Monday, April 1, 2024

Thank You

The finalists for the 2024 Hugo Awards have been announced and for a seventh time nerds of a feather, flock together is among the shortlisted fanzines.

Friends, this is a staggeringly immense honor and one which we do not take for granted for a single minute. Nerds of a Feather was so incredibly fortunate to have previously won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine and to continue to be considered is incredible. We recognize that we are part of a much larger community of fans who engage with our genre’s conversation across blogs, zines, newsletters, podcasts, booktube, all forms of social media, and any time two people get together to nerd out about something awesome. We are honored to be recognized for our contributions.

Nerds of a Feather exists and is what it is because of the work of our flock of editors and writers: Adri Joy, Alex Wallace, Ann Michelle Harris, Arturo Serrano, Chris Garcia, Clara Cohen, Dean E.S. Richard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Haley Zapal, Joe DelFranco, Joe Sherry, Paul Weimer, Phoebe Wagner, Roseanna Pendlebury, The G, and Vance Kotrla. This collective has, day in and day out, delivered excellence in genre writing and we could not be prouder of this team. They are Nerds of a Feather.

We would like to give a special thanks to our readers and supporters within the community. Without you, we never make it here - not even once. We would certainly never have received a Hugo Award without you. Thank you. Thank you for nominating nerds of a feather, flock together. It means so much more than we can possibly express. It means everything.

That being said, we acknowledge that, this year, there is a shadow cast over the awards from the many issues that came to light from the 2023 Hugos. We have talked about that more here and here, and by no means want to sweep those (significant) problems under the rug, simply because a new year of awards has rolled around. We are particularly glad to see that our own Paul Weimer has made his way onto the ballot, after his unjust disqualification.

But we are happy to be nominated. We are so so grateful to the people who nominated us for that honor. But that does not diminish our determination to be part of a solution, to ensure that what happened in 2023 does not happen again. We also want to congratulate every single one of the other nominees, but in particular, congratulations to our own Chris Garcia and our friends at Journey Planet for their fanzine nomination - as always, we are delighted to share a category with you all.

Nerds of a Feather is also an international team, spread around a number of countries across the world. For several of our number who are based in the UK, it is particularly thrilling to receive this nomination for a Worldcon taking place in Glasgow, on our home turf so to speak, and to have the opportunity to attend knowing a number of our friends and family will be there enjoying the con with us.

- Joe, Adri, Roseanna, Arturo, Paul, Vance, & The G