- There are a total of 16 contestants, each with an entrant competing for the title in the aforementioned categories (a master list for anyone without a PhD in Science Fiction is available here). This shall result in a total of four rounds of voting during which you, our loyal reader, will help determine the outcome of each matchup.
Voting is set to begin March 4th and each round will last one week. The updated matchups for each round will be posted here on Sundays until the ultimate winners are determined.
Speaking of ultimate winners, Cobra Electronics has graciously agreed to supply one lucky contestant with a Cobra iRadar system for use with their iPhone or Android phone (depending on which company to which you have chosen to pledge your allegiance). That means, like last year, I will be accepting brackets for those of you bold enough to attempt to predict whom the winners might be. Unlike last year, you will get something infinitely cooler than a crappy t-shirt for your troubles. (Prize recipients are limited to those in the Continental United States)
Brackets are now available in Microsoft Excel and PDF format. Once you have completed your bracket, submissions will be accepted in just about any imaginable manner. Ideally, you should email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, but you could also leave a detailed list in the comment section of one of my blog posts, send TGD a Facebook inbox message or communicate in some other way I have not had the foresight to suggest here. Basically, if I get it and can read it, it will count as an entry. The entry deadline is Sunday, March 4th 2012 at 11:59 PM CST.
Of course, this now burdens me with the responsibility of explaining how the brackets will be scored. Each correctly placed bracket slot from the first round of voting will receive two points, the second round four points, the third round six points and the correct identification of each final bracket champion will result in ten points resulting in a possible one hundred and sixteen points. In the event of a tie, the winner shall be determined by the total number of correct entries regardless of round. In the event that this also results in a tie, the winner’s submitted screen names will be placed in alphabetical order a coin flipped to determine whether to begin from A (heads) or Z (tails) and a D20 then rolled in order to decide how far from said starting letter to begin. Is that part confusing? Good, it is meant to be.
No doubt, the bracket seedings will cause some disagreement. By disagreement, I mean rage. More than likely, I will receive some very angry emails and comments. While I welcome such "constructive" feedback, in a more than likely futile attempt to quell any uprising, later this week I plan to give you an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of the selection committee and myself by sharing with you some of the comments passed back and forth while ranking the contestants. I hope you might laugh at them as much as I did.
With business now handled, it is time to let the festivities begin. Submit your bracket for a chance to win a Cobra iRadar (and guaranteed fun) today!