The Worldcon Business Meeting ratified last year’s Constitutional changes which create a permanent Best Fancast Category as well as changes to the language of Best Semiprozine and Best Fanzine category. The Best Graphic Story category was ratified. Past three years ago, the category needed ratification to keep a sunset clause from coming into play. A similar clause exists in the Best Fancast category. Finally, an amendment introduced to begin the process of creating a Young Adult Hugo did not achieve enough votes for passage.
Six amendments to the World Science Fiction Society constitution achieved first passage at Aussiecon 4. They will face ratification next year at Renovation.
A proposal to decouple site selection voting fee from initial membership was altered to increase the amount that newly-seated Worldcons can charge to convert voting memberships to attending membership from the existing two-times the voting fee to four-times the fee.
A proposal to permit e-voting in site selection was altered to allow for e-voting only if all contenders and the administering con agree.
A proposal to allow electronic circulation of rules was modified to make e-distribution opt in and require paper copies of the rules to be available at con.
A proposal to allow Hugo nominations for members of the subsequent Worldcon (as well as seated and immediately past Worldcon) was passed as written.
An amendment regarding the Hugo run-off and use of the Hugo logo was passed.
The committee established at Anticipation to report on the Best Semi-Prozine category (and other categories) asked and received a postponement for their report.
Kevin Standlee, Ben Yalow, and Tim Illingworth were re-elected to three year terms on the Mark Protection Committee. Chicon 7 named Sandy Levy as their designated member.
Aussiecon 4 has released this year’s site selection ballot. Chicago in 2012 is running unopposed and is the only bid that appears on the ballot. Aussiecon members who vote will receive a supporting membership in the winning worldcon. This year’s voting fee is US$50/AU$55. The deadline for receipt of mail-in ballots is July 31, 2010
Aussiecon 4 has released a Hugo Voter packet with works and samples from numerous Hugo and Campbell nominees. The packet is available for download by Aussiecon 4 members. Download information will be sent out to members beginning this week. The Hugo voting process for works published or otherwise released in 2009 is open to supporting and attending members of Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention. In order to participate, you must purchase an Aussiecon 4 membership by 31 July 2010 23:59 PDT.
WSFS has announced the finalists for their annual small press award. Short stories published in small press publications are eligible. The winner will be announced at Capclave the weekend of October 16 in Rockville, Maryland.
- “Drinking Problem,” by K.D. Wentworth, Seeds of Change, edited by John Joseph Adams, Prime Books
- “Hard Rain at the Fortean Café,” by Lavie Tidhar, Aeon Speculative Fiction Magazine 14, edited by Bridget McKenna
- “His Last Arrow,” by Christopher Sequeira, Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes, edited by Jeff Campbell and Charles Prepolec, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
- “Silent as Dust,” by James Maxey, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, edited by Edmund R. Schubert
- “Spider the Artist,” by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Seeds of Change, edited by John Joseph Adams, Prime Books
- “The Absence of Stars: Part 1,” by Greg Siewert, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, edited by Edmund R. Schubert,
- “The Toy Car,” by Luisa Maria Garcia Velasco, (translated from Spanish by Ian Watson) Aberrant Dreams, 4/08, edited by Joseph W. Dickerson
The WSFS held its annual business meetings at Anticipation in Montreal. Motions to formally recognize Peter Weston’s contribution to the design of the Hugo Award, include language on the eligibility of electronic publications, and to make the Graphic Story Hugo a permanent category all passed, with the last needing additional ratification in 2012. A motion to abolish the Best Semi-prozine category failed ratification and resulted in a committee, headed by Chris Barkley, to examine the category and propose clarifying language. Barkley’s committee was also tasked with exploring how changes to the Semi-prozine category could also impact other categories.
Anticipation has posted a preliminary agenda for Friday’s Business Meeting. All attending members of Anticipation are invited to attend the Business Meeting and have voting rights. The Business Meetings will take place at 10:00 AM in Palais des Congres Room 518BC on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This year’s agenda includes ratification of four motions from Denvention: recognition of Peter Weston, who makes Hugo rockets, a motion to eliminate the Best Semiprozine Hugo, a motion to make it clear work appearing on the web is eligible for Hugo consideration, and adding the Best Graphic Novel Hugo on a permanent basis. A new motion will be discussed to have future Worldcons offer a discounted rate for younger fans.