Spin, Old Man’s War online

by Henry on March 30, 2006

John Scalzi emails to tell me that his Hugo-nominated book, _Old Man’s War_ and Robert Charles Wilson’s _Spin_ are “both available”:http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004115.html to potential Hugo voters. The catch is that you have to confirm that you’re an attendee at LAcon IV, and thus able to vote for Hugos. The upside is the books aren’t crippleware; they’re being made available in .rtf format on the honour system. Charles Stross’ _Accelerando_ is also part of the package, but it’s been available “under Creative Commons”:http://www.accelerando.org/ in a variety of formats since it was first published.

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Gary Farber 04.01.06 at 11:34 pm

“The catch is that you have to confirm that you’re an attendee at LAcon IV, and thus able to vote for Hugos.”

Um, I’m pretty gafiated (non-active in skiffy fandom) these days, but I’m fairly sure this is wrong; you not only don’t have to be an attendee (or time-traveller), but you don’t have to have an attending membership to vote in the Hugos; indeed, pretty much the entire point of a supporting membership is to be able to vote in the Hugos (and site selection) without having to purchase a full attending membership.

A Supporting Membership (which also gets you the publications, woo-hoo) is $50, I gather. Why I’m doing LACon’s advertising, I dunno, but here I am, helpful as ever. (I see Mr. Scalzi mentions only that one needs be “a member of LAcon IV,” which is true, but a tad vague (and slightly incorrect insofar as a daily membership or the “taste” memberships they’re offering wouldn’t let you vote, being past the voting deadline; he might want to clarify this detail, perhaps.)

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