Post-Nebula Post

I am back from the Nebula Awards weekend, which I attended with my wonderful spouse, Bogi Takács. It made all the difference to be there with Bogi rather than on my lonesome.

The con was excellent. I met many wonderful people face-to-face for the first time, participated in two panels (“Language as Rebellion” and “Historical Research from the Margins”), and attended a few more panels, learned things – it was great. The hotel was often overwhelming, but allergy-friendly foods were available in the con suite, which we really appreciated.

At the Award ceremony, Henry Lien and friends’s Emperor Stardust and the Eunuchs of the Forbidden City performing “Radio SFWA” was one of the highlights of my eventful life. I hear a video will be available soon. I did not win, but I participated in the Alt! Awards ceremony (also the brain child of the inimitable Henry Lien). The Alt! Awards was easily my favorite part of the evening. I read a very dark unpublished Birdverse poem (“Laukur at the Court of Ladder”), which I think a few people liked.

Apparently, the ever-radiant C.S.E. Cooney wrote this in a recent interview:

“Every time I hear Rose Lemberg read a poem aloud, I sort of collapse into happy lava inside.” – C.S.E. Cooney interviewed by Angela Slater

Claire has heard all of my poetry performances so far. I think I only did three: World Fantasy 2011; Readercon 2013; and the Nebula Awards weekend. They were all very intense. I’d like to do another at some point. For example, if I am ever nominated for anything else, I think I will read another poem. 🙂

Rose Lemberg with their shiny Nebula Certificate

Team Novelette with shiny Nebula Certificates

I am really happy with Alyssa Wong’s win in particular. You can read more on Alyssa’s blog, and watch the acceptance video. I am also so pleased that C.J.Cherryh received the Grandmaster award. I have been her fan since college, and I very rarely fanperson anything. I no longer fanperson her to the same degree I did in college, but I think she absolutely deserved the honor. Plus, I learned that she and her partner got married!! Thrilled with this development.

We did not manage to launch An Alphabet of Embers at this con due to printer snafus, but we are very close to launch once printer snafus are vanquished.

We did have one proof copy, as depicted below:

Nebula award-winning author Alyssa Wong cries after reading M.Sereno's "Only Revolutions" in An Alphabet of Embers

Nebula award-winning author Alyssa Wong cries after reading M.Sereno’s story “Only Revolutions” in An Alphabet of Embers


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Rose Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and other awards.

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