This year I decided to become a supporting member of the Worldcon/Anticipation that takes place in August in Montreal, Canada.
With a (supporting) membership of the Worldcon comes the right to vote on the Hugo Awards, the science fiction fans’ own awards.
Not just that, this year a big part of the nominee’s works are made available to the voters, so last week I downloaded the “Hugo Voter’s package 2009”, a zipped file of about 180 MB.
The file contains 4 novels, several novellas, short stories , a graphic novel (as far as I can see, have not opened that file yet), and other contributions, in order to facilitate an enlighttened voting process.
Now I am very happy that I got myself an eBook reader – it would be far too tiring reading that much on the iPod Touch. Still I am not tied to the computer screen, but can read anywhere I want – the Sofa or lazy chair is a good place.
I started reading “Saturn’s Children” by Charles Stross, partly because I expect to see him at a small local con (Fantasticon) in Copenhagen this year.
With 4 novels and all the other material I have a quite sufficient amount of reading to do before the Worldcon, even if I am not going to Montreal. I would like to go to a Worldcon once, especially if it takes place somewhere in (Northern) Europe.
Sweet! Please keep us updated on the whole process; I didn’t know you could download reading material before you vote. It sounds really interesting.
And which kind of e-Reader did you get? Probably not the Kindle, since that is US only. Did you blog about it and did I miss it?
The e/reader goes by the OEM name BeBook in The Netherlands, others call it Hamlin (I think)
I will make a few updates once in a while.