Yep, I'm still alive. The Intensive Institute in SF is running very well, with many interesting and insightful people involved. From all over the world, I might add, mostly from out of town this year. Six people staying in the dorm, so there's more cameraderie than some years, with nearly half the class having lunch together each day and dinner each evening, plus extracurricular stuff like movies and such. Fun but exhausting.
The Campbell Conference went fantastically. If you still don't know who won the Awards, here's part of what I'm writing for LOCUS: Third place for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short science fiction of 2006 went to “Lord Weary's Empire,” by Michael Swanwick; second place to “A Billion Eves,” by Robert Reed; and the winner was Robert Charles Wilson for his story, “The Cartesian Theater.” Wilson was present to accept his trophy and speak to the audience.
Third place for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of 2006 was a tie between BLINDSIGHT, by Peter Watts, and FARTHING, by Jo Walton. Second place went to THE LAST WITCHFINDER, by James Morrow. Ben Bova, who took over editing ASTOUNDING/ANALOG magazine when Campbell died in 1971, won for TITAN, his latest in the Grand Tour series. Bova was also present to receive his honor.
Here are a bunch of photos of the event.
Just got home from the new Harry Potter movie with some of the Institute students. Let me tell you, corrupted beaurocracy is far scarier than monsters. A political message there, hmmmm?
Got my copies of Visual Journeys in the mail yesterday, and the book looks great! Haven't had time to read any of the stories yet, but flipped through and enjoyed the art very much.
Slept 12 hours last night, catching up after many days of not sleeping much, and beat an illness that was threatening to overwhelm me. I should do some more of that now.
Not reading any LJ during this crazy-busy time, really, so if something big has happened in your life, please let me know here! I would like to keep up with friends' lives.
Off to bed!