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ConJose '02

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September 1st - Sunday

WSFS and JD JD's Balls - Behind JD is the Civic Auditorium where the Hugos, Masquerade and Patrick Stewart appeared.
Outside - The Convention Hall Outside - This sign flashed all week, warning people we were here :-)
Another run-around-and-try-to-go-to-a-panel day. I actually do go to some of them. They're just not that interesting to write about.

Miscellaneous pictures from through out the day ... while waiting for the Hugo Ceremony.

Inside and outside the Convention Center

People and things in the Dealer's Room Elizabeth Moon Gardner Dozois and one of his fans
Robert Silverberg Cthulhu Beanies!
Robert Sawyer Lois McMaster Bujold - I finally had the nerve to talk to her!

Dinner - Jan, Star, JD and Ara Hugo Line
Hugo Line
Dinner before the Hugos, and waiting in line. The concom was nice enough to pass out free bottles of water while we waited.

When they finally opened the doors of the Civic Auditorium, we raced up to the balcony and got front center seats. It was farther away from the stage, but we didn't have to worry about anyone's costume hat rearing up in front of us. It was warm ... but the cement floor felt so good to my poor tired feet.

It was the usually pre-Hugo Show. The Seiuns were awarded. The Big Heart was awarded. And more that I didn't pay attention to. I really wish they would do these other awards at a different time. Toastmaster Tad Williams gave a wonderful speech about paying forward. Connie Willis gave an entertaining presentation with a Feghoot story, that ended in a pun concerning The Day The Earth Stood Still.

The awards went to:
Best Novel: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Best Novella: "Fast Times at Fairmont High" by Vernor Vinge
Best Novelette: "Hell Is the Absence of God" by Ted Chiang
Best Short Story: "The Dog Said Bow-Wow" by Michael Swanwick
Best Related Book: The Art of Chesley Bonestell by Ron Miller & Frederick C. Durant III, with Melvin H. Schuetz
Best Dramatic Presentation: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Best Professional Editor: Ellen Datlow
Best Pro Artist: Michael Whelan
Best Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown
Best Fanzine: Ansible, edited by Dave Langford
Best Fan Writer: Dave Langford
Best Fan Artist: Teddy Harvia
Best Web Site: Locus Online, Mark R. Kelly editor/webmaster
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 2000 or 2001: Jo Walton

Ellen Datlow finally won out over Dozois! Hurrah!

Locus and Ansible will go head to head (page to page?) for the Hugo next year. Ansible is changing categories.

Sean Astin (Sam) and Sala Baker (Sauron) showed up to accept the Hugo for LotR.

Hugo Winner Neil Gaiman's wonderful goofy impromptu speech ...
(Not exact -- just the gist of what I remember) "There were 3 things I wanted when I was 14. Heat vision. The names of the twins who rode the train with me every day to school. And to win a Hugo. I grew up and realized heat vision will never be. I got the twins' names. A few years ago I realized I didn't write the sort of thing to win a Hugo. And now I've got one. Fuck, I've won a Hugo. Thank you!"

By the time the ceremonies were over, it was so blasted hot in that auditorium. Historical building, yes. But they need to air condition the place. We ended the night, after the usual elevator running, with Jan doing Tarot readings on both JD and myself. Scary. Tarot Reading

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ConJose '02

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08/3102 | 09/01/02 | 09/02/02 | 09/03/02 | 09/04/02 | 09/05/02 | 09/06/02 | 09/07/02