The Nebulas were in DC this year. I dutifully trooped over to view them with the intrepid oktober_ghost and the ever-chipper Fran Wilde. Beth and I even managed to catch a glimpse of that ever elusive species of CW alumni, William T. Vandermark. Barring one CW alum, I have now managed to collect the whole set!
I hadn't been to the Nebulas before, and it was
an interesting mix of familiar and new faces. I managed to sit down with the
fabulous Mike and Rachel
Swirksy, the engaging E. Lily
Yu, the somewhat suspicious Andy Duncan and the always troublesome James Patrick Kelly. I learned
interesting things about radio from jfreund and Meagen
Voss. I admired the thin orange tie of the ever-stylish John Kessel and the
clattery shoes of death worn by the brave prom-goers sharing our hotel. And, as
always, I left with a long list of Yet More Things to Read.
But in the
meantime: the very deserving winners of the Nebulas have been announced. Good
reads all. I'm particularly fond of Jo Walton's amazing Among Others, which seems poised to sweep many of the SF awards
this year, but I'm thoroughly fond of all the nominated works I read. I have to
make special mention of Genevieve Valentine's astonishing debut, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, which I thought was