I was very happy this week to receive a used copy of the Hugo and Nebula Anthology 1993 from Amazon. This early ebook technology by ClariNet is chocked full of content, including a hypertext version of Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep. I will post more about this amazing collection as I explore its depths.
I have not yet had a chance to see Martin Scorsese’s Hugo or read the book that it is based on, the Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. However, I do want to see the film, because I am fascinated by automatons, the forebears of robots. The New York Times has an article about the inspiration of Hugo here: Maillardet Automaton Inspired Martin Scorsese’s Film ‘Hugo’.
John W. Campbell Award
David Anthony Durham
Hugo for Best Fan Writer
Hugo for Best Fan Artist
Hugo for Best Fanzine
Hugo for Best Semiprozine
Hugo for Best Related Book
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, John Scalzi
Hugo for Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Hugo for Best Editor, Long Form
David G. Hartwell
Hugo for Best Editor, Short Form
Hugo for Best Graphic Story (New category this year)
Girl Genius, Kaja and Phil Foglio
Hugo for Best Professional Artist
Hugo for Best Short Story
“Exhalation,” Ted Chiang
Hugo for Best Novelette
“Shoggoths in Bloom,” Elizabeth Bear
Hugo for Best Novella
“The Erdmann Nexus,” Nancy Kress
Hugo for Best Novel
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
While researching a paper that I’m writing on the exchange of real and cultural capital in the major Science Fiction awards, I ran across this bit of trivia. I always considered the Hugo Award the oldest major SF award, but according to Reginald’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (1991), this distinction goes to the now discontinued International Fantasy Award. It was first given at the 1951 British Science Fiction Convention, and it was created by Leslie Flood, John Beynon Harris (John Wyndham), G. Ken Chapman, and Frank A. Cooper. Unfortunately, it didn’t have a long run, and it was cancelled in 1958.
Looking through the winners, I found it striking that John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids won 2nd place to John Collier’s Fancies and Goodnights in 1952. I had to search Google for information on Collier’s collection, because I had never heard of it before. It’s interesting to find works that win prizes, but are later marginalized–by this I mean marginalized in terms of recognition of the work and the sales of the work– compared to works that don’t win prizes or only make prize shortlists.
There are some great pictures from IFA ceremonies and more information about the prize on Greg Pickersgill’s GOSTAK website here.
Yufang and I jaunted to Washington, DC for a few days this past week for some much needed R & R. While we were there, we visited the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), the NASM Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, walked the Mall at night, and dropped in at the Smithsonian Zoo, albeit when most of the critters were on break. Also, we enjoyed ginormous fried shrimp with my cousin, Angie, in Mechanicsville, Maryland, and the next day, Yufang and I trekked to Bob’s Noodle 66 at the end of the red metro line for some delicious Taiwanese food. It was a great trip, and Yufang was a real trooper, enduring countless aircraft (e.g., SR-71 Blackbird, B-29 Enola Gay, Concorde, F-86 Sabre Jet) and equally numerous spacecraft and rockets (e.g., Space Shuttle Enterprise, V-2 Rocket, SpaceShipOne, and Apollo 11 Command Module) as well as my meticulous explanations about how they work and why they are important. She clearly has the patience of Job!
One curious thing I found at the Udvar-Hazy Center’s McDonnell Space Hangar was Willy Ley’s 1956 Hugo Award. See it here.
I’ve posted about 200 of our 400 photos on Flickr here.