Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

Scalzi on Hugos

Not that he needs me to link to him, but John Scalzi pretty much nails it in his round-up of this year's Hugo Kvetching and his overview of the situation. I thank him very much for noticing the number of people who want those of us who are doing the work to change what we're doing to suit them because they Can't Be Bothered. Or, as I put it, they want to steal someone else's intellectual property and re-purpose it to their own ends, but only if it doesn't require actually doing anything more than pounding on a keyboard.

The proposal I read a couple of days ago to actually create a worldwide equivalent to the Clarke Award — a juried award that would go to "quality" works as opposed to that "populist" stuff — is good, because it doesn't understate the rather considerable effort it takes to set up a decent award. I know both sides of the fence, as I'm a director of the non-profit corporation that runs the SF & Fantasy Translation Awards. Just a couple of days ago I did one of the several bits of housekeeping for the corporation; an annual filing with the California Attorney General's office.

Good Awards are Hard Work, regardless of whether they're popular-vote, juried, or something else.
Tags: hugo awards, translation awards
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