Voting is open for the 2009 Hugo Awards, the World Science Fiction Society's annual bestowal of honor, and the most prestigious awards in Science Fiction. This year there is an additional category, a one-time-only Award for "Best Graphic Story," and after a careful perusal of the rules it appears that Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic is eligible for nomination. But is it worthy? I invite you to re-read it! And for your convenience, here is Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic as a PDF. It is a 35mb download, but it should be much more convenient than re-reading the archives on the web. Feel free to pass it around, too. In order to nominate works for the Hugos you must have an Attending membership to either Denvention or Anticipation (WorldCon 66 from '08 or WorldCon 67 in '09), or a Supporting membership. The details are here. Obligatory Ethical Note: I feel confident that my web presence and active fanbase will NOT result in ballot-stuffing, since the right to nominate costs a minimum of $50. My purpose in this exercise is to ensure that those who can vote know what's eligible, and have the opportunity to easily review it. Now... as long as you're nominating things for Hugos, you should know that you can nominate up to five works for each category. There are other works equally worthy if not far worthier of the "Best Graphic Story" Hugo, and at the tippity-brass-top of that list is Phil and Kaja Foglio's Girl Genius Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones. The Foglio's are friends of mine, yes, but their work trancends that. Girl Genius is one of the few things on the web or in print that I look at and say to myself "Wow... I wish I could do that."