Hugo Update

Got one. Lost the other by nine votes. I can live with that.

Check in with all you later. We’re off to party.

Update, 2:05 am (mountain time): Here’s an awesome picture from Tom Suter, who has taken a number of good photos of me this convention:

That’s Campbell winner Mary Robinette Kowal (totally rocking the tiara), and me with my Hugo. The thing is massive, I tell you.

Now off to sleep. Tomorrow will be given over to goodbyes and travel, so I might not update until Monday. I trust you understand.

139 Comments on “Hugo Update”

  1. I was in the audience, reporting your results via text. Thanks for the photo op and everything else this afternoon. Great speech.

  2. Hey, congratulations, John! Now we can refer to you as “Hugo-award-winning author John Scalzi.” :-)

    In related news, I had no idea when I saw your and Mary’s reading on Thursday that I was witnessing history–HISTORY!–in the making: a recent winner of the John W. Campbell Award, alongside the soon-to-be winner of the John W. Campbell Award! Congrats to Mary on a job well done!

  3. congrats on the win!

    Nine votes to Chabon? Nothing to be ashamed of… :)

    Can’t wait for you to get back and talk about that McCain “Left Behind” ad where Obama is the anti-christ.

    Congrats again!

  4. Horia Nicola Ursu – I am an editor and translator, and also a former publisher at Millennium Books. I read, write, translate, edit and publish books. I also collect them. Own them. Possess them. Love them.

    Congrats! You’ll now be famous for being the guy who finally topped Dave Langford :) Sorry that you didn’t get it for LAST COLONY. But ZOE’S TALE can still get it, so there’s hope. One out of two, it’s quite an accomplishment!

  5. Kim Werker – Vancouver, BC – I'm a writer, editor, maker and community builder. My latest book is Make It Mighty Ugly; it's a handbook for vanquishing creative demons, and it's available at bookstores everywhere. I live in Vancouver, Canada, with a small human, a full-size human, and a mutt.


  6. It was an honor to lose to you.


    I’ll call you Monday about the possibility of returning the rocket to you. Don’t call the cops, or I launch it!

  7. Huge congratulations, John! It must be almost as gratifying as winning the “Best Blog” award at earlier in the year!



  8. Got one? Thats… me with my hugo? Now off to bed? Scalzi, you’re still in shock, this will mean something to you in the morning.

    That’s huge man, congrats, big congrats.

  9. Congratulations!

    When I’m all grown up, I want an award shaped like a rocket ship. I hope the rocket part is detachable…it’d look silly flying it through the house and making whoosh sounds with the base still attached.

  10. As we online gamers shorthand it, “Gratz!” If this also constitutes some sort of increase in level, then maybe a “Ding!” also applies (not personally a fan of “ding” though).

    Either way, good for you.

  11. One out of two ain’t bad, my friend, and of course your writing about the genre does legitimately rock. Guess I’ll now have to read the book that dared to keep The Last Colony from giving you a matched set, and the work that enables your friend to wear the Campbellian tiara of awesomeness!

  12. JimR, you are totally metafanning.

    John, congrats. *g*

  13. Jen – wife. mother. knitter. unschooler. band geek. fatass. card-carrying socialist. militant breastfeeder. profane. agnostic. ENFP
    Jen in CT

    Yay you! :-)

  14. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, cranky.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! You look damn good with your giant silver rocket ship!

    MRK looks awesome there, too, in that tiara. But isn’t there some kind of ritual clouting of the new bearer of the award by the previous one? I can’t imagine anyone daring to clout MRK.

    WOOOHOOO!!! You guys rock!

  15. This doesn’t mean you’re going to turn down the snark around here and go all ‘respectable’ on us, does it? :)


  16. Jim C. Hines – Fantasy author of 50+ published short stories as well as the Magic ex Libris series, the Princess series of fairy tale retellings, the humorous Goblin Quest trilogy, and the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. Active blogger. Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Lives in mid-Michigan with his family. More at
    Jim C. Hines

    Congratulations, John!!!

  17. Congratulations on your “Dave Langford award” win. Its too bad you didn’t get it for Last Colony, but a close loss to the 900 lb gorilla (Chabon) isn’t too much of a face-loss.

  18. Riccardo – Denver, Colorado – I have always worked in translation: first as a freelance translator, then as a partner in a translation company, later still as translator and translation manager for a major software company. As a translation manager, my main interest was the improvement of translation quality and the development of translation quality metrics and tools. Currently I work in Aliquantum, a small company which I established with a few friends and colleagues to provide high-quality translation services and language consulting


  19. Congrats!

    In the long tradition of the Whatever, I expect to see a bar graph soon with ‘pre-Hugo’ and ‘post-Hugo’ site stats, so that we can see the kind of boost that a Hugo for best fan writer gives to a site…!

  20. neutronjockey – Jeff Richard (J.K.Richard) a.k.a. the neutronjockey, is a former nuclear mechanic supervisor and medical officer recruiter for the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged from military service in January of 2006. In his civilian life he is a digital artist, leathercraftsman, and writer living in Tulsa, OK. Occaisionally he commits to research work for SF/F authors. Jeff is owned by a gray Maine Coon cat while at home and three awesome horses while at the barn. <a href="">I blog on LJ</a>

    Congratulations John, well deserved.

  21. Awesome news, John!

  22. Congratulations, Scalzi!!

    Now, what’s the protocol from hereon out?

    Do we have to address you as Sir Scalzi? Your wife as Dutchess Scalzi? Is it Princess Athena?

    We peasants need to know!!

  23. Congrats. I was happy when you won it! I also loved the acceptance speech you gave.

    -kat (yeah, that one)

  24. Congratulations from another who loved both the graciousness of your speech and its challenge to fandom to keep exploring fan writing.

    How long before bacon gets taped to the Hugo? Nobody’s ever done that before.

  25. Congratulations! Are you planning to put your acceptance speech online somewhere so those of us who couldn’t be there can read it?

  26. John, I got two days’ pleasure reading The Yiddish Policemen’s Union — a virtual tie (or, at least, within a nine-vote margin) with the charge I got from The Last Colony. But I get pleasure every day from Whatever and your other online work. You’re the clear winner in my book (fanzine, short story, online novella, Rough Guide shelf, bookmarks, etc.). Congratulations on your well-deserved, hard-earned Hugo.

  27. Cool for John. Cool for Mary.

    I like the look of the award. Certainly one that should wear well on the mantelpiece.

  28. paranoyd – I am a father, an aspiring writer, and avid gamer. I am also into horror and scifi. I'm currently the Adventure league Local Coordinator for my area, and I'm really into the new FFG Star Wars RPG system. And I love a good curry.
    Corby Kennard


  29. Congratulations, Mr Scalzi. do let us know how is an object of the shape and size of the tin rocket handled by airport folk…

  30. I shipped the award, actually. And I don’t think you want to be at the airport at 1am, which is when my flight (now delayed) is due to arrive.

  31. Congratulations! I must say I’m surprised by your picture. I thought you had bright red skin. Coulda sworn I saw a picture of you, and you had bright red skin…

  32. Congratulations! You deserve it!

  33. Congratulations. I’d hoped to get a chance to meet you, but I only saw you once in the hall, and we were going in the opposite directions…and we were both in groups.

    Maybe at a future Con…

  34. Congratulations!
    I love your books (just started The Last Colony). It was nice meeting you, even if it was just 2 minutes during the signing.

  35. Wow! Scalzi gets to come home with a Hugo Winner ribbon and a Hugo Loser (bent rocket ship) ribbon on his Con Badge!

    Congratulations Sir. You earned it.

  36. Many congratulations, sir, and may I say well deserved!!

    Just want to point out you look about 16 in that photo, can I have the name of your anti-wrinkle cream please??

    Barb xx

  37. Congratulations. Now when you post before and after pictures of your office, it won’t just be paper and Coke Zero flotsam and jetsam.

  38. Congratulations!

    Erbo @7: I do know of at least one author whose publisher stuck ‘Hugo Winner!’ on his books while neglecting to mention that it was a fan Hugo; I’ve stored that information away in case I ever write an SF novel.

  39. Congratulations! I’m so happy that you won this award and that you write books (and a blog) that I love to read (kinda selfish, I know–but honest!)

  40. Congratulations John!!! Very well deserved. Awesome speech and it was awesome to see you win a Hugo! i would have loved to see you win for best novel as well but by only nine votes, that is incredible in itself.

    We are looking forward to seeing you get best novel in Montreal next year, see you there! (I still need a picture with the bear, stoopid camera )

    Thanks again for all the great panels at Denvention and all you do for SciFi Fans everywhere Way to go!

  41. Congratulations on the award, John. Hope you have some more wins (in other categories, natch) in years to come!

    Also, the base on that award looks MASSIVE, and makes me wonder if it’s the biggest Hugo design yet.

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