Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Courage of My Convictions

I've voted in the Hugo Awards nearly every year since 1984. I've been on the Hugo Administration Subcommittee three times (1993, 1994, 2002). Sometimes the winners seem great to me. Sometimes I say, "What were the voters thinking?" And I'm prepared to say, "I didn't like that particular winner." That doesn't mean the process is broken, and I don't think I've ever taken any specific result as an excuse to claim that the entire process is broken and should be replaced with the Kevin Standlee Awards.

What I have done is participated in an ongoing debate about individual categories, sometimes helping draft wording for specific changes -- additions, revisions, or deletions. And I've made no secret of the fact that I think we currently charge too much to gain the franchise and that a Worldcon Supporting Membership of between $20 and $30 (rather than roughly twice that, which is what it is now) would be better for WSFS and the Hugo Awards. But that's not at all the same thing as saying the entire process is broken. And because I participate in the process, I think I have a lot more moral standing to express concerns about elements of it than do those who stand off and carp about the results while huddling behind a procedural shield.
Tags: awards, hugo awards

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