Ansible's" turn.)
Anyway: as "Charlie's Diary" largely concerns SF and science fictional preoccupations, gets roughly 11,000 unique visitors per day (or somewhere north of 1.5 million HTTP requests a month — we get slashdotted monthly), and comprises a good chunk of my wife's occupation (for which she is paid), I'm declaring it to be a semiprozine.
[*] Final note: "Palimpsest" isn't available online. However, if you are a nominator, contact me via email with your membership number (remembering to say whether you are a member of Aussiecon 4 or AnticipationSF) and I'll see what I can do.