Daily Archives: January 5, 2010

The 2010 Award Pimpage Post

As I do each year in the first week of January, it’s time for my annual reminder to literary award nominators what works of mine are eligible for various award type thingies in the current year time frame period. Yes, it’s unseemly, but it’s also grasping and self-serving!

And what do I have for your consideration and delectation this time around? Well:

Best Novella:

Best Novelette:

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form:

  • The PetMaster 2000” (Live improvisational science fiction comedy, written and performed by Mary Robinette Kowal and John Scalzi)

Those are the works I have that are generally eligible. In the case of the Nebulas and the Norton (SFWA’s YA award), as a consequence of its switchover to a new nomination system, there’s a one-time 18-month eligibility “year,” which means that for the Nebula and Norton Awards only, Zoe’s Tale is eligible for Best Novel consideration.

Some notes:

* In addition to the categories above, I’ll note that for the Hugos I am also eligible for the Best Fan Writer category (I won it in 2008) and that Whatever is now likely eligible in the Best Fanzine category. However, in both cases I suggest people pass up the chance to nominate me or the blog in these categories. In the case of the Fan Writer category, I’m still of the opinion that there are many excellent fan writers who have not won the Hugo in that category but should, so that award still needs to be spread around (current Fan Writer Award winner Cheryl Morgan believes the same thing, incidentally). As for Whatever, it won me both a Fan Writer and Best Related Book Hugo; it’s been Hugo awarded sufficiently, I think.

* I recognize my noting “The PetMaster 2000″ being eligible for the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form will raise a few eyebrows, but, you know what: Mary and I are being pretty funny there, it does meet all the qualifications for the category, and in any event this is a category where they gave a Hugo for Gollum screaming at people on MTV, so let’s just say we wouldn’t be the strangest thing ever nominated in the category. Take a listen and consider it, if you would.

* That said, when you’re considering the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Hugo category, I hope you will also give some thought to Stargate: Universe, the show for which I am currently Creative Consultant. Ten episodes have shown here in the US and Canada, and they all have something to recommend them (although if you had to pin me down on one, I’d suggest the mid-season cliffhanger, “Justice”). I’m proud of this show and I think we’ve done some good television, and I would be delighted to see that reflected in the nominations this year.

That’s my award pimpage for 2010.

Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded Out in Trade Paperback

I’m really rather delighted to say that the Tor trade paperback version of Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever 1998 – 2008 is now officially out and about at bookstores everywhere, making it the perfect gift for the Feast of the Epiphany — and I know you were worried about what to get people for that. It’s also the perfect gift for people who have always wanted to read my commentary on the world but have phobias regarding the Internet and/or glowy screens. On the other hand, if people want to know when the eBook version of this title will be available, well, uh. Hello. Look where you’re reading this. Although of course the book offers the best of Whatever in handy concentrated form. Distilled Whatever, as it were. 180 proof. The Everclear of Whatever.

One reason I’m delighted about this particular release of Hate Mail is that it was unexpected. As you almost certainly know, the original — and fabulous – Subterranean Press release (seen up there on the computer screen) was a limited edition hardcover, limited to 1,000, on the thinking that the audience for the book would small and select; i.e., the people who already read Whatever. But as it turns out the book sold quickly and the folks at Tor strongly believed there was a larger audience for the work — and it winning a Hugo certainly didn’t hurt, either. I’m very pleased Tor is making the effort to bring the book to a wider audience. Hopefully their faith will be justified.

And for me having that wider release is also meaningful. It’s no secret that one of the early motivations for writing on Whatever for me was to keep sharp in the “column” format, having written a newspaper column in the early 90s. One of my dreams when I was writing the newspaper column was that one day I could have a collection of my columns out in book form, following in the path of columnists I admired, from H.L. Mencken and Mike Royko, Molly Ivins and Roger Ebert, Dave Barry and James Lileks.

Well, I didn’t get on that path from newspapers, but I did get on it, and I’m pretty happy about that. And while Hate Mail is definitely not the first book based on content from a blog (or indeed, even my first book based on content from a blog), if it’s not in fact the first collection of general interest — that is, newspaper column-like — blog posts offered up by a major book publisher, it’s pretty damn near the top of that list. In its own small way Hate Mail is a historic book, and I’m proud of that fact.

Another small way that this edition of Hate Mail is historic: It’s the first book to be published using the new Hugo Award badge on its cover, which I will show you here:

Neat (the Wil Wheaton quote is nice too).

In any event: Book! Out! Now! If wanted a copy for yourself or someone else, and couldn’t get one, now you can. Enjoy. And thanks.