Posts Tagged ‘ian mcdonald’

Worldcon There and Back

Just back from Denvention, after a late flight out of Denver and spending the night in Seattle with Louise Marley. A great worldcon–there’s nothing quite like worldcon–but smaller than usual, and in a venue spread all over the place. I hung out with Louise and Sharon Shinn (Twelve Houses series, Samaria), had panels on myth, writing “101” and, yes, quantum physics, in which I represented the fictional viewpoint, natch. Read More…

Hugo harumph

Why do the Hugo awards loom so large when fewer than 500 readers usually vote? Well, we’re a small community. What we lack in numbers we make up for in bull dog ferocity and banty-rooster defensiveness. So the Hugos are a big deal to the few thousand of us that pay attention. To the mundane mainstream–well, they’ve never heard of ’em.

I am trying to cover my disappointment with the awards this year. We’ve all got opinions on who won and who should have won. Looking into the numbers on the runners-up, I can say it sure looks like name recognition can tip the scales. No surprise, but it’s another reason I hate to see the Hugos overblown. Read More…