Just returned from the annual SFWA meeting, AKA “the nebs.” I was delighted to receive the Anlab award for short story for my “Julie is Three.” Here’s the crew of 2012 Anlab winners:
- Best Novella: “With Unclean Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (11/11)
- Best Novelette, tie: “Jak and the Beanstalk,” by Richard A. Lovett (7-8/11), “Betty Knox and Dictionary Jones in the Mystery of the Missing Teenage Anachronisms,” John G. Hemry
- Best Short Story: “Julie is Three,” Craig DeLancey (3/11)
- Best Fact Article: “Smart SETI,” Gregory and James Benford
- Best Cover: December 2011 (for “Ray of Light”) by Bob Eggleton
All I can think is: I won an award that Clifford Simak and David Brin won!
I took a tour of the Smithsonian Air & Space museum led by astronaut Mike Fincke, a true Ubermensch, who answered all those questions writers want to ask, like, are the gloves stiff on those suits? (Not in the American ones.) Is it noisy in the shuttle while you’re going up? (It was a smooth ride after the solid rocket boosters were ejected.) Do you get nausea in microgravity? (Everyone does, but for different folks it lasts more or less time.) And I learned lots of details I didn’t even think to ask about: the yanks breathe pure oxygen in their suits, and that it gives you a wicked dry throat. And so on.
Best of all, I had the opportunity to meet legends (Stan Schmidt! Gregory Benford!) and lots of soon to be legends.