Category Archives: Awards

Hugos and Business Meeting Update

I have been having a very interesting email discussion with my friend Neil Clarke about my post from yesterday on the issues for debate at this year’s WSFS Business Meeting. Neil has made a very clever point that I am … Continue reading

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Fixing the Hugos

As I can’t travel to the USA I won’t be able to attend this year’s WSFS Business Meeting. That means I don’t get to have a direct say in what gets done about Puppygate. So I am going to write … Continue reading

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Women and Hugos Update

I got a comment from Nicola Griffith on yesterday’s post, and I want to make sure that you all see it as it is very interesting. This is the meat what she said: Catastrophic drop-offs happened in lots of genres, … Continue reading

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Women and Hugos – Mea Culpa

Nicola Griffith is continuing to mine data about women and literary awards, now with the help of a bunch of eager volunteers. She has a new post up on Charlie Stross’s blog, and it includes the following fascinating chart made … Continue reading

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Silly Season Approaches

Worldcon is now less than two weeks away, so all of fandom is busy limbering up ready to take to the Internet and explain how everything about the convention, and the Hugos, is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!! As regular readers will … Continue reading

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Hugos – Don’t Give Up

I cast my Hugo ballot today. I figured I should get in before the last minute rush, because it is always a strain on the host Worldcon’s servers and this year is going to be much worse. I suggest that … Continue reading

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National Diversity Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the UK’s 2015 National Diversity Awards have been announced, and I’m delighted to note that I know a few of the finalists. In the Positive Role Models for LGBT category I spotted Kathy Caton who hosts the … Continue reading

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Archipelacon – Day 1

As you may have guessed, life has been a bit hectic. There has been a lot of travel. There has also been a lot of day job, though you won’t have seen that. But because of it there is now … Continue reading

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WSFS is not FIFA

One of the plus points of Puppygate is that we’ve had a brief respite from people yelling about how the Evil Right Wing Hugo Committee is fixing the awards to favor right-wing authors. Thankfully people have realized that VD does … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Chaz!

This year’s Lambda Literary Awards were announced last night. They are for queer writing in all of its forms. One of the categories is for science fiction, fantasy & horror. As Locus reports, the winner for 2015 is my dear … Continue reading

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A Little Awards News

I was pleased to discover yesterday that my Trinidadian friend, Rhonda Garcia, tied for second place in the SF/F/H category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards. The IPPYs are not an award I’m familiar with, but they appears to be … Continue reading

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Puppygate – Winners and Losers

That image is from issue #70 of Doom Patrol, published by Vertigo in 1993 and written by Rachel Pollack. The woman in the frog mask is Kate Godwin, a.k.a. Coagula, a trans woman superhero. The words are, of course, mine. … Continue reading

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Philip K. Dick Award Nominees

The nominees for this year’s Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. They are as follows: Elysium, Jennifer Marie Brissett (Aqueduct Press) The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, Rod Duncan (Angry Robot) The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, Meg Elison (Sybaritic Press) Memory … Continue reading

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That Time Of Year Again

I see from Twitter that people are complaining about writers listing their award-eligible work again. How refreshing and innovative. Not. As many smarter and more eloquent people than me have said before, the people who get bullied into remaining silent … Continue reading

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World Fantasy Awards

This year’s World Fantasy Award winners were announced yesterday. I’m horribly behind on reading, but I can assure you that the winners look very good indeed. Special congratulations are due to my pals at Clarkesworld who have finally picked up … Continue reading

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Translation Awards – The End

As you will see from various news outlets over the next few days, the Directors of the SF&F Translation Awards, of whom I am one, have jointly decided to cease giving out the Awards and wind up the corporation that … Continue reading

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Brief Booker Thoughts

I am, of course, very sad that Karen Joy Fowler did not win the Booker. However, I am heartened to learn from the Telegraph that her book, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, has sold more than three times as … Continue reading

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A Few Brief Hugo Stat Comments

I haven’t had much time to wade through the numbers, but here are a few things I noticed. As many people have already pointed out, Vox Day was beaten by No Award. Six Gun Snow White and Wonderbook, both of … Continue reading

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Worldcon – Day 4

Once again I have been stupidly busy. Here are some highlights: Anne Sudworth winning Best Body of Work in the Art Show Maurizio Manzieri winning Best Digital in the Art Show The Fine Art panel laying into Damien Hirst Interviewing … Continue reading

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A Brief Booker Comment

The Longlist for the 2014 Booker Prize has been announced. This year the prize has been opened up to inhabitants of the rebellious former colonies of North America, as well as citizens of the Commonwealth, presumably as an act of … Continue reading

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