It’s Arrived

It sits on the top part of my desk now, pointing toward my Campbell, and also the stars (well, the ceiling. But, you know). Between them, pictures of my family. To the left, the original artwork for the OMW hardcover. To the right, impressionistic art from Athena. In case of fire, I will save the artwork on the right first.

Because her partisans will demand it: Ghlaghghee meets the Hugo.

Meanwhile, Athena is far more interested in what the Hugo was packed in. Fear her bubblewrapped fist!

36 Comments on “It’s Arrived”

  1. With that bubblewrapped fist, Athena looks like she could duke it out with Hellboy, or join forces with him for some kick ass adventures.

  2. Congratulations on winning the Hugo!!

    I started ‘The Last Colony’ on Sunday evening and finished it this morning. It was a little different than the other two in the OMW series, but very good. As I got further along I realized the need for the build-up in the first part of the book.

    I’ve really enjoyed the books that you have written and hope to see many more from you.

  3. Ooo, shiny, pointy. I think Glaghghee is more likely saying, “This thing isn’t a scratching post. It doesn’t even look fun to rub up against. What good is it? Why would the human put in a place of honor?”

    And fifteen minutes after taking these photos, the place was littered with empty Coke Zero cans and FedEx boxes.

  4. Bubbled Athena reminds me of a great Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin waited weeks and weeks for his Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs propeller beanie and then it broke shortly after he got it. Then he looks at Hobbes and says, “Oh well, at least it’s not a total loss. Look at this great box it came in!”

    Ah childhood… what am I talking about, I’m 27 and I still play in cardboard boxes. I just bought a snazzy new stainless steel refrigerator and had more fun with the box out on the front porch than, well, I don’t know, eating the food that was stored in it. Wait, that’s not right either. I love to eat. Anyway, it was fun.

  5. O Great Scalzi, the Executive Committee of The Official Ghlaghghee Fan Club thanks you for this excellent picture of Her Superbness, but has some corrections for you.

    1. If you cannot be troubled to address Her correctly, such as Her Magnificent Glorious Shimmering Radiant Perfection Who Tolerates Her Least Minion Scalzi For Reasons Known Only To Her, can you at least spell Her Name correctly?

    It’s spelled Ghlaghghee, not the monstrosity you dribbled out.

    2. Magnificent She is not meeting the Hugo as you so foolishly claim. She is inspecting Her Most Recent And Overdue Award, and is wondering why She didn’t receive Best Novel. Especially since She put so much effort into improving you.

    The Official Ghlaghghee Fan Club

  6. There was no way I was going to try to take that as a carry-on, Bruce.

    CNC: Fixing.

  7. So, tell us, will the Hugo be making appearances (much like the Stanley Cup) during the great book signing tour for Zoe’s Tale?

    The least you and Toby Buckell can do is bring your loot – uhm – awards – to Books and Co.

    Inquiring minds want to know….

  8. BeVibe: Probably not — the award itself is unwieldy. But maybe for the Dayton appearance.

  9. Of course, if TSA swiped your Hugo, it would have likely caused Mr Doctorow’s head to take out a large chunk of southern England in a singular flash of rage.

    Which would be kinda cool (except not for your Hugo, or for Doctorow, or for a large chunk of southern England).

  10. I would like to see the Hugo, the NHL sends the Stanley Cup to every member of the winning team who can take it anywhere they want. Think of it as another form of publicity!

    Many SF fans have never seen a Hugo.

    I myself have not seen one since 2003!

  11. It should be pointed out that the NHL employs two men whose only job is escorting the Stanley Cup on its appointed rounds. (What would be the job title on your CV?)

    They also have to polish it every night and they must wear white cotton gloves when handling it.

    I don’t see that happening with the Hugo awards. In a just world, perhaps, but not in the one we live in.

  12. Hmmm, that artwork by Athena looks more as if she was in an Abstract phase than in an Impressionist one….
    Unless, wait, can it be “Blue Cat Licking Pear”?

  13. I’m sure you could find your own set of stick on glow-in-the-dark stars at a science museum near you for placement on your ceiling and then it would, in fact, be pointing at the stars.

  14. That seems like a nice wall to have in your office. The sort of wall you could look at when you are having a bad day to remind yourself that you have a totally goddamn awesome life.

    (Which I say realizing that we get a filtered version of your life, but I think it’s a safe assumption that loving family + Hugo + Campbell + critically acclaimed fiction = awesome. Though probably the first point more than the others).

  15. On the other hand, it does kind of look like the wave has taken a bite out of the pear. Maybe Wave Eats Red Bosc Pear?

  16. Hmm. Is the Hugo actually the coolest-looking award? Or is there something that actually looks better?

    Enquiring minds need to know!

  17. 20. John Scalzi – But maybe for the Dayton appearance.

    Ooooh – I *live* for maybes! ;-)

    CU in Dayton at Books & Co!

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