Here come the Hugos! Also: Where’s Cat at Worldcon 2019

The Hugo Awards are coming! The ceremony will take place this Sunday evening at 8:00 PM in Dublin, and Cat is on the ballot for Best Novel with Space Opera. We’re proud as can be that the community of readers who nominate and vote in the Hugos each year consider this rollicking and strange Eurovision-in-space novel a contender.

(Would you like the chance to nominate and vote in the Hugos next year? Any attendee of Worldcon 2018, 2019, or 2020 will have that opportunity. Supporting memberships get you voting rights as well!)

Cat also has the distinct pleasure of attending Worldcon this year in Dublin. If you will also be there, here’s where you can find her:


10:30 – 11:20 AM • Mezzanine
Autographs: Catherynne Valente
In the Mezzanine at the Signing space (Point Square Dublin).

4:30 PM – 4:50 PM • Liffey Room-3 (CCD)
Reading: Catherynne Valente


10:00 AM – 10:50 AM • Wicklow Room-3 (CCD)
Revolutions in an era of advanced technology
Panel: How do revolutions (e.g. overthrowing government) occur in an era of advanced technologies? Are orderly regime changes jeopardised with growing asymmetries in weaponry, surveillance, and political power? Are current political processes up to the challenge?

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM • Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)
Kaffeeklatsch: Catherynne Valente

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM • Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)
Young adults versus… the world!

Panel: YA characters face so many challenges. They not only have to deal with all the drama that life, society, and their traitorous ‘developing’ bodies can throw at them, they also have to save the world and be home for dinner. What does it take for a teen to survive the dangers of a YA novel – including the whims of a capricious author who keeps placing them in the path of real danger?

9:00 PM – 9:50 PM • Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)
Panel Show: ‘That was unexpected!’

Quiz/Gameshow: Ever wanted to know what your favourite fantasy novelist would do if they were suddenly turned into a witch’s familiar? Or how a popular sci-fi writer would communicate with an alien race that only speaks in bad puns? Watch a team of esteemed writers talk their way out of the kinds of problems they’re accustomed to writing their characters out of, and some that they would never have imagined.


10:00 AM – 10:50 AM • Second Stage (Liffey-B) (CCD)
What I read when I was young

Panel: The books we read in childhood often have a lasting influence. In this panel, finalists for the Hugo Award for Best Novel discuss the books that had a profound effect on the people they became. How did these works change them? Was this influence a good or a bad one? Is there a book they think everyone should read at least once in their life?

Happy Hugos weekend, everyone!

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