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Monday, May 18, 2015

Hugo Packet available

HUGO NOMINEE PACKET AVAILABLE
Spokane, Washington, 18 May 2015

A digital file of many of the Hugo Award nominees is now available for members of Sasquan to download at http://sasquan.org/hugo-awards/packet_download/. This free download is supplied by the creators and publishers of works that are nominated for the awards. It is free to all current Supporting, Attending and Young Adult members of Sasquan, and those who become members before 31 July 2015. Its purpose is to allow those who are voting on the Hugo Awards to be able to make an informed choice among the nominated works.

All of the short fiction and graphic novels are included in their entirety (((assuming Zombie Nation comes through!))). The packet contains the full text of three of the novels: The Dark between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, amd The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu. Skin Game by Jim Butcher and Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie are represented by extensive excerpts. One of the five finalists in the Related Work category is represented by an excerpt: Letters from Gardner, by Lou Antonelli. There is some material in each of the other categories except the Dramatic Presentations, but not everyone wanted us to include their work in this packet.

Voting on the Hugo Awards is open to all Supporting, Attending or Young Adult members of Sasquan. More information about voting and a ballot may be found at  http://sasquan.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/2015-Hugo-Ballot.pdf. In order to vote, you will have to enter your membership number and Hugo PIN at http://sasquan.org/hugo-awards/voting. Sasquan membership and registration information is available at https://sasquan.swoc.us/sasquan/reg.php

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Anonymous Zion's Paladin (VFM #122) May 18, 2015 5:12 PM  

Time to put the Hobbit on hold then.

Blogger Brad Andrews May 18, 2015 5:13 PM  

Can you remind me why some works are only excerpts? I am very unlikely to vote for those. Is that the intention?

Blogger Douglas Wardell May 18, 2015 5:18 PM  

@Brad:

I wonder that too. Last year, I assumed it was because they would rather advertise to Hugo voters than try to monetize any chance they had to win. I ranked them all below no award last years the excerpts were nowhere near good enough for me to shell out cash for them.

This year has Skin Game though which I've already read, and it's excellent. I assume Butcher is the favorite to win, so I'm not sure why the publisher made this call.

Blogger Douglas Wardell May 18, 2015 5:19 PM  

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Blogger Student in Blue May 18, 2015 5:33 PM  

Alright, time to start reading.

Blogger JDC May 18, 2015 5:34 PM  

Got my email just now - logged on just fine...downloading....downloading...

Blogger Bluntobj Winz May 18, 2015 5:49 PM  

I actually live near Spokane. I think I may spring for a membership and go this year.

Blogger Sam Hall May 18, 2015 6:03 PM  

Got it, reading

Blogger Brad Andrews May 18, 2015 6:20 PM  

Douglas,

That could be why they didn't include it then. Wouldn't want all those Puppies getting a "free" book....

Blogger VD May 18, 2015 6:24 PM  

Can you remind me why some works are only excerpts? I am very unlikely to vote for those. Is that the intention?

Publishers who are afraid to lose sales. You'll note that Castalia not only gave away complete works, but included stuff not directly on the ballot.

Blogger luagha May 18, 2015 6:30 PM  

And of course in classical advertising fashion; the free Castalia complete works got me to buy more and more.

Anonymous Profit May 18, 2015 6:41 PM  

Cue fake reviews from the smarter SJWs in - 3.... 2.... 1....

Anonymous Difster VFM #109 May 18, 2015 6:45 PM  

We are such good minions that we need not be told how to vote, we're just supposed to know.

Anonymous Beau May 18, 2015 6:53 PM  

We are such good minions that we need not be told how to vote, we're just supposed to know.

Laughed, I did.

Blogger maniacprovost May 18, 2015 6:57 PM  

Currently reading The Stars Came Back. Rolf is probably the front runner for best new artist. If that's a thing and he's in it, which it and he are, as far as I can remember.

Blogger automatthew 0062 May 18, 2015 7:02 PM  

TSCB is so good I've already read it more than twice.

Anonymous KC9ZNR May 18, 2015 7:10 PM  

It keeps telling me my PIN is invalid. Very frustrating.

Blogger SirHamster (#201) May 18, 2015 7:24 PM  

Can you remind me why some works are only excerpts? I am very unlikely to vote for those. Is that the intention?

Those are also only in PDF, and not epub/mobi, unlike everyone else who provided the whole nominated work. They don't want our votes very much.

Blogger automatthew 0x3e May 18, 2015 7:27 PM  

Short Story: "Totaled"

Well executed tear-jerker euthanasia propaganda. Includes brilliant single-mother scientist.

OpenID jeffro May 18, 2015 7:28 PM  

If someone could tell me if my stuff looks okay I'd appreciate it. (I haven't bought a membership or else I'd check it myself!)

Blogger automatthew 0x3e May 18, 2015 7:35 PM  

The PDF looks fine, Jeffro. If you want an epub file, I can make one for you.

automatthew at gmail dot com

OpenID betamax2015 May 18, 2015 7:37 PM  

just joined, still need a minion number tho.

Blogger maniacprovost May 18, 2015 7:54 PM  

"TSCB is so good I've already read it more than twice."

I thought I heard he was rewriting it in a normal format, or the sequel was normal... which is fine, but if it's not a movie script, I think some of the outrageous coincidences won't stand up as well.

Blogger James Dixon May 18, 2015 7:56 PM  

Meredith is downloading her packet now.

Blogger automatthew 0x3e May 18, 2015 8:03 PM  

maniacprovost, I think the coincidences are no more outrageous than in Stephenson's Cryptonomicon. Which is my #1 favorite.

Anonymous jack May 18, 2015 8:18 PM  

Alas, I'm still trying to get Worldcon to honor the money I sent to them. Emails don't work, I suppose a phone call is next. Probably won't work either. If anyone wants to tell me, again, that Worldcon is honorable, etc. save your breath. I won't believe it. Crap, its been over five weeks now since money changed hands. Several or more emails; 5 tries at the pin lookup. I'm about ready to give up and just contact the credit card company and report fraud.

Blogger Dave W. (#0257) May 18, 2015 8:27 PM  

Just finished downloading mine. Let the reading of Wrongthink and Wrongfun commence!

Anonymous Anonymous May 18, 2015 8:36 PM  

Jack, I ran into the same problem and a Mr. Bruce Farr at WSFS helped me out of the jam with the membership committee who I have yet to hear from from. He kindly emailed me my membership number and got them to register my name on the membership list.
I believe my problem was due to the fact that a tiny handful of email servers refuse to communicate with my .gmail address. I told Bruce that and asked him to have them change it to my icloud address and still never heard from the membership committee. He has been very good though about getting back to me.
Once you have a member number it is easy to get your PIN. I got my pin within 10 seconds tonight at my icloud address.
Goodluck

Blogger VD May 18, 2015 8:36 PM  

Emails don't work, I suppose a phone call is next.

Give them a call. I had to do something similar to deal with an automated problem.

Blogger Jeffro May 18, 2015 8:52 PM  

automatthew 0x3e

Thanks, man. I'm good. And thanks for checking!

Blogger Henry Smith May 18, 2015 9:01 PM  

For those who say they're having trouble download, "PIN is invalid," etc., be aware of this: The original number they gave you that "looks" like a membership number (e.g. SQ89773765280) is actually your PIN number. Your "Voter ID number (e.g. 7115) is actually your membership number.

Try that.

Anonymous jack May 18, 2015 9:13 PM  

Thanks Anon and VD. I will use that gentlemans name on the call. It may be something stupid with gmail for all I know. Though, I have a fairly lenient spam filter and always check spam and trash folders. My wife has gmail and hers sometimes takes incoming emails and shunts them to trash for no apparent reason.
I really do want to vote and be part of the RP effort. I agree with someone up page that if all there is is an excerpt then No Award it gets. A good part of the reason for the $40 is the package of reading material. In its full entirety. Castalia is to be congratulated on their policy. About what we would expect from them; and, thats why we buy from them or Amazon with Castalia's stable of authors.
The only one, I know of now, that I would buy to read before vote is the Three Body Problem Vox has spoken so highly of. I hope the package has the full story.

Blogger Douglas Wardell May 18, 2015 9:22 PM  

I forgot to register for Sasquan until right after this blog post went up. I got the Paypal receipt but nothing from Sasquan yet. I guess I'll give them a few days and then start calling.

Anonymous BGS May 18, 2015 9:30 PM  

Leftist media now believes in right to refuse. But ask yourself, what if the bikers were gay and demanded cake?

“We feel like [the Twin Peaks restaurant where the altercation started] could’ve done more. We feel like that they did not take our advice and try to keep the bike groups from being here,” said Swanton on Sunday after the shooting. “They absolutely have a right to refuse service to people that may be a harm to their patrons and employees.”
http://kxan.com/2015/05/17/fatal-shooting-at-twin-peaks-in-waco/


Anonymous RedJack #22 May 18, 2015 9:32 PM  

Just downloaded the packet. Good Lord, the graphic novels are horrible. Granted, I am not a current fan, but I judge with the standards I once knew of Watchmen, Sandman, and the like.

Anonymous Nathan May 18, 2015 9:43 PM  

Graphic novels are one of the few categories that the Puppies didn't touch. Interesting case study in contrast, both in types of stories and the fact that the SMOFs try to pain Puppies as every -ism on the planet, but they're more than willing to overlook the domestic violence allegations of a Rat Queen creator.

OpenID lostsailor32 May 18, 2015 10:00 PM  

Uh.

Delved into Mz. Marvel "the most important comic published in 2014."

The obnoxious watermarking aside the horrible starts right away:

* "Concern Troll" meaning a white person in on the opening page.
* The white characters are immediately portrayed as assholes that the main character is "not allowed to defend."
* The Avengers "fanfic" is mostly mockery.
* The brother sounds like he's already or immanently joining ISIL.
* Whites at the waterfront party are again portrayed as assholes.
* "...the horrifying realization that super hero costumes don't include underwear."
* The Avengers are apparently Urdu-speaking angels. Who knew?

But at least there are helpful footnotes giving us a cultural eductation on Urdu and Pakistani customs.

I used to be into comics, still have a classic collection in storage, but stopped in the mid-90s. I can't say I was ever a Ms. Marvel fan. But that this is labeled "the most important comic" says a lot. It's a pedestrian story, with hipster-primative art. The only distinctive part, as others have noted, is the ethnicity of the new heroine. Though I suspect the hype is also because it's written a white American who converted to Islam in college.

So far, I'm putting it last. But I won't necessarily but it under No Award. Yet.

Blogger Masha K. May 18, 2015 10:06 PM  

Most libraries probably carry Skin Game anyway. Maybe that's why the publisher didn't include the whole thing.

Oh and one of the Long Form editors included a whole paragraph in the packet on how she's not associated with any of the Puppies. I guess that's supposed to impress me.

Blogger Subversive Saint #249 May 18, 2015 10:07 PM  

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Blogger Subversive Saint #249 May 18, 2015 10:08 PM  

So the "Fan Artist" submissions... If I grade them against my 12 year old daughter's works then only one of them deserves to even be considered. It looks like I've found a direction for her talents.

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Anonymous KC9ZNR May 18, 2015 10:13 PM  

I got an email reply about the PIN not working:
That voter number and PIN were issued to you as a member of MidAmericon 2 to allow you to nominate items for the Hugos this year.

However, in order to vote on the final ballot, or to download this year's Hugo Packet, you must be a memberof Sasquan.

John Lorentz
Sasquan Hugo Administrator


Guess I'll have to shell out some more $$ for a vote this year?

Anonymous BGS May 18, 2015 10:34 PM  

Does anyone have a junk twitter account. I bet if we say we got paid and got extra hazardous duty pay for being white we could get some action going. http://www.weaselzippers.us/223908-ferguson-protesters-protest-not-getting-their-checks-for-protesting-from-their-organizers-list-of-payouts-to-protesters/

Blogger Subversive Saint #249 May 18, 2015 10:39 PM  

Graphic stories... W.T.F.?

Anonymous RedJack #22 May 18, 2015 10:53 PM  

Just finished the lot of the comics.

Need some whiskey now. Yuck.

Blogger eharmonica May 18, 2015 11:07 PM  

Intersting link provided by Lightspeed:
http://www.destroysf.com/

Blogger Russell Newquist May 18, 2015 11:31 PM  

Can you remind me why some works are only excerpts? I am very unlikely to vote for those. Is that the intention?

For a work as popular as Butcher's, the publisher is probably more worried about losing the revenue from piracy if one of these DRM-free files hits bit torrent than they are about whatever pittance they might gain from winning a Hugo.

--Leonidas

Anonymous Viidad May 18, 2015 11:32 PM  

I totally need to create an obnoxious comic for next year.

Anonymous Earl May 18, 2015 11:41 PM  

I will vote for you. 50 bucks.

OpenID malcolmthecynic May 19, 2015 1:16 AM  

The short stories category is very strong.

Anonymous Holmwood May 19, 2015 1:32 AM  

Audible (Amazon's audiobook arm) has discounted Kevin Anderson's Dark Between the Stars (a Puppy nominee for best novel) for the next 22-odd hours. I'm guessing it sells, and Ann Leckie, even John Scalzi, don't.

Timing is interesting though.

($5.95 for the audiobook if you're a member, down from $20-something. Good deal if you are stuck in situations where you need to listen to a book rather than much more efficiently read it.)

Seems to have good reviews.

Blogger maniacprovost May 19, 2015 8:03 AM  

Next year I'll give yall a list of manga to consider for the graphic novel category. Also there have been a few based on Ender's Game. Maybe one will come out this year.

Blogger Josh May 19, 2015 9:01 AM  

Can we get a scifi porn parody nominated for best dramatic work next year?

Blogger Lana J May 19, 2015 9:33 AM  

Everything went very smoothly. All the works are now downloaded and I will begin reading today. The folks who did not provide the full works for free were very short sighted in my opinion. I had not read much in the way of SF/F until Vox started giving away free books, but once I started reading I was hooked. I've probably purchased 75% of everything Castalia House has published to date because of a couple of free short stories.

Blogger Pinakeli May 19, 2015 10:17 AM  

maniacprovost May 18, 2015 7:54 PM

"TSCB is so good I've already read it more than twice."

I thought I heard he was rewriting it in a normal format, or the sequel was normal... which is fine, but if it's not a movie script, I think some of the outrageous coincidences won't stand up as well.


I agree that it was one of the best I have read recently! I really liked the script format. I have always thought that it made the book easier to follow.

Rolf, if you are reading this, I would love to see the sequel in the same format.

Anonymous Jason C. May 19, 2015 11:32 AM  

Vox, et al...

I included two works in the Hugo packet this year for the Campbell Award. The first, "Murder World: Kaiju Dawn", is actually my favorite thing I had published last year. The other, "Hill 142", is an alternate history story set in World War I in the midst of the Battle of Belleau Wood.

Just a public service announcement.

Blogger Victor May 19, 2015 11:33 AM  

Please tell us who you're voting for, Vox!

Anonymous Peter Pan May 19, 2015 12:01 PM  

Subversive Saint #249 May 18, 2015 10:39 PM
Graphic stories... W.T.F.?

RedJack #22 May 18, 2015 10:53 PM
Just finished the lot of the comics.

Need some whiskey now. Yuck.


It's telling, isn't it? This category didn't have any Puppies, Sad or Rabid, nominated for it.

And they sucked.

Blogger Marissa May 19, 2015 12:28 PM  

The other, "Hill 142", is an alternate history story set in World War I in the midst of the Battle of Belleau Wood.

OOooooohh!!! Sounds interesting.

Blogger SirHamster (#201) May 19, 2015 2:32 PM  

Just got started on the Baen Book of Monsters, with Arthur Clarke's short story. Found a reference to the Cold War being over and thought it odd, knowing that this was SF looking forward. Looked up the story's publish date: 1964.

Right as the Vietnam war was ramping up. Eerie vision.

Blogger Clint May 19, 2015 3:21 PM  

I paid my dues on the 15th and have yet to hear anything from them since. I have emailed, asking about the PIN, but that seems to be a no-go for some of you. If I don't hear back pretty soon, I will call.

Blogger Clint May 19, 2015 3:42 PM  

And then they email me right back with the PIN and ID #. That was faster than I expected. Said it might be another day or two before the system recognized my PIN.

#47/#73

Blogger Don Watkins May 19, 2015 7:53 PM  

"Need some whiskey now. Yuck."

Whiskey? I need a black cap...

Regarding hearing from them I didn't get my email until today (19th) so it may be a rolling announcement.

And finally a thanks to all of you. I had pretty much given up on my favorite genre in the early 80s with just a few exceptions for the reasons the puppies were organized. Stumbled on the long needed push back and it's given me a whole new selection and really reignited what had been a 40 year love affair that I had to walk away from. Ya done good and made an old man happy.

Blogger Masha K. May 19, 2015 8:49 PM  

Is it just me of did Michael Flynn's novelette only come in as a pdf?

Anonymous Rolf May 19, 2015 10:13 PM  

Pinakeli , maniacprovost , automatthew 0062 - Thanks for your support, but I'm a long shot for the Campbell with only one full book out there in the wild, and a weirdly formatted one at that. The sequel is in normal prose format, as is the TSCB rewrite, and both are in editing / cover art land. (insert standard comment about laws, sausages, and editing). After people can read the same story in both formats, compare, and give feedback on preferences, I'll decide how to do other future works. Vox is of the opinion that the format turns off a lot of people (and based on Amazon reviews that is certainly the biggest negative mentioned in the 1- and 2-star reviews), so would prefer to go prose format. *shrug* whichever works best for revenue, and it's hard to draw a trend-line with only one data-point.

The Hugo packet has my short story, Shakedown Cruise, from the Riding the Red Horse anthology, rather than TSCB. Long story. How I'll do depends entirely on how many Puppies there are signing up compared to SJWs. Anything above No Award is a major win in my book. Maybe next year, with more titles out.

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