Yesterday at Norwescon was a good day. A really good day. They made the announcements of the list of Hugo nominees.
I found out two weeks ago that my novella, “Kiss Me Twice” had been nominated in the Novella category, and that Writing Excuses with Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, me, and Jordan Sanderson had been nominated in Best Related work. Go team!
BUT I had to hold that news for weeks. Yesterday meant that I could finally tell people but it also meant that I got to find out who else was nominated.
The ballot has so many people I know on it. I got to hang out with newly-minted Campbell nominee Stina Leicht and reflect in her glow.
I was sitting next to John Picacio when his nomination was announced for Best Professional Artist. Later, I saw Betsy Wollheim who was nominated for Best Editor Long Form for the first time in a thirty-seven year career. I got to drink scotch with Spring Schoenhuth, nominated for Best Fan Artist — the first time a jeweler has been nominated.
Sharing in the sheer giddiness with these folks just makes it even better.
And look! My editor, Liz Gorinsky, is also on the Best Editor Long Form list.
And then the friends. So many people I know, this year. Jo Walton, Seanan McGuire (FOUR times), China Miéville, Kij Johnson, Ken Liu (TWICE), Catherynne M. Valente (THRICE!), Paul Cornell (TWICE), Rachel Swirsky, Brad R. Torgersen (TWICE), Charlie Jane Anders, E. Lily Yu (TWICE), Nancy Fulda, John Scalzi, Jeff VanderMeer, Howard Tayler, Christopher J Garcia, Lynne M. Thomas, John Joseph Adams, Liza Groen Trombi, David G. Hartwell, Kris Dikeman, John DeNardo (TWICE), Jonathan Strahan (TWICE), Elizabeth Bear, Lou Anders, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Neil Clarke, Sheila Williams, Jim C. Hines (with the best reaction post ever), Steven H Silver, and Mur Lafferty.
Oh, heck, just look at the full list. It is full of awesome.
And here’s the really cool thing. WorldCon will send you the fiction on that list to read for awards consideration. All you have to do is sign up for the convention and you get a GIANT packet of material with novels and comics and everything. SO cool.
Even if you can’t attend, you can pick up a supporting membership for $50 which would cover the cost of two of the nominated novels in hardcover. See? I told you it was cool.