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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 ( 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)
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer – Ada Palmer

Full listing including the runners-up here:

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Poetry lives

I like poetry. I like rhyming couplets and free verse. I like sonnets and epics. I like the freedom and feeling of poems.

I like you can write them in less than a year. I like they are a snap of life, of a moment, of a thought.

Found out a friend of mine had a poem printed in APEX magazine last year.


Very nice poem. If you are half alive now -How can you be fully alive?


Another fellow made his own online curated poetry chapbook.

The Inaugural [adjective][species] Poetry Collection

Many of the poems are strong and carry you away into another way of thinking. I especially like the flow of “Imprisoned Avian Dreams” by Corvus and the misdirection of  “Wolf Break” by Huskiteer.  “Sex thing or What” by Leif the Otter sounds true to me as I am a teenager’s mother.

Take a moment and grab a poem to chew on.  You might like it.


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