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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Debt Collector Gets a Hugo Award Nomination

This little story just keeps surprising me.

Thanks to Janine Southard for nominating Delirium (DC#1) for the Hugo Award (novelette category). 

I love her description:
Delirium by Susan Kaye Quinn. (novelette) Insurance Adjusters decide when a person’s cost-benefit analysis has fallen too far. If you’re not likely to do anything productive for the world, but your healthcare is still expensive, they have their collectors whack you and give your potential energy to somebody else. (This speaks to modern American fears in the face of Obamacare and the imminent social security breakdown.)
For those who don't know, the Hugo is like the Oscars of the Sci-Fi World. Members of the World Science Fiction Convention (approximately 6000 members) each year nominate their favorite science fiction stories in a variety of categories, including novel, novella, novelette, and short story. The award has been around since 1953 and includes SF legends like Heinlein, Asimov, and Pohl as previous winners.

Just being nominated makes me awestruck. And a bit giddy. 

Now... I'm not going to win. I'm not even going to make the short-list. I'd need something like 40 nominations to make the short-list, and I've got ONE. But that ONE is infinitely more than I ever expected. The Hugo is an award that all my SF heroes have won, so... yeah. I'm pretty pumped. And desireous of a celebratory giveaway (see below). 

How the Hugo Awards Work:
  • The 6000 members nominate their favorite works (nominations close March 31st).
  • The top five nominees in each category are voted on at WorldCon (London in 2014).

If you happen to be a member and want to check out Delirium (DC1) for the novelette category, it's FREE. (Actually it's FREE for everyone, not just potential nominators!)

And now... time to give away some Debt Collector Cool Stuff! There are three separate giveaways, so make sure to ENTER THEM ALL! 

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30 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the giveaways and congratulations on your Hugo nom!

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  2. Congratulations! I'm halfway through reading Debt Collector Season One at the moment and I'm loving it! :)

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    1. Awesome! Thanks so much for giving Debt Collector a try! :)

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  3. I am still in so much awe (and jealousy! Lots of jealousy!!! :P ). I'm so happy for you!

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    1. Ha! I'm still kind of in shock, to be honest. :) But thank you!

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  4. Really nice looking forward, and congratulations :)

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  5. ooh, congrats on your nomination! That is quite an honor :)

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  6. WOW, congratulations!! This is big news :) You definitely deserve it! :D

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  7. Sorry to be such a wet blanket, but do bear in mind that having any individual member of Worldcon (and there are thousands of them) put your work down on the nominating ballot isn't really considered "nominated for a Hugo Award" unless you actually make the short list. (Consider that otherwise, anyone could simply nominate him/herself and bill him/herself as a "Hugo Award Nominee." There's no rule against putting nominating yourself for a Hugo award, after all.)

    Only the works appearing on the short list are considered "Hugo Award Nominees" by the official Hugo Awards web site.

    Nonetheless, it's always nice when other people think highly enough of you to include you or your work on their nominating ballot. I remember being surprised myself when enough people nominated me in 1995 that I showed up on the "They Also Ran" list (works/people that didn't make the short list, but were in the top 15 places).

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    1. How silly of me to think that having someone nominate one of my stories for the Hugo means that it was actually "nominated for a Hugo Award"!

      I'm aware that the Hugo site will only list my name and call me a "Hugo Award Nominee" if I make the short list. I'm not using that term. I'm just saying the work was nominated. Which it was.

      I'm thrilled that one reader thought my little story was worthy of a Hugo. That's really what it's all about for me - reaching and moving one reader at a time.

      I'm having fun promoting the work (and BTW Worldcon and Hugo, in case you didn't realize I was doing that as well). But thanks for stopping by and, you know, letting me know you think I should stop.

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  8. Congratulations and thank you for giving us a chance to win some cool stuff. Thanks also for having Delirium and Open Minds available for free.

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    1. You are most welcome! I hope you enjoy the stories. :)

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  9. A nomination by any other name is STILL a nomination! Bravo! WTG! Whoot! ... etc! ... :D

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  10. Susan:

    Someday, you will appear on the Hugo shortlist, and you will understand the profound difference between being a Hugo nominee and having someone write your name on a nominating ballot.

    Pat Cadigan

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    1. Congrats on making the short-list in 2013 in the novelette category with "The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi"! How sad for Mary Robinette Kowal that she was disqualified from the short-list on a technicality with "The Lady Astronaut Who Went To Mars" that really begs comprehension. And congrats to Catherynne Valente for taking the win with "Fade to White"!

      But does my one nomination really steal any glory from these short-listers or the eventual winner? Really? Is there no room to celebrate being on the ballot?

      I understand there's a profound difference (something like 45 nominations, a whole bunch of glory, being lauded at the WorldCon, and putting that "Hugo Award Nominee" sticker on your story) between being nominated once and getting on the short-list. But that's not enough? I can't celebrate on my blog, too?

      But thanks for stopping by. You've been writing for many years, won many awards, and are clearly well-loved by your readers. Congrats on all your success.

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    2. Seriously?

      If you really don't get it, then you don't; I don't have the time to explain it to you.

      I'm sorry you think I'm raining on your parade. I'll leave it to someone else to break it to you about who won what last year. I promise never to visit your planet again.

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    3. Pat - I "get" your perspective - I simply don't agree with it. When I'm a short-listed nominee for a Hugo (although it seems likely that will never happen on my planet), I know that when I stop by a new, first-time-on-the-ballot author's blog, my perspective will be very different from yours. Still.

      I am sorry you think I'm taking something away from you or the other Hugo Award Nominees, because that's not my intention, either.

      Best of luck to you with all your creative endeavors.-Sue

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  11. Susan, you continue to amaze me. Congratulations to you, step by step you continue to succeed. I know that one day you will make it to the top (if the top be a short-listed nominee for a Hugo) and that when you do, you will congratulate any and all who have also touched even but one reader who has been moved by words so far as to nominate (via ballot) him or her for an award. Thanks for always supporting and inspiring those who know you and/or read your words. Christy

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  12. I saw this on facebook, but I wanted to tell you congrats. This is awesome!

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  13. I enjoyed Delirium, so I'm going to nominate it as well. I'm also putting the Survival Guide on my nominating ballot as "Best Related Work." Don't know if that'll get you into the top five, but wanted you to know how much I liked them.

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    1. Thank you so much!! And I hadn't even thought of the Guide as "related" - awesome! As it happens, I'm working on a webinar to go with the indie gudie at this very moment! THANKS AGAIN!

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