Friday, April 19, 2002
Good lord. Well, you can go and click on Locus Online: News, April 2002

for the full list, or you can just believe me when I tell you that (ahem):

ConJose, the World Science Fiction Convention to be held August 29 - Sept. 2, 2002, in San Jose, California, has announced nominations for this year's Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)
The Chronoliths, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
Cosmonaut Keep, Ken MacLeod (Orbit UK, 2000; Tor)
The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold (Eos)
Passage, Connie Willis (Bantam)
Perdido Street Station, China Mi�ville (Macmillan UK, 2000; Del Rey)

No idea if American Gods will win -- that's up to the mathemagical intricacies of Australian Rules Voting, not to mention how many people who liked it vote for it -- but I am starting to really enjoy the fact that so far the book's been nominated for The BSFA award, the International Horror Guild Award, the Bram Stoker Award (and the Minnesota Book Award) and now the Hugo. There's only the World Fantasy Award and the Nebulas left of the genre awards....

I think I'd rather have a book like American Gods, which is neither fish nor fowl, nominated for all the awards, and lose, than have it just nominated for one and win.

But then, I am odd. And more to the point, I already have lots of awards, two of which have fallen off their wall, several of which got lost in the post, and some of which I've never received. (I remember a conversation in Italy, with my publisher, when I mentioned that I'd love to win a Yellow Kid award, as I envied Bill Sienkiewicz's. "You did already," they said. "Two, three years ago maybe.") So one more award isn't going to make much of a difference, one way or another. But a clean sweep of nominations, in genre after genre... well, there's glory for you.