New Voting Record: Sasquan received 2122 valid nominations (2119 online and 3 paper ballots), making this the seventh year in a row a new record has been set.
Loncon 3 received 1,923 ballots last year. Prior to that LoneStarCon 3 received 1,343 in 2013, Chicon 7 received 1,101 in 2012, Renovation received 1,006 in 2011, Aussiecon 4 received 864 in 2010 and Anticipation received 799 in 2009, each a record-setting figure at the time.
Puppies Lock Up The Ballot: A total of 61 final ballot nominees appeared on Brad Torgersen’s Sad Puppies 3 list or Vox Day’s Rabid Puppies list. Only 24 nominees did not come from either list.
Six Hugo categories are completely filled with nominees from the two slates. The only category totally without puppies is Best Fanartist — doubtless because neither Sad Puppies nor Rabid Puppies recommended any fanartists.
Another New Record: John C. Wright received six nominations, breaking the old record of 5 on the same ballot held by Seanan McGuire.
Missing in Action: Surprisingly, Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter Nemesis and Brad Torgersen’s The Chaplain’s War are not on the final ballot. Each was backed by one or both slates and one would think the novels from the slates that did make it would have had less support than these two books. The authors certainly had no problem getting their works on the final ballot in 2014. Did they lack enough votes in 2015, or did they decline their nominations?
Update: Larry Correia confirmed in a post on his blog that he did decline his nomination.
The Hugo administrator tells me he will not report on withdrawals or his eligibility determinations until after the Hugo ceremony at Sasquan.
However, I think a few of the eligibility rulings can be anticipated. The following items were on one or both lists but didn’t make the final ballot.
- Best Short Story: “Tuesdays With Molakesh the Destroyer” – Megan Grey – publication date 2015, is eligible in 2016, not this year.
- Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): Coherence – IMDB shows this as a 2013 release.
- Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): Supernatural: “Dog Dean Afternoon” – IMDB shows this as a 2013 release.
- Best Semiprozine: Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show — It’s listed by Semiprozine.org as a professional publication, so may be ineligible.