I arrived home from WorldCon last night, absolutely beat. The convention was a great deal of fun, but the highlight for me is summed up in this photo.
That’s me, at the Hugo Ceremony, presenting David Anthony Durham with the Campbell Tiara. He wore it the rest of the evening and looks darn good in it. I’m very happy for him.
The only downside to the whole thing is that there aren’t five tiaras. The field was very strong this year, and if you haven’t already, check out the other Campbell nominees.
The rest of the ceremony was pretty darn cool, too. I was particularly happy to see Weird Tales when the Semi-prozine category because I think the work that Stephen H. Segal has done to reimagine the magazine has been incredible. It’s not simply the design, but the entire way he’s approaching packaging the magazine. Very smart and clearly it paid off.
In case you hadn’t noticed, I did not walk away with the short story Hugo for “Evil Robot Monkey.” Since I totally expected Ted Chiang to take it, this is not a surprise. What was surprising is that ERM had the most nominations. That surprised the heck out of me.
I also need to give a shout-out to Kate Baker, who not only rescued me from the hotel of doom, but also turns out to be a fantastic roommate. We hung all weekend and had more fun than I can tell you about.
Lordy, I’m sure there’s more, because it didn’t seem like I ever stopped moving.