M2HugoNomination_ForOnline1It is time to start filling in your nomination ballots for the 2016 Hugo Awards and the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards! These awards are given each year by the membership of the Word Science Fiction Convention.

The Hugo Awards voting process has two stages: a nomination period and a final voting period. During the nomination period ballots may be cast by members of MidAmeriCon II and Worldcon 75 (as of January 31) and members from Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon. Once the nomination period closes, only members of MidAmeriCon II are eligible to vote on the final ballot.

If you have any questions about the nomination or voting process, please email hugoadmin@midamericon2.org

To nominate you will need your Hugo PIN number (located on your Progress Report 2 envelope or via email from MidAmericon2) and your membership number. Hugo PINs are being emailed out between January 27 – February 5, 2016 to people who elected for electronic publications and are members of the eligible Worldcons. Pins from last year’s Sasquan have been invalidated and will not work with this process.

If you have not received your Hugo PIN by February 5, 2016 please email hugopin@midamericon2.org

Nominations will close on March 31, 2016.

Last year, the Hugo Awards were the focal point of considerable controversy, as a small group of special interest activists attempted unsuccessfully to hijack the awards; this year, however, we are hoping that cooler heads will prevail. The nominations may be subject to influence out of proportion to the actual wishes and intent of the Worldcon membership, but the final voting for last year’s award showed that the actual voting process cannot be simply stolen.

As long as we’re on the subject, we’d like to offer the gentle suggestion that Krypton Radio has five shows that might be suitable for nomination for the Best Fancast Award: The Event Horizon, Docking Bay 94, Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, Stolendroids, and MarkWho42.  Listen to a few episodes and see what you think. We thought we’d mention the idea.