Denvention 3 (World Con) and the Hugos

This afternoon, I bought my supporting membership to Denvention 3, a.k.a. the 66th World Science Fiction convention. I decided on a supporting membership because I really don’t know if I’ll be able to make it to Denver in August, as much as I’d like to, but (a) I still want to be able to vote for the Hugos and (b) I found out that I can upgrade my membership later should I decide to attend in person.

This will actually be the first year that I’ve ever voted for the Hugos and it’s a good year to do it. I won’t reproduce the list of Hugo nominations, but those interested can find the list here.

First off, it will give me the opportunity to vote for Robert J. Sawyer‘s fantastic book, Rollback, which I read when it was serialized in the October 2006-January/February 2007 issues of ANALOG.

Secondly, it gives me the opportunity to vote for Barry Malzberg’s terrific book, Breakfast in the Ruins, which is a kind of extension to his earlier work, The Engines of the Night. I am really hoping that Barry will win in this category this year.

For shorter fiction, I’m currently torn between Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Recovering Apollo 8” and Connie Willis’ “All Seated on the Ground”. In other short fiction categories, I still have some reading to do before making a decision.

I have no opinion on the “dramatic presentation categories”. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to voting for Stanley Schmidt as best editor, short form. The stories that have been appearing in ANALOG in the last year or so have been outstanding, as has Stan’s editorials. I think he’s long overdue for a win in this category.

So I still have some reading to do before making a final decision, but I will be voting this year and that’s pretty exciting for me.