One final bit from Worldcon. Here’s an audio recording of David Brin playing “Camptown Races” on the harmonica on the shuttle bus from the 2011 Worldcon to the Reno/Tahoe Airport. (I’ve chopped off a couple of false starts on other songs before this.) There’s a little flutter toward the middle, but I think he does a pretty credible job…
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Various issues have kept me remarkably busy the last few days, so it may take a little while to get my blogging back up to speed. In particular, I wanted to do a brief roundup of some of the books I bought at the Reno Worldcon.
This year’s Worldcon had a better dealer’s room than Denver in 2008 (the last Worldcon I went to), and there were many rare and tempting items there (including not one, but two copies of the first edition of William Timlin’s The Ship That Sailed to Mars, as well as a fine signed first edition of Alfred Bester’s Tiger Tiger listed for $2,500, and which sold for a bit less) which, alas, they wanted more for than I was willing to spend.
But here are a few items I was able to add to my collection:
The dust jacket art itself is perhaps the finest ever drawn by an eight-year old…
Just a few more to round out the set.
I’m sorry if my previous picture gave you the impression that Lauren Beukes is merely attractive rather than gorgeous.
Newly-named 2013 Worldcon Toastmaster Paul Cornell.
Gardner Dozois, 700-time Hugo winner and the man I made my first professional science fiction sale to, which obviously makes him an editor of superb taste…
The newly married George R. R. Martin. I tried to get pictures of him and his bride Parris a couple of days before, but my camera battery died first.
And that’s the last of the Worldcon photos. And Armadillocon starts, er, today…
Now that I’ve recovered a bit, here’s another set of Worldcon photos.
You may have seen the previous photo sets, and asked “Lawrence, do you think you have enough pictures of Gail Carriger?” And the answer, of course is: No, I don’t. So here’s her Hugo-night outfit. Indeed, I was only able to capture three of the six outfits she wore there. One man can only do so much…
Steven Gould, tipping his jaunty straw boater.
This picture of the Klingon Party Room is one the flash just ruined, as it was actually dark with red and orange flame lighting, but at least it gives you a hint of the work that went into it.
Scott Bobo carrying Brad Foster’s Hugo.
A congoer dressed in a traditional Mexican vaquero outfit.
Deanna Hoak and Gail Carriger flank some lucky bastard that isn’t me.
I should have one more post of Worldcon photos, after which it will probably be time for Armadillocon photos…
Hot from the Renovation home page, here’s the 2011 Hugo Award Winners:
Best Novel (1813 ballots)
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
Best Novella (1467 ballots)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
Best Novelette (1469 ballots)
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)
Best Short Story (1597 ballots)
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)
Best Related Work (1220 ballots)
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)
Best Graphic Story (1263 ballots)
Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (1755 ballots)
Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form (1466 ballots)
Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
Best Editor, Short Form (983 ballots)
Best Editor, Long Form (898 ballots)
Best Professional Artist (1304 ballots)
Best Semiprozine (1112 ballots)
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
Best Fanzine (870 ballots)
The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon
Best Fan Writer (814 ballots)
Best Fan Artist (993 ballots)
Brad W. Foster
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (1138 ballots)
I have solved my camera battery problem. It seems my MacBook does not have enough juice to recharge the camera, even when plugged in. So it’s a good thing I brought the wall to USB charger adapter for it. Packing Heavy for the win!
Since I had gotten the lovely Gail Carriger in red before, you know I had to get her in green. “I’m a one-woman Christmas!”
Steve Jackson, God-Emperor of Steve Jackson Games, my old Nova Express proofreader, one of the people that helped me move endless boxes of books into my house, and an all-around cromulant guy.
Harry Turtledove. “So Harry, how many books did you write this year?” “Just part of one.” “Just one? You? That’s unpossible! Did all your daughters graduate from college?” “Yes.”
His Majesty’s Subject Cory Doctorow, throwing up sum mad n3rdc0rz gangster signs, yo.
Adam-Troy Castro. In retrospect, it was probably a bad idea to snap his pic during that proctology exam.
John W. Campbell Award winning author Lev Grossman.
Joan D. Vinge. With the light behind her, this actually came out much better than expected.
John Picacio, who was robbed AGAIN!
Guest of Honor Tim Powers, who was not only Steampunk before Steampunk was cool, but was Steampunk before it was even Steampunk.
Michael Swanwick and Gordon Van Gelder.
Lois McMaster Bujold.
Yvonne Daily, an old friend back from the halcyon days of the Austin BBS community, where we all hung 300 baud modems from our belt, because that was the style at the time.
Phil Brogden, ditto. This isn’t perspective, his hand really is eight time larger than a normal human’s.
Phil & Yvonne going for the full Irish experience.
I would have had more, but my battery died early.
A CapClave image for Howard Waldrop.
Ditto. Just your standard chain-mail-clad dodo riding a Dachshund.
Gordon Van Gelder.
Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, unknown.
Greg Bear and Jean Johnson.
Another batch of the literati glitterati:
Your Humble Narrator. I was going for the “I want you to chop off all their heads and bring them to me on a pike” look. I think I succeeded.
Scott Cupp, similarly enthroned.
The extremely lovely and exquisitely dressed Gail Carriger.
Best Editor Hugo Nominee Jonathan Strahan.
Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams, who was also corralled in the same Best Editor Petting Zoo as Strahan.
John Douglas. “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.”
Kurt Baty, one of the few men in the world to own more books than me.
Scott Bobo, in his natural bar habitat.
Sara Felix and Fred Duarte.
John Hertz, who has sent me about 300,000 issues of Vanamode over the years.
Gary K. Wolfe.
John Moore: The Headshot.
Art Widner. It’s a little known fact that Lady Gaga stole this look from Art for her “Paparazzi” video.
Mary Robinette Kowal and fellow Farker Carrie Vaughen.
It’s late, so forgive me if I’m low on pith…
Zoo City author Lauren Beukes.
Guest of Honor Tim Powers and Robert Silverberg, discussing the difference between writing a novel every two years and writing a novel every two weeks. James Patrick Kelly lurks menacingly in the background.
Steve Gould, explaining to me how he had not only moved back to New Mexico, but had actually moved back into the same house after two years in Texas.
Michael Swanwick, back from his stint in the home for the criminally insane. (Wait, are you sure he said “medical problems”? I’m pretty sure I heard “mental”…)
TAFF winner John Coxon.
Willie Sirois, counting the money he has just extracted from my pocket. Again.
After a few technical difficulties, I think I have this sussed out…
Scott Edelman, Cory Doctorow, John Scalzi, Ian MacDonald
Alastair “Ten Book Contract” Reynolds
Ellen Datlow and Susan Casper, counting up the money from the marks
Gardner Dozois and Joe Haldeman
The one only Pat Cadigan, shortly after she drank Andre the Giant under the table.
Joe Haldeman and Robert Silverberg, getting together to see if either of them could actually remember the 60s.
David Hartwell looms large in science fiction.
Copy-editing Goddess Deanna Hoak
John Scalzi, displaying the horrific befuddlement and inevitable mental degeneration that comes with being SFWA President.
Right before I snapped this picture, Ian McDonald said he always photographs horribly, then went out of his way to demonstrate the accuracy of the statement.
My apologies if I’ve misspelled anyone’s name, but I haven’t had breakfast yet. More later…