R. Graeme Cameron teases our interest in the Faned Awards by releasing the vote count – 25 in all, 12 Canadian, 13 American. But we have to wait ‘til VCON for him to reveal the winners.
The Graeme says that by Faned Award standards 25 votes constitutes an earth-shattering improvement over last year’s 19.
Bearing in mind I released the ballot only a few days ago (cause I wasted so much time working on the VCON program book), the results aren’t bad.
Next year, as I won’t be doing the program book, I’ll start my ballot publicity at least a month or two before the deadline. The number of voters might well shoot up as high as 30 as a result.
Nuts. This has been up for two days and has no comments! It’s typical of the lack of enthusiasm for Canadian fandom! For instance, to get those 25 ballots, I had to work hard padding the return. I forwarded blank ballot forms to friends who had only the least acquaintance of fandom, so that Graeme would get a few extra ballots to count. Naturally, I expect this will affect the final results — but in an attempt to balance the bias of my friends, I didn’t vote for myself in any category. What worries me is that before my padding, Graeme seems to actually have received *fewer* ballots than last year. What will we do *next* year — permit any member of a hominid species to cast a vote? Will it work? On the positive side, once again I will be lettering the certificates going to the winners, and — as every year — one small detail in the background will be altered so that no two year’s certificates are ever exactly the same. So if you’re a Canadian faned, you’ll want them all!