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Worldcon misc.

I forgot to mention something. Now that I've gotten sleep, there are probably many other things I should have forgotten to mention <wry g>.

While in the green room before one panel, I ran into Lois McMaster Bujold. She walked up to the table around which many of us were sitting, and I noticed that she was wearing a large, silver-toned necklace. Large as in Very Large -- it was about two inches thick, and flat, and ... and looking at it, it seemed to be composed of... hugo pins. And nebula pins. And something from the World Fantasy. It was, in fact, the feminine equivalent of wearing all those hugo pins on your name-tag. But prettier. She'd taken them to a jeweller and had the necklace made.

My first thought was, I wonder what Resnick would think?

And her first words -- after our many words of admiration and astonishment fell into silence -- were, "I can't wait to see Mike Resnick's face."

Me either. And I didn't :/.

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dark_geisha
Sep. 8th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
So she did wear it! I don't know where I read it, but someone mentioned helping her put it together. I think.

It rings a bell anyway.
msagara
Sep. 8th, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
So she did wear it! I don't know where I read it, but someone mentioned helping her put it together. I think.

She absolutely did wear it -- I think she probably skipped it for the Hugo ceremony itself, although I haven't seen pictures <g>. It was lovely, and not immediately obvious -- but once you knew what it was, it had the effect of causing both envy and a great deal of amusement. She's such a nice person it's hard to do anything but enjoy her success -- but she clearly has a sense of humour as well <g>.
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msagara
Sep. 8th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: OCR Alert!
Mike Resnick?

(OCR == Obscure Cultural Reference)


Mike Resnick is a fairly well known SF writer (I think his best known novel is SANTIAGO, but I could be wrong), and has done some editing and some non-fiction columns as well; he's active in the fan community, he's very funny, very friendly, and not so quiet. Anyway, he's been nominated for several hugos, for either novels or short works of varying length, and he usually has a row of hugo pins on any worldcon name tag he wears (someone called him the General at one point, although I think a diminuitive of General is now used when referring to him, and I confess I don't remember which diminuitive).

It's a point of affectionate pride for Mike, and he's not terribly shy about it -- he's probably the least overtly modest hugo nominee you're likely to meet in the right circumstances, and of course Lois knows him. She's probably been nominated less often, but has won more often (she doesn't write as many shorts).

He's a terrific guy, and they both have the right type of competitive streak (mostly fun, teeny bit of edge) which just made the whole comment perfect. Ummm, at least for me. I laughed a lot <g>.
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ckd
Sep. 8th, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
That necklace is known as the "Cetagandan Order of Merit". elisem did it.

I have a not great picture of Lois wearing the necklace, sitting with her new Hugo, online. Links there to elisem's photos too.
msagara
Sep. 8th, 2004 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting both of the links above -- I think that even elisem's pictures don't do justice to it, but that could just be the effect of having Lois Bujold in the room <g>.
ckd
Sep. 8th, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC)
There is this one which shows the necklace better, though the Hugo condombag mars the shot somewhat.
matociquala
Sep. 9th, 2004 07:27 am (UTC)
No, the pictures don't do it justice. That's typical of Elize's work, though--in pictures, it looks pretty. In person, it has *presence*.

Lovely stuff.
supergee
Sep. 8th, 2004 04:17 pm (UTC)
They say Dave Langford has a picket fence....
msagara
Sep. 8th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
They say Dave Langford has a picket fence....

And I promise to be just as astonished and dazzled when he wears it to a Worldcon <g>. Heck, more even.
dendrophilous
Sep. 8th, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a really neat-looking necklace.

So winners get a pin in addition to the rocket?
ckd
Sep. 8th, 2004 09:11 pm (UTC)
All nominees get a pin; if you win, they don't take it away, so you wind up with both a pin and a rocket.
folkmew
Sep. 8th, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC)
(chortle!) I can just picture that!
I met her when she was still married to John Bujold and stopped by their house in Ohio once to get the prototype dulcimer he made (didn't play worth a damn but fun to goof around on). She seemed so kind and friendly and generous that I keep thinking I really ought to get around to reading more of her stuff. sigh... but then - I ought to read more of YOUR stuff too. SO many books - so many damned textbooks - so little time. argh! ;-)
trinker
Sep. 10th, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
Remind me to let you know when my photo of LMB wearing the necklace elisem designed, taken in the dealer's room (shh....) is up.
mamajoan
Sep. 13th, 2004 09:08 am (UTC)
Wow, I didn't even realize what that was when I took this picture of Lois with me and my son. Thanks for the info. :)
msagara
Sep. 13th, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for the picture -- and I'm glad you didn't notice; none of us noticed it immediately either <g>.
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