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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

I'm 'going' to New Zealand

I have purchased an "attending" membership for the worldcon in New Zealand. The convention has gone virtual because of the pandemic, so "attending" means I can participate online, vote for the Hugos, etc., but don't get to actually go to New Zealand.  I plan to read the novels on the Hugo ballot. (I read one, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, a few months ago. I thought it was wonderful.)

I am curious whether any other RAW fans have purchased memberships in the convention and whether there might be an opportunity for programming or some sort of get together.

With the Columbus, Ohio, NASFiC in August in jeopardy because of the pandemic, plans are underway for a virtual RAWcon this summer. More soon, after I have had a chance to discuss this with the main organizer and see what he is ready to release.


Van Scott said...

Wow! It took a quick google search to learn that all of the Hugo finalists this year are by female authors. I thought science fiction wa supposed to be a male dominated genre. Is it possible that Ishtar really is rising?

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

Yes, as I noted earlier, that seems to be the case. I should have listed the nominations:

The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)

Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir ( Publishing)

The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)

A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)

Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire ( Publishing)

The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)

Here is my earlier blog post: