The 2014 Hugos were awarded at Loncon3 last night -- the largest Worldcon in history, with the largest voter pool in history, too. Ann Leckie won Best Novel for her excellent Ancillary Justice, and I accepted the Best Graphic Story for Randall Munroe's masterpiece Time, in full XKCD cosplay.
On IO9, Charlie Jane Anders rounds up the best moments from the ceremony, while John Scalzi reflects on the disastrous attempt to increase the prominence of reactionary SF at the awards, which included an effort to secure an award for a dreadful story by an avowed racist.
The full results are on the official Hugo page. Our sincere congrats to all the winners and several of the nominees!
(Image: @Jourdan_Cameron, thumbnail from IO9)
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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