Jim’s brain is currently experiencing technical difficulties as a result of five awesome days of Worldcon, which culminated in winning a freaking Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer!
Normal mental service should resume shortly. In the meantime, please enjoy this transcript of Jim’s speech. (We’ve removed all of the nervous pauses and stumbles for ease of reading.)
Growing up, I was never what you’d call one of the “popular kids.” Shocking, I know. It turns out that sewing a Star Trek patch onto your jean jacket is not the best way to get in with the cool crowd.
It wasn’t until I was almost thirty years old that I finally discovered fandom, first through conventions, and then online.
It felt like home. Like any home, ours isn’t perfect, but this was a community where I could geek out about the things I loved, and people would jump in to say, “Me too!” I feel so fortunate to be a part of that community, to participate and learn and explore and hopefully, from time to time, to contribute.
There are so many brilliant and wonderful fan writers out there. I don’t know if there are enough rocket trophies in the world to recognize everyone who’s written passionate, insightful, clever, funny, and flat-out awesome articles and essays about our community. But I’d love to see us honor as many of those diverse voices as we can, and for that reason, I’ll be recusing myself from the Fan Writer category from here on out to make space for those other deserving writers.
Thank you. Thank you to fandom for welcoming me, and special thanks to my family back in Michigan, who tolerate Daddy spending way too much time on the computer.
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September 4, 2012 @ 11:01 am
September 4, 2012 @ 11:12 am
September 4, 2012 @ 11:27 am
I said it at the party, and I say it again here – Congrats!
September 4, 2012 @ 11:36 am
Congratulations, Jim! Well deserved.
September 4, 2012 @ 12:07 pm
September 4, 2012 @ 12:15 pm
So many many muchly congratulations — !
September 4, 2012 @ 1:19 pm
September 4, 2012 @ 1:47 pm
Congrats…. well deserved and long overdue.
September 4, 2012 @ 2:02 pm
This is so wonderful! Congratulations, Jim! Much deserved acknowledgment of your creative, clever and insightful writing. A Hugo!! O.M.G.!!!
September 4, 2012 @ 2:29 pm
Excellent! That is so awesome! I’ve been hoping that you’d share your speech with us.
For those among your fans who, like me, can’t get enough of this year’s Hugo coverage, I offer up Farah Mendlesohn’s photo of Jo Walton learning she won, and Ursula Vernon’s vivid account of her evening, “In which I win a Hugo and fight Neil Gaiman for free nachos” (Jim is mentioned).
September 4, 2012 @ 3:32 pm
Congrats! Well deserved!
September 4, 2012 @ 4:15 pm
Great speech! Thanks for re-printing for those of us not at the ceremony.
September 4, 2012 @ 6:23 pm
Yay! Go Jim! Congrats on the award and thanks for sharing your speech here.
September 4, 2012 @ 8:08 pm
Well done and well-deserved!
Also, very classy to recuse yourself from future consideration to give others a shot.
September 4, 2012 @ 10:19 pm
I trust you’re not recusing yourself from “Best Cover model”.
September 5, 2012 @ 5:18 am
And you always hung out with me!?!?! You mean we weren’t the popular kids?
P.S. – Are you a Turtle?
Daniel D. Webb
September 5, 2012 @ 1:05 pm
September 5, 2012 @ 1:15 pm
I wish I had the courage to sew a Star Trek logo on my shirt when I was in school.
September 5, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
Big and well-deserved Congratulations!
@Liz – I had the courage to sew on the Star Trek logo but did not want it to get in the way of my “Frodo Lives” fellowship fan club badge!
September 5, 2012 @ 4:54 pm
Amy (who got not cupcakes)
September 5, 2012 @ 5:14 pm
So thrilled to see you win best fan writer! Congratulations!
Jim C. Hines
September 5, 2012 @ 7:55 pm
Thanks! And yeah, I hate to break it to you, but between the Boy Scouts and the D&D, I don’t think we were the popular crowd.
Jim C. Hines
September 5, 2012 @ 7:57 pm
Thanks, all! I’m still bouncing a bit from it all 🙂