Membership in the World Science Fiction Society is open to those interested in helping select the next winners of the annual Hugo Awards.
The Awards for works published in 2012 will be presented at LoneStarCon3 (the next World Science Fiction Convention) in San Antonio, Texas, August 29 – September 2, 2013. Fans and writers can become members and take part in the nomination and selection of the next Hugo Award winners by paying dues to be a member of LoneStarCon3. Attendance is not required, although San Antonio is a beautiful city, and the LoneStarCon3 lineup of events is impressive, with Toastmaster Paul Cornell, Guests including (alphabetically by last name) Ellen Datlow, James Gunn, Willie Siros and Norman Spinrad; and Special Guests (alphabetically by last name):
- Leslie Fish
- Joe R. Lansdale
More information about features and events is available at the LoneStarCon3 website. But whether you attend LoneStarCon3 or not, the process for Members in selecting the Hugo Winners will be:
- January-March 2013: Members of LoneStarCon3 are each permitted to nominate up to five people or works from 2012 in fifteen categories.
- Early April: A shortlist is announced of five finalists in each category and a final ballot is sent to LoneStarCon3 Members.
- Sometime in July: Members return a preferential ballot (allowing voters to rank nominees).
- At LoneStarCon3: The winners are announced at the Hugo Ceremony.
The membership rates are not unreasonable if you are interested in participating in the process of selecting the best of the best in science fiction and fantasy for the year. Rates begin at $60.00 for Supporting Membership before the end of the year. LoneStarCon3 is organized in San Antonio by ALAMO, Inc.