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LibertyCon32, here I come

Delighted to be attending my first LibertyCon, Tennessee’s literary science fiction convention. The convention is by design kept very small, under a thousand, so getting in is tricky. Last years tickets sold out in under 6 hours.

Fortunately they had a date change, allowing some of us who have been sitting on the waiting list to have a shot at getting in. So, after two years of trying, I am attending. Absolutely delighted. ( or have I already mentioned that)

I will be participating in four events at the convention as well as having books listed in the virtual artist alley. I am most excited about the Friday Night Steampunk panel with D. Allen Lewis as moderator. I will be on the panel with Quincy J. Allen, whom I have known for years, and meet Dan Hollofield, H. P. Holo, and Tamara Lowery. Friday June 28 10 Pm at the Chattanooga Convention Center Meeting Room 7.

If you are at the convention, hope you can drop by and say Hi.

Fri 5:00PM Opening Ceremonies

Fri10:00PMCrossing Steampunk II

Sat 1:00PM Meet and Greet the First Timers!

Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch

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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 (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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