Additions to 2016 Hugo Voter Packet

MidAmeriCon II has added material from Best Editor (Long Form) nominee Sheila Gilbert to the 2016 Hugo Voter Packet that was unintentionally omitted from the original release.

As Gilbert explains:

I am including excerpts from one novel written by each author whose work I published in 2015. I hope that you take a look at these excerpts, perhaps revisiting longtime favorites, or possibly discovering some exciting new novelists who will soon become favorites of yours as well.

There are in total 278 pages of excerpts from —

  • Unbound by Jim C. Hines
  • Impulse by Dave Bara
  • Fields of Wrath by Mickey Zucker Reichert
  • The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca
  • The Crow of Connemara by Stephen Leigh
  • Dragon Thief by S. Andrew Swann
  • Oracle by Michelle West
  • Alien Separation by Gini Koch
  • Faces by E. C. Blake
  • The Twice and Future Caesar by R. M. Meluch
  • Crossways by Jacey Bedford
  • Frozen in Amber by Phyllis Ames
  • A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
  • An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff
  • This Gulf of Time and Stars by Julie E. Czerneda

25 thoughts on “Additions to 2016 Hugo Voter Packet

  1. Oh, cool, I’d been wondering about this. Yay! I look forward to trying them out – well, okay, we own Maresca’s books and my other half liked them a ton, so I know I have to read them anyway. 😉

    ETA: MAC II should flag the updated packets somehow on the page, like “updated 06-02-2016” or something.

  2. @Mike Glyer: Thanks, though I doubt I can take credit; I’m pretty sure some past Worldcon did this (but my memory bites).

    The new addition is a PDF (unsurprising) and there’s an average of 18.5 pages per novel. Tasty morsels. 😉

  3. Thanks for letting us know!

    Incidentally, I took Del Rey up on their offer to email them about Uprooted, and they sent me a link to access it through NetGalley. From there, you can either send it to your Kindle or download an epub. Both have DRM, and the epub expires 55 days after download. If necessary, you can download it again, until Sep 30 (when it’s archived).

  4. Just looked at the ordinary online excerpts of The Crow of Connemara. The description did not fill me with optimism and I had to stop reading the excerpt after four or five painful examples of “Oirish” dialogue in as many paragraphs.

  5. Having said that I have previously read a couple of the books mentioned above and they were pretty good.

  6. @Laura: Oh, the EPUB I downloaded for Uprooted expires? Thanks for the heads up! I was hoping to have a permanent ebook for re-reading, to go with the hardback I read.

    (Googling.)

    Huh, Adobe EPUB DRM is trivial to remove. (Yes, this is the first time I’ve looked into it.) Hmm.

  7. @Kendall
    Yup, you’ll see a status column in Adobe Digital Editions which shows how many days left you have.

    Apparently the Kindle book from NetGalley doesn’t expire. My epub has paid a visit to Apprentice Alf so now it doesn’t either. I own the hardcover, but it is nice to have the ebook for re-reading. Heck, if I ever see it on sale at Kobo, I’ll probably get that too just for convenience. Yeah, in case it isn’t obvious, I like this book!

  8. @Marshall Ryan Maresca: LOL. 😀 Gak, I’m embarrassed I haven’t read them yet.

    BTW I just noticed a MARESCA Beer & Ale sign – you’ve probably seen it (4th hit on Amazon when just searching for “maresca”). 😉

    @Laura: Heh, I could tell. I loved Uprooted!

  9. Mike Glyer –

    “… Date stamping the packet folders is a good idea. ”

    Being the household Tech Gnome I was the one to bring down the packet files for She Who Must Be Obeyed.

    When I realized that several of the packets had the same filenames as the files from last year We Were Not Amused.

    Would it have *really* have been too hard to have used names like: “Novel_Noms_2015” instead of “Novel” ?

  10. @Craig
    Did you get fired from Tech Gnome? 😉

    My high tech solution was to save them in a “2016 Hugos” folder. I also renamed them as I downloaded them 01Novel, 02Novella, etc. to keep them in ballot order.

  11. @Laura: I put things into separate folders, named similar to how you do it to keep things in ballot order (the latter’s a recent change for me).

    At some point, though, I realized I didn’t need to Hugo materials separate from other ebooks, and I especially didn’t need to keep garbage (e.g., Wright or Beale stuff) or stuff I knew I wouldn’t ever reread (e.g., read but didn’t love) – though I probably kept all the novels.

    So now I only have a 2016 Hugo Packet for 2015 folder. Older packet files are just integrated into other stuff, in the folder structure I use for other ebook stuff. I didn’t bother keeping things like Short Form Editor lists of stuff they edited (I won’t refer to that ever again).

    /ramble 🙂

  12. @Kendall
    I keep the packets, but I copy the things I really want into the calibre program with the rest of my ebooks.

    Any word on when we might see the Retro packet come out?

  13. I do hope the Retro packet has the actual 1940 edition of Blowups Happen; I’ve looked through my books, and as far as I can tell all the versions I own have the later version. (When a 1940 story references the Manhattan Project you know it’s been rewritten!) Does anyone know if Slan was rewritten after its serialization? I do, of course, own a copy, but I don’t know if it is substantially the same work as was nominated or not.

    A friend bought the Blowups Happen edition of Astounding on eBay, but it turns out the second part of the Slan serialization in Astounding is a very expensive edition to find because of another story. So I’ll be able to borrow his Blowups Happen if necessary to read the actual nominated work, but I’m not so sure about Slan.

  14. @Marshall: ROFL! OMG you have got to get that shirt! I do wonder why it exists, though. The description is amusing: “A 100% pre-shrunk cotton t-shirt proclaiming how great the Maresca family is!” … “Probably not *exactly* what your last name means, but we’re pretty sure it’s close” … uh, okay? 😉

    @Laura: No idea re. the packet, but MAC II has updated the Hugo Voting page with pix of various finalists and a disclaimer that the packet doesn’t include any Dramatic Presentation finalists. The Retro page hasn’t changed; I’m not going to hold my breath on this.

  15. @Kendall
    Yeah, I still have plenty of 2016 stuff to look at first before I’m ready to look at the Retros anyway.

  16. The RetroHugo packet for 1938 included an edition of The Legion of Time with references to Los Alamos, so I wouldn’t be confident of getting the original in every case.

    I believe ‘Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius’ was also revised, so that’s something to look out for.

  17. @Cally
    I do hope the Retro packet has the actual 1940 edition of Blowups Happen;

    This is supposedly the original 1940 edition.

    it turns out the second part of the Slan serialization in Astounding is a very expensive edition to find because of another story.

    I checked the ISFDB listing, and nothing jumps out at me as being particularly desirable (but maybe I’m just not very well-read). What is the story that drives up the price?

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  19. I checked the ISFDB listing, and nothing jumps out at me as being particularly desirable (but maybe I’m just not very well-read). What is the story that drives up the price?

    Perhaps ‘Farewell to the Master’ (which is the source of a well-known film, I believe)?

  20. Andrew M: Perhaps ‘Farewell to the Master’ (which is the source of a well-known film, I believe)?

    I was curious, too, and the story you named seems the only candidate from that issue’s ToC (as listed on ISFDB). Even so, I hope somebody will explain why it’s such a collectible, because I’m not feeling at all covetous.

  21. I’ve no idea why it’s so collectible, either, but that’s the story my friend said drove up the price past his price point. Note, I don’t know what his price point is, just that the Farewell To The Master issue exceeded it.

  22. It is the story that was the source material for the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951 and 2008). Perhaps some wealthy Keanu Reeves fan is buying up copies?

    If you want to read it, here ’tis.

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