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It's my birthday, so I'm going to ramble a bit. Please indulge me. ;)

To a large extent, I have already gotten what I wanted for my birthday. Readercon 24, the science fiction convention I chaired this past weekend, went really well. We had excellent attendance, fantastic conversations, and lots of people had a really great time. While there were some bumps along the way, nothing seems to have gone horribly awry (knock on wood). I believe we didn't kill Readercon over the past year. In fact, we came within twenty attendees of hitting our membership cap. I've been asked to chair Readercon again next year. Third time's the charm? ;)

My friends are, many of you, fans of science fiction. Are you yet a member (either supporting or attending) of LoneStarCon3 (this year's World Science Fiction Convention)? Are you in the process of voting on the Hugo ballot, and perhaps pondering whether you want to become an Advance Supporting Member of the 2015 Worldcon (aka, vote on site selection for 2015)?

You may have noticed that I've visited Helsinki twice so far this year. I'll be going to Finland (and Sweden) again in October to attend Swecon. (And many thanks to the love and generosity of my family and my colleagues at Luminoso for letting me run around like this!) The reason for my visiting Helsinki so much is that I'm heavily involved in the bid to bring Worldcon to Helsinki in 2015. So much so, in fact, that if Helsinki wins, I've been asked to co-chair the Worldcon that would result.

This is something I am incredibly excited about. It's a fascinating challenge, and I want to take it on.

To do that, though, Helsinki needs to win the vote on site selection. This year's race is tight, between Helsinki, Spokane, and Orlando. The votes have already started to roll in!

If you are reading this and a member of Worldcon this year, please vote on your Hugo ballots. Voting is good for you! Please further consider paying the extra $40 fee to vote on site selection. The Helsinki team (including me) would appreciate your consideration for site selection, and we are happy to answer any questions you might have about the bid and our plans.

If you're not already a member of Worldcon this year, but want to vote for us, the basic steps you can follow are:

1. Get a membership for this year's Worldcon (either supporting membership or attending). (This gives you ebooks of the Hugo-nominated literature and allows you to vote on the Hugo awards, so long as you do so by the end of the month!)

2. Pay the $40 USD site selection voting fee.

3. Print out the voting ballot. Fill it in, and seal it as instructed.

4. You can mail it yourself, or contact info@helsinkiin2015.org and we can make sure your ballot is delivered at Worldcon this year!

For more details on voting, you can also look at Helsinki's Page of Site Selection Explanation.

Any questions? :)
chaiya: (storm troopers)
It is SO cute!

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Now that Arisia 2011 work is mostly done, it's time to do a bit of Hugo nominating. In prep for this, I'm trying to read several books by the end of March.

If anyone has a copy of the following, please let me know?
Zendegi by Greg Egan
Quantum Theif by Hannu Rajaniemi
Red Plenty by Francis Spufford
Lightborn by Tricia Sullivan
Yarn by Jon Armstrong
State of Decay by James Knapp
The Habitation of the Blessed by Catherynne M. Valente

2010 books I've already obtained or gotten access to (yay, public library and helpful friends!):
Counterfeit Magic and The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
The Reapers are Angels by Aiden Bell
Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy
The Strange Affair of the Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
Surface Detail by Iain Banks
Freak Magnet by Andrew Auseon
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
An Artificial Night and A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
Feed by Mira Grant
Harmony by Project Itoh
C by Tom McCarthy
Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Aurorama by Jean-Christophe Valtat
White Cat by Holly Black
Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Dervish House by Ian McDonald
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
Chill by Elizabeth Bear
Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer

How am I getting reading done? Either by sitting at home sick or reading while at the gym, on a machine. I get reading done, lately, in either situation.

I spent a lot of time before Arisia at the gym, too, but I was reading Octavia Butler and Ursula K LeGuin novels, mostly. And Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog, to lighten up a bit. I also started reading Lois McMaster Bujold last week, before more of the 2010 Hugo possibilities arrived. Book therapy is becoming rather costly, even if I buy used. ;)

Which reminds me. Anyone have any other books to add to this list? Want to throw some books my way? I'm mostly looking for science fiction/fantasy novels published for the first time in 2010, at least until the Hugo ballots are finished.

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