gerisullivan: (Geri 2014)
The 2015 Hugo Awards ceremony is up and running on the Livestream.com website.

It's in 4 segments and includes the pre-show and post-show.

I've seen several comments about the UStream feed over the past few days. At this time, I don't know whether the video will eventually be posted there or not.
gerisullivan: (Frog on Rock)
Info taken from the LoneStarCon 3 website

2013 Hugo Award Winners

LoneStarCon 3 is delighted to announce the 2013 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award Winners. 1848 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot. A PDF is available with the full statistics for the nominating and final ballots.

Best Novel: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)

Best Novella: "The Emperor's Soul" by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)

Best Novelette: "The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi" by Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)

Best Short Story: "Mono no aware" by Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)

Best Related Work: Writing Excuses, Season 7 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Jordan Sanderson

Best Graphic Story: Saga, Volume 1 written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): The Avengers Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): Game of Thrones: "Blackwater" Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)

Best Editor - Short Form: Stanley Schmidt

Best Editor - Long Form: Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Best Professional Artist: John Picacio

Best Semiprozine: Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace, and Kate Baker

Best Fanzine: SF Signal edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester

Best Fancast: SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters), and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)

Best Fan Writer: Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fan Artist: Galen Dara

The John W. Campbell Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2011 or 2012, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award): Mur Lafferty

And, whee!, the full statistics (in pdf form) went online immediately at the end of the ceremony.
gerisullivan: (Chicon 7 Blue)
1) Register for Chicon 7, this year's Worldcon, at the $215 attending rate (it'll be $230 after 11:59 pm PDT).

2) Download the fabulous Hugo Voter Packet.

3) VOTE for this year's Hugo Award Winners.

Please don't wait until the very last minute, or even hour to do all three of those things. Getting your membership number and/or a PIN in time to download the Hugo Voter packet and/or vote is likely to involve sending email to hugopin@chicon.org, and they may well need a few minutes to respond.

After these few hours pass, it will be August. And that means Chicon will be starting in 30 days! Thirty days until my 30th Fanniversary Party in the Minnesota Magpies suite. Thirty days until Opening Night at the Adler Planetarium. Thirty days until so very much more.

Hope to see you on the Funway!
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No shit, there I was....

Earlier today, I asked for extended hotel checkout so as to have time to submit my Hugo Nominations. The deadline is 11:59pm PDT tonight. I didn't want to wait until the very last moment, and knew I'd be busy this evening.

The ballot is online. I spent some time at eFanzines.com -- I'd earlier decided on 4 nominees and used it to refresh my memory about Hugo-worthy fanzines published last year.

As check-out time neared, I raced over to the Hugo Awards page on the Chicon 7 website. Filling out the ballot was easy; I'd compiled my nominations in another document so could cute and paste them into the ballot.

Cut, paste, cut, paste, through the categories I was nominating in, the ones I felt knowledgeable enough about to judge not just whether I found a work Hugo-worthy, but that also belonged among the best of 2011.

Cut, paste, review, review, *Submit*!

I clicked the Submit button, watched the page go, and put my laptop to sleep.

Just a few minutes ago, I picked up email after not being online for 9 hours. "Hmmmm," I wondered. "Why don't I have a message confirming my Hugo nominations?"

I clicked over to my browser and saw the Hugo ballot still there. Complete with wording at the top asking me to confirm my submission. Oops. I'd rushed through the process too quickly, needing to get on with the rest of my day.

I looked through my ballot, noticed several odd text characters from the cut'n'paste process I'd used -- the ballot didn't recognize tilde or the typographer's quote marks.

I clicked the ~"Edit Ballot"~ button, fixed those (inadvertently deleting a capital "T" in "The" in the process), checked the ballot one more time, and clicked the all-important Confirm Ballot button.

Up came the webpage saying "Nominations submitted" at the top instead of ~"Please confirm..."~

On my next email pass, in came the expected message from Chicon 7 Hugo Administration, "Hugo Nomination Confirmation."

Whew.

So if you also rushed through the nomination process -- or will be doing so in the next 3 hours and 55 minutes -- make sure you Submit AND Confirm.

This public service announcement brought to you by a grateful Hugo nominator.
gerisullivan: (FANAC logo by James White)
Just over an hour from the time I'm posting this, this year's Hugo Award nominees will be announced at Eastercon with live coverage at Norwescon, too. I'll be watching the Cover It Live feed that Renovation is hosting, and also the live coverage from Illustrious on UStream.

2pm PDT, 4pm CDT, 10pm BST, etc.
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Mark Slater created a completely awesome video review of 2009 and the Hugo nominees for the intro at the Hugo Ceremony that's currently underway. And he put it up on YouTube which meant those of us watching from home could see the video pretty much in real time as it was being shown in Melbourne.

We truly do live in the future.
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For the full report as it comes in, or for replay later, head on over to ConReporter's Cover It Live page.
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I just submitted my Hugo ballot, finally conceding the point that I just wasn't going to get enough reading done to vote knowledgeably in several categories. So much for my plan to fill my convalescence with Hugo reading.

Reminder to all: the deadline is tonight. If you're eligible and having voted yet, now's the time.

Kudos to Anticipation for sending out multiple reminders, including one today. Even more kudos for including my my membership number and Hugo PIN in each reminder email.
gerisullivan: (Scrabo)
Want to be part of the future history of the Hugo Award? Do your art and design skills include logo design?

If so, please consider entering the Hugo Award Logo Design Contest. While the Hugo Award has its coveted rocket, it hasn't had an official logo that publishers and others can use to identify Hugo-winning works. The contest aims to change that.

I won't be entering the contest myself because I have the profound honor of serving as one of the judges. And, wow, look at the company I'm in: Chip Kidd, Irene Gallo, and Neil Gaiman.

Yes, indeed -- Chip, Irene, and Neil are the other three judges. I've had the pleasure of knowing both Irene and Neil for several years now. That eases the gosh-wow factor in some respects, and increases it in others. I've owned several examples of and admired Chip's work for years, though I wasn't familiar with his name until recently. If you're like me on that, I refer you to the book cover gallery that accompanies this Time magazine article from last fall, and also to Chip's Wikipedia entry.

[livejournal.com profile] fredcritter, it's times like these that I'm really grateful for everything you told me about Vaughn Bodé and how he treated pedestals -- how he kept stepping down from the ones people kept putting him on, or how he'd reach out a hand and haul you on up there with him. That served me extraordinarily well when I was first getting to know Walt Willis, and it continues to prove useful as remarkable opportunities like this one come my way. Still, the mind croggles.

Please read the submission guidelines and the contest rules before diving into the design process. And, yes, there are prizes! The winning designer will receive:
-- a $500 cash prize (donated by SCIFI);
-- a trophy with the winning design engraved on it;
-- an attending membership to an upcoming Worldcon;
-- signed copies of Neil's Hugo-winning works; and
-- the right to use the basic logo and identify him/herself as the logo designer.

While fandom operates on a gift economy, we recognize we're asking designers to do a good bit of work in order to enter the contest and thank WSFS and the prize donors for making these prizes possible. As always, the egoboo will be the biggest reward.

The contest is open to all. You don't have to be a professional graphic designer to enter, much though we anticipate you'd be competing against some. There is no fee to enter the contest. Participants can submit up to three entries. The contest deadline is May 31, 2009.

One final note, especially to friends here on LiveJournal who I hope will decide to enter the contest: we'll be judging the entries "blind" -- that is, with the contestants' names removed from the submissions before we see them. As such, if you decide to post your entry on your LiveJournal or elsewhere on the net, I hope you'll put it behind a cut-tag so I can avoid seeing it with your name attached. Thank you!
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Oops -- that post about this weekend's Reno in 2011 activities was supposed to go on the Reno in 2011 community rather than here. My apologies to all who end up seeing it twice as a result.

In other news, the septic tank turned out to have only three covers rather than six -- there's one large center cover and two smaller covers at each edge. Work is underway to have risers installed on the two covers we can get to without cutting five feet into the concrete apron that's most likely been in place ever since the house was built. I could spend more money and have a third riser installed as well. That would be the safest approach, providing easy access to every point that the system might clog, but it's also the most expensive. And a snake out from the pipe in the basement or underneath the garage is likely to deal with that problem...if it ever arises.

So I'll take my chances, keep the cost as low as possible now, and do what most needs doing, which is pumping the tank out and making sure we have access to pump it out regularly in the future.

In other, other news, it's been a roller-coaster of a week -- lots of hard news, lots of fun and good news, all coming one after the other, back and forth and back again, loop de loop all week long. I'm a bit dizzy and exhilarated from the ride, and hope the weekend brings a few quiet joys my way. I have rather a lot that needs working on, as usual. But it's all rather fun stuff, so that's a win. In addition to the PROmote work, I'll also be turning more of my design attention to the Hugo program booklet for this year, the one given out at the ceremony that lists the nominees and such. Reminder to all that the Hugo Voting Deadline is just 10 days away -- midnight PDT, Monday, July 7th. For details, see the Denvention 3 Hugo page. Vote soon, rather than at the last moment, to minimize the risk of delivery failure.
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I may live in the wilds of Wales, but internet connectivity came through for me big time today. It started with email from Jane Yolen, alerting me to the fact that the article about the SFFY Hugo win is in today's Springfield Republican. Reporter John Appleton interviewed me over the phone in late November, and I'd been checking the "Metro East Plus" section in the Wednesday paper ever since. In late December, I started to think that maybe the article hadn't made the cut. Then a trip to the Wales Post Office set me straight. Jan told me the feature article about her installation as the new Postmaster didn't appear until a couple of months after the ceremony. Okay.

Jane didn't mention that I was the lead article in the community news supplement. That made for a delightful surprise when I picked up the paper at the IGA grocery store in Monson. Thanks to Jane's email, the 5-mile drive to the store was fun. I knew the article was in the paper, and that it was reasonably good. As Jane said, "Nice job. They didn't talk about beanies or pointed ears!"

During the drive, I wondered whether the article included [livejournal.com profile] benveniste's photo. Yes, it did! Alas, they didn't run the photo credit I gave them along with the photo. That's my only significant grump. Well, that, and I wish they'd included fellow co-editor [livejournal.com profile] fringfaan's name. At least they made it clear I was a co-winner of the award.

It's easy to forgive them for leaving the hyphens out of the title of Science-Fiction Five-Yearly -- within fandom, no; the hyphens belong there. But outside fandom, no sweat. Overall, I think the reporter did an excellent job distilling our chatty conversation into a clear, coherent article. And I'm thankful for the business plug, too.

Back on the internet front, I send thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kevin_standlee for posting the link to the online version of the article. I stopped by LiveJournal on my way to the Republican's website to see if the article was online. I didn't think it would be -- I hadn't found any Metro East Plus links during previous visits to the site. I probably wouldn't have found anything this time, either, if not for Kevin's link.

Randy and I have really lucked out on the media front. Not only did the SFFY win draw more media attention than I'm used to seeing for the fan Hugo categories, the resulting coverage has been uniformly good. In addition to this article and the Upside Down Show cable TV appearance, Randy was featured in two truly excellent articles - the first in the University of Washington faculty and staff newspaper, followed a week later by an article in the student newspaper. Randy gives good interview -- both of his articles include a lot more specifics about fanzines, the Worldcon, and the Hugo itself. And they got the hyphens right, too!

For background, here's Randy's post about the UWeek interview, and then another post when the article appeared. Followed by his post when the student newspaper article appeared.

There! It's good to have all of these links in one place. Now I'm off to Sturbridge in the hope that there are still a few more copies of the newspaper to be found. One to send to my dad, my sister, Gary Hoffman, for [livejournal.com profile] benveniste's clipping file, to post on the non-existent brag board at the NESFA Clubhouse, etc....

Hey, [livejournal.com profile] fringefaan, I'll send you mine if you'll send me yours. It's nice having the links, but hard copy is better. Just like the fanzine itself, eh?
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Mohair, Mohair, and More Mohair
My Yarn Haul from Rhinebeck



Here's my 2007 haul from the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. It's fitting, I guess. Two years ago, it was the purchase of several skeins of mohair at Rhinebeck that turned me into a knitter. What's another 3,800+ yards of mohair between friends?

I didn't set out to buy mohair yesterday. I already had well over 10,000 yards of the fuzzy wool in my stash. But I kept being attracted to skeins of multi-toned mohair more than the multitude of other yarns on sale, and when I kept thinking about a particular 1-pound hank after two other mohair purchases, I decided to just go along with the fuzzy yarn theme that had emerged. Other purchases included 4 jars of spiced maple rub, a stone bowl, a denim shirt, an Icelandic sheepskin to delight bare feet as I get out of bed, some sheep's milk cheese, maple cotton candy, and a couple of gifts. Given the size of my stash, it would have been fine if I'd left the fairgrounds without any yarn at all. Utterly bizarre, yes, but fine. My comparatively modest purchases were also fine. Now all I need is more time to knit it all up.

Clicking on the picture of the yarn will take you to my new "Around New England" gallery, which also includes shots taken last week of the Ultraman Hugo visiting the NESFA Clubhouse, and one of the studio shots [livejournal.com profile] benveniste took of me holding the award.
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Since I last posted, the SFFY Ultraman Hugo has posed for the cameras in [livejournal.com profile] benveniste's photo studio in Middleton, spent an evening at the NESFA clubhouse making the acquaintance of Mr. G and the various fans gathered there, and is just back from his first local TV appearance where he was the star of tonight's episode The Upside Down Show. It was community access cable TV, viewable only to people in Wales and Brimfield, which kept it low-key and easy.

David Worth, host of The Upside Down Show came up with his own science fiction story starring the Ultraman Hugo. He imagined me caressing Ultraman, holding the trophy in my arms. "All of a sudden, you felt it move. Of course, you put it right down, and it was solid." But in David's story, I picked it up again, and Ultraman's eyes opened. It turned out that Ultraman was actually a robot, activated by the heat of human touch. The Ultraman Mystique continues....

The Upside Down Show is repeated several times. In fact, it was repeated right away tonight, and was on when I returned home. I'm watching it as I type, and am utterly relieved. I did okay, and don't even look or sound all that bad, either.

Back in third grade, I heard my voice on a tape recorder for the first time, and didn't allow myself to be recorded for years after, utterly horrified by how awful my voice sounded. This was my first television appearance, at least the first in which I was interviewed. The show lasted an hour, but the time went by quickly. I took several fanzines along -- issues of Science-Fiction Five-Yearly, of course, but also copies of Idea, [livejournal.com profile] smofbabe's DUFF report, the N4 Souvenir Book, gave the efanzines url, mentioned Boskone while the camera showed one of the flyers [livejournal.com profile] debgeisler and I made for that. And so on. Dave also asked me about PROmote Communications, so I had the opportunity to publicize my business a bit, too. Win-win.

On Saturday, I'm off to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival for my 2nd Yarnniversary. Ultraman is glad to be staying home; he doesn't want any sheep stories on his resume....
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Many thanks to all who posted congratulations here and on other forums I saw today! (Well, yesterday, but it's not tomorrow until I sleep and get up again, so today.) I knew there was considerable goodwill for Science-Fiction Five-Yearly in fandom, but seeing it all in electrons and hearing it on the phone throughout the day? That was great!

I kept being reminded of everyone else we need to thank. Our contributors. Oh, yes, our contributors! The former guest editor-publishers who helped keep SFFY going all those lustrums. NESFA, for letting us use Mr. G and covering our printing expenses to boot! Everyone who helped with the collation. [livejournal.com profile] debgeisler and [livejournal.com profile] benveniste for providing a home away from home for ye weary faneds, and Deb, for the extra color laser printer on the doorstep.

Bill Burns for hosting SFFY at eFanzines. FANAC for the SFFY archive there, and [livejournal.com profile] jcbemis for her work making SFFY available in linked text documents.

Et cetera.

For tonight, it's a blanket thanks. SFFY contributor [livejournal.com profile] kip_w will be here for lunch in a rapidly-diminishing few hours. Kip, [livejournal.com profile] malibrarian, and the effervescent Sarah. The chicken salad is ready, but I won't be if I don't go to sleep oh, now.

What a wonderful day! Is it any wonder I don't want it to end?
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...and, wow, SFFY won!


2007 Hugo Award
2007 Hugo Award
The Hugo rocket, Ultraman, and a sfnal Mount Fuji adorn this year's Hugo trophy. I'm not sure if it will fit on my mantle, but it will look good wherever it goes!



Here's the list of Hugo winners. And links to the full nominations and voting detail.

I went to sleep knowing I was going to be pleased with the results in the fanzine category no matter which fanzine won. That was a really good place to be mentally and emotionally. I woke to learn that I now have a rocket and Ultraman! What more could a girl want?

Well, to be able to call LeeH and share the news with her, of course. She'd be utterly gobsmacked. And pleased. Like I am, on both counts.

Whee!

Much admiration to Challenger, PLOKTA, Banana Wings, and The Drink Tank. Unlike SFFY, which has seen the last of its days now that LeeH's gone, all of them have published again this year, and, are likely to be nominated again in the future. Best of luck to all of you!

Many congratulations to the other Hugo winners, especially [livejournal.com profile] pnh! Best Editor, Long Form! Whoohoo! I understand Patrick was the only Hugo winner who was present at the awards ceremony. Naomi Novik was there to accept her Campbell Award, but all of the other Hugos were picked up by designated acceptors. My thanks to Edie Stern and [livejournal.com profile] benyalow for picking up Science-Fiction Five-Yearly's!

Correction: Down in the comments, [livejournal.com profile] pnh reports, "I wasn't the only Hugo winner present. Steven Moffat, author of the (entirely deserving!) Doctor Who episode "The Girl in the Fireplace," was on hand as well."

Another correction: In his photos of the Hugo ceremony, Chris O'Shea identified Ian McDonald as also being present to accept his award for "The Djinn's Wife," Best Novelette.

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