An interesting post here.
I think I agree with one of the commenters, Kevin Standlee, who says the trick may be to get a lot more people involved with nominations: “If you want to make an impact on these things, I recommend making an active effort in talking up those works and people you think ought to be nominated starting in December, just before the nominating ballots come out. For that matter, set up a location for accumulating people’s recommendations, like the LiveJournal Hugo Recommendations group (http://hugo-recommend.livejournal.com). . . With a populist award, you have to get people’s attention.”