FWB, Awards Detective

Analog AnLab Readers’ Awards, Worldcon 76, and Dublin 2019–An Irish Worldcon

Book detective

One of the joys of working on this site is digging in when something isn’t immediately clear. I love playing book detective, and now I feel like I’m playing awards detective. This is good.

Tonight I updated the 2018-19 Awards Calendar a smidge with information on the upcoming 2017 Analog AnLab Readers’ Awards to be announced at Worldcon 76 in San Jose later this year in August, as well  as the information for the 77th Worldcon, Dublin 2019, An Irish Worldcon. I’ve included the guests of honor for each, with the requisite Amazon links, of course, so that you, Dear Reader, just have a quick and handy shopping list to prepare for convention time.

Coming soon: a one-stop shopping page for the 2017 Analog AnLab Readers’ Award winners and finalists. It’ll be a doozy.

And I have to say, the Analog AnLab Readers’ Awards seem to me especially significant, insofar as they’re announced by Dell Magazines at the same con as the Hugo, but they are rather difficult to get information about. It’s almost like we’re not supposed to know who won what in which year. As I’ve been doing my research for this section, I’ve put together ten pages of notes culled from several different websites since none, not even Analog, has a comprehensive list of winners from 2008 forward. Even Google was less than useful except to perhaps confirm when something wasn’t to be found. I had to paraphrase the description of the award in the calendar because Analog doesn’t even provide a concise description of what the award is, although I did find a fairly detailed breakdown of how the scores are tallied. When this is done, I may well have the one complete single source available for this particular award. How odd is that?

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Author: Frank Balsinger

Lifelong student with interests a mile wide and an inch deep. Autodidact. Pedant, hopefully of the slightly more pleasant sort. Sharer of things learned along the way. Lately of a creative bent.

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