Year: 2021

  • A non-explanation from DisCon

    The backlash against DisCon’s decision to have the Hugo Award Ceremony sponsored by Raytheon has, at last, been addressed by the con. It doesn’t say very much: “We accept feedback & criticism regarding DisCon IIIโ€™s acceptance of sponsor funds. Send suggestions, complaints, & other views to We will share those with the next Worldcon […]


  • The Blog Content the People Demanded

    OK riddle this mystery for me lemonade experts. A new challenger to the taxonomy. Sunkist Berry Lemonade and like other examples of strange carbonated drinks apparently made for the American market (based on the units and the style of the nutritional information). However, it was “lemonade” in the UK English sense but with blue food […]

  • So a Hugo Nomination Issue That Was Bugging Me

    As always with the Hugo Awards, there were various controversies and kerfuffles this year. One that was nagging at me was the fuss around the number of named people in the Strange Horizons nomination. That got heated at times and so I didn’t bring up the thing that was bugging me, mainly because I didn’t […]

  • More Hugo 2021 Stats – quick look

    Monday morning here and the nomination stats are out. Firstly though, as people noted in the comments to the last post, the finals data has some issues. In Best Novel, there’s a figure missing in Pass 2 for Piranesi. And more worryingly, in the fourth place run-off there is a major error: All three are […]

  • Susan’s Salon: December 19/20

    Susan’s Salon: December 19/20

    ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„ You can use the comment section to chat about whatever you want. Susan’s Salon is posted early on Monday (Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is still Sunday in most places). It’s fine to be sad, worried, vaccinated, unvaccinated-yet, angry or maybe even happy (or all of those things at once). Please feel free to […]

  • First look at Hugo Stats

    Stats were a little late being released and currently, the usual nomination data isn’t there. There are some interesting twists in the distribution preferences. Sometimes, the 1st pref voting order is a close match with the final voting order but lots of exceptions this year. Novel: Network Effect was an easy winner for Best Novel […]

  • Hugo 2021 first reactions

    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 […]

  • In case you were wondering…

    It behoves me to look through Worldcon related news through the medium of “what are the Puppies saying”, so to that end and for future reference here is Brad R. Torgersen on the Chengdu bid victory An educational moment here as well. There are multiple big, legitimate and deep concerns about a Worldcon in […]

  • Well, that didn’t last…NSW Covid numbers escalate

    Back in November, I made this post on how covid numbers stabilised after the NSW lockdown lifted. Various reasons were offered but I thought it was probably just a matter of time. Anyway, it really was just a matter of time: “New South Wales has recorded Australiaโ€™s highest ever daily Covid case tally as the […]

  • 2023 Worldcon to be in Chengdu, China

    According to File 770: “The 81st Worldcon will be held in Chengdu, China from August 23-29, 2023. The conventionโ€™s guests of honor will be Sergey Lukianenko, the author of the Night Watch series, Robert Sawyer author of Hominids, and Liu Cixin, the author of The Three-Body Problem.” It was an easy win for the […]