In the Fan Artist category, I am happy that Frank Wu won. He is a talented artist - heck, all the nominees in this category are - and I know that some people are saying Frank should not be on the final ballot for the same reason I made for the Fan Writer category: he has made money as a professional artist. I happen to agree with this sentiment. It does not mean that I don't like Frank, Dave, or John, it is simply a matter of principle and what these awards are named: FAN Hugos. This means that the work nominees produced in the past year in the AMATEUR end of the science fiction field - meaning: not earning money at it, but just producing work for the love of it - should be the only ones eligible for nomination. End of discussion.
Additionally, why was Teddy Harvia's name on the final ballot for the Fan Artist Hugo? To the best of my knowledge, he has not produced or published in fanzines any new fan art in the last four years. Yet there his name was again on the final ballot. Because of these examples, it is my opinion that it is high time to get some quality control put in place to monitor who makes the final ballot and who does not. This is why I really have no inclination to bother voting for the Hugo awards even if I did have a supporting WorldCon membership.
And then the voters went off and did something completely unexpected: Science Fiction Five-Yearly received the Best Fanzine Award. Okay, that restored some of my faith in the voters. That really was a wonderful fanzine, and even if it garnered sympathy votes in remembrance of the late Lee Hoffman, I still think this was a well-deserving recipient. Congratulations to Geri, Randy and LeeH. You folks deserve that honor for the labor of love that SF5Y was. Good show.
But the Best Fan Writer Hugo results still gall me, and some people who were nominated in other categories should not have been on the final ballot. The Powers That Be really must try to install some kind of quality control on the nominating process. What, I don't know, but I just had to get this off my chest.