Why We *Can* Have Nice Things: Ann VanderMeer on the Hugos

Jeff VanderMeer • August 13th, 2009 @ 9:06 pm • News

(Stephen H. Segal and Ann VanderMeer after the Hugo ceremony. Them things are heavy!)

Since she was, erm, sitting right there, I interviewed Ann about her experience at the Hugos, with relevant photos, for Omnivoracious. It’s a fairly comprehensive piece about the ceremony.

Amazon.com: Did you think you were going to win?

Ann VanderMeer: Stephen and I were told by everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, that we would lose to Locus. The first thing you told me when I was nominated after congratulating me was that I was going to lose. If you take a look at all the predictions, we were going to lose. Stephen told me privately before the ceremony that he thought we would be a strong second. I was just thrilled to be nominated.

Amazon.com: What was your first thought when they announced Weird Tales as the winner?

Ann VanderMeer: I was stunned, really stunned and couldn’t move. Stephen bent down and asked if I was going to be able to do this. He reached for me and helped me up. The crowd was so loud, they just went crazy. And as we walked down the aisle toward the stage so many people came out of their seats to hug us, kiss us and just offer hearty congratulations.

8 Responses to “Why We *Can* Have Nice Things: Ann VanderMeer on the Hugos”

  1. Ennis Drake says:


  2. hellbound heart says:

    …what kind of rock is at the base of the award? (am i igmorant for not knowing, i thought maybe it’d be moon rock or something….)

    peace and love….

  3. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Go to the link :)

    It’s Montreal granite.

  4. Ben Seeberger says:

    Congrats, eh. That’s a great honor!

    I’m curious though, if the ceremony had anything (feeling-wise/thematic) in common with the Oscars? Judging from Stephen’s carefully selected attire…

  5. John Coulthart says:

    I love Ann’s can’t-believe-it expression. Congrats!

  6. Links and Things « Enter the Octopus says:

    [...] leave a comment » What’s it like to be a first-time Hugo winner, Ann? [...]

  7. Felix Gilman says:

    that’s a great photo

    congrats again

  8. Larry says:

    Very cool!

    Of course, me being curious like I am, how does one say thanks in Hebrew?

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