March 29th, 2018

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2018/1943 Hugo Award Finalists Announcements This Weekend

I'm slowly emerging from "radio silence." The past week has been somewhat difficult and challenging in some ways for me, and I have only so much time I can spend on optional things like writing this journal. In this case, it had to be set aside in favor of me working as the WSFS division manager for Worldcon 76 San José and as a member of the Hugo Awards Administration Subcommittee. I'm not going to give anything way, but there were times when squeezing into a conference call wasn't easy. (It was harder for those on the US east coast and Europe!) But we're nearing that intermediate finish line.

I'm off work for today and tomorrow, and have arrived at Norwescon in SeaTac, Washington. This is one of the three places where Worldcon 76 will be doing a live announcement of the 2018 and 1943 Hugo Award Finalists. The other two events are an open-to-the-publin event at the 7 Stars Bar & Grill in San Jose, and an event at FollyCon/Eastercon 2018 in the UK. The announcements will be at Noon Pacific Daylight Time (8 PM British Summer Time) on Saturday, March 31, 2018. (Not April 1, although as others have pointed out, it will be April 1 at SF/F conventions in Australia and New Zealand.) I'm sorry we did not manage to find people to do similar live events at other SF/F conventions this weekend, and I'm partially to blame for not having beat the bushes better.

Shortly after the live events (probably round 1 PM PDT, but I wouldn't guarantee that to the second), the video and the finalist lists will also be posted on the Worldcon 76 web site and on

Voting will open sometime in April. We're not going to commit to a specific date yet. You have to be a member of Worldcon 76 (and only Worldcon 76) as of when you vote. The deadline for joining is the same as the deadline for voting (unlike the nominating ballot), but if you are planning on voting on the final ballot, I encourage you to join as at least a supporting member now and not put if off to the last minute, where a computer failure could leave you in the lurch.
Kreegah Bundalo

Health Matters

Meanwhile, not only am I not recovered from last week's cold, but it's worse, and I'm worried that in my compromised state I picked up something worse. I was not getting enough sleep last week, and today exacerbated things because of having to be up around 3:30 for the trip to SeaTac. Saturday night I fly back to the Bay Area, and Sunday I drive home. Assuming I don't keel over first.

I spent the day at the Worldcon table, but rather than get into the evening festivities, I went back to the hotel. (I'm at the Holiday Inn Express down the street, not in the Doubletree. Glad it's not raining.) Tomorrow I don't have specific time commitments, so I'm not setting an alarm, even if it means missing out on the included breakfast. I must get some rest!
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