I was saving this category until closer to voting opening but that’s been delayed so long I almost forgot about my plans.
This week I’m going to do six posts about each of the Hugo 2020 Best Fan Writer Finalist. Each one will entitled along the lines of “Why You Should Vote for [insert name of fan writer] For Best Fan Writer”. I’m not going to rank them because, zoiks, that’s going to be way too hard. I will be picking things out about each and what I like about them.
To kick things off, here are the finalists again as well as some links to where you can find them (not just eligible fan writing), as well as sample posts stolen from The Hugo Sheet of Doom or from Hugo Packet links.
- Cora Buhlert: Blog: corabuhlert.com Other Sites: https://retrosfreviews.blogspot.com/ & http://indiespecfic.blogspot.com/ Twitter: @CoraBuhlert Sample: http://corabuhlert.com/2020/01/01/a-handy-guide-to-all-sff-related-posts-and-works-of-2019/ Galactic Journey: https://galacticjourney.org/author/corabuhlert/
- James Davis Nicoll: Blog: https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/ Other Sites: http://youngpeoplereadoldsff.com/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/jamesdnicoll Dreamwidth: https://james-davis-nicoll.dreamwidth.org/ Twitter: @jamesdnicoll Sample: https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/paint-it-black Tor.com: https://www.tor.com/author/james-davis-nicoll/
- Alasdair Stuart: Blog: https://alasdairstuart.com/ Newsletter: https://alasdairstuart.com/the-full-lid/ Twitter: @AlasdairStuart Podcast: https://pseudopod.org/ & https://escapepod.org Sample: https://us8.campaign-archive.com/?u=a0e2b590b7db9ab7d2927942c&id=a411809ebd SciFiBulletin: https://scifibulletin.com/?s=Alasdair+Stuart
- Bogi Takács: Blog: https://www.bogireadstheworld.com/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bogiperson Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bogireadstheworld/ Twitter: @bogiperson Sample: https://www.bogireadstheworld.com/transness-and-environmental-themes-in-sff/ Tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2019/07/17/quiltbag-speculative-classics-dawn-xenogenesis-1-by-octavia-e-butler/
- Paul Weimer: Sites: http://www.nerds-feather.com/search/label/paul%20weimer & https://skiffyandfanty.com/author/jvstin/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/princejvstin Twitter: @PrinceJvstin Sample: https://skiffyandfanty.com/blogposts/blogseries/miningthegenreasteroid/miningrocannonsworld/ Tor.com: https://www.tor.com/author/paul-weimer/ B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/author/paulweimer/
- Adam Whitehead: Blog: https://thewertzone.blogspot.com/ Other Sites: https://atlasoficeandfireblog.wordpress.com/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4370220 Twitter: @Werthead Sample: https://thewertzone.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-lord-of-rings-second-age-tv-round-up.html
Wow, I’m exhausted just pasting all those links in! That’s a clue to this year’s nominees: firstly I know I’ve missed stuff so this is a fraction of what they do and secondly this is a really hard working set of finalists! As well as general fan writing, they are involved in multiple projects as either organisers or contributors. In addition many are involved in things like writing fiction, photography, poetry, cartography or publishing. This year’s finalists are all people who actively provide the connections between fans that makes fandom a community.