The Hugo Awards announces the 2013 awards:
LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, has
announced the 2013 Hugo Award winners. 1848 valid ballots were received
and counted in the final ballot.
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)
I think it is nice that McRapey is finally receiving the in-group validation he has so assiduously pursued over the years. While I tend to view this award as additional evidence of the decline of professionally published SF/F, I’m sure Redshirts is a perfectly fine unauthorized derivative of a television series from 47 years ago. It’s rated 3.7 stars out of 5 on Amazon, after all.
A literary sample from the Best Science Fiction Novel of 2013:
“Man, I owe you a blowjob,” Duvall said.
“What?” Dahl said.
“What?” Hester said.
“Sorry,” Duvall said. “In ground forces, when someone does you a favor you tell them you owe them a sex act. If it’s a little thing, it’s a handjob. Medium, blowjob. Big favor, you owe them a fuck. Force of habit. It’s just an expression.”
“Got it,” Dahl said.
“No actual blowjob forthcoming,” Duvall said. “To be clear”
“It’s the thought that counts,” Dahl said, and turned to Hester. “What about you? You want to owe me a blowjob, too?”
“I’m thinking about it ,” Hester said.
And they say SF is in decline. I was mildly amused to see that the Hugo Awards honored no less than five people who were involved in some way in my expulsion from SFWA. This comment from Harsh also cracked me up:
“Scalzi now working on a new book called Cylon, the story of a misunderstood robot who’s picked on by mean old Colonial warriors.”