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On Winning The Hugo Award

The dust has settled a bit after a very busy and fun-filled weekend at Chicon 7, home of the 2012 Worldcon.

All I can say is…wow. What a spectacularly fun time it was. From the moment I arrived to the moment I left, it was a stream of seeing good people and having good times. It was great to see old friends — meeting some of them face-to-face for the first time — and making new friends as well. If I try to start naming names then I will want to be comprehensive and will undoubtedly leave someone off, so I won’t even try. Suffice it to say that they know who they are. Thanks to them for making my first Worldcon so memorable.

The SF Signal meetup on Saturday was wonderful. Lots of folks came out to sit, relax, and talk shop. It actually ran about an hour longer than scheduled. Time flies when you’re having fun.

As to the con itself, I only attended a couple of panels — too much schmoozing! — but the ones I saw were excellent.

The big event, the Hugo Award ceremony, was prefaced by an “if you should win” practice. That was the point at which the nomination became very, very real for me. And that’s also when the nerves started. As for the ceremony itself, John Scalzi did a fantastic job as the emcee. When I was announced as the winner…let’s just say that all I remember is the weak knees and the buzzing that suddenly appeared inside my head. Those who recall Chris Garcia’s acceptance from last year may not realize this, but he was reeling it in. It was that overwhelming. After the win and a brief respite to catch my breath, it was back to my seat to see the rest of the ceremony. It’s unfortunate that the UStream was cut off during Neil Gaiman’s acceptance and before any of the literary awards; folks watching online missed many heartfelt and wonderful speeches.

Chicon 7 may be gone, but it was the experience of a lifetime. Not just because it was where I won the Hugo (something I internalize as “OMG, I WON A HUGO!!!”), but also because of the personal memories.

As for the win, I cannot thank enough the voters, contributors, family and friends who have supported me over the years. I’m still riding on air and will be for a long time.

How does it feel to win the Hugo? It feels like flying.

About John DeNardo (11912 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

19 Comments on On Winning The Hugo Award

  1. You deserve it. You and your staff have done a kickass job. There’s a reason people approach you with their news and are stoked to be invited to Mind Melds. This may be your first rocket ship, but I’m betting it won’t be your last. Congratulations!

  2. I must again cheer! Huzzah!

  3. Hurrah for this and many more victories ahead for SF Signal!

  4. Yayyyyyyy!!!!!! And congratulations again!!!

  5. Congratulations!!! If win the Hugo feels like flying… Then with that rocket you’ll fly into outer space; something very SF.But, just imagine what reading this fanzine everyday most feel like.

  6. As I think I’ve said already, well-deserved!

  7. *applauds*

    And I love the new banner, John. It looks great on you.

    Mike

  8. Gotta say I’m so proud of you all winning this much-deserved award. SF Signal has always been a kick-ass site and has grown to be more so year after year. The effort that everyone puts in here is evident on a daily basis and I for one am glad to have this kind of resource for the SF community. Thank you all for everything you do and Congratulations!!!

  9. Many congratulations to all of you!

  10. Paul Weimer // September 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm //

    Huzzah and Hurray!

  11. Great news, and well deserved! Thanks for all you do for speculative storytelling!

  12. Congrats! Very well deserved!

  13. Thanks for the kind words, folks. :D

  14. John Picacio // September 7, 2012 at 10:26 pm //

    Huge congrats to you and the whole crew, man. Funny that we had that conversation on that bench a few hours before hitting the stage. If we only knew, right? :)

  15. Quick question – who gets to look after the award itself? Do you have offices to display it?

  16. keep your wings out John, keep flying!

    congrats!

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