Sasquan Releases Hugo Nominee Packet

The 2015 Hugo Voter Packet can now be downloaded by members of Sasquan here.

The packet contains the full text of three Hugo-nominated novels, The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, and The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, plus excerpts of Skin Game by Jim Butcher and Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie.

All of the nominated short fiction and four of the five graphic novels are included in their entirety. (Sasquan’s press release suggests Zombie Nation may still be coming).

Complete copies of four of the five Related Works nominees are in the packet, together with an excerpt from Letters from Gardner by Lou Antonelli.

There is some material in each of the other categories except the Dramatic Presentations, but as Sasquan notes in the release, “not everyone wanted us to include their work in this packet.”

This download is supplied by the creators and publishers of nominated works to allow Hugo Awards voters to make an informed choice. It is free to Sasquan members, including new members who join before July 31.

Voting on the Hugo Awards is open to all Supporting, Attending or Young Adult members of Sasquan. Information about voting and a ballot may be found here [PDF file]. Voting requires a membership number and Hugo PIN, and can be done online here.

The full press release follows the jump.

MEDIA RELEASE #2015-7

Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention

19-23 August 2015 at Spokane WA USA

http://www.sasquan.org pressrelease@sasquan.org

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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54 thoughts on “Sasquan Releases Hugo Nominee Packet

  1. NickPheas: “a long reformatting session if you want something that’s not going to continuously annoy. Second strike just pushes it down my reading pile.”

    I’ve got the Butcher book in physical form, from my library. I’m 100 pages in (22%), and man, is it cliched, formulaic, and tedious. I was determined to read the whole thing — but now I may have to re-think that. Life is too short, and there are too many great books waiting to be read, to waste hours of it on this sort of mindless tripe. I’ve come to the conclusion that when the Puppies say “fun” what they really mean is “brainless”. I can’t believe millions of people have actually paid to read 15 books of this stuff. That scares me almost as much as the fact that millions of people have paid to read 50 Shades of Gray

  2. There’s nothing wrong with “brainless.”

    “Brainless” can be quite relaxing and enjoyable and, as has been pointed out, it sells really, really well.

    Mind you, I think that books you don’t have to think about when reading are not what I would call top-tier award-worthy.

  3. Peace Is My Middle Name: “There’s nothing wrong with ‘brainless’. ‘Brainless can be quite relaxing and enjoyable and, as has been pointed out, it sells really, really well.”

    I don’t begrudge people enjoying brainless SFF. I have a couple of my own guilty pleasures. But, as you say, “brainless” =/= “Hugo nomination-worthy” — and I resent having to spend precious reading time on stuff that I don’t enjoy and that would never have gotten near the ballot if the Puppies hadn’t gamed it there.

    I don’t mind giving my reading time to things like The Three-Body Problem and The Goblin Emperor — which I would probably not have nominated for Hugos, but I appreciate having my SFFnal horizons widened, and I can still certainly understand why others feel that they are exceptional, and I would not say that they do not deserve their place on the ballot.

    But when I’m sitting there rolling my eyes every two lines at lame dialogue, it’s quite another matter.

  4. I also don’t understand why Penguin couldn’t have provided a better excerpt for Skin Game. At least Orbit didn’t include a prepress PDF with all the registration marks like they have done in the past.

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