Hugo and Nebula Anthology 2013, CD-ROM Source for New Project

20130126-162843.jpgI 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.

Maillardet Automaton and The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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’.

2009 Hugo Award Winners Twittered

The 2009 Hugo and John W. Campbell Award Winners were live twittered from the 2009 WorldCon/Anticipation by TheHugoAwards. And the winners are (along with a link to each winner’s website):

John W. Campbell Award
David Anthony Durham

Hugo for Best Fan Writer
Cheryl Morgan

Hugo for Best Fan Artist
Frank Wu

Hugo for Best Fanzine
Electric Velocipede

Hugo for Best Semiprozine
Weird Tales

Hugo for Best Related Book
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, John Scalzi

Hugo for Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Hugo for Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog, Joss Whedon

Hugo for Best Editor, Long Form
David G. Hartwell

Hugo for Best Editor, Short Form
Ellen Datlow

Hugo for Best Graphic Story (New category this year)
Girl Genius, Kaja and Phil Foglio

Hugo for Best Professional Artist
Donato Giancola

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

The International Fantasy Award

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.

Aerodynamics and Rocket Turbopumps, a Washington, DC Vacation


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.