Follow the Hugo Award Ceremony at Dragon*Con

Because this year’s Worldcon is in Australia, many of the nominees can’t attend. Some of them, however, can make it as far as Atlanta, and Dragon*Con has kindly laid on an event at which those nominees, and anyone else interested, can follow the action from Melbourne.

The event will take place over breakfast in Kafe Köbenhavn. For further details and a list of which nominees will be in attendance, see The Daily Dragon.

We are still sorting out details of our online coverage, which is dependent on exactly what level of connectivity we can get inside the auditorium. At the very least, the folks at Dragon*Con, and you at home, will be able to follow the announcements in the Twitter feeds from ourselves and Aussiecon 4.

Phil Foglio on Winning a Hugo

Comic creator Phil Foglio will shortly be issuing a compendium edition of volumes -#3 of Girl Genius (volume #8 of which won the first ever Best Graphic Novel Hugo Award last year). It is part of a new graphic novel line from specialist SF&F publisher, Tor. Interviewed at Robot 6, Foglio was asked whether winning a Hugo Award helped him get that deal (and various others also mentioned in the article). Here’s what he said:

It did. Being able to slap “Hugo award wining” [sic] on something before you even publish it, that will rate an automatic “well I have to try this” in the science fiction community. A lot of people in the active science fiction community already read our stuff—there’s what we call science fiction fans and science fiction readers, and for every fan there are a hundred readers who never show up at a convention or publicly identify themselves because of the shame, but they are still aware of what the awards mean.

We certainly picked up more readers, we got more people interested in the book who had never heard of it before, but just being nominated did that. Howard Tayler, who does Schlock Mercenary [which was also nominated for a Hugo] got a lot of positive blowback on that as well. He’s up again this year.

Thanks Phil, we are delighted to know that your Hugo is so helpful.

Our thanks to Tom Galloway for pointing us at this interview.

Hugo Short Fiction Showcased

Last year we reported that, after many years of absence, there would once again be an anthology of Hugo Award nominated fiction in the shops. We are delighted to announce that the Hugo Award Showcase 2010 is now available. The table of contents is as follows:

  • Cover, Donato Giancola
  • Introduction, Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Pride and Prometheus”, John Kessel
  • “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, Kij Johnson
  • “The Erdman Nexus”, Nancy Kress
  • “From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled”, Michael Swanwick
  • “Shoggoths in Bloom”, Elizabeth Bear
  • “Truth”, Robert Reed
  • “The Ray-Gun: A Love Story”, James Alan Gardner
  • “Evil Robot Monkey”, Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “The Tear’, Ian McDonald

The book concludes with a list of all of the nominees and winners from the 2009 Hugo Awards.

Our thanks to Prime Books and Mary Robinette Kowal for making this anthology available.