Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Tweeting the Auroras

by Rob - June 2nd, 2010.
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On Sunday, May 23, 2010, the 30th anniversary Aurora Awards banquet was held in Winnipeg at Keycon, this year’s Canadian National Science Fiction Convention. Fan Organizational nominee Kirstin Morrell used Robert J. Sawyer’s Twitter feed to tweet the proceedings live as they happened. Below is what she had to say; above is a photo of Rob with his Best Novel Aurora trophy (photo by fellow best-novel nominee Barbara Galler-Smith):

  • At Prix Aurora Award banquet in Winnipeg. Kirstin Morrell is going to use my account to tweet the results in real-time. Take it away, Kirst!
  • Liana Kerzner is master of ceremonies in amazing black dress.
  • First-ever year having nominee pins for the Aurora Awards (a la the Hugo pins). Courtesy of the 1994 Winnipeg Worldcon, ConAdian.
  • Virgie says hi! (Rob notes she’s wearing an oh-my-effing-god hawt red dress!)
  • At our table: nominees galore: Hayden Trenholm, Dan O’Driscoll, Karl Johanson, Robert J. Sawyer, Kirstin Morrell.
  • Liz Westbrook-Trenholm just toasted the Magnificent Basterds (the best-novel nominees).
  • Now Rob is toasting the Magnificent Basterds, and the other nominees.
  • I must say, everyone looks lovely this evening. :D
  • Food service took a lot longer than expected. Awards haven’t started yet. Soon.
  • Virgie and Karl are throwing paper airplanes.
  • There are 11 trophies on the platform, but only 10 categories. Tie? Co-authored winner? We’ll see!
  • Kirstin is combing hair.
  • It’s very hot in the banquet room.
  • LeAmber Raven is mounting the podium.
  • Virgie just said, “Hot diggity!”
  • Hayden Trenholm — who works for a senator — is regaling us with stories about doing it in a bar.
  • Um, before I get myself in more trouble, Liz wants to weigh in: Serving drinks, we all mean.
  • Liana K is going up to the podium. Can’t wait!
  • It’s begun!
  • Liana’s giving a great speech about the symbiosis between writing nominees and fan org/other noms. Excellent speech.
  • Jean-Louis Trudel giving an introductory speech en francais.
  • “Merci beaucoup.” JLT is off the stage.
  • Winner of Fanzine at the Auroras: Richard Greaeme Cameron for WCFSAZine.
  • Best Artist: Dan O’Driscoll — he’s here, and thrilled.
  • Virginia O’Dine in tears to see her artist win.
  • Dan’s girlfriend Theresa is pumped.
  • French Other: Solaris, Joel Champetier. JLT accepting for Joel.
  • (Presented by Walling and Bourget)
  • Next up: Hayden presenting for English other.
  • Women of the Apocalypse wins!
  • 3 of 4 authors here.
  • Ryan McFadden accepting.
  • Billy Milholland and Eileen Bell also thanking.
  • Fan organizational: David Hayman, Filk Hall of Fame (not present).
  • Congrats to all the winners so far.
  • (Fan Organizational presented by Rob Sawyer.)
  • Winnipeg librarian presenting award now to English short story.
  • Nominees being read, applause for each.
  • Winner is Ponds Dreaming of Roses by Eileen Bell from Women of Apocalypse.
  • Thanking Rob Sawyer, Brian Hades, her husband, the rest of the Apocalyptic Four.
  • Liana just said that, at the Auroras, everyone thanks Rob Sawyer. :) It’s true!
  • LRM (Linda Ross Mansfield) presenting.
  • Short french presented by Linda Ross-Mansfield to Alain Bergeron for Ors blancs.
  • Rene Walling accepting for Alain.
  • Fan other presented by Diane Lacey (CUFF delegate) to: Ray Badgerow, USS Hudson Bay astronomy lecture.
  • Nalo Hopkinson presenting French novel to …
  • Laurent McAllister! Supernaturatie. JLT accepting for him and Yves Meynard (it’s their pen name) — le woot!
  • And now best novel in English:
  • Now Long Form in English nominees!!!
  • Presenting is Julie Czerneda . . .
  • Holy moley, Rob WON!!! For WAKE!!! Well deserved!
  • Rob hasn’t won for many, many years, and I think it’s so beyond due. Congratulations, Rob. :D
  • Ten years since Sawyer won for novel; last was #FlashForward — as he said, that turned out pretty well. ;)
  • Rob thanked editors Stanley Schmidt at ANALOG, Barbara Berson at Penguin Canada, Ginjer Buchanan at Ace, and Simon Spanton at Orion.
  • Woohoo!
  • And that’s it!
  • And Kirstin’s signing off. :)

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1 Response to Tweeting the Auroras

  1. Hmmmm, someone hijacked the laptop to put in something about my hair! Who was it, friends? :D

    And for the record, I was simply fixing a hair problem, not doing general grooming at an event.

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