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2012 Nebula Award Finalists

Congratulations to this year’s Nebula Award finalists! Summary of my impressions:

I think this is a very strong ballot overall. I’ve only read a small fraction of the nominated works, but I really liked all the ones I’ve read. I definitely don’t have any immediate “What is THAT doing on an award shortlist?” reactions, which is always nice.

There’s an impressive diversity of sex, race, and sexuality on all the ballots, especially compared to, say, ten years ago. (Warning on that link for a very bright yellow-and-red color scheme.)

Having one’s short fiction available online for free unsurprisingly appears to broaden one’s audience, and the folks at Clarkesworld and Tor.com clearly have their fingers on the pulse of the Nebula-nominating short-fiction-reading crowd. There is not a single story from Analog, ouch. I note that GigaNotoSaurus is the only webzine with a story on the novella ballot; are webzines not publishing novellas, or are they not publishing the sorts of novellas that get award nods, or do readers enjoy or appreciate novellas more in print than online?

Self-published works and small-press novels are nowhere to be found. I’d love to see a small-press, digital-first, and self-publishing revolution on the novel ballot comparable to the recent ascent of webzines on the short fiction ballots. I would be heartened by the appearance of a few stories from small-press anthologies and collections if there were such a thing as a large-press anthology or collection, but there basically isn’t, so I will settle for being heartened that anyone still publishes or reads anthologies and collections.

And now, the list. Linked short fiction titles are shamelessly stolen from John DeNardo’s post at SF Signal (thanks, John!). Book titles link to the PW reviews, where available. Statistics in my notes are to the best of my knowledge, and please do correct me if I’ve gotten anything wrong.


Rose’s notes: Four women. One queer person. One trans person. Two people of color. Four books that got starred PW reviews. Zero self-published books. Zero small-press books. Zero digital-only books.


Rose’s notes: Two women. Two people of color. Two stand-alone titles, both from small presses. One webzine story. One story from a small-press anthology, reprinted online. Zero self-published stories.


Rose’s notes: Five women. One person of color. Three queer people. Four webzine stories. Two stories from small-press compilations (if you count the “Mammoth” books as small press, which I think I do), one reprinted online. Zero self-published stories.


Rose’s notes: Five women. Two people of color. Five webzine stories. One story from a small-press collection, reprinted online. Zero self-published stories.

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The 2012 Hugo Awards Liveblog

Refresh this page for LIVE updates as the Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer are given out at Worldcon! We’ll get started at 8 p.m. Central Time. In the meantime, refresh your memory of the nominees, or download some of them to read and enjoy for free.

20:11: We are LIVE.

20:13: Nice spotlight on the assembled Hugo Awards as ceremony director Susan de Guardiola welcomes everyone.

20:15: John Scalzi’s opening remarks. “We’re diverse and we’re all in this together,” he says (while leaving the B out of GLBT, oops). He then jumps up and down and hollers “HELLO DRAGONCON”. Maybe you had to be there.

“Seanan McGuire nominated an incredible seventeen thousand times! Under several names, including Seanan McGuire, Mira Grant, Neil Gaiman, and George R.R. Martin.”

20:22: David Kyle, who was at the first Worldcon, presents the Big Heart Award (which he received himself nearly 40 years ago). “Certain fans deserve recognition because they give time and talent beyond the norm.” The award goes to Juanita Coulson; Merav Hoffman accepts on her behalf.

20:31: Chicon 7 chair Dave McCarty presents the special committee award to Robert Weinberg. Jane Frank accepts on his behalf.

20:35: Memorial montage. Big applause for Neil Armstrong, Ray Bradbury, Kathryn Dougherty, Rusty Hevelin, Steve Jobs (an interesting inclusion), Joe Kubert, Anne McCaffrey, Sally Ride, Maurice Sendak, Josepha Sherman. Slightly awkward lesser applause for those less well known.

Photo of L.A. Banks makes me cry. Glad I brought a hanky.

20:43: Scalzi smoothly transitions from celebrating the past to looking forward. Next up: the Campbell, presented by Stanley Schmidt (who gets a huge round of applause after Scalzi praises his tenure at Analog).

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2010 or 2011, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award, * = 2nd year of eligibility).

Lily looks totally stunned. “That’s a lot of people!” she says as she looks out from the stage.

Jay Lake presents Lily with the Campbell Tiara. “It’s a diadem!” Ellen Datlow hollers from the audience. “It is a diadem,” Jay agrees, “but we call it a tiara because we’re writers.”

20:50: Deb Kosiba comes out to talk about this year’s base design.

20:53: Scalzi explains the “stages of Hugo”: elation, intimidation, bargaining, depression, and nervousness. “What if I win? What if I don’t win? What if they switch to a Hunger Games format?” He assures the nominees that there is life after Hugos. “There is still the work, and your friends, and the celebration of the genre…. No matter what, this is a good life we’ve got going here.”

Best Fan Artist

Chris Garcia grabs Maurine in a big bear hug. “I gotta thank Chris,” she says when she gets onstage. “It’s all his fault.”

Best Fan Writer

Scalzi poses to honor Jim’s work making fun of ludicrous cover art. Jim does the same. “You do that quite well. We should collaborate.”

Jim calls for a celebration of diverse voices in fandom, and to that end, will be recusing himself from the category from now on.

Best Fancast

They take turns at the podium (in alphabetical order because Lynne is a librarian). Bear: “This is for everyone who makes awesome stuff for us to squee about.” Paul: “Ta.” Seanan, beside herself: “Y’all gave me a Hugo for never shutting up!” Lynne: “Talk about a Twitter conversation getting out of hand!” She graciously says the voters were “really spoiled for choice” and calls for applause for the other nominees. Cat: “I am stunned. I think we need a new word for when your heart is turning cartwheels and throwing up. I suggest Hugasm.” And a chorus of squee!

Best Fanzine

John DeNardo: “I can’t think of the words to express how this feels. ‘WOOHOO!’ comes close…” He thanks JP Franz for suggesting he start a blog: “Good call.” (On Twitter, Niall Harrison notes that SF Signal is the first blog to win this award.)

Best Semiprozine

There’s a reason this category is called “Best Locus“. Liza still manages to look surprised and pleased. She notes it’s the first Hugo for Locus since Charles M. Brown died.

Best Professional Artist

HUGE applause for John, whose award is long overdue. “You have to lose a lot to every once in a while win something…. I’m here and I’m just blown away.” He gives big props to Tor art director Irene Gallo, and to never-nominated artists Richard Powers and John Burkey.

Best Professional Editor — Long Form

Lots of cheers for Betsy, who looks absolutely thrilled. “I’ve been a long-form editor for 37 years and this was my first nomination. I don’t blog, I don’t tweet, I’m shy about going to parties. I’m standing here for one reason and one reason only: because my authors put me here.” She concludes, “And Dad, FINALLY there’s a Hugo with the name Wollheim on it!”

Best Professional Editor — Short Form

Sheila thanks many people including Stanley Schmidt, “my best friend down the hall… he’s just been the greatest guy in the world.”

 Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form

  • “The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who), written by Neil Gaiman; directed by Richard Clark (BBC Wales), winner!
  • The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech,” Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon (Renovation)
  • “The Girl Who Waited” (Doctor Who), written by Tom MacRae; directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • “A Good Man Goes to War” (Doctor Who), written by Steven Moffat; directed by Peter Hoar (BBC Wales)
  • “Remedial Chaos Theory” (Community), written by Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna; directed by Jeff Melman (NBC)

Neil explains that he superstitiously avoids writing speeches, but he extemporizes beautifully. He says Doctor Who teaches us “what it is to be bigger on the inside”. He calls Community “a spin-off of the Doctor Who-inspired show Inspector Spacetime” and claims that the Drink Tank speech recreated 1965′s “Award Ceremony of the Daleks”.

Halfway through Neil’s speech, the UStream livestream of the ceremony goes down. Twitter fills with outrage. Genreville immediately gets 100+ new followers. Hi everyone!

Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form

  • Captain America: The First Avenger, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephan McFeely, directed by Joe Johnston (Marvel)
  • Game of Thrones season 1, created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss; written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO), winner!
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
  • Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount)
  • Source Code, screenplay by Ben Ripley; directed by Duncan Jones (Vendome Pictures)

Ron Donachie (who plays Ser Rodrik Cassel) accepts on behalf of HBO. He’s a lifelong fan, aww! GRRM bluntly says, “The show is a faithful adaptation of my books. I love it.” Take that, haters.

Best Graphic Story

  • Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press), winner!
  • Fables vol. 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
  • Locke & Key vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation)
  • The Unwritten vol. 4: Leviathan created by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Written by Mike Carey, illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

Ursula asks John to read the plaque and make sure it’s really hers. She didn’t know Digger was eligible for a Hugo and thought the nomination notification email was a phishing scam! She says Sofawolf “exemplifies everything great about small press” and praises her boyfriend for keeping the end a secret for two and a half years.

Best Related Work

  • The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz), winner!
  • Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies by Daniel M. Kimmel (Fantastic Books)
  • The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers (Abrams Image)
  • Wicked Girls by Seanan McGuire
  • Writing Excuses season 6 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson

Graham Sleight, accepting on behalf of the team: “This is the point where I usually wake up from the dream.” John: *slaps him* Graham: “That’s quality toastmastering!” He thanks the team and adds, “We built this, and we set out to build this, for the whole of the SF community: fans, academics, writers, publishers, everyone.”

Best Short Story

Ken: “On the way up to the stage, I thought of three words: fans, editor, wife. So that’s the speech.”

Best Novelette
  • The Copenhagen Interpretation” by Paul Cornell (Asimov’s July 2011)
  • Fields of Gold” by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four)
  • “Ray of Light” by Brad R. Torgersen (Analog December 2011)
  • Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com), winner!
  • “What We Found” by Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)

Charlie Jane: “It feels like half my life I’ve been writing these weird little stories and hoping they speak to somebody.” She adds, “When Tor decided to put fiction on their website, they did not have to have unsolicited submissions…. The fact that they chose to have a slush pile, and the fact that they pulled me out of it, is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” She also thanks Annalee Newitz, “my space captain and my hero”, and her mentor Kelly Goldberg.

I believe–though am not 100% sure–that Charlie Jane is the first openly trans* Hugo winner in a fiction category.

Best Novella

Kij: “I’d like to thank Ted Chiang for not having a story out this year” (and also for helping her with her story). She encourages a round of applause for James Gunn, her mentor.

Best Novel
  • Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor), winner!
  • A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)
  • Deadline by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Embassytown by China Miéville (Macmillan / Del Rey)
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)

“George, I am so sorry!” Jo exclaims as soon as she gets to the microphone. She thanks her aunt for encouraging her to write a book about her family. “My entire life has been vindicated. I need to get new dreams now.” And she quotes her friend Ian: “Lots of people have said this is a love letter to fandom. Didn’t you expect to get a reply?”

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

22:25: And that’s a wrap! Now we’re off to stand outside the Losers’ Party in our snazzy suits, since press apparently aren’t allowed in.

EDIT: Nicholas Whyte has his usual excellent analysis of the votes.

World Fantasy Award Nominees

This year’s World Fantasy Award ballot:

•  Those Across the River, Christopher Buehlman (Ace)
•  11/22/63, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton as 11.22.63)
•  A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
•  Osama, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
•  Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)

•  ”Near Zennor”, Elizabeth Hand (A Book of Horrors)
•  ”A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong”, K.J. Parker (Subterranean Winter 2011)
•  ”Alice Through the Plastic Sheet”, Robert Shearman (A Book of Horrors)
•  ”Rose Street Attractors”, Lucius Shepard (Ghosts by Gaslight)
•  Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA Press; Clarkesworld)

Short Fiction
•  ”X for Demetrious”, Steve Duffy (Blood and Other Cravings)
•  ”Younger Women”, Karen Joy Fowler (Subterranean Summer 2011)
•  ”The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
•  ”A Journey of Only Two Paces”, Tim Powers (The Bible Repairman and Other Stories)
•  ”The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)

•  Blood and Other Cravings, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tor)
•  A Book of Horrors, Stephen Jones, ed. (Jo Fletcher Books)
•  The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Harper Voyager US)
•  The Weird, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Corvus; Tor, published May 2012)
•  Gutshot, Conrad Williams, ed. (PS Publishing)

•  Bluegrass Symphony, Lisa L. Hannett (Ticonderoga)
•  Two Worlds and In Between, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean Press)
•  After the Apocalypse, Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer)
•  Mrs Midnight and Other Stories, Reggie Oliver (Tartarus)
•  The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, Tim Powers (Tachyon)

•  John Coulthart
•  Julie Dillon
•  Jon Foster
•  Kathleen Jennings
•  John Picacio

Special Award Professional
•  John Joseph Adams, for editing – anthology and magazine
•  Jo Fletcher, for editing – Jo Fletcher Books
•  Eric Lane, for publishing in translation – Dedalus books
•  Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi, for ChiZine Publications
•  Jeff VanderMeer & S.J. Chambers, for The Steampunk Bible

Special Award Non-Professional
•  Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan & Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
•  Cat Rambo, for Fantasy
•  Raymond Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
•  Charles Tan, for Bibliophile Stalker blog
•  Mark Valentine, for Wormwood

Congratulations to all, especially PW reviewer Cat Rambo!

How to Vote for the Hugo Awards

Hugo voting is open, and several voters have noticed that the voting website doesn’t include voting instructions. Since the Hugos use instant runoff voting rather than first-past-the-post, and since a vote for “no award” can make a real difference in the rankings, this is a significant omission. Fortunately Teresa Nielsen Hayden at Making Light has put together a quick guide for first-time and forgetful Hugo voters. You can learn more about the awards and how they work at the official Hugo Awards website. Don’t forget that the deadline for voting is July 31, 2012.

Even Yet Still More Awards

Tor.com helpfully lists the Mythopoeic Awards finalists and the Spectrum Award winners. The Sturgeon Award finalists have also been announced. Congratulations to all!

Speaking of awards, I’ll be at the Lambda Awards ceremony on Monday June 4, right before BEA; primarily I’ll be there to cover it for PW, but I might also diffidently mention that a book I contributed to is up for an award (Milk and Honey, in the lesbian poetry category) and of course I want to cheer on all my friends who are nominated for LGBT SF/F/H. I suspect that in that crowd I can’t do my usual thing of “I’ll be easy to spot–just look for the woman with buzzed hair and a pinstripe suit”; maybe I’ll wear a wig and a ballgown and tell people to keep an eye out for the 5’4″ cosmetics-eschewing drag queen. Anyway, if you’re there and you see me or someone you think is me, do feel free to say hello.

Nebula Awards Liveblog

Watch this space! The action starts around 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time… in theory. In past years it’s run a little late. I’ll also be livetweeting on @Genreville. Alas, I can’t set the page to auto-refresh, so keep your mouse poised over that refresh button.

19:14: The doors open on time for dinner! Amazing.

19:27: Walter Jon Williams, our toastmaster, takes the stage. ON TIME. Is this allowed? He patiently teaches the nominees how to politely applaud and say “It’s an honor just to be nominated”, which they dutifully recite in unison.

19:40: I finish uploading “red carpet” photos and get down to the serious business of eating.

20:00: I circulate around the room chatting with people and pretending I’m not just looking for an excuse to say hello to Neil Gaiman.

20:07: I casually say hello to Neil Gaiman. He hugs me. Have I mentioned I love my job?

20:28: The lights dim and Walter comes back. Now running 15 minutes late. The universe is back in order.

20:31: Walter decides the safest way to entertain without offending is to poke fun at himself. He’s not wrong.

20:35: Astronaut Mike Fincke comes to the stage and declares himself “a true fan”. What a sweet guy.

“At NASA, we actually believe everything that you write.” Laughter and huge applause. “And we fall for it every time.”

Now he’s showing hilarious videos from the space station. Those astronauts are total cut-ups!

Oohs and aahs for videos of Earth from the ISS. I suspect many people are getting teary-eyed.

Now predictions. ISS flying until 2020, maybe 2026. Commercial space flight, freeing NASA from focus on low earth orbit. Launching new vehicles in 2014, with people in 2016 or 2017. Six or seven people, new launch system, going to the moon and Mars. (Lots of applause for that.)

“Please keep it coming…. You bring out the best in humans so we can go off and do what humans do well.” A well-deserved standing ovation.

20:50: Silence for a tribute to the recently departed.

20:56: Walter Jon Williams introduces Michael Capobianco to present the Service to SFWA Award. Capo suggests Walter should run for president; more applause than laughter. An interesting idea…

The award goes to Bud Webster, for his work tracking down the heirs and estates of deceased SF/F authors and making sure that rights-holders are findable and can get paid for reprints. Bud accepts with a very nice speech. “Do you have any idea how proud I am to stand up in front of you guys and get this award for something I would do anyway?”

21:03: Walter returns and says, “As for being SFWA president, I would like to remind you all that I do not preside–I reign!”

He introduces Eileen Gunn to present the Solstice Award for the late Octavia E. Butler. Eileen gives a brief tribute speech, fighting tears, and shows a montage of photos of Butler and her book covers. Cynthia Felice accepts the award on Butler’s behalf and talks about their nearly 30 years of friendship. “She would have been so proud and so pleased.”

Walter then introduces Lee Martindale to present the Solstice Award for John Clute. Joe Haldeman accepts on John’s behalf and reads John’s tribute to Octavia Butler, “a writer of strength and fervor.”

21:15: Walter introduces James Patrick Kelly, who brings up Johnny Atomic, Ken Chapman, and Phil Elmore of League Entertainment, the creators of a piece of tribute art for Connie Willis, the newest SFWA Grand Master. “Many of her works are very good and someday she should get an award of some kind.” They created “a burnt piece of newspaper” from an alternate World War II–it’s spectacular!

Jim Kelly gives a sweet and funny tribute to Connie and her husband and daughter. “I don’t know whether the SFWA brain trust has ever laid out exactly what one has to do to be a Grand Master, but whatever the qualifications are, Connie has them… Comedy is but one of Connie’s many modes. She has written some of the saddest and angriest stories I’ve ever read.” Big standing ovation, of course.

Connie Willis accepts her Grand Master award with a smile and a charming, funny speech. “I watch the Oscars for the acceptance speeches. All this research came in handy over the last couple of weeks.” She thanks a great many people, especially her friends who are fellow Grand Masters: “Is that cool or what? Like Robert Silverberg. Ooh, he’s gonna be so mad.”

She concludes, “As Sally Field should have said it: I love you. I really really love you. Thank you.” Not a dry eye in the house.

21:35: And now on to the awards! I have brought extra handkerchiefs in my purse in case I sit next to either a tearfully delighted winner or a tearfully disappointed finalist.

Myke Cole takes the stage to give the Bradbury. The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation nominees:

  • Attack the Block, Joe Cornish (writer/director) (Optimum Releasing; Screen Gems)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (writers), Joe Johnston (director) (Paramount)
  • Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director) (BBC Wales)
  • Hugo, John Logan (writer), Martin Scorsese (director) (Paramount)
  • Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen (writer/director) (Sony)
  • Source Code, Ben Ripley (writer), Duncan Jones (director) (Summit)
  • The Adjustment Bureau, George Nolfi (writer/director) (Universal)

And the award goes to… Neil Gaiman and Richard Clark for “The Doctor’s Wife”! No surprise there; it’s a favorite for the Hugo too. None of the Bradbury nominees appeared at the reception last night, but Neil made a surprise appearance today, and now we all get to watch him be bashful onstage. He does a very good bashful. He also says very sweet things about Doctor Who and its effects on tiny little Neil hiding behind the sofa.

The Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book nominees:

  • Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Juvenile)
  • Chime, Franny Billingsley (Dial Books; Bloomsbury)
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Everybody Sees the Ants, A.S. King (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • The Boy at the End of the World, Greg van Eekhout (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson (Greenwillow Books)
  • Ultraviolet, R.J. Anderson (Orchard Books; Carolrhoda Books)

This is a really outstanding slate and I expect the voting was very close.

And the award goes to… Delia Sherman for The Freedom Maze! Delia told me yesterday that she didn’t expect to win, so I’m greatly enjoying the look on her face. “I cannot tell you how much this means to me.”

I’m shamelessly copying the short fiction finalist lists from SF Signal’s post, since they went to the trouble of finding links to all the works available online. Do follow those links when you have some time for reading.

The short story Nebula nominees:

And the award goes to… Ken Liu for “The Paper Menagerie”! Jamie Todd Rubin accepts on his behalf. “I’m glad this story struck a chord with so many.”

The novelette Nebula nominees:

  • Fields of Gold” by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse 4, Night Shade Books)
  • “Ray of Light” by Brad R. Torgersen (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2011)
  • Sauerkraut Station” by Ferrett Steinmetz (Giganotosaurus, November 2011)
  • Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com, June 2011)
  • The Migratory Pattern of Dancers” by Katherine Sparrow (Giganotosaurus, July 2011)
  • The Old Equations” by Jake Kerr (Lightspeed Magazine, July 2011)
  • “What We Found” by Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September/October 2011)

And the award goes to… Geoff Ryman for “What We Found”! Geoff came over from England for this and I’m sure he’s very glad he did. “I vowed I would never write another story set in someone else’s country, but it seemed like such a little low-key kind of story that I didn’t think anyone would notice.” He and Rachel Swirsky do a cute little generic acceptance speech: “I’d like to thank my agent, my editor, my stereo, my refrigerator…”

The novella Nebula nominees:

  • Kiss Me Twice” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s Science Fiction, June 2011)
  • Silently and Very Fast” by Catherynne M. Valente (WFSA Press; Clarkesworld Magazine, October 2011)
  • “The Ice Owl” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2011)
  • The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2011)
  • The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” by Ken Liu (Panverse Three, Panverse Publishing)
  • “With Unclean Hands” by Adam-Troy Castro (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2011)

And the award goes to… Kij Johnson for “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”! Something of a surprise there; I’ve heard much more buzz about “Silently and Very Fast”. Alas for Adam-Troy Castro, with two nominations but no wins.

John Kessel accepts on Kij’s behalf. “Gosh, I’m so pleased! And I’m guessing Kij will be too.” He reads her note: “I started this story so long ago I can’t remember all the people who helped me with it.”

Michael Swanwick gets up to give the novel award. He claims to have hours of material for roasting Connie Willis, and is very sad she’s not up for Best Novel.

The novel Nebula nominees:

  • Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
  • Embassytown by China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey; Subterranean Press)
  • Firebird by Jack McDevitt (Ace Books)
  • God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books)
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine (Prime Books)
  • The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

And the award goes to… Jo Walton for Among Others! No shock given its unabashed sentimentality for an era that’s dear to many of the voters. Standing ovation, and much hollering.

Jo, astonished: “I would like to quote Neil Gaiman: ‘Fuck!’” She thanks her mother for being “such an evil person” as it gave her valuable experience in writing about evil people.

22:05: And that’s it! Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Here endeth my liveblog; thanks for following along.

Nebula Awards Weekend, Day 1

After a morning conference call, I packed up and took a cab back to the convention hotel. There were no further hotel shenanigans, for which I am very glad; showed up, checked in, got reimbursed for my cab fare, all good. I got my badge, nabbed lunch at the hotel buffet (surprisingly tolerable), and headed up to the press room. Jaym Gates, SFWA’s press officer, is terrific. Even though she was dealing with hotel shenanigans, she still managed to get me set up with free wi-fi and line up a couple of interviews with Nebula nominees Mary Robinette Kowal and Rachel Swirsky. The audio of those will be exclusive to SFWA’s member site, but I’m hoping to at least post excerpts here.

After that I went down to the bar and ended up talking with a gaggle of folks (I’m trying not to turn this into namedropper central) about Readercon, Philcon, Lunacon, and other events of days gone by. Gardner Dozois told a hilarious story of the time he and George R.R. Martin, both young and broke, went around a convention trying to find an editor who would buy them dinner, and finally one took pity on them and got them each a hot dog from the cart outside the hotel. Be kind, editors! You never know who that pesky young writer will be someday.

I ran into James Patrick Kelly, who somehow talked me into being on a 10 a.m. panel tomorrow about e-books and self-publishing; this is what I get for snubbing the convention program. I did actually go to a panel, too: Jim Kelly, Connie Willis, John Scalzi, and James Morrow talking about how to write humor. They were all very responsible about staying on topic rather than zinging off snappy one-liners, but Scalzi managed to do both by describing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as “an extinction-level event for comedic science fiction.”

After that was the mass signing, which I endured for about an hour before fleeing to my room for a blissful hour of peace and quiet. I went back downstairs at about 7:15 to find several people discussing an email that had just been sent out by Jason Williams of Night Shade Books. (He also sent me a copy with permission to quote from it.) Night Shade’s had a couple of hard years; Williams cited the collapse of Borders and difficulties with a distributor, and also admitted that when SFWA put Night Shade on probation, they “needed the kick to get our affairs in order” and have continued to struggle to make payments on time (which may be why Cat Valente recently announced she would no longer be working with them). None of that is really news, though. The newsworthy bits are three:

  1. Night Shade has signed a distribution deal with PGW, including domestic and international e-book distribution through Constellation. “Ebook sales since we went live with Constellation in December have literally doubled.”
  2. They’ve also signed “a huge audiobook deal, that will not only include 20-30 backlist titles, but also a guaranteed audio rights deal for every non-reprint novel we have going forward.”
  3. “A wave of checks will go out at the end of this month, and another will go out in early July. After that, we’ll be paying bills in the beginning of every month…. We are making more than we are spending, and that means that we are operating with cash left over to pay off that back debt. It’s not going to happen overnight, but I’m going to be doing my best to make sure that everyone that is owed is getting money on a regular basis.”

Most of the reactions I heard were variations on the theme of “We’ll see”. I think it’s great that Night Shade is continuing to look to the future, but I suspect they’ll have image problems long after those debts are paid off (assuming they do get paid off).

I pulled myself away from the conversation for a wonderful dinner with Geoff Ryman and James Morrow at a nearby Ethiopian restaurant (thanks to Eileen Gunn for the kind recommendation), and came back fashionably late for the nominees’ reception. In a bit of accidental comedy, Scalzi left E. Lily Yu off the list of short story nominees (an error he quickly corrected) and then sent them through the wrong door for their group photograph. I caught up with Lily a bit later and she said happily, “That was actually the best thing that could have happened. I was so nervous before, but after walking into a supply closet with Adam-Troy Castro and Sheila Williams, now I’m not nervous at all!” So if you have pre-award jitters, supply closets are apparently the way to go.

I circulated and chatted for a while, and eventually the party shut down; most people decamped to the bar, but I wanted to spare my voice for the panel (seriously, why did I agree to do that), so Danielle and I got tea from the consuite and then headed for our room. I ironed all my shirts, hung up my suit, realized with some vexation that I had left my captoes at home and would be stuck wearing less formal shoes, and sat down to write this post. Now, to sleep. Tomorrow, the awards!

Nebula Awards Weekend, Day 0

I’m in D.C. for the Nebula Awards weekend. The hotel got overbooked–apparently an enormous tour group decided to stay an extra day, and once people have rooms you can’t kick them out–so a bunch of us were shunted off to a very posh hotel several miles away for Thursday night. This is a bit puzzling, as the original hotel is surrounded by other hotels and presumably they could have just sent us across the street, but whatever. Alas, the very posh hotel put all its money into building an enormous atrium with house-sized shops and restaurants inside of it, leaving none for soft beds.

This entire place–not just the apocalyptically empty and echoing hotel but the surrounding extruded-plastic “walkable downtown” with meticulously kept-up lawns and a complete sucking absence of soul–feels grotesquely fake. I could believe that it was once a movie set built from a demented megalomaniac’s dim, warped recollections of childhood vacation fantasies. Now the (undoubtedly dystopian) movie is done and the set has been abandoned, to be intermittently occupied by confused, wealthy squatters. The bars outside the hotel, where we went in a futile search for non–room service food, were packed full of the most desperately intoxicated people I have ever seen in my life. There is no dirt anywhere. There is no sense that anyone who had a hand in designing this place put the slightest thought into human comfort and enjoyment; it all exists simply to make an impression. It’s the architectural equivalent of someone who has undergone so much plastic surgery that none of their original face is left. It’s the suburbia that Information Society wrote “On the Outside 2.1″ about, the sort that recalls the man with red eyes and the regimented children from A Wrinkle in Time. It is profoundly discomfiting and I will be glad to leave.

The one redeeming feature is that I ended up with the magnificent D.T. Friedman as my last-minute roommate, which is lovely. If I were in a room all by myself I’d be missing my partners a whole lot. I’m still missing them, of course, but it’s tempered by slumber party fun.

There’s hardly anything on the program that interests me (no slight to the organizers; I have this problem at all non-Readercon conventions, and this one is mostly geared toward fiction writers, a group I don’t really belong in), so once I get back to the conference hotel, I plan to spend the next three days alternating between hot tub and bar*, using my phone to record interviews, with a break to put on my pinstripe suit and liveblog the Nebulas. I love my job, even when it sends me to strange, disturbing, non-real places.

* Because it’s where people congregate, not because I’ll be drinking. I don’t drink when I’m working.

And We’re Off

I’m heading down to D.C. tonight for my first-ever Nebula Awards weekend. I’ll be liveblogging the Nebula ceremony, so load up Genreville around 8 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday (or follow @genreville on Twitter) for pictures of people in fancy clothes and the first announcements of the award winners.

If you come to the event and spot me–look for the buzzcut, black backpack, and fancy ear jewelry–please do say hello. I’m always glad to meet Genreville’s readers.

Speaking of which, I just got the news that Genreville’s traffic has nearly doubled in the past year. Thank you all so much for coming by to read and comment! I really appreciate that you take a few minutes out of your day to hang out here.

What Not to Do, Toastmaster Edition

At the introductory remarks for the BSFA Awards at Eastercon on Sunday, John Meaney dismissed gender parity panels as “babes in SF”, went on at length about Lauren Beukes’s looks, and joked about violent Israelis and African games with funny names.  Apparently there was also a part involving Irish people and leprechauns that wasn’t caught on video. There were numerous complaints on Twitter and several people walked out, missing the closing in which Meaney claimed Charles Stross was actually Osama bin Laden. (Not to be confused with the earlier part where he put up a picture of Lavie Tidhar labeled “Not Philip K. bin Laden”. Why make a terrible joke once when you could make it twice?)

Martin McGrath, a BSFA committee member, responded with a blog post where he said that a) the speech was in poor taste because it insults individual people, b) it was absurd to think of it as insulting groups to which those individual people belong (because had Lauren Beukes been a gorgeous man, Meaney would totally have talked about standing in the golden radiance of her aura! her being a woman is irrelevant!), and c) Meaney (whom McGrath barely knows) surely meant well and his heart is pure, so any responses to him should be made in an appropriate tone. McGrath fights for equality all the time, so when he says that being offended by sexist and racist comments is “hysterical”, you know it’s not worth worrying your pretty little head over. He also not only emphasized that he doesn’t represent BSFA but claimed that in fact it is impossible for any individual to do so, explained that it is BSFA policy not to have policies (er…), invited people to come chat with him at the BSFA booth at Eastercon, and wondered what the point was of continuing to volunteer with BSFA. Reactions to this screed were predictably negative.

This awfulness unfortunately rather overshadowed the BSFA Awards themselves, which went to Paul Cornell for short fiction, Christopher Priest for long fiction (he redeemed both himself and the ceremony by making two genuinely funny jokes in under 60 seconds), Dominic Harman for cover art, and The Science Fiction Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition for nonfiction. Prior to Meaney’s turn at the mike, the James White Award was also presented to Colum “CJ” Paget, who very generously donated his prize back to the award fund, and a special commendation was given to Tori Truslow. Congratulations to the winners, and sympathies to them and the other nominees, who had little choice but to sit through that excruciating half-hour and the subsequent rehashing.

Hugo Nominees

Shamelessly copied and pasted from the Whatever.

Best Novel (932 ballots)

Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)
Deadline by Mira Grant (Orbit)
Embassytown by China Miéville (Macmillan / Del Rey)
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)

[I note that all but the Martin got starred reviews from PW. None appeared on my best books of 2011 list, nor would they have even if I'd limited myself to novels, but I'm not surprised that my tastes differ significantly from those of the majority of Hugo voters.]

Best Novella (473 ballots)

Countdown by Mira Grant (Orbit)
“The Ice Owl” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction November/December 2011)
“Kiss Me Twice” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s June 2011)
“The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s September/October 2011)
“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” by Ken Liu (Panverse 3)
Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)

Best Novelette (499 ballots)

“The Copenhagen Interpretation” by Paul Cornell (Asimov’s July 2011)
“Fields of Gold” by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse Four)
“Ray of Light” by Brad R. Torgersen (Analog December 2011)
“Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)
“What We Found” by Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)

Best Short Story (593 ballots)

“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” by E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld April 2011)
“The Homecoming” by Mike Resnick (Asimov’s April/May 2011)
“Movement” by Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s March 2011)
“The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2011)
“Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue” by John Scalzi (Tor.com)

Best Related Work (461 ballots)

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight (Gollancz)
Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies by Daniel M. Kimmel (Fantastic Books)
The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature by Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers (Abrams Image)
Wicked Girls by Seanan McGuire
Writing Excuses, Season 6 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson

Best Graphic Story (339 ballots)

Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)
Fables Vol 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
Locke & Key Volume 4, Keys to the Kingdom written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation)
The Unwritten (Volume 4): Leviathan created by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, written by Mike Carey, illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) (592 ballots)

Captain America: The First Avenger, screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephan McFeely, directed by Joe Johnston (Marvel)
Game of Thrones (Season 1), created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss; written by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, and George R. R. Martin; directed by Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Tim van Patten, and Alan Taylor (HBO)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner Bros.)
Hugo, screenplay by John Logan; directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount)
Source Code, screenplay by Ben Ripley; directed by Duncan Jones (Vendome Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) (512 ballots)

“The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who), written by Neil Gaiman; directed by Richard Clark (BBC Wales)
“The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech,” Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon (Renovation)
“The Girl Who Waited” (Doctor Who), written by Tom MacRae; directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
“A Good Man Goes to War” (Doctor Who), written by Steven Moffat; directed by Peter Hoar (BBC Wales)
“Remedial Chaos Theory” (Community), written by Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna; directed by Jeff Melman (NBC)

Best Semiprozine (357 ballots)

Apex Magazine edited by Catherynne M. Valente, Lynne M. Thomas, and Jason Sizemore
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
Lightspeed edited by John Joseph Adams
Locus edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.
New York Review of Science Fiction edited by David G. Hartwell, Kevin J. Maroney, Kris Dikeman, and Avram Grumer

Best Fanzine (322 ballots)

Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
The Drink Tank edited by James Bacon and Christopher J Garcia
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, et al.
SF Signal edited by John DeNardo

Best Fancast (326 ballots)

The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe
Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts (presenters) and Andrew Finch (producer)
SF Signal Podcast, John DeNardo and JP Frantz, produced by Patrick Hester
SF Squeecast, Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente
StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith

Best Professional Editor — Long Form (358 ballots)

Lou Anders
Liz Gorinsky
Anne Lesley Groell
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Betsy Wollheim

Best Professional Editor — Short Form (512 ballots)

John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Stanley Schmidt
Jonathan Strahan
Sheila Williams

Best Professional Artist (399 ballots)

Dan dos Santos
Bob Eggleton
Michael Komarck
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio

Best Fan Artist (216 ballots)

Brad W. Foster
Randall Munroe
Spring Schoenhuth
Maurine Starkey
Steve Stiles
Taral Wayne

Best Fan Writer (360 ballots)

James Bacon
Claire Brialey
Christopher J Garcia
Jim C. Hines
Steven H Silver

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (396 ballots)

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2010 or 2011, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

Mur Lafferty
Stina Leicht
Karen Lord *
Brad R. Torgersen *
E. Lily Yu

*2nd year of eligibility

Congratulations to all the nominees! I actually kind of hope Chris Garcia and James Bacon win for last year’s acceptance speech. It was truly a great moment.

Firsts: Michelle “Vixy” Dockrey points out that Seanan McGuire is the first woman to ever appear on the Hugo ballot four times in one year (twice under her own name, twice as Mira Grant). I’m pretty sure this is the first time a Hugo acceptance speech has been nominated for a Hugo award. It may also be the first time an April Fool’s joke has been nominated. Kevin Sonney says Ursula Vernon is the first woman to get a solo nomination for Best Graphic Story. And if this isn’t the first time the novella ballot has had five women on it I will be very surprised. For that matter, is this the first time any Hugo category finalist slate has contained no white men?

The gender balance in most of the categories makes the dramatic presentation ones really stand out for their long lists of men’s names. We still have a long way to go in publishing–but it looks like Hollywood and television are even further behind.

A Palate Cleanser

On a lighter note, some great links have been coming my way:

  • Stone Telling‘s long-awaited QUILTBAG speculative poetry issue is live!
  • Tales of the Emerald Serpent, a mosaic anthology with some great authors lined up, is almost halfway to its Kickstarter goal.
  • Laura Anne Gilman is Kickstarting a pair of novellas that tie in to her popular Cosa Nostradamus/PSI series.
  • Helen Keller describes the view from the top of the Empire State Building. Do not miss this. Just gorgeous!
  • There’s going to be a steampunk festival in Waltham, MA in May, with a bunch of free events. I happen to know most of the people in the banner on the top of the page, and I can vouch that they know how to have a good time. Also, the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation sounds like approximately the best museum ever and I can’t believe I’ve never even heard of it before. Must go the next time I’m in Boston.
  • Jennifer Pelland defends unhappy endings.
  • After reading the Scientology/Writers of the Future piece in the Village Voice, WotF winner Carl Frederick has backed out of association with the contest.
  • Brian Keene starts an interesting discussion by talking about why there weren’t any women on his list of his 25 favorite authors, and how such lists can be strongly influenced by what’s available to read when one is growing up. There’s some gender essentialism in the post that had me rolling my eyes a bit, but the conclusion is strong, and the ensuing conversation is pretty good.
  • I just found out about this and I’m sorry I couldn’t link to it sooner! In honor of Women’s History Month, Cambridge University Press is offering free access for the month of March to Orlando, their electronic database that relates to British women’s writing from the earliest times to the present. It is searchable and is a valuable resource for scholars, writers and anyone interested in literary and cultural history. To access it, go to http://orlando.cambridge.org/ . In the upper right click Login. For username, enter womenshistory; for password, orlando.
  • The 2012 Million Writers Award nominations are now open.
  • Finalists have been announced for the RITA (romance) and Clarke (U.K. SF) awards.

Link Roundup

  • Congratulations to Andrea Hairston on winning the 2011 Tiptree Award! There are some great works on the honor list and long list as well.
  • M. Christian and Marilyn J. Lewis have launched the Black Marks Literary Award for unpublished SF, which will give $500 and an offer of publication to the author of the winning manuscript. No word on how they’re defining “science fiction”.
  • Speaking of awards, I’m going to the Nebula Awards Weekend! Are you? And now that the Hugo nomination ballots are in, what was on yours?
  • The Other Change of Hobbit has received a loan that will let it stay open for a short time. If you want to help them stay open beyond that, stop by their fundraiser on March 18th.
  • Francesca Lia Block is facing foreclosure despite never having missed a payment on her mortgage. She’s asking her fans to sign a petition urging Bank of America to help her renegotiate the mortgage and keep her home.
  • Cabinet des Fées has released a chapbook of Cinderella jump rope rhymes, with 50% of profits going to charity.
  • London in 2014 is the only 2014 Worldcon bid to file by the deadline, so now would be a great time to become a supporter and lock in the lowest possible rate. Josh and I have been pre-supporters since Arisia 2011 and just upgraded; we’re really looking forward to it.

Link Roundup

Awards and Fundraisers

We’re not even a month into 2012 and already seeing awards for 2011 titles. Those award committees work fast!

The first batch of 2012 fundraisers is also underway:

Connie Willis, At Last

As is traditional, SFWA has waited an inexplicably long time to bestow the Grand Master title on someone who’s deserved it for many years. Congratulations to Connie Willis! And sympathies to those in the U.K. who are gnashing their teeth over her being so lauded despite the problems with Blackout/All Clear.

2011 World Fantasy Award Winners Announced

Stolen shamelessly from Tor.com, here’s the full list of this year’s World Fantasy Award winners:


  • Winner: Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
  • Zoo City, Lauren Beukes (Jacana South Africa; Angry Robot)
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Silent Land, Graham Joyce (Gollancz; Doubleday)
  • Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada; Roc; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Redemption In Indigo, Karen Lord (Small Beer)


  • Winner: “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon,” Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All-New Tales)
  • Bone and Jewel Creatures, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)
  • The Broken Man, Michael Byers (PS)
  • The Thief of Broken Toys, Tim Lebbon (ChiZine)
  • “The Mystery Knight,” George R.R. Martin (Warriors)
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window,” Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer 2010)


  • Winner: “Fossil-Figures,” Joyce Carol Oates (Stories: All-New Tales)
  • “Beautiful Men,” Christopher Fowler (Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts)
  • “Booth’s Ghost,” Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn’t See and Other Stories)
  • “Ponies,” Kij Johnson (Tor.com 11/17/10)
  • “Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us,” Mercurio D. Rivera (Black Static 8-9/10)


  • Winner: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (Penguin)
  • The Way of the Wizard, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Prime)
  • Haunted Legends, Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds. (Tor)
  • Stories: All-New Tales, Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio, eds. (Morrow; Headline Review)
  • Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, S.T. Joshi, ed. (PS)
  • Swords & Dark Magic, Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders, eds. (Eos)


  • Winner: What I Didn’t See and Other Stories, Karen Joy Fowler (Small Beer)
  • The Ammonite Violin & Others, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • Holiday, M. Rickert (Golden Gryphon)
  • Sourdough and Other Stories, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
  • The Third Bear, Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon)


  • Winner: Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Vincent Chong
  • Richard A. Kirk
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan


  • Winner: Marc Gascoigne, for Angry Robot
  • John Joseph Adams, for editing and anthologies
  • Lou Anders, for editing at Pyr
  • Stéphane Marsan & Alain Névant, for Bragelonne
  • Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi, for ChiZine


  • Winner: Alisa Krasnostein, for Twelfth Planet Press
  • Stephen Jones, Michael Marshall Smith, & Amanda Foubister, for Brighton Shock!: The Souvenir Book Of The World Horror Convention 2010
  • Matthew Kressel, for Sybil’s Garage and Senses Five Press
  • Charles Tan, for Bibliophile Stalker
  • Lavie Tidhar, for The World SF Blog

Additionally, the winners of this year’s Lifetime Achievement award are authors Peter S. Beagle and Angélica Gorodischer. Congratulations to the winners and nominees!

I am especially thrilled for Nnedi, whose book is really tremendous, and Kinuko Craft, a five-time nominee who finally gets a well-deserved win.

Link Roundup

Lots of interesting links have come my way recently! Here’s a roundup: