I just read an excellent post by Nathaniel Givens on the Hugo Awards.

What the Hugos should try to be, in an ideal world, is the best guess of people who are smart and educated (about the sci fi canon in particular) of which of the stories that came out this year are going to be the stories that will still be powerful, relevant, and important in the future. In short: which of this year’s stories are great.

Indeed! A standing ovation from me.

Not achievable, though, because we can’t insist that people be “smart and educated” about the sci fi canon. That is a nice idea for a juried award.

For the Hugos, I’d settle for readers voting and nominating based solely on the quality of the work, with lots of participation.

The post, from the Difficult Run blog: The Hugo Awards, Dinosaurs, and Me

And how do you like the subtitle of that blog? “We tackle controversy with civility.” Added to my Feedly. Love it. Looks very worthwhile.

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A bit more sun


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A nice day today


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Stefan Rudnicki interviews Harlan Ellison

Over on Downpour, Stefan Rudnicki interviews Harlan Ellison.

The chief factor that goes into my wanting to narrate my own stories is that they are my children. I know their quirks, I know their flaws, I know where the emphasis should go, I know where the nuance should go. I know exactly how to hit that line to please myself.
–Harlan Ellison

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Sometimes a square is not enough

Moon and Pup

I took this the day after Christmas in Malad, Idaho. It was crystal clear, very cold.

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