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One Alfie, Two Hugos

John Joseph Adams was one of the winners at Sasquan.

As part of the LIGHTSPEED editorial team, he took home a Hugo for Best Semiprozine.

But he also won one of our Alfies as Best Editor, Short Form.

Though I searched for JJA in the aftermath of the Hugo ceremony in Spokane, I was never able to find him (he was in the bar, as it happens) to give him an invite to the Hugo Losers Party. So he was not on hand to accept his trophy.

We shipped it to him instead. It's finally turned up on his end, and he was kind enough to send a picture of the Alfie sandwiched between his two Hugos (from Sasquan and Loncon).

The Alfie doesn't have a name plate yet, you'll notice. Since we had no way of knowing the winners until after the Hugo nominations were released, we could not get them engraved ahead of time. But the plates are being engraved now, and will be shipped out shortly.

John writes, "The Alfie just arrived -- it looks so fabulous! Thanks again so so much! I've attached a picture of it in between my Hugos. It's extra cool to win an Alfie for me -- THE STARS MY DESTINATION is my favorite book, and is kind of responsible for becoming an editor in the first place. I even invoked it in the opening of the foreword to volume one of BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY."

(( As an ironic footnote, Bester won his Hugo for THE DEMOLISHED MAN, though many people consider THE STARS MY DESTINATION his masterpiece. Including me and John Joseph Adams, clearly. However, the year that THE STARS MY DESTINATION would have been eligible, worldcon was in London, and for reasons incomprehensible to me they dropped the Best Novel category. So Alfie was a Hugo loser too, and in a unique manner. ))

Anyway, John, congrats, and thanks for sending the picture.


Sep. 12th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
Perhaps for a future Alfie you would consider a Mazda inspired design George (if you Google Mazda hood ornamentation there are some beautiful examples over the years). Being a fellow Rx7 fan/driver, IMO it would be a notable and interesting award with a bit of trivia behind it.

Anyway, great picture in this post, that Alfie really pops between the two Hugo awards.

I wonder if you've ever taken a picture of all your awards standing in formation George? I wonder if this is even possible as I'm sure many are certificate types hanging on a wall someplace, but I know a lot of your fans and fandom in general would be quite interested in such a picture. I visualize it being the sort of thing Annie Leibovitz would photograph.
Sep. 12th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
My awards are scattered between my home and my office.
Sep. 14th, 2015 12:51 am (UTC)
I recall reading that you have 2 homes in close proximity, and use one primarily for living, the other for working/writing/etc. I can imagine having awards and other interesting items of note becoming spread throughout the two residences making it difficult for a single "shoot".

IRRC you did have the media into your homes before for a tour George, I can just no longer find it anywhere online.

Perhaps sometime in the future if you're ever able to squeeze it in, an updated "At home with GRRM" sort of tv/youtube spot could be organized, I know I and many of my friends would love to see a detailed examination of your collection of Fantasy/SciFi memorabilia, you miniatures, ASOIAF items, Wild Cards stuff, and so on. Even where you watch your NFL games is interesting to the public - Go Jets!

I realize it's asking a lot to allow the public/world/internet into your home and privacy, such is the life of a famous and interesting person I would guess.


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