The Hugo Awards: Winner Ann VanderMeer on the Pomp, the Circumstance, the Ceremony

(Stephen H. Segal and Ann VanderMeer, holding their Hugos after the ceremony. Ann is a little hunched over because the award is very heavy. David Howell designed this year's version of the award; the base is made in part from Montreal granite.)

The long-running Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy are announced during an elaborate ceremony at one of genre's biggest conventions, the World Science Fiction Convention. This year, WorldCon was held in Montreal August 6 through 10, and my wife Ann VanderMeer, along with Stephen H. Segal, attended as finalists for a Hugo Award for their work on Weird Tales magazine. Ann is the fiction editor for Weird Tales, while Stephen is the creative director and designer. Given that there's a fair amount of pomp and circumstance surrounding the Hugos, I thought I'd interview my wife about the experience, especially since I was unable to go to Montreal with her. The category in which Weird Tales was nominated has long been won by Locus Magazine, but come Sunday night Weird Tales pulled a rather large and unexpected upset. (In fact, writer Tobias Buckell texted me from the ceremony to tell me about it, and I almost fell out of my seat in surprise.)

As I reported on Omnivoracious right after the ceremony, Neil Gaiman won in the best novel category for The Graveyard Book, with Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Bear, and Ted Chiang won in the three short form categories. You can find a full list of winners here.

What are the Hugos like? Here's a look from Ann's perspective as a first-time nominee and first-time winner. (io9 also has an extensive set of photos.)

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