I’ve been waiting for the stats but they haven’t appeared yet, so numerical juicy gossip.
Overall, a swift and entertaining ceremony with a few live glitches but nothing too horrible. OK one thing that was pretty horrible wich was the sponsor Raytheon aka the not-the-nice-murderbot people. Specifically, it was Raytheon Intelligence & Space which does do a lot of space program work…but also stuff like this:
“Using cutting-edge digital architecture, MTS brings long-range surveillance, target acquisition, tracking, range finding and laser designation for the Griffin® missile and Paveway® laser-guided bomb, as well as all tri-service and NATO laser-guided munitions. MTS sensors feature multiple fields of view, electronic zoom, multimode video tracking and are designed to incorporate future growth options and performance enhancements.https://www.raytheonintelligenceandspace.com/capabilities/products/mts
To date, Raytheon Intelligence & Space has delivered more than 3,000 MTS sensors to U.S. and international armed forces and successfully integrated 44 variants of the system on more than 20 rotary-wing, Unmanned Aerial System, and fixed-wing platforms – including the MH-60 Blackhawk, the C-130 Hercules, the MQ-9C Reaper, the MQ-1 Predator, and the MQ-1C Gray Eagle.”
OK, so I don’t think they actually gained much from the money they gave to Worldcon and I also suspect that lots of fans are going to be reminding other fans as to the kind of company Raytheon is. Chalk it up to part of a long line of connections between SF&F and the defence industry.
Putting that aside, lots of great winners. One impression I got was several winners that I really enjoyed but which weren’t the works I thought were the best. I don’t mean anything bad about those winners and I’d include the actually-the-nice-murderbot in that. I loved Network Effect but I thought Black Sun was a stronger book (my number 1 pick was Piranesi but I can see that wasn’t to everybody’s taste). The Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking felt a bit like that also — I loved the book but I’m surprised it won in that field, particularly given all the buzz around Elatsoe (which I didn’t read because it wasn’t available). Anyway that’s just how the Hugo crumbles sometimes and the consensus is often a safe one and both those books are credible winners (and great reads).
[just refreshed and stats are up now…so back shortly]