Let’s Not Forget the Hugo Winners


By Neal Comment

John Scalzi emailed last night with a slight criticism of our reporting on the groping incident at last weekend’s Hugo Awards ceremony: “You post about Harlan [Ellison] grabbing tits but not about the results of the Hugos (save for a single small link in the Boob-gate story)? Shame! Shame!” he chides me. “There are some great stories there,” he continues, “such as Tor editor David Hartwell (SF’s very own Susan Lucci) finally getting a Hugo after umpteen million nominations, Betty Ballantine’s grand diva (in a good way) entrance and appreciation, and Robert Charles Wilson’s awesomely deserving and yet surprising Hugo win for Spin, which beat out four really strong contenders, including, uh, my own book. Where’s the love, man?”

Duly noted, and praise for Spin seconded! Also among the evening’s big winners: Scalzi himself, who picked up the John W. Campbell Award, presented annually to science fiction’s “best new writer.” If you haven’t read Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades yet, you really should, and keep an eye out in October for The Android’s Dream.