39 thoughts on “It’s That Time!

      1. I mostly read the first one (okay I scanned when I realized I’d been reading approximately forever and was 1/3 through) and noped out. And I’m a fast reader. I did like the art. I didn’t finish Raksura either. Luckily I already read Lady Trent as they were published, ditto Five Gods so no probs there.

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  1. Hello from Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia where there are plenty of dragons but not a hugo in sight. I have traversed the Gobi desert and can report that it is vast, hot,and would kill you within a day.

    Sunday beer = Chinggis Khan (and Saturday vodka too!)

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    1. We are definitely living in the future when someone can internet post from Outer Mongolia. Only in the capital, I know, but still.

      There’s wireless in Timbuktu as well, and Antarctica.

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      1. That reminds me of the story of the sociology student who worked on a research project and had to call up various local Bremen and Bremerhaven phone numbers for a representative survey. At one phone number, a man told them that he unfortunately couldn’t answer any questions right now, because he had to haul in the nets. Turned out the student had called up a fishing boat.

        But they were even more stunned, when they dialled another phone number and found themselves talking to a researcher at the Neumayer III Antarctic research station, which is administered via the Alfred-Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven and thus has a Bremerhaven phone number.

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  2. I submitted my Hugo and Retro Hugo votes last night. Though I abandoned Stormlight and other finalists who just didn’t do it for me, after giving them a fair try.

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  3. I find it simplifies things a lot if you just vote “No Award” (and nothing else) for Series and any other categories you think shouldn’t be on the ballot at all, like Best Editor (Long Form). Another way to make otherwise-impossible categories more tractable is to redefine (for yourself) what they mean. So I treat the “Best Artist” categories as “Best Cover” categories instead and only look at cover pictures.

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    1. Whatever occurs Vox Day claims to have won. It’s like the whole ‘burn down a category’ thing – nothing got burned down. Worldcon is still there, Hugos are still there.

      Fandom has have been having rows and stoushes and controversies since the existence of fandom. I don’t want to trivialise people’s concerns but this ain’t new.

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      1. Does he even believe this shit any more? Aren’t some of the dead elk beginning to notice the SJWs, Hugos, and Worldcon are still there? Of course, who are they gonna believe, Teddy Boy or their own eyes…

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    2. “We succeeded in turning WorldCon into WisCon, so we have destroyed it.”

      Sorry, but that makes no sense even by Vox Day’s standards.

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      1. Well, I hope that the artists and writers got paid, at least, ditto for the printers, distributors, etc… Though I don’t see him setting the comics world on fire anymore than he’d managed to set anything else on fire so far.

        As for the various alt-right comic Kickstarter, it’s fascinating how much money some people are willing to throw at projects of questionable quality, as long as the creators have the right political persuasions and bang the “Poor conservative me, I’m being persecuted by the SJW” drum loud enough.

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    3. I wonder if the SJWs even noticed that Mr Beale “destroyed” them.

      I’m still plugging away at my ballot, but I do have Tuesday off from work. I’ll panic, wave my hands, and run around in circles on Tuesday. Wish me luck!

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  4. It me!

    Despite the realization that time is running out, I have always enjoyed Panic Blob.

    I’m going to take a crack at some of the shorter Retro tomorrow. I still have 48 hours to go! Minus sleep, eating, cats, etc.

    Also, leaving things blank. I really don’t know squat about Podcast and didn’t listen.

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    1. With the retros, I got lucky that I had read/watched many of the nominated works already and only needed to refresh my memory. And the ones I hadn’t read were mostly short – and I noped out out the three novels I didn’t know, because all were deadly dull, so my best novel retro ballot has only three candidates.

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      1. That’s what saves me on Retro– I only have to glance at them, see if the suck fairy was too hard on it, and move on.

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  5. I kept putting off getting my supporting membership because so much else to get done (And July is THE month for me, with 17 days guaranteed occupied by festivals. Volunteering, not just viewing.) It would seem a tad late now… I’d need to read 3 novellas, all the novelettes, and all but two short stories. oh, and some novels. Lots of novels. Sooooooo many novels. (Even without series, I thin I’m 2/6 on best novel, and 1/6 on YA and 0/however many Campbells have a novel.)

    So, I guess I won’t get my say in.

    on the plus side, I just saw 23 plays/stand-up comedians/one person schticks/musicals/ventriloquists over the course of a week and a half…

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    1. Wow, that’s a lot of plays/musicals/comedians/etc.!!! 🙂 I’m kinda jealous, though that sounds like a super-busy-jam-packed week-and-a-half.

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      1. Winnipeg hosts the second biggest Fringe Theatre Festival in North America. 12 days long. It can be intense, or you can dip in lightly. I’ve been volunteering since the year before I graduated high school, so I tend towards the deep dive side. The last few years a bit less so, as I had to trade off new jobs and/or kid minding. They’re old enough now I can start getting back into my old level of involvement (by next year I can even consider taking the younger to the kid friendly shows. I have taken the elder twice, just not this year, for Reasons.)

        I had Thursday and Friday off work on the first week, so I filled those with show-watching, and did the majority of my volunteering then (only 4 shifts in total this year, and it was originally meant to be 5). Which turned out good in more than one way: Wednesday through Friday last week were supposed to be busy in other ways but my husband got sick instead, so I was mostly home with him and the kids.

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  6. My panic blob exploded and I finished my ballot as best I could (i.e., a few categories empty and some categories only partially ranked). Whew! Too busy today to do more.

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  7. I’m done. My Panic Blob fell over face first in exhaustion.

    It’s 6.5 hours till the deadline, which is better than during nominations when I literally went right up till last second.

    Now I’m going to read the book equivalent of junk food.

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  8. Panic Blob has awoken and realized that “all that stuff that needs to be done right before Worldcon” means 2 weeks to do all the stuff, not counting the 2-4 days that are already booked for things elsewhere.

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