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Old 06-07-2010, 08:11 PM   #1
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Hugo Awards Read-A-Long?

I am determined to read all of this year's Hugo award nominees before Worldcon starts on 2Sep2010 because... well, because I'm bored and want to have a "goal" of some sort

Anyone else like to join in? This year's batch look pretty cool and a lot of it has been put online by the authors/publishers.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:41 PM   #2
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I might be in for that, depending on how much is DRMed that I'd have to pay for, as I'm trying to keep that to only books I really want to read. Any linkage for where I can find the books to see what $$ would be?
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Books on the Knob has a post with a full list of Hugo Award nominations and prices/freebie links, if applicable.

Also, if you spend about $50 US/$70 AUS, you can get all the stuff in a single package directly from the Hugo committee, mostly in PDF format, and have voting privileges to boot. But apparently they're kind of slow in processing things.

ETA: Huh. It's also $50 CAD for Canadians. Awesome. I was wavering, but for this price and no currency exchange fees for a full bundle of award-nominated works, I think I'll splurge.

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I'll check out the blog post and see what's up.

Is it sad to anyone else that you can basically buy a Hugo vote for $50? Certainly means that a dedicated fan base could easily tip things, if they have a bit of cash on hand.
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Aren't the Hugos basically the fan-voted awards anyway, and the Nebulas the pro ones?

I guess in a way this democratises things, since readers no longer have to purchase a Worldcon membership and attend to have a say.

Besides, it may be moot because Wikipedia says only a fraction of eligible people even bother to actually vote.
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Aren't the Hugos basically the fan-voted awards anyway, and the Nebulas the pro ones?

I guess in a way this democratises things, since readers no longer have to purchase a Worldcon membership and attend to have a say.

Besides, it may be moot because Wikipedia says only a fraction of eligible people even bother to actually vote.
You have a point, I just feel like awards have gone a bit too far in the direction of inclusion, and I remember the days of early fan-balloting online, when a good campaign could swing things.

Right now, I'm debating if I can justify paying for a packet or if I should just read the stuff I can for free/low cost. It's a hard call, as the geek in me really wants to be a voter.
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Right now, I'm debating if I can justify paying for a packet or if I should just read the stuff I can for free/low cost. It's a hard call, as the geek in me really wants to be a voter.
Well, cost of the 6 novels alone in Kindle format (& the Windup Girl in paperback, though you can get it for $6 on Baen's Webscriptions; even cheaper if you bundle) would be a little over $55 US. So unless there's some authors whose works you really hate and would never pay for in there, you're already saving, especially once you add in the prices of the 4 novellas that aren't free reads online, which brings it up to $89 retail, not counting the unavailable out of print Kage Baker thing which seems to have been a limited edition now starting at $125 second-hand.

Of course, they are mostly in PDF format, which you might need to convert to read comfortably, and some of the bigger name titles are probably already available in a decently stocked local library.

Myself, I'd start by trying all the free stuff first and deciding how I'd vote on those/whether the Hugo nominee selection committee has completely lost all sense of taste based on what they picked for the shorter forms.

Then if I didn't think they've been smoking crack and throwing darts blindfolded to get their choices (or alternatively, that the field just had a really poor year), I'd lay out the money to buy if I felt I had it to spare and wouldn't be living off a 10-kilo bargain baggie of potatoes for the next three weeks, possibly flavoured with a bitter recurring argument over personal finances.

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Good points from everybody

All of the short fiction is online for free. Let's give that a go first. That way we can see if it's fun before shelling out any cash.

My plan is to have a separate thread for each category, so that people can avoid spoilers to a certain extent (I hate spoilers ). I'll also link to any freebies. Sound good?

Edit: All of the Best Novelette fiction is online too. I'll stick up a thread for that as well.

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I'm going to Aussiecon4 and have downloaded the pack. A lot of the novels etc are not in a final published form. Lots of extra bits on a page. I will read them all but I don't think it's going to be as easy as reading a nicely formatted epub.
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