This morning -- which is this evening at Aussiecon in Australia -- I lost another Hugo. "Act One" lost not to Kage Baker, to whom I lost the Nebula and Locus Award, but rather to Charles Stross's "Palimpsest." Here are the other fiction winners:
NOVEL: A rare tie, between THE WIND-UP GIRL (Paolo Bacigalupi) and THE CITY AND THE CITY (China Mieville)
NOVELETTE: "The Island" (Peter Watts)
SHORT STORY: "Bridesicle" (Will McIntosh)
What disturbs me a bit about this list is that there are no women on it. Female writers consistently win fewer Hugos than our representation in SFWA (which is roughly 40% -- a few years ago I counted). But we win more than 40% of Nebulas, looked at over forty years. I don't know why this is, but it's a long-standing pattern.
I wish I had been at Aussiecon. Win or lose, Worldcon is always fun. Next year -- Reno.