Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

A few thoughts on losing the Hugo

by Daniel Abraham

I am back home after Worldcon.  It was a great weekend.  I am very glad I went, and I’m very glad to be home.  There are a lot of people who are very dear to me who I got to see and spend time with, and some conversations that may, I think, shape some largish part of my day-to-day life for years to come.

As you’ll have heard by now, Jo Walton’s love letter to fandom Among Others won the best novel Hugo, beating out Embassytown which beat out Leviathan Wakes.  I wanted to say a couple words about that.

First:  I am and have been a squeeing Jo Walton fan ever since I read Farthing.  I read Among Others aloud to my Darling Wife, and I think it’s a lovely book.  When Jo won the award, I couldn’t stop grinning for her.  Hell, I’m still smiling about it now.

Second:  I am proud and delighted to be mentioned in the same breath with the other authors who were on the ballot, and in the angry grumbling about how close the nomination count was.  (Leviathan Wakes squeaked on.  I mean *squeaked*.)

Third: This is all fun, and none of it matters.  No one who loved Embassytown should love it less because it got a few less votes than Among Others.  No one who admires Charlie Stross is going to turn away from him because he was a couple nominating votes shy of the short-list this time.

Literary awards are a beautiful kind of nonsense, and I was delighted to be swept up in that dream for a little while, and I’m delighted to wake back up from it.  I love my community with all its little triumphs and its occasional hilarious failures of grace.  I love all the folks who are grumpy because we didn’t win, and I love all the folks who were grumpy that we were nominated in the first place.  I am delighted for Jo and for all the other winners.  I appreciate all the time and attention that people have put into this lovely little event, and who will again next year as well.  Really, it was a delight to come and play.

But now I am home.  I have deadlines and bills and dishes, and this part?  It’s actually the part that I love.

Thank you all for being part of this.  I will be a bit scarce for the next couple of weeks, playing catch-up and all.  And I hope to have more news soon.

7 Responses »

  1. You’ll recall that I called Walton over GRRM at Bubonicon…though I’m still somewhat surprised. If Winds of Winter or Dream of Spring doesn’t win, then it will really feel like something fishy’s going on (and, yes, I am presuming they’ll be award-worthy…a fair presumption, I think).

    Also, congratulations on not finishing last! 🙂

    • You beat me and Ty both. I had George for the win, and Ty put his money on China. That said, I’m delighted for Jo. And yes, I’m pushing back my estimation of George’s win to A Dream of Spring. I have to think he got dinged for it being a middle book, and ADoS will be a stand-in for the whole series.

  2. I haven’t read Among Others but I’ve read both Embassytown and Leviathan Wakes, and I have to say I’m mildly bummed that LW didn’t get the award. Embassytown was brilliant, of course, but also profoundly weird. Leviathan, though, was one of the best, most gripping and narrative-driven books I’ve read in recent years. (And for the record, I actually liked Caliban’s War even better.)

    Whatever the case, congrats for being nominated and for putting in a strong showing. I love the collaboration between you and Ty, and I look forward to more!

  3. Glad you enjoyed your time at Worldcon. I also just received ‘The Dragon’s Path” today, and am 60 pages in and am addicted to it already. You really have a knack for fantasy, and I can’t wait to continue on in this marvelous world. You are definitely on the level of George R.R. Martin!

  4. First, may I say, you are a lovely and gracious human being. You know I loved your book. And I too called Jo. I told John Jarrold that over dinner on Sunday, and he looked at me as if I were mad. He had GRRM pegged for the win. There were just too many headwinds against George on this one.

    It was quite a weekend, and I’m glad to be home, and not happy I’m heading to L.A. on Sunday night, but such is life.

  5. I actually voted for Leviathan Wakes because a) it was brilliant, b) I’d love to see space opera getting respect again after a bit of a lull, c) did I mention it was brilliant? I think GRRM gets recognition, deserved, but I like to spread it around. To be fair, had not had time to read Jo Walton, but anyway, you joined the bigger club. There’s no loss involved really. Congrats!

  6. Hey Mr Abraham
    glad you enjoy the worldcon 🙂
    i finished the german version of the dragon’s path now. I really like your style of writing and the rising tension in the chapters! (and your good german translator as well. very good and clear language)
    and you need a facebook page 😀 want to like you hehe 😛

    greets from switzerland and keep going! you are a really good writer