Ya’ll, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a Hugo nominee as well as a Nebula nominee this year. And you know what that means.
That’s right. It’s Sparkly Pink Text time.
I have to admit, I half-expected the Nebula. Enough people had the book on their proto-awards lists that I felt I had a fighting chance. But given the Hugos’ noted bias in favor of science fiction (and against fantasy), more notable embrace of well-known names (vs unknown n00bs), and most notablest aversion to girl cooties or any hint thereof, I didn’t think I had a chance there. So when I got the email regarding the nom — 2 weeks ago, had to sit on it all this time, thought I was gonna die — I was indeed surprised and delighted.
And even more delighted now that I can see the full list of nominees. I know so many of these folks! Honestly, I’m thrilled to see Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire) on the novel slate with me re Feed, because I loved that one. But also pleased to see fellow Altered Fluidian Saladin Ahmed on the Campbell slate! And Ted Chiang’s up again! And Mary Robinette Kowal! And John Joseph Adams! And Nick Mamatas! And Clarkesworld is on the slate again (hope they win this time)!
Only thing that annoys me is that the best editor slate is missing my editor, Devi Pillai — who I believe is also Mira Grant’s editor, though don’t take my word on that. If so, though, and two of the five Hugo-nom’d authors have the same editor this year, then that editor ought to be on the ballot too, I’m thinking.
But that’s a quibble, and this is a kickass slate, and I’m truly, truly honored to be on it. Hell yeah I am.