The revised Hugo Awards Ballot for 2016 has been announced by MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, following the withdrawal of two nominees: Thomas A. Mays, who declined in the Short Story category, and Black Gate, who declined our nomination last week. Two nominees were added: “Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015) and the group blog Lady Business. I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never heard of Lady Business, so I checked them out this week — and was impressed. In announcing their placement on the ballot, they were gracious enough to acknowledge us:
First and foremost, we would like to acknowledge Black Gate, a fine blog that has been an integral part of the SF/F fandom community for many years. Withdrawing from consideration cannot have been an easy decision for them, and we wish them all the best.
They also summarized their mandate:
For those not familiar with Lady Business, we are a group of women and genderqueer people who write about media from an intersectional feminist perspective. You can learn more about our individual editors here.
They have a handy sample list of 2015 posts, and it’s got some great stuff — including Nerd Adventures: Pacific Rim at After School Special by litomnivore, and an entertainingly cranky review of one of my favorite superhero shows, Agents of SHIELD 3×01, “Laws of Nature” – Don’t Try the Fish by renay. They also offer short fiction reviews, take look at Gender Discrimination in SFF Awards, and tackle the massive project of tracking eligibility for next year’s awards in the 2017 Hugo Spreadsheet of Doom.
I admit I was a bit apprehensive about what would take our place on the ballot, and it’s great to put those fears to rest. In my opinion, replacing Black Gate with Lady Business has upgraded the ballot nicely. As a side bonus, I’ve discovered a fine new site…. and isn’t that what awards are supposed to be about? Drop by Lady Business and check them out for yourselves.