Pictures of the 2013 Hugo Award

The 2013 Hugo Award base designed and made by Vincent Villafranca is one of the best I’ve seen. There don’t appear to be many detailed pictures of it online yet, so I asked Lisa if she would do a little photo shoot this afternoon:


Hanging out in the backyard.


Close-up of the front of the 2013 Hugo Award base.


Close-up of the right side of the 2013 Hugo Award base.


Close-up of the left side of the 2013 Hugo Award base.


Close-up of the back of the 2013 Hugo Award base.


So pretty, Godzilla can’t keep his hands off it.


Safely at home. The 2013 Hugo for Best Semiprozine joins it’s family members from 2010 (right) and 2011 (left).


A few Worldcon highlights

Just a few LoneStarCon (Worldcon) highlights:

THE PARTIES: Having a chance to sit and talk with new and old friends was so energizing that I ended up incredibly sleep-deprived by the end of con. Way too many people to name.

OUR PARTIES: We held two parties this year. Thursday night was an open party in the SFWA suite. (Did anyone get a picture of the cupcakes?) Saturday night I co-hosted a private party with Sheila Williams from Asimov’s. Someone kindly volunteered the Presidential Suite at the top of the hotel, which is a quite floor, so we billed it as an alternative to the overheated and loud parties held elsewhere that night.

THE CHESLEY AWARDS: I was honored to be asked to hand out the Chesley Award for Best Magazine cover, particularly since half of the nominees were from Clarkesworld. Ken Barthelmey won for this cover, but couldn’t be there:



After the ceremony, I had a nice chat with Vincent Villafranca, the artist responsible for the amazing base on this year’s Hugo Award. I must own one of his bronze robots some day.

ART SHOW: Highlight for me was seeing so much of Julie Dillon’s work in-person. I’ve only seen prints of a few of her pieces, but there were several Clarkesworld covers on display and they were incredible. Small screens don’t do them justice. Now I must own some of these too. Sadly Julie had to cancel her Worldcon trip. Was looking forward to seeing her again.

JAMES PATRICK KELLY READING: The second story Jim read is in the current issue of Clarkesworld. Kate Baker joined him up-front to read the part of the wife and by the end, the two of them had the audience in tears.

THE ELEVATOR SHOUT-OUTS: It’s still somewhat surreal to be recognized at cons, but this time we had people yelling “Go Clarkesworld” from packed elevators that passed us as we headed down to the lobby. That happened three times. Never figured out which people were responsible for that one.

WHO’S STALKING WHO?: Kevin Ikenberry and I first met on my connecting flight from Houston. Our paths crossed so often that we became (jokingly) convinced that one of us was following the other. Funny way to make new friends.

PANELS: There were some misses in this category (moderation issues), but I enjoyed most of them. Was shocked to have a full kaffeeklatsch and had a great time chatting with the people who came. Signing was slow, but someone brought a cool little monster book to sign. Now I have to find one.

ROOMMATES: Sean and Jason were my roommates for the con, replicating our Reno Worldcon, but this time we were all nominees.

HUGO AWARDS: Despite being told by several people that we were favored to win, I wasn’t all that confident we would. Crazy things happen in the Hugos sometimes. Was overwhelmed when they announced that we were the winner and remember very little of what happened next. I know I was shaking and people told me I made them cry. I’m waiting for the video to get a better handle on this one. Sleep deprivation and adrenaline are an interesting mix. I ended up being up until 5AM carrying the award with me everywhere and making the rounds at the parties. The best part is that I won this award with my friends:



More on the Hugos later…

Nebula Award for Aliette

Last night, I had the pleasure of watching the Nebula Awards live from the only corner of my hotel room with internet access. Clarkesworld had three stories competing for Best Short Story (“Robot” by Helena Bell, “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard and “Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes” by Tom Crosshill) and one for Best Novelette (“Fade to White” by Catherynne M. Valente). Situations like this are a lot like having to pick a favorite child, so I’m relieved to be unable to vote for the Nebulas. I can, however, be happy for all of them.

The ceremony ran much later than I expected (and a few time zones away), but seeing Aliette (in shock) accept the award for best short story, made it well worth the wait. Congratulations to Aliette, the other winners, and all the nominees!


The Wisdom of Ants by Thoraiya Dyer

The winners of the 2012 Aurealis Awards were announced earlier today. I can’t find a complete list of the winners online, but I’ve been told that “The Wisdom of Ants” by Thoraiya Dyer, (Clarkesworld #75) has won the 2012 Aurealist Award for Best YA Short Story category. Last month, the same story received a Ditmar Award for Best Short Story.

Congratulations Thoraiya!

2013 Hugo Awards

The 2013 Hugo Award nominees have been announced. Here are Clarkesworld Magazine‘s nominees:

  • Best Novelette: “Fade to White” by Catherynne M. Valente, Clarkesworld #71
  • Best Short Story: “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard, Clarkesworld #69
  • Best Short Story: “Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson, Clarkesworld #71
  • Best Editor (Short Form): Neil Clarke
  • Best Semiprozine: Clarkesworld Magazine—Edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, Jason Heller, Podcast directed by Kate Baker

Congratulations to all the nominees and a big THANK YOU to everyone who nominated us.