Category Archives: Awards

Another Trans Award Winner

Recently I was feeling very positive about the large number of trans people who are finalists for the Hugos this year. But that’s not the only area in which trans writers are achieving success. Last weekend the winners of the … Continue reading

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Virginia in the News

I managed to miss a lot of local news while I was in Canada. One thing I missed was that Bristol 24/7 did a feature on Virginia Bergin and her Tiptree win. You can find it here.

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Brief Hugo Thoughts

This year’s Hugo shortlists were announced yesterday. I was mostly too wiped to pay much attention, but it did seem to be a very good list and reaction today seems to have confirmed that. Having been drowning in Tiptree reading … Continue reading

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Who Runs the World – Spoilerific Review

These days I have the shouty parts of the Internet mostly blocked on social media. It can take me a while to catch up with Drama. I was rather surprised, therefore, to discover from some of my fellow jurors that … Continue reading

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Tiptree 2017 – We Have A Winner

As you probably all know, I have been on the Tiptree Award jury this year. It has been an amazing experience. I got to read a lot of fabulous books and stories. I met some lovely fellow jurors and learned … Continue reading

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Hugo Deadline Reminder

The deadline for the Hugo Award nominating ballot is this Friday (or Saturday morning for those of you across the Pacific from California who get up before we’ve gone to bed). I have put in a provisional ballot and am … Continue reading

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Hugo Myth Season Again

Voting is open for this year’s Hugo Awards, and consequently I need to get back to dispelling the strange ideas about the Hugos that seem to proliferate at this time of the year. This post has been inspired in particular … Continue reading

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Crawford Award

As many of you will have seen, the winner of this year’s Crawford Award was announced this week. The book in question is Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, and it is one of the most remarkable … Continue reading

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PKD Award Finalists

The short list for this year’s Philip K Dick Award were announced last night. They are: The Book of Etta by Meg Elison (47North) Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty (Orbit) After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun (The Unnamed Press) … Continue reading

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Award Eligibility Post

It is that time of year again when I do an award eligibility post to make my author friends less self-conscious about doing their own. I have very little eligible work this year. Technically this blog is fan writing, but … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Juliet!

No, this is not about the VATMOSS stuff, Juliet McKenna has had some other good news. She has been asked to join the jury for the World Fantasy Awards. As she explains here, this is a lot of work. Yes, … Continue reading

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Conventions News

SMOFcon, the annual convention for people who run science fiction conventions, is taking place this weekend in Boston. Kevin is there. I am missing Legal Seafood. There have been announcements. First up there was a joint announcement from the 2018 … Continue reading

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The 2017 Nommo Awards – Africa’s Finest

The Nommos are awards given out by the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS). I’m delighted to see Africa, and the African diaspora, coming together like this. Many of the winners are unknown to me, as it should be. However, the … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Babbers, Gender, History & World Fantasy

Yesterday’s show began with a chat with my Ujima colleague, Gail Bowen-Huggett. Gail is a great presenter who works on a show called Babbers. It goes out in the same time slot as mine, but on a Monday, and it … Continue reading

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World Fantasy Awards

This year’s World Fantasy Convention took place at the weekend. There were, of course, awards. Some of them made me very happy. The full list is on the snazzily revamped Locus website. Congratulations first to Jeff Ford who took the … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Grimbold

The British Fantasy Society’s annual convention, FantasyCon, took place over the weekend. Awards were given out. Not all of my friends who were up for things won, but I am delighted that Grimbold Books won for Best Independent Press. Sammy … Continue reading

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Hugo Award Rules Changes

One of the good things about Worldcons these days is that I don’t have to spend much of my time in the Business Meeting reporting on what goes on there. Alex Acks does that for me. What’s more, they wrote … Continue reading

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Best Dressed at the Hugos Award

For many years now I have been doing fashion coverage of the Hugos. I confess that I am no way up to the standard of Genevieve Valentine and her brilliant reviews of major movie business awards, but these are our … Continue reading

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My Hugos Dress

Having got back to Helsinki, I have been able to pick up all of the photos that Paula Heinonen took at the Hugo Awards. Here are Kevin and myself all dressed up ready for the show.

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Worldcon: Day 3

That was an even longer day, and I’m only back at my room now because I skipped the Hugo Loser’s Party. The space issues are vastly reduced now. The panel I was on today had 20 people in the audience … Continue reading

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