2019 Nebula Conference

Tomorrow morning I’m boarding a flight for LA and going to the SFWA Nebula Conference. I’ll be on the following panels on Friday:

  • 10:00-11:00 – Short Fiction Contract
  • 3:30-4:30 – Navigating as “Gatekeepers” of Publishing

and participating in the mass signing event from 1:30-3:30 on Saturday.

I’m also going to be receiving a Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for “for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community” at the Nebula Awards ceremony on Saturday night. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one. It’s quite an honor and a bit overwhelming. I’d also like to congratulate Nisi Shawl, who will also be receiving a Solstice Award this year. Sadly, she’ll be unable to attend.

2019 Finalist for Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form)

The 2019 Hugo Award finalists were announced today and I am very honored to be among the finalists for Best Editor (Short Form). I’d like to thank everyone that voted for me.

This year’s Worldcon is in Ireland and my family has been looking forward to it for some time now. We (my parents are from Navan and will be joining us, along with Lisa, the boys, my sister, and her family) are taking the week before the convention to visit family and do a little sightseeing. Lisa and the boys have never been to Ireland or a Hugo ceremony.

It’s my seventh time as a finalist in this category and I am currently winless. I don’t know if the luck of the Irish or lucky number seven will come into play, but either way, I expect to have a great time.

Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award

SFWA announced this yesterday:

Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards To Be Presented to Nisi Shawl and Neil Clarke

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards will be presented to Nisi Shawl and Neil Clarke at the 54th Annual Nebula Conference.

The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is given by SFWA for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community. Shawl and Clarke join the ranks of previous winners, including Octavia E. Butler, James Tiptree, Jr., Tom Doherty, Carl Sagan, and Sheila Williams. The award ceremony will be a part of the SFWA Nebula Conference taking place at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA on May 16th-19th, 2019.

Full press release here: nebulas.sfwa.org/sfwa-announces-the-2019-kate-wilhelm-solstice-award-recipients

I’m simply overwhelmed and grateful to SFWA for this honor. Thanks to everyone that has been sending me congratulations. At one point Twitter stopped letting me reply thinking I was spamming. I’m still speechless. I mean, look at the previous winners. Nisi and I just joined a very elite club. (Congrats Nisi!)

World Fantasy Weekend 2018

I spent last weekend at the World Fantasy Convention in Baltimore and had a great time even though I spent a large chunk of it behind my table in a very slow moving dealer’s room–no worries, I went in expecting it to be more marketing-oriented thing than sales. Staying in one place made it a lot easier for people to find me and I had a lot of enjoyable conversations with artists, authors, and readers.

Not all that long ago, the World Fantasy Awards changed the award from “the big ugly head” to a bronze award created by Vincent Villafranca. Vincent is an amazing artist and, in addition to the 2013 Hugo Award he made, I am proud to own a few of his smaller works. This year, the art show featured several of Vincent’s works, including various prototypes and molds used in the process of creating the award. It was fascinating to see and I’m so glad they did this. Far too often, what goes on behind-the-scenes in the creative process is ignored, so I applaud that they made this possible for all to enjoy. (There was a lot to enjoy in this year’s art show.)

Despite changing the award, the nominee pins remained the same–a smaller version of the head. This year’s convention team took it on themselves to work with Vincent and create a matching nominee pin that was the envy of many previous nominees, myself included. I have to praise their efforts to make this happen. I wish I had taken picture of one. Maybe a nominee (or winners, congratulations, by the way) will post a shot of theirs soon.

This year’s convention was also the first I’ve seen to feature a consignment table–likely influenced by SFWA’s efforts at Worldcon earlier this year. This allowed attending authors to bring some of their books and have them available for sale at the con. From what I could see, it appeared to be quite successful and helped out a lot of authors who wouldn’t have been well-represented by the regular book dealers. I know World Fantasy has some weird rules about the dealer’s room that might have prevented it, but this table should have been inside with the rest of us. If other’s follow Baltimore’s lead–and they should–that’s the one improvement they can make.

Conventions are volunteer-run events and as such, there will always be little glitches and mistakes. I know there were a few, but ultimately, I didn’t care. This convention was better than many “professionally-operated” events I’ve attended and people seemed to be having a genuinely good time. That’s the bar I set and adding the extras I’ve mentioned causes me to rate this year’s con quite highly.  Congratulations and thank you to everyone that worked on it!

2018 Chesley Award Winner

I would like to thank the members of ASFA for awarding me the 2018 Chesley Award for Best Art Director. The category was filled with people that I am in awe of and would have been content to lose to. I was so convinced one of the others would that I didn’t have a prepared speech and was caught completely off-guard when my name was called. Oh and did I mention that it was my birthday that day?

Oh and that little red thing sticking out from the award, that’s a Tesla in orbit.