“Toe the Line:” On Being a 2016 John W. Campbell Award Finalist
On Tuesday, the list of 2016 Hugo Awards finalists was announced. I’m honored to say that this year, in my second and final year of eligibility, I am a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer! I’m very excited and incredibly grateful to everyone who voted for me. You continue to amaze me with your kindness and faith in my stories. Thank you for putting your trust in them, and in me, enough to nominate me for the Campbell Award.
Uncanny Magazine is one of my favorite new magazines, and to be nominated for a Hugo in its first year of eligibility, despite the Rabid Puppies’ attempts to lock down the finalists list, says a lot about the quality of work that the Uncanny team puts out. More than that, it says a lot about how much fans appreciate Uncanny, and how willing they were to vote according to their own values—enough to bump Uncanny onto the finalists list over a Rabid Puppies slate-voted magazine.
And that’s the crux of it. If you are on this list despite the Rabid Puppies’ slate voting, it means you absolutely, absolutely deserve it. It means that enough SFF fans appreciated your work and contributed their individual voices to overwhelm a slate being pushed by an organized mob of malicious people determined to “leave a big smoking hole where the Hugo Awards were.” And to withdraw is to let them win.
As I’ve said, I am very happy to have been voted onto the Campbell finalists list, in spite of the Rabid Puppies slate. Michi Trota (Uncanny Magazine’s managing editor) and I are the first Filipinas ever to be nominated for a Campbell Award or a Hugo Award in any category. As a community, and as a constellation of communities, we are making history at the Hugos this year. We are changing the face of the SFF world in many ways. We can’t undo what has happened; we can only move forward and try to forge a future—of growth rather than destruction—that we want to see.
George R. R. Martin and Brandon Sanderson have already issued statements urging candidates not to withdraw. I would like to add my voice to theirs. And I would like to encourage you to vote on the merit of the works and folks nominated, slates be damned.
I have the honor to be your obedient servant, A. Wong.
Mainstream Ace-spectrum Author! Who has a new book with an Ace heroine!
I have a new job that requires a lot of traveling time in the car and so I’ve been checking out various podcasts to find the geekiest possible way to spend my time. Today I did a happy dance in my seat when I heard Seanan McGuire talk about being demisexual and panromantic on a podcast from last January about the special Lightspeed Magazine issue Queers Destroy Science Fiction! Apparently she thought she was ace for a while but came across demi and realized she had found the right word and wasn’t broken.
Seanan McGuire! Also writes as Mira Grant. Author of over 20 books and dozens of novellas and short stories. Extremely prolific. Hugo nominated (multiple times!). Winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. DEMISEXUAL
You’ll have nightmares for a year to come. Every night since I looked at that thing I’ve had ‘em, that’s why I hate it – sure I do – and don’t want it around. Put it back where it came from and let it freeze for another twenty million years. I had some swell nightmares – that it wasn’t made like we are – which is obvious – but of a different kind of flesh that it can really control. That it can change its shape, and look like a man – and wait to kill and eat -