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You, too, can vote in the Hugos!

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I've seen a bunch of people say in the past couple of days that they're not eligible to vote in the Hugos.

But there is a very easy way to become eligible to vote in the Hugos: pay US $40 (or GB £25) to become a supporting member of WorldCon. You can do this from anywhere in the world, from your computer.

If you do that, you will receive a copy of the Hugo Voter Packet, which will almost certainly include electronic copies of most of the nominated works. The total value of the works included in the packet will be more than US $40. For example, the entire Wheel of Time series will be included.

There are, of course, plenty of people who can't afford that $40 regardless of how much stuff they get for it. I'm not making an argument that it's the right price for a membership. All I'm saying is that there are a lot of people who think that it's impossible for them to participate in the Hugo process because they don't know how to go about doing so.

So please spread the word: if you can afford a $40 supporting membership, then you can help determine who wins this year's Hugo Awards. As a bonus, you also get to nominate for next year's awards, when the time comes for that.

For more details, see my 2011 entry about the packet.

[Edited an hour after posting to add info about Wheel of Time.]

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If anyone says, "I feel funny joining a convention just to vote," I say, "What you're actually doing is paying one year of membership dues to the World Science Fiction Society." It's not so much that you have to pay to vote, but that if you want to vote on the awards given out by WSFS, you have to join WSFS, which perhaps is easier for some people to understand.

-- Kevin Standlee

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