And the winner is …

On August 11th something novel happened. Someone I know won a Hugo Award. They actually flew to Worldcon75 in Helsinki, Finland walked on the stage and gave a speech. I about fell over in shock and pride and just WOW! One views awards like the Hugo, the Nebula, the Rita, the Edgar and all the others as unattainable awards that are won by other people, then someone you know wins and the paradigm changes.

It is attainable, it is aspirable, it is possible. A warm thought for lonely days in front of a white screen.

Looking for a good read – here are the best by popular vote from Worldcon 75

Best Novel – The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
Best Novella – Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
Best Novelette – The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
Best Short Story – Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
Best Related Work – Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
Best Graphic Story – Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
Best Editor, Short Form – Ellen Datlow
Best Editor, Long Form – Liz Gorinsky
Best Semiprozine – Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios
Best Fanzine – Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
Best Fan Writer – Abigail Nussbaum
Best Series – The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
and
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer – Ada Palmer

Full listing including the runners-up here: http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2017-hugo-awards/

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Hard Sci Fi Survives and Thrives on MARS

Andy Weir is the hottest new author in hard core Sci Fi!

He is every writer’s dream. He had a passion, a hobby, a fascination with space travel.
He blogged as he wrote each chapter. HIS FANS came to him and asked for an ebook so he collected them and made one. Technical problems proved serendipitous and forced him to reformat it and post on Amazon.

WHAM ! The ebook is a top seller on Amazon. In one week the unimaginable happened to this self-published author, an agent called him, he got a book publishing deal and a movie deal.

Amazing what happens when you have a good story and tell it well.

Read the book then see the upcoming movie release Date 10/2/2015
Movie directed by Ridley Scott staring Matt Damon http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-martian
( Which NASA consulted on and was recommended by an astronaut)

Full details on story on Business Insider : http://www.businessinsider.com/how-andy-weirs-the-martian-became-so-successful-2015-6

http://www.andyweirauthor.com/

( Thanks for the Link to BI Helen Savore)

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