Everyone makes Hugo recommendations at this time of year and that’s rarely newsworthy. But after my January exchange with Larry Correia about his campaign to get his novel nominated I should report he has now extended it to a slate of endorsements.
Larry would hate to see fans who’ve decided to help “combat puppy sadness” — by joining Loncon 3 and nominating him for a Hugo — waste the opportunity by leaving the rest of their ballots blank.
Correia, in addition to his own novel, is recommending fiction by Sarah Hoyt, Dan Wells, Vox Day and Brad Torgerson. In the two Best Editor categories he endorses Toni Weisskopf and Bryan Thomas Schmidt. His only recommendation in the fan categories is for Best Fanzine, Steve Diamond’s Elitist Book Reviews.
How well have Correia’s endorsements fared in the past? A couple of his 2012 picks made the final ballot but not his own work. In 2013 the puppies were really sad because almost everybody he pushed (including Elitist Book Reviews) made the ballot – but not his own novel which, again, had been the whole point of the exercise.
That would bring a tear even to this puppy’s eye — if I didn’t altogether loathe the idea of campaigning for Hugos.
Correia styles his appeal as a populist uprising, so I could have pleased everyone involved if I’d headlined this post “Barbarians at the Gates!” But everyone would think I meant it. Hopefully Correia read the works he’s picked and fans will, too, before they write them down. So long as you’ve read the work you’re nominating and think it’s one of the best of the year – well, that’s doing it right. The trouble with most campaigns, Correia’s included, is the way they neglect to encourage some of these steps.