And Don’t Forget the Hugo Awards
I almost forgot, so busy posting other book news — in fact between this and my other sites I’ve barely found time to get any reading done today, and here it is almost dawn/bedtime. Anyway, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced this past weekend this year’s Nebula Awards … er, rather, this year’s Nebula awards for books that came out last year … wait, what?
I think I need a time machine to sort that out. Speaking of which — see what I did here? — Connie Willis won the novel category for her two-part time travel opus, Blackout/All Clear. I’ve not read her before, although I shall endeavor to soon; the Nebula Awards rarely let me down.
Unlike some professional organizations, you pretty much have to be a published author to be a full-fledged member of the SFWA, so the Nebula awards are decided by writers’ peers. One would hope and assume that these people’s opinions should be reasonably well informed. You can see the list of this year’s winners — last year’s I mean — just follow that link above.
Want to have a say but aren’t a published author? Then the Hugo Awards are for you; these are the fan-voted awards.
But you have to get your butt to Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention — or at least sign up as a supporting member. This year Worldcon will be held in Reno, Nevada, Aug. 17 to Aug. 21. Worldcon members — specifically supporting, attending, and young adult members — get a say in the voting.
Not thrilled with Reno? Full attendees get to vote on
where the next one is where it is held two years from now (gimme a break, it’s been a while for me). Reno’s actually kind of cool though; it’s where Las Vegas service industry folk go when they want to do what the rest of us do in Vegas. Ergo, it’s more laid back than Vegas, and the tourists tend to be a bit more hip than the run-of-the-mill Vegas tourist. I thought about going this year, but unfortunately it’s not an option for me for both chronological and fiduciary reasons.
I hope to get out to Worldcon 2010 though, slated for Chicago, which is not quite in my back yard, but close enough. August in Chicago though — gonna be sticky.
By the way: Connie Willis has won both a Nebula and a Hugo previously, so bring the Blackout.