Nice thing about being an author – is that you can touch so many lives. And lives after you are no longer here. This has been a shocking month with many prominent literary losses. So take advantage of opportunities now – go attend a conference, take a class, meet your idols now. Glean what you can learn from them, get inspired.
Sue Grafton – A B C Murders – “The alphabet now ends in Y” said her daughter. a Sister in Crime – she started writing the year I was born – what a legacy https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/obituaries/sue-grafton-dies-best-selling-mystery-author.html
Ursula K. Le Guin – EarthSea and more – Science Fiction and Fantasy giant – a woman writing sci fi as a woman – not initials or under a male nom de plum- when she started that was HUGE – a literary Icon said Stephen King
“The US Library of Congress designated Le Guin a Living Legend in 2000, for her significant contribution to America’s cultural heritage.”
per Ursula Le Guin’s agent, if you wish to donate in memory of her please support Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. http://malheurfieldstation.com/support
Jack Ketchum – named by Stephen King the scariest writer in America – Horror genre https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/horror-writer-jack-ketchum-dead-at-71/2018/01/24/90715a38-0144-11e8-86b9-8908743c79dd_story.html?utm_term=.0b87bafd19af
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)
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/