Aug. 12th, 2014

mishalak: A fantasy version of myself drawn by Sue Mason (Nice)
The membership for the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention is more than 10,000 in total. More than any other previous Worldcon according to File 770. Loncon has also reported that a record 3,587 valid ballots were received. For perspective that is 1,400 than the next highest total, at least 50% more than 'normal'. Given that there is a huge push by the right wing of fandom to get Larry Correia and Vox Day Hugos and the unusually high number of supporting memberships even for a European Worldcon (the last one in Glassgo had 1,087 in total where the current has 2,207 from the United States alone) I am going to predict that they have won this. If I am wrong I will eat crow on Saturday, but I cannot imagine what would have otherwise motivated so many people to vote for the Hugo this year.* The question is if the 'normal' voters for the Hugo that 2,000-ish number contains more than about 600 people who value politics over good writing.

*Seriously, is there some other voter drive going on that I am unaware of? It is not like The Hugoes are terribly famous. I do not know many SF fans under 30 who have heard of them. So, any other theories as to what might be happening?

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