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So, that was surreal.

Rachel Swirsky, author photo
I genuinely did not expect to win the Nebula last night.

I also did not expect to lose my breath and forget how to speak. Other winners had told me before that this happened, but I thought, well, in the unlikely event that it comes up, I'm accustomed to public speaking so I'll just go make a joke and it will be fine. Instead, I wandered in a daze and had to be directed on how to use stairs. Well, not quite that bad.

The award is very pretty, and rather heavy, at least on one arm while you're dazed.

I think I did a lot of glazed nodding at people.

I am genuinely deeply honored that people thought this novella was worth recognition. I have deep admiration for the other nominees in my category--Ted Chiang, Geoffrey Landis, Paul Park, J. Kathleen Cheney, and Paolo Bacigalupi. I was kind of amazed to be allowed in their sandbox to begin with.

I was going to end on a joke, but I forgot the joke, and I can't come up with another joke because apparently my brain is fried. I think I might have been raptured last night; I feel dizzy like I might be flying and things are going unexpectedly well.

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jess_ka
May. 22nd, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
Huge congratulations, Rachel!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
Thank you!
pnh
May. 22nd, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Congrats. I had a feeling you might take it this time.

nwhyte pointed out that you are the first Nebula winner under 30 since Ted Chiang's first win twenty years ago.

Edited at 2011-05-22 01:46 pm (UTC)
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! Also, the various trivia (first born in the 80s, etc) is kind of awesome.
abigail_n
May. 22nd, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I haven't read the story yet - been saving it for my Hugo nominee review - but I've heard good things and I'm really looking forward to it.
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
Thanks--I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! (And hey, if you don't, I have shiny comfort. ;-) )
mastadge
May. 22nd, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
Thank you!
coalescent
May. 22nd, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Entirely deserved. I think you're the first person to ever beat Ted Chiang to a Nebula, too.
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
Thanks!
draegonhawke
May. 22nd, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
You're a Big Name! We all knew it. :P If it seems intimidating, know that you've got Iowa in your corner. And that may... help?

(You do realize, of course, that you've launched yourself into eligibility for I Knew Her When speeches.)
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
Ha, you are also in eligibility for those speeches, young lady.
mariness
May. 22nd, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!!!!!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!
haddayr
May. 22nd, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
HOLY FUCKBALLS

i am so excited and happy

Well, well, well, WELL deserved. The Novella was amazing.

!!!!!!!!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
"Holy fuckballs" made me laugh out loud.
britmandelo
May. 22nd, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
Thanks!
ktsparrow
May. 22nd, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
Woah! Congrats, congrats, congrats!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
Thank you!
jimkeller
May. 22nd, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
And congratulations!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
Thanks!
kiplet
May. 22nd, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
Congratufuckinglations. —Plus points for linking the whole experience to the simple dog.

I still say Barry was robbed. I mean did Sir Pratchett write and draw his book? —Okay then.
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! Although, I'm not sure this drawing thing is a standard you want to encourage--it kind of knocks you and I both out of contention along with Sir Pratchett. ;-)
nihilistic_kid
May. 22nd, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was rather pleased by the "pretty good." ;)
samhenderson
May. 22nd, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
Massive congratulations!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
Thank you!
joeboo_k
May. 22nd, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
Woo! Congrats!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
Thanks!
jaylake
May. 22nd, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
Thank you!
ann_leckie
May. 22nd, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
I already said "yayayayayayayayay! Congratulations!" in IM, but I'll say it again, cause it's worth saying again!

Congratulations!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! Very surreal...
charmingbillie
May. 22nd, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
I congratted you on Twitter, but big, big congratulations here too!!

YAY!! Go YOU!! :) :)
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
Thank you! Wiscon, I hope?
msisolak
May. 22nd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! That's an amazing tale and worthy of a Nebula!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am still trying to wrap my head around it.
jimhines
May. 22nd, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
Thank you!
matthewsrotundo
May. 22nd, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
It's a great story, Rachel. Congrats again!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
Thanks!
renesears
May. 22nd, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!
kate_schaefer
May. 22nd, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Let me assure you that the Rapture has not yet occurred, and Wiscon will still take place next week, with many people congratulating you in person.
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
Or possibly we were all raptured and heaven was oversold?
(Anonymous)
May. 22nd, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
Congratulations, Rachel! A well deserved win, indeed.

Eytan Zweig
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!
Thanks!
rarelytame
May. 22nd, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I'm so glad you won. You definitely deserved it. Fantastic story.
rachel_swirsky
May. 25th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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