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What They Edited, Once More

So... as we discussed below, a lot of fans don't know who to nominate for the Hugo in the two editorial categories because they don't know who edited what last year. The problem is especially acute in Long Form.

Fair enough. So I went and asked the editors I'd recommended what books they'd edited. We all benefit by being well informed, no?

You'll find the responses from Jane Johnson (Voyager) and Anne Groell (Bantam Spectra) in my post below. Today I received another answer, from DIANA PHO of Tor.

Diana worked on a LOT of titles last year, but most of them are not scheduled for release until this year or next. (And that includes HIGH STAKES, the latest volume in my Wild Cards series). The only novel on her list to be published in 2015 was LONG BLACK CURL, by Alex Bledsoe. She was also one of the editors at Tor.com, however, and in that capacity she was the editor on "The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt," by Alex Bledsoe, from last May. Three other stories she acquired for Tor.com, from Margaret Killjoy, P. Djeli Clark, and Bledsue) will be out in 2016. Diana is also responsible for BEYOND VICTORIANA, a website dedicated to multicultural steampunk ('this has been my side project for the past seven years,' she tells me). You can find it here: www.beyondvictoriana.com

Should more editors respond, I will post their credits here as well.

Consider this a Fannish Service Announcement,


Feb. 12th, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)
seriously George, Thank you so much for helping us get through the muddy waters!! If not for your commitment to helping us understand what's what with the Hugo's, I personally would not have read some amazing books and would really not have been able to navigate through.
Bogdan Barbu
Feb. 12th, 2016 02:27 am (UTC)
Unrelated: I thought the recent jokes about you slacking on Conan's show were very funny. Keep up the good work.
E.L. Wagner
Feb. 12th, 2016 08:02 am (UTC)
Thank you for doing this, because I'm a first-time Hugo nominator this year, and I have no idea where to get the information about who edited what in a given year. If that information is on a book's title or copyright page, I can't find it. I haven't had much luck going to the sites of major publishers and getting a list of who edited what which titles either. And I'm not even sure what kind of editors are eligible for the Hugo. Not the line or copyeditors, I assume. So are they the acquisition editors who pick up the title, or the developmental editors who help authors whip the story into shape, or some other type of editor?
Feb. 12th, 2016 09:30 am (UTC)
RE: Thanks!
What you are calling 'acquisitions editor' and 'development editor' are generally the same person.

But not the copyeditor, that's someone different.
Mark Alan Saxton
Feb. 12th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
Marvel No Prize history.
Sorry, off topic but I don't see any other contact method and I figure you would get a kick out of knowing that you served a pivotal role in the history of no-prizes.

Feb. 12th, 2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Marvel No Prize history.
A blast from the past.

And my god, I am old.

Steve Perrin and I were both there at the dawn of comics fandom, often writing prose superhero stories for the same fanzines. Howard Waldrop too. Buddy Saunders, Johnny Chambers, Paul Moslander.
Feb. 12th, 2016 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this. The long form editor category tends to be the toughest, particularly because we don't generally know what works an editor edited.

But...shouldn't we be looking at what they edited that came out in the last year? Not what they edited last year. I know it's harder to trace back, since it's easier to remember what you did more recently, but given that 2014 work that was published in 2015 is part of what we consider (or should consider) regarding 2015 candidacy...
Feb. 12th, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC)
The books I listed ARE the ones that came out last year. See above.

Myself, I intend to continue to vote this category as a lifetime achievement award, which is what I believe it has evolved into. Hundreds of other fans will do the same, I believe. But if you prefer to judge based only on last year, that's is certainly your right.

So long as the rocket goes to an editor worthy of the honor -- and there are many -- I will be happy.
Feb. 12th, 2016 10:11 pm (UTC)
I know they were -- but based on the form you were using, it looked like you were excluding 2014 work that was released in 2015. If not, my apologies for the misread.
Feb. 14th, 2016 12:43 am (UTC)
George, do you still feel like writing that crime novel set in Essos someday?
Feb. 14th, 2016 12:49 am (UTC)
"Someday" is a long way off.

I have dozens of novel ideas. Which one will appeal to me most when I finally finish ICE & FIRE, I have no idea. I will be a different person by then.

I do know that I will never again attempt a seven volume mega-saga. Or even a trilogy. Stand-alone novels and short fiction after this. Oh, and screenplays and teleplays. And I want to edit some more anthologies.
Rasmus B Wayne
Feb. 14th, 2016 09:41 am (UTC)
A sequel to Fevre Dream
Personally, a sequel to Fevre Dream is something I would love. One can dream, I suppose...
JY Calcano
Feb. 14th, 2016 05:51 am (UTC)
Concerning the Hugo.
Good day to you once more, good sir. I continue to enjoy your observations.

My question is the following.

Considering the intrinsic inaccuracies of using populist votes to select winners, do you think a panel might make better, even more relevant, choices?

J. Y. Calcano
-amateur author and interested commentator.
Feb. 14th, 2016 08:02 am (UTC)
Re: Concerning the Hugo.
No. There are plenty of juried awards and they have their place, but I like the Hugo the way it is.
Feb. 14th, 2016 06:20 pm (UTC)
It's Valentines day!!!
Sure would feel the love to have a new sample chapter of Winds! (hint hint, smooch, love you George!) ;)


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