But that’s not why I’m happy.
Here are the ones I voted on:
Novel: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
Novella: “All Seated on the Ground” by Connie Willis
Novelette: “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang
Short Story: “Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear
I never took all that buzz about YPL winning the Hugo seriously. When did SF fans care about good writing? What a world. Maybe I was too quick to stick out my neck for Halting State, but the winning novel is still a book I like. Who could argue with that?
I am more surprised than pleased that my picks for shorter fiction won. As for the other categories, I didn’t do my homework so I didn’t vote on them. Oddly enough, the award that gave me a little leap of joy was this:
Campbell Award: Mary Robinette Kowal
I still haven’t even read any of Campbell nominees, not even the winner’s, Mary Robinette Kowal. I’ve only crossed paths with her a couple times at Readercon. And yet I feel absurdly happy. Go figure.
While I’m at it, I’m overdue for mentioning a couple other people I’m happy for.
So happy dances all around, and maybe we’ll see them as future Campbell winners.