While I’m posting this on April 1, I promise, this is not a joke.
The announcement of the Hugo Award Nominations went out on Saturday.
I’m nominated in three categories. THREE. O_O
Apex Magazine is nominated for Best Semiprozine.
SF Squeecast is nominated for Best Fancast.
Chicks Dig Comics is nominated for Best Related Work.
Each of these projects is a collaboration, which is by far my favorite way to work: let’s get together and create something awesome! They have given me the opportunity to work with some of the best folks in the business, and I am so very, very proud of the work we have all done together. It has been a joy and an honor. None of it would have been possible without you, and the awesome that you bring to the table.
Not only that! Look at the company I’m keeping in all three categories:
Best Semiprozine (404 ballots)
Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore and Michael Damian Thomas
Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker
Lightspeed edited by John Joseph Adams and Stefan Rudnicki
Strange Horizons edited by Niall Harrison, Jed Hartman, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Abigail Nussbaum, Sonya Taaffe, Dave Nagdeman and Rebecca Cross
Best Fancast (346 ballots)
The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester, John DeNardo, and JP Frantz
SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)
StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith
Best Related Work (584 ballots)
The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature Edited by Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge UP)
Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them Edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Sigrid Ellis (Mad Norwegian Press)
Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who Edited by Deborah Stanish & L.M. Myles (Mad Norwegian Press)
I Have an Idea for a Book… The Bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg Compiled by Martin H. Greenberg, edited by John Helfers (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box)
Writing Excuses Season Seven by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson
This is an amazing group of friends and colleagues whom I respect and admire. I am humbled to be considered worthy of this kind of company. Truly.
This goes double especially for Michael, who has his first nomination this year for his work on Apex with Jason and me. He has toiled tirelessly behind the scenes on of my SF/F projects, making so much of it even possible. I’m thrilled to see his work recognized and honored. He deserves it more than anything.
This… this is amazing. I’m still having trouble parsing it, really, which is why it has taken me so long to blog about it.
I’m thrilled, and terrified, as this puts me into a rather exclusive club of something like 20 people who have had 3 or more nominations in a single year, and that club includes some of the biggest, most well-known names in SF/F.
And now me.
My heart just skipped a beat when I wrote that.
You see, I’m not always very good at accepting compliments or positive feedback. I was raised to be super-modest about success, to put it mildly. I squirm a bit when praised, particularly in person.
Okay, a lot.
So let me say it, here, from the bottom of my heart. Because I don’t always do it right in person.
Thank you for getting excited about the things that I get excited about. Thank you for sharing your squee, and for doing what you can to put more joy into the world. Thank you for recognizing my hard work, and the hard work of my beloved friends, colleagues, and my husband, for three projects that I care very deeply about.
Now. TIME TO GO DRESS SHOPPING!