This year’s Hugo Awards were presented during the night in Australia. Several friends and acquaintances were fortunate enough to win. Notably, Paolo Bacigalupi tied for best novel with The Windup Girl, which had won the Nebula and John W. Campbell for best novel earlier in the year.
Every year, I take inspiration from awards, especially when I recognize the winners from online exchanges. Seanan McGuire, for example, won the Campbell given to the best new writer, and we’ve talked off and on over on LiveJournal. Clarkesworld won for best semi-prozine. Great online magazine. The list of winners goes on and on.
Then there’s Sarah Zettel, a member of my writing group here in Michigan, who won the Philip K. Dick for Bitter Angels. Last year, it was Elizabeth Bear, who took home a Hugo in the novelette category.
Congratulations to this year’s winners. :-)