As you probably know, the finalists for the 2022 Hugo Awards have just been announced. And I promise you that the detailed analysis of the finalists, which I know you’re all waiting for, is coming as soon as I can get it done. And the ballot is truly excellent this year, with several firsts, including the first ever black African-born finalist and the youngest ever Hugo finalist.
But for now, I want to focus on just one category, namely the 2022 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Cause if you take a look at that category, you will find – among the most excellent company of Paul Weimer, Jason Sanford, Chris M. Barkley, Alex Brown and Bitter Karella – my name. Yes, I’m a Hugo finalist for Best Fan Writer again!
I’ve known about this for about three weeks now (for those who don’t know, the Hugo administrators contact you beforehand to ask if you want to accept the nomination). Indeed, I got the mail from Chicon 8 a day after I posted my Open Letter to the 2022 Hugo Finalists on this blog.
It’s a great honour to be a Hugo finalist for the third time and I want to thank everybody who nominated me.
Because the covid pandemic is still ongoing, I’m not sure if I can attend Chicon 8 this year. I certainly hope that I can attend, but I’m not holding my breath. So I may I lose out yet again on my chance to attend the Hugo ceremony in person as well as the reception beforehand and the party afterwards again. That said, I got the full Hugo finalist experience in Dublin in 2019 as the designated accepter for Galactic Journey.
I also have a request. Like all Hugo finalists, I will be asked to put together a selection of writings for the Hugo voters packet. And that’s why I need your help. Which 2020 articles, essays or reviews of mine should go into the Hugo Voters packet? There is a full list here, so let me know in the comments which ones you think should go into the packet.
How can you vote for the 2022 Hugos? I guess pretty much everybody here knows how it works, but for those who don’t, it’s quite simple. If you buy a supporting membership for Chicon 8, the 2022 Worldcon, you can vote for the Hugo Awards as well as vote to select the location of the 2024 Worldcon. You also receive all of the convention publications and get access to the Hugo Voters’ packet, which contains most of the nominated works either in part or as a whole. If you buy a virtual membership, you can also attend the virtual panels and other events online. If you want to attend in person, you’ll need an attending membership. You can buy memberships here.
As I said above, the detailed analysis of the 2022 Hugo ballot is coming soon. But for now, I just want to say thank you for nominating me.