Award-Winning Editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year, and More

Anatomy of a Worldcon Badge

My Worldcon Badge


1. Official Clarkesworld/Fantasy Magazine "Short Fiction is Not Dead" Hypno-chicken button
2. Clarkesworld postcard
3. Where I live. Interestingly, most badges I saw didn’t have a state listed, but some did.
4. My 2009 Hugo Nominee pin.
5. Green ribbon for being a Program Participant.
6. Bronze/copper ribbon for being a Hugo Nominee

and #7 was handed to me by George R. R. Martin at the post-Hugo party… my official HUGO LOSER ribbon. 


Chesley Award for Best Magazine Cover


September Issue of Clarkesworld went online yesterday


  1. Oh man, I love that Hugo loser ribbon.

  2. Congrats for winning the coveted ribbon!

    I suggested to someone that perhaps leaving out the state was deliberate, because asking someone what state their town is in can be a nice icebreaker (I asked at least a dozen people). But someone else was more cynical and believed it had to do with an arhaic database label-printing program.

    • Oh, intended or not, it was definitely an icebreaker. I was asked that question a lot. Of course, even when I tell people where Stirling is, it doesn’t help them much.

  3. Official Clarkesworld/Fantasy Magazine “Short Fiction is Not Dead” Hypno-chicken button

    Hey so I kept seeing these but nobody told me where to find one. Any chance I could avoid a trip to NJ to get one?

    • 🙂 Yeah, I had trouble keeping the freebie table stocked this weekend. I think I may have a couple left though. Drop me an email neil (at)

      • no worries

        Oh, no worries. Krys got one from you. I was mostly thinking that I wanted to help the advertising but apparently they were quite popular 😉

        But hey, if you made an image of the button I’ll put it on web pages too.

        • Re: no worries

          Ah, good!

          Here’s the image:

          • Re: no worries

            I love the chicken badge!!!! I didn’t get a chance to go to Worldcon, so thanks for the image. Now how do I get a physical badge? 😉

          • Re: no worries

            Drop me an email. I still have a handful of them.

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