September 4th, 2007

Bled and Fed

Just got into work after having gone for my three-month set of bloodwork and urinary sample tests. Diabetes waits and slows down for no one, and so the tests are every three-months, like clockwork, almost. I got to the lab at 7:20 am this morning, thinking the lab would open the day after the Labour Day weekend at around 8:00 am or so, and found there were four people in line, and that the lab was opening at the regular time of 7:30. With a "Hello, John, how are you today", Mary (one of my favourite technicians) gave me the specimen jar, and then it was off to the (test) races. I was in and out of there after the tests in like 15 minutes.

Since spross couldn't go for breakfast with me as we had planned, I went over to the nearest local Denny's restaurant, and had a lovely Grand Slam breakfast. (The day of my blood tests, where I have to fast for about 9-12 hours before the tests, I treat myself to this breakfast.)

It's a beautiful day today, so I'm rather sorry that I came to work right after the wonderful breakfast at Denny's. I got in here about twenty minutes ago, and am having a cup of herbal tea, while getting ready to put some work in today. My arm is a bit sore from the needle used to take the blood, but I don't appear to be bruising at all, which is good.

Talk to folks later. :)

2007 Hugo Award Winners

The Locus (the science fiction and fantasy magazine) website has just posted up the winners of the 2007 Hugo Awards. Here's the list, folks...

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NOVEL: Rainbow's End, Vernor Vinge (Tor)

NOVELLA: "A Billion Eves", Robert Reed (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2006)

NOVELETTE: "The Djinn's Wife", Ian McDonald (Asimov's Jul 2006)

SHORT STORY: "Impossible Dreams", Tim Pratt (Asimov's Jul 2006)

RELATED BOOK: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, Julie Phillips (St. Martin's)

DRAMATIC PRESENTATION: LONG FORM: Pan's Labyrinth (Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Picturehouse.)

DRAMATIC PRESENTATION: SHORT FORM: "The Girl in the Fireplace", Doctor Who (Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Euros Lyn. BBC Wales/BBC1.)

EDITOR, SHORT FORM: Gordon Van Gelder (F&SF)

EDITOR, LONG FORM: Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor)

PROFESSIONAL ARTIST: Donato Giancola

SEMIPROZINE: Locus, Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong & Liza Groen Trombi

FANZINE: Science-Fiction Five-Yearly, Lee Hoffman, Geri Sullivan & Randy Byers

FAN WRITER: Dave Langford

FAN ARTIST: Frank Wu

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo]: Naomi Novik
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There are some pretty interesting results here, and to be honest, not a lot of surprises, I don't think. (Some of you may be surprised, I suspect, but that's life.) I highly recommend the Vinge novel, the Ian MacDonald novelette, and the Pratt novella. Anybody have comments on the results?