Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Memories of the Worldcon in Glasgow seem to be fading (maybe it was the Finnish party, subsidised by Finlandia vodka), but the convention turned out to be one of the best events in years. There was a strong showing at the Science Fiction Foundation table, where two books were launched: Christopher Priest: the Interaction edited by Andrew M. Butler and Parietal Games: Critical Writings by and on M. John Harrison edited by Mark Bould and Michelle Reid ("Foundation Studies in Science Fiction", 5 & 6). This proved even stronger when Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn won a Hugo for "best related book" for the Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (Cambridge University Press) -- see photos above).

Other British Hugo winners were Susanna Clarke (Best Novel : Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell),Charlie Stross (Best Novella), Sue Mason (Best Fan Artist),David Langford (Best semi-pro magazine: Ansible, David Langford (again) (Best Fan-Writer, and the Plokta Cabal (Best Fanzine). The Special Interaction Committee Award (not a Hugo Award)went to David Pringle, former editor and publisher of Interzone.The "Big Heart Award" (a kind of "services to fandom" award, was jointly awarded to Walter Ernsting, John-Henri Holmberg and Ina Shorrock: I'm particularly pleased about the last as Ina is a friend and one of the founders of the Liverpool group of the 1950s.

Ina Shorrock

Some other photos:

Would you award a Hugo to this man? Edward James at the Voyager party. (right)

French writer Jean-Claude Dunyach

Jon Courtenay Grimwood: the only man who managed to look cool at the Voyager "Pirate Party" (right).

The Hugo Winners, 2005

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