Monday, December 18, 2006

Hugo Winners party

I've had an insanely busy -- but very pleasant -- last couple of weeks. The highlight was this past Friday night, December 15. Carolyn and I hosted a party in honor of two of this year's Hugo Award winners: my editor David G. Hartwell, who won for Best Editor, and my great friend Robert Charles Wilson, who won for Best Novel (for his remarkable Spin).

David was in town for an H.B. Fenn sales conference (Fenn is Tor's Canadian distributor), and he stayed overnight at our place (as did our other very special guest, Kirstin Morrell, the managing editor of Calgary's Red Deer Press, publisher of Robert J. Sawyer Books, who was in town for her own sales conference).

The party was a blast, with a who's-who of Canadian SF in attendance. We had a total of four Hugo winners (the other two were myself and Mike Glicksohn, who won the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1973), and three other Hugo finalists: artist Taral, and writers James Alan Gardner (who had come to the party directly from London, England -- he came straight from the airport to our place) and Pat Forde. Also on hand were such luminaries as Merril Collection head Lorna Toolis, Canada's great editor John Robert Colombo, authors Karl Schroeder, Terence M. Green, Phyllis Gotlieb, and many more.

The evening was doubly special, in that it was also Robert Charles Wilson's birthday. Great conversation, lots of food, good friends -- what more can one ask?

David G. Hartwell, Sharry Wilson, Robert Charles Wilson

Kirstin Morrell plants a wet one on Caesar

Phyllis Gotlieb and Kelly Gotlieb

The Senior Pajamas writer's group: Pat Forde, Robert J. Sawyer, James Alan Gardner, Suzanne Church

Robert Charles Wilson's birthday cake

Janice Beitel and Karl Schroeder

Robert J. Sawyer and Robert Charles Wilson with their Hugos


At December 19, 2006 7:35 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Wow! What a gathering of talent!

Would have loved to have been there.

Congrats to all the winners!

At December 19, 2006 3:32 PM , Anonymous Jim Shannon said...

Hi Rob,
Love the look of those Hugo's.

I'm the same age as Charles Robert Wilson but I'm a Leo.

Happy Holidays Rob to you and yours,


At December 19, 2006 4:12 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Bob and I are obviously biased about how beautiful our Hugos are, but others who are less attached to them think that this year's (the one Bob has -- the art-deco L.A. movie house) and the 2003 Hugo (the one I have -- the rocket ship with exhaust in the shape of a maple leaf) are among the three or four best looking Hugo trophies ever.

At December 19, 2006 7:20 PM , Blogger TimothyPilgrim said...

Nice gathering! And being a youngin, I didn't know that Mike Glicksohn had won a Hugo. I had a really nice chat with him in your hallway last winter. His wife (I forget her name) mentioned that you'd named a species in a story after him. What story was it again?

At December 19, 2006 7:34 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

The species named after Mike Glicksohn is a little number recently recognized as Time's Person of the Year: Homo sapiens. In my Neanderthal Parallax novels, the Neanderthals call refer to each of us as a Gliksin.


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