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Last week, I won the Lambda Award.

OMGWHAT.

I'm so thrilled and honored to have been recognized in that way--it was important to me that Palimpsest be full of bisexual characters who were not punished or killed for it, who were not freaks or invisible. Like the Tiptree and The Orphan's Tales, it feels amazing to be honored by the community the book hoped to honor. It means I did something right. (Incidentally, it seems that the only other time a Lambda nominee has been up for the Hugo (reminder: voting ends July 3) was China Mountain Zhang, by Maureen McHugh, which is not only one of my favorite books and writers, but kind of funny, as Maureen joked when I won the Tiptree--which she also won for CMZ--that I would follow her career path: next stop Hugo.)

And I got to stand next to Samuel R. Delany while waiting to go into the theater. My little fan heart fluttered.

I'm back to work in many ways today, but my week in NYC and BEA and the Lambdas was wonderful, I met lots of new, fantastic people and reconnected with old friends. I also had great cocktails, and this is what a trip to the city should be.

Other awesomeness!

Among other things, today is the launch of Lightspeed Magazine, a new SF publication (I'll be in the August issue with a story called How to Become a Mars Overlord).

It's also my first official day as editor of Apex Magazine. Fiction and poetry. So please to be sending me your stories and poems. We're open to dark fantasy as well as SF and horror now, so don't be shy. I'll be blogging about the sure-to-come lessons of being on the editing side of the fence, and I'm looking forward to my first issue in August!

Yeah, Scalzi and I talked about you a bit at the Phoenix Comicon. We agree that you rock our world. ;)

I am aghast and immensely thrilled that such a conversation took place. PCC was clearly the place to be, man.

Palimpsest really is made of win many times over. Congrats!

Exciting!

And, stupid question, could you define dark fantasy as opposed to normal fantasy?

Also, I've got a poem that got what I'm interpreting as a positive rejection from Goblin Fruit (engaging, not fantastical enough). Worth a try?

Anything's worth a try.

Dark fantasy has elements of horror to it--of, you know, darkness. Taboo subjects, strong sexuality or violence, fear, boundary-crossing stuff.

Congratulations! It's an excellent award for an excellent book.

Thumbs way, way, WAY up.

I may be submitting some stuff to Apex in the near future. I hope I pass the audition. :D

Congratulations. The bisexuality and polyamory in Palimpsest made me so happy- it was so nice reading a book where being queer was the norm and accepted.

Congratulations! That's wonderful. :D

Congratulations, and welcome to the terrifying, horrifying, stressful, exhilarating, and altogether insane world of editing. It's a trip.

Congratulations! That's great news!

*crazy running around and whooping activity* XD

SO AWESOME.

Wow -- Mega Conga Rats on the Lambda! This is quite the banner year for you and your works.

Dr. Phil

And in honor of your new editorship, I have taken your new guidelines to heart and just sent you the story "it scared you (me) to write".

Enjoy wading through the slush!

Dr. Phil

This is fantastic! Congratulations!

Congratulations, I'm so glad you got this well-deserved award and had so much fun getting it.





Edited at 2010-06-02 01:53 am (UTC)

Congratulations! For the record, that was one of the things that I loved best about the book, how many of the characters' bisexuality was accepted and included, and yes, how it didn't cause their tragic and immediate deaths or their social freakish outcastness. Hooray, go you!

I hope that you enjoy your gig as an editor!

THREE CHERRIES MOTHERFUCKER!!!

*ahem* you has awesome.