Nominations for the 2019 Hugo Awards open in February. If you were a member of 2018 WorldCon in San Jose, or 2019 WorldCon in Dublin (ME), you are eligible to nominate via an email with a link to the ballot.

The Hugo Awards, to give them their full title, are awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. They were first awarded in 1953, and have been awarded every year since 1955. The awards are run by and voted on by fans.

The Hugo Awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, a famous magazine editor who did much to bring science fiction to a wider audience. Gernsback founded Amazing Stories, the first major American SF magazine, in 1926. He is widely credited with sparking a boom in interest in written SF. In addition to having the Hugo Awards named after him he has been recognized as the “Father of Magazine SF” and has a crater on the Moon named after him.

This year is my very first year to be eligible for a HUGO AWARD in a couple of categories:

REACTANCE is eligible for the HUGO AWARD for Best Novella: Awarded for a science fiction or fantasy story of between seventeen thousand five hundred (17,500) and forty thousand (40,000) words. Boost the signal by voting for Reactance on Goodreads.

And of course…

APPARENT POWER is eligible for the HUGO AWARD for Best Novel: Awarded for a science fiction or fantasy story of forty thousand (40,000) words or more. Boost the signal by voting for Apparent Power on Goodreads.

With thousands of science fiction novels published a year, making the nomination choices myself will be difficult. In the words of George RR Martin:

“Regardless of whether or not you nominate any of my own work, I do urge all the WorldCon members reading this to be sure to nominate. There are a lot of awards being given in SF, fantasy, and horror these days, but the Hugo was the first, and it’s still the one that means the most. It is, of course, important to vote on the final ballot too… but you can’t vote for works that have not been nominated, and it is crucial to have widespread participation in the nominating stage.”

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