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This is part of a series of posts reviewing categories in this year's Hugo ballot. I'll be discussing the entries, the voter packet, and my ballot. I've nominated and voted most years since 2011, when I figured out that all I had to do was join Worldcon to get to do so.
As of a few days ago, the voter packet is out so no more stalling. I'd already read 4 of the novels and most of the short fiction before the packet was released, but I've still got a mountain of reading to do. Voting end on July 31st and the Awards are announced at a ceremony on August 19th.
I'll cover each category in an individual post, plus an additional post noting what categories I'm skipping. While I'll have all my voting done, I expect these posts may lag a bit. The plan is to have them all completed before the actual award date.
It's a ranked ballot. Each work I think deserves an award goes on the ballot in the order of my preference. I don't have to list all the works in the category, just the ones I'm interested in. Alternately, if I think something shouldn't have even made it onto the ballot, I can vote No Award above it. While I already know at least one work I'm not going to include on the ballot, I'm not expecting to use No Award at all.
If you are interested in this year's nominees, File 770 has a convenient list of links to freely available versions, some full text, some excerpts.