Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nebula Awards Weekend

Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) gathered in Washington DC over this past weekend for four days of carousing, armored combat, and hedonistic abandon. 

That’s only a slight exaggeration.

Here are some InterGalactic authors making the scene:


Above, Assistant Editor Eric James Stone (left) shows off his T-Shirt of Ego +3.  In this case, the t-shirt is warranted; Eric had been nominated for a Nebula award for his novella, That Leviathan Whom Thou Hast Made (which (SPOILER)……he later won).


Genre Princess Alethea Kontis holds court in the mass signing on Friday evening.  Alethea’s delightful picture book, 'H is for Halloween’  will be re-released in October.


The luminescent Mary Robinette Kowal displays her wonderful Regency-style fantasy, Shades of Milk and Honey, which was nominated for a Nebula.  A rumor is circulating among cognoscenti that a sequel is upcoming; prudent individuals will show their superior breeding by purchasing both.


Alliette de Bodard flew all the way from France to be at the Nebula Awards.  Actually, no—she opened a gateway to the underworld, and sallied forth in a palanquin carried by jaguars and the honorable spirits of ancient Mexica warriors.  Which is fitting, considering her novel, Servant of the Underworld, pays homage to the myths and peoples of Central America.  Aliette was nominated for best novella for her story, The Jaguar House, in Shadow.


Brad R. Torgersen may not be a jaguar, but he does have a Cheshire cat-like grin.  And for good reason: Brad was this year’s winner of the Analog Reader’s Choice award for his story Outbound

--Scott M. Roberts

Assistant Editor, InterGalactic Medicine Show

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