What a weekend in D.C! Already regarded as probably Utah’s best writer of short science fiction and fantasy, my roommate Eric James Stone took home the Nebula award for Best Novelette of 2010, for his story, “The Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made,” which originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Big-time kudos to EJS! Earlier that day, Eric sat next to me at the Dell Magazines breakfast when I officially got my AnLab award, also for Best Novelette of 2010. I rubbed my AnLab on Eric’s shoulder, for good luck later in the evening. I guess it paid off? The Utah boys brought home the bacon!
I had a great deal of fun watching the astonishment on Eric’s face when his name was read off the winning card during the awards banquet — he’d hoped, but clearly not expected, the award. I’d known that for months. But I’d also thought to myself, “You know what, Eric works hard and is a great writer, and it’s a great story, so why not??” Apparently I was not alone in this thinking. Eric looked ecstatically sharp while accepting the trophy and delivering his speech, then proceeded to float around the hotel for the rest of the night on a fluffy little cloud of distilled awesome — and deservedly so.
Me? I got to meet the marvelous Stan Schmidt, my editor at Analog, as well as Sheila Williams, his counterpart at Asimov’s. Both of them were peachy sweet, and it was a gas getting to finally meet the faces behind the names. Stan was every bit the gentleman I’d expected. I had a good time talking to him at length about not just stories and submissions, but life and the universe in general. Stan was witty, full of smiles, and an enthusiastic and gracious host. It’s an honor to be in his magazine.
I also met Analog author Dave Bartell, who introduced me to Bug Sparhawk — whom I’d first known from a story he did many years ago, in Warren Lapine’s Absolute Magnitude — as well as, Rick Lovett, and Mark Niemann-Ross. Award-winning artist Bob Eggleton was there too, along with his better half. Bob surprised and delighted me with a black and white prelimary look at the cover painting he’s doing for my Analog story, “Ray of Light.” It knocked my socks off, and I can’t wait to see my story and Bob’s excellent cover art together in the same issue.
Later on, when the awards hub-bub was dying down, I met Fantasy and Science Fiction editor Gordon Van Gelder, courtesy of the delightful Joshua Bilmes — who is the founder of the renowned JABberwocky literary agency. Stan had introduced me to Joshua shortly after Eric got his Nebula. Joshua seemed to consider the AnLab an impressive accomplishment — I would eventually learn that Joshua has been an Analog reader for many, many years — so it was an unexpected pleasure having Joshua chat me up, then introduce me to Gordon, Liz Gorinsky from TOR books, among others. Talk about meeting people in the biz! It was a banner weekend in that regard.