TheHugoAwards.org reported that the Saturday, August 8 session of the Worldcon Business Meeting voted not to ratify the amendment deleting the Best Semiprozine Hugo, but did ratify the “Making the Web Eligible” provisions and voted to continue the Best Graphic Story Hugo.
Neil Clarke, at Save the Semiprozine Hugo said in his “We Did It” post:
Our supporters spoke eloquently and with conviction. When the vote was finally held, we won by an overwhelming majority.
That means the Best Semiprozine Hugo will continue to be awarded. With the “Making the Web Eligible” amendment taking effect, eligible works will include not only publications produced as issues, but “the equivalent in other media,” meaning qualifying blogs and websites.
The identical change to the Best Fanzine category definition also was ratified.
Clarke reported this other important development:
A new committee to help redefine the semiprozine and related Hugos was voted into place shortly afterwards. It will be chaired by Chris Barkley.
While waiting for an explanation of what that means, exactly, I hope it will lead to better definitions of commercial and noncommercial fanac in the Hugo categories. Which we’ll need in 2010 — before the committee can even make its first report. Always remember the World Science Fiction Society motto, “Ready! Fire! Aim!”