August 9th, 2008

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Good Advice

Alan Kistler is one of the wisest young men I know:


A lot of my friends recently have been feeling out of sorts or pressured or really unsure of what to do. They've been confused about themselves and others and where everything is supposed to fit in their lives.

I think about this sometimes too. Some nights it seems to consume me. And then I realize, wait ... what does worrying do to enhance my situation in life?

Nothing....

There will always be people who don't like you, there will always be people you don't understand, there will always be situations you don't enjoy. And in some cases, you just have to shrug it off and move on. Believe me, moving on can be far more relaxing and pleasing to your mind and spirit than holding a grudge or thinking about all the ways you can somehow make that enemy realize you're better than them....

If it takes you two or three years to really understand what your drive is, okay. That's two or three years you have to really save up some money and figure things out so that you have a better idea of how to pursue that dream when the time comes....




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Hugo Award Winners 2008

The winners of the Hugo Awards:

Best Novel: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate)
Best Novella: “All Seated on the Ground” by Connie Willis (Asimov’s Dec. 2007, Subterranean Press)
Best Novelette: “The Merchant and the Alchemist”s Gate” by Ted Chiang (F&SF Sept. 2007)
Best Short Story: "Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov's, June 2007)
Best Professional Editor, Long Form: David G. Hartwell
Best Professional Editor, Short Form: Gordon Van Gelder
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Stardust; written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn; based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Charles Vess; directed by Matthew Vaughn
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: "Blink" (Doctor Who); written by Steven Moffat; directed by Hettie Macdonald
Best Related Book: Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher
Best Semiprozine: Locus
Best Professional Artist: Stephan Martiniere
Best Fan Artist: Brad Foster
Best Fan Writer: John Scalzi
Best Fanzine: File 770 by Mike Glyer
John Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Mary Robinette Kowal