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katsudon posted a play-by-play report of today's Preliminary Business Meeting at LoneStarCon 3. Wow, they cranked through a lot in 100 minutes!

Notable outcomes:

Milt Steven's motion (seconded by Linda Deneroff) to abolish the Hugos for Best Fanzine, Best Fan Writer, and Best Fan Artist didn't survive an Object to Consideration; it's off tomorrow's meeting agenda.

Eemeli Aro's motion (seconded by James Bacon, John Coxen, and Jesi Pershing) to add a Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Length lost its OTC vote. (It would have added a category for dramatic presentations under 15 minutes in length.)

The YA Hugo motion was withdrawn, but there was an objection to that so it stayed on the agenda long enough to lose its OTC vote. The meeting did decide to set up a committee to study the YA Hugo issue.

There were several votes about extending Hugo eligibility of various works both past and present. I'm not confident that I understand the outcomes clearly enough to summarize them here; please read katsudon's report for the specifics. (I think I have it, but if the various votes affect each other, I might be off.)

Lots of debate tomorrow. I'm enough of a Business Meeting g/l/u/t/t/o/n/ f/o/r/ p/u/n/i/s/h/m/e/n/t/ geek that I hope Lisa Hayes is videotaping them and look forward to kevin_standlee's post of those tapes. But I'm equally glad I'm not actually sitting through the meetings this year. The agenda looked both long and ugly. My congratulations and thanks to those who were there today!

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athenais
Aug. 30th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
Good news about Milt Steven's crazed idea to abolish Fan Hugos being shot down.
don_fitch
Aug. 30th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
I'm thankful that Slactivist read the "Left Behind" series so that I didn't have to (& that he did a marvelously snarky Criticism of the books, both as "Literature" and as "Theology" (they are, in fact, good representatives of neither), and I'm thankful that various (mostly anonymous or unknown-to-me) people have taken part in the WorldCon Business Meeting. They've probably done at least as good a job as I could have. (Mind you, I kinda think "Young Adult" should get its own Hugo, before long, as a Marketing Thing, even though all the "young adults" I know are at least as capable as I am of coping with "regular/adult" Science Fiction &/or Fantasy.)
kevin_standlee
Aug. 30th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
The key takeaway is that there was a blanket eligibility extension passed for the 2014 Hugo Awards (but not for any Retro-Hugos presented at the 2014 Worldcon).

Also, there is a constitutional amendment proposed that would, if passed and ratified, make the blanket eligibility extension for non-US works permanent, rather than requiring annual renewal.

There are also a pair of minor proposals to reduce the eligibility extension vote threshold from 3/4 to 2/3 in the two places the constitution talks about them.

Everything else failed to pass.
gerisullivan
Aug. 31st, 2013 07:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kevin. Thanks, too, for uploading the video Lisa shot. Much appreciated! I must really be missing Worldcon; I just watched it all.
apostle_of_eris
Sep. 2nd, 2013 06:26 am (UTC)
thanks
I feared worse, though wasn't certain how unlikely Something Really Stupid would be to get anywhere.
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