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INVISIBLE and the Hugo

InvisibleI went to bed before the Hugo Award results were announced, and woke up this morning to emails about INVISIBLE. The Hugo voting statistics were released last night, and it turns out that INVISIBLE would almost certainly have been on the ballot for Best Related Work if not for the Sad and Rabid Puppy slate voting campaigns.

Thank you to everyone who nominated us. And thank you to all of the contributors for sharing their stories and helping to create a wonderful, powerful, and potentially award-worthy collection. Shiny rocket trophies are nice, but far more valuable is the fact that we created something important, something that had a real impact and made a difference to people.

To Alex Dally MacFarlane, Mark Oshiro, Katharine Kit Kerr, Susan Jane Bigelow, Charlotte Ashley, Ada Hoffman, Kathryn Ryan, Gabriel Feycat Cuellar, Nalini Haynes, Joie Broin, Morgan Dambergs, Derek Handley, Ithiliana, Michi Trota, Nonny Blackthorne, and cover artist Mark Ferrari: Every one of you should be damn proud of yourselves, and I’d like to ask one last thing of you all.

Do something nice for yourselves today. Treat yourself to ice cream or go see a movie or just stay home and kiss a loved one. Whatever you like, so long as it’s a way to celebrate and reward yourself for your part in helping to create something good.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Aug. 23rd, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
This was a very sad year for the Hugos. I'm glad you ended it on a semi-bright note.
Aug. 23rd, 2015 07:16 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and condolences. I've put together The Puppy-Free Ballot, listing all the works that should have been on the ballot but weren't. And earlier today, I bought the Kindle versions of the two Novels, two book-size Novellas, and five Related Works (including Invisible, of course) from that list.

I've read that George R.R. Martin hosted a party at Worldcon where he handed out the Alfies, or Alfred Bester Awards, to everyone who was pushed off the ballot. He may be holding one for you. :)
Aug. 24th, 2015 12:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mark! :-)

I read about the Alfies. Much respect to Martin for working so hard on the afterparty, and to try to make this a positive experience.
Aug. 23rd, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
I said this over Facebook-aways, but I consider it an honor to be part of the Invisible anthology. If it'd been nominated for the Hugo I probably would have keeled over or something, LOL. As it is, I've had people, especially those focusing on writing diverse characters, catch my name and say, "Oh! You're the one who wrote about SFF saving your life in Invisible!" and sometimes talking about their own similar experiences. Which is weird-feeling but I'm also happy that it resonated with that many people.

Aug. 24th, 2015 12:26 pm (UTC)
That's so cool to hear. Thanks again for being part of it, Nonny.
Aug. 24th, 2015 12:11 pm (UTC)
I am very disappointed, and angry, that the Puppies managed to force this anthology to be (effectively and ironically) invisible. But you're absolutely right that that doesn't negate the fantastic work everyone did, including you. Besides, the Hugos this year would have had an asterisk anyway; the important part is how many people you reached with this brilliant little idea.
Aug. 24th, 2015 12:26 pm (UTC)
They kept it off the ballot. They didn't make it invisible. Like someone once said, you can't stop the signal :-)
Aug. 24th, 2015 12:30 pm (UTC)
A fair point, and one that does make me feel better. It *feels* like they kept it invisible (at the Hugos), but you're also right that that's hardly the ultimate goal or the most important place for it to be noticed.
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