Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hugo challenges

From Mike Glyer at File 770:

Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, has made changes to the final Hugo ballot to reflect  eligibility rulings by Hugo administrator John Lorentz.

“Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” by John C. Wright was previously published on a web site in 2013 prior to its inclusion in The Book of Feasts & Seasons in 2014, so it is not eligible for the 2015 Novelette Hugo. Replacing Wright’s novelette on the ballot is “The Day The World Turned Upside Down” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Lightspeed Magazine, April 2014).

Jon Eno did not publish any qualifying artwork in 2014, so he is not eligible for the 2015 Professional Artist Hugo Kirk DouPonce has been elevated to take Eno’s place in the Best Professional Artist category.

Lorentz also reviewed the eligibility of two other works and allowed them to stand: Both Big Boys Don’t Cry (Kratman) and One Bright Star to Guide Them (Wright) were previously published in much shorter versions, and were significantly expanded to novella-length in their 2014 publication. Following previous precedents, for the purposes of the 2015 Hugos they are designated as new works.


Please note the disqualified John C. Wright story was not a Sad Puppy recommendation, but was part of the copycat Rabid Puppies slate.

It's good to see the Hugo admin exercising due diligence with the ballot before it goes out to voters.

This is the third Hugo nomination in a row for Heuvelt , 32, who was a finalist in the same category in 2013 and a finalist in the Short Story category last year. John C. Wright, who had a whopping six nominations this year, drops down to five.

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