I'm still exhausted from my trip to the Worldcon in Reno. Had a great time and saw lots of friends, but the highlight had to be this:
Clarkesworld Magazine won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! That's Sean and Kate up there accepting the award with me. (Thanks to Stu Segal for the picture!) Sadly, Cheryl was unable to join us. Would have liked to have had the whole gang up there.
As David Hartwell read off the names of the nominees, we noticed that only one Hugo had been brought out and managed to convince one another that we had lost. We were completely stunned when they announced our name. My brain promptly shut down. The whole thing is a blur, and judging by the video, I had trouble remembering how to read a pre-written speech. All I know is that my hands were still shaking when I got back to my seat.
I'll have more to say later, but I just wanted to thank everyone for reading, voting, and supporting us over the years. We're incredibly honored.
Now, behold the big bright shiny thing that strikes fear into the hearts of airport security people in Reno:
I'm slammed with last minute work, packing for Worldcon and various birthday hijinks today, but I did want a take a moment and encourage those of you who are attending Worldcon to lend a little support (again) to the plight of semiprozines. Yes, there are a few proposals on the table this year that will impact that Hugo Award category, so please check the semiprozine.org site for details on how you can make your voice heard.
Someone posted a few very nice close-up pictures of this year’s Hugo award and it happens to be one of the ones for Best Semiprozine! Mine will probably take a while to get here from Australia, so these are very nice to have.
I am thrilled to announce that Clarkesworld Magazine has been nominated for a Hugo Award in the Best Semiprozine category. This is an incredible honor and we are extremely grateful to those of you who supported us in the nomination process. Thank you!
But wait, there’s more good news…
"Spar" by Kij Johnson and "Non-Zero Probabilities" by N. K. Jemisin are nominees in the Best Short Story category. This is Kij’s second BSSH nomination, Nora’s first Hugo nomination and the first time any Clarkesworld stories have been nominated. Congratulations to Kij and Nora!
I’m also very pleased to Lezli Robyn among this year’s nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Lezli’s first published story, "Idle Roomer" (with Mike Resnick), was published in our November 2008 issue. Good luck Lezli!
The full details for the 2010 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer can be found here. Congratulations to all our fellow nominees!