Finally I decided to become a “supporting member” of Worldcon2010 (Aussiecon).
This means that I have been downloading the “Hugo Voter Package” with the majority of the material nominated for the Hugo Awards. When unpacked this amounts to a whopping 700MB, including 5-6 each of Novels, Novellettes, Novellas and Short Stories, as well as a fair bit of Fan and pro magazines, fan and pro artworks.
Last year I started out with reading the novels ( the short stories had already been listened to as podcasts ) and I think that was somewhat of a mistake, since I never got to anything shorter than the novels (apart from the short stories) before the time to vote had come.
This year the plan is to go the opposite way, so I started looking at the:
Fan Artist category in the package :
Brad W. Foster,
Steve Stiles and
All were nominated for graphics art in different styles, except David Howell who designed the base for the 2009 Hugo award.
David Howell will be my choice of Fan Artist for the Hugo Awards 2010. I like the design a lot and I think he deserves to be recognized for the work he did.
Will I be disappointed if someone else wins ? Not at all, this just reflects my preference.