I’m a Campbell nominee!

!!! I think that deserves more than a single exclamation point, don’t you?

I got the email a little over a week ago and couldn’t even hint that I’d been told. That’s probably where the fever came from, all the pent-up excitement. Today though, they announced the full nomination list for the Hugos.

The Cambell nominees are:

Joe Abercrombie (2nd year of eligibility)
Jon Armstrong (1st year of eligibility)
David Anthony Durham (1st year of eligibility)
David Louis Edelman (2nd year of eligibility)
Mary Robinette Kowal (2nd year of eligibility)
Scott Lynch (2nd year of eligibility)

As far as I can tell, I’m the only short story writer on the list, the rest are all novelists. I’m pleased as all get out to see David Louis Edelman on there with me. Besides being one of my favorite people, I think his nomination is well-deserved. I’ll admit that besides David, Scott Lynch is the only one of my fellow nominees that I’ve read, but then I’ll bet the other guys are wondering about who I am too… heh. Funny. I only just now realized that I’m the sole woman on the list.

Anyway, I was going to say that I plan on picking up copies of each of the other fellow’s novels and encourage you to do the same. One of the best things a nomination like this can do is to raise the visibility of the author, so darn it, get out there and read these guys. A puppeteer friend of mine said, “The only competition is a bad puppet show.” I firmly believe that’s true in science-fiction, too. I won’t be at all upset if one of the other nominees wins it, because a new good writer will just draw more people into the field and that’s good for me.

All of that said– There is one very simple reason you should vote for me which can be summed up in two words. Campbell Tiara.

I am the only girl on the list and I come with my own ballgown.

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58 Responses

  1. Gigi

    Skweeeeeee! I’m so happy to see your name on the list. That means I shall see you Denver, right?

  2. Evan Nichols

    Congratulations! That is Awesome and a Half! I hope you get to wear the tiara. (And kudos for keeping it secret for A WEEK! That would be fever-inducing indeed!)

  3. srgruber

    I saw your name on the list and came over to add my congrats!

    That’s one very pretty tiara, whoever ends up wearing it. But I think it would look quite nice with a gown. 🙂

  4. David de Beer

    congratulations, Mary:)

    That’s some pretty serious company to be in; Abercrombie has been getting a lot of buzz as has Scott Lynch and Armstrong’s novel looks very promising too.
    Edelman is one of those far too many novels that I’ve marked down as “some day, some day”. Durham I don’t know.

    And you don’t even have a novel yet. Enjoy it and well done!

    1. Mary Robinette Kowal

      Thanks, David. I know… I looked at the list and thought “One of these things is not like the others…”

      I plan to have a splendid time being a nominee. It really is an honor, especially in a group of heavy-weights like this years nominee list.

  5. Kate Baker

    I saw the list up on Scalzi’s site and rushed right over to offer my congratulations!

    Will you be supplying fake cake while dressed in a ball gown should you win? 😉

    Alas, I will not make it out to Denver this year, but if you are going to Readercon, I will happily celebrate by purchasing you a drink!

    1. Mary Robinette Kowal

      Hi David,

      Thanks so much for coming by. Congratulations right back to you, sir! Scalzi speaks very highly of you, so I was already planning to pick up a copy of Acacia. Seeing you on the list cements that. Looking forward to meeting you in person!

  6. Julia

    I’ve already expressed this on Scalzi’s blog, but I hope you win. Now that I’ve seen your work (and helped edit a little) I really do believe in your talent and that you deserve that award. Just wish I had the spare cash to get the supporting membership so I could vote.

    Of course, you’ll need to have the tiara and ballgown photographically covered for those of us who can’t be there, if you DO win. 🙂

  7. Mike Munsil


    A well deserved congratulations, Mary!

    “Welcome all to Awards Night! Tonight we have three Nervous Novelists and One Stylish Shortstoryist! Ms. Kowal, how do you think YOU made it to the list?”

    “Shucks, it warn’t nuthin’. I just put my haind up that there puppets ass when votin’g time came around and there I was! It’s the extra arm, ya see…”

  8. Todd

    Tickled pink for you, Mary!

    Hopefully that tiara doesn’t also come equipped with a peckish little man who follows you around all night whispering some Ceasar-inspired humbling jab like: “Remember, you are only mortal.” If so, then we’ll just have to introduce him to Guido in the back alley.

    1. Mary Robinette Kowal

      But, David, you’d have to take off your black hat to wear the tiara. How will anyone recognize you then? See dear, I’m really just doing this for your own good. Your fans like you in the hat.

  9. Kara Gnome

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news, and of course you’ll win *g* I have a very good feeling for you with this one. Awesome!