Best Related Work Hugo 2024

雨果X访谈 (Discover X), presented by 王雅婷 (Tina Wong)

First video of third section is a discussion of “The Spirit of Worldcon” with Dave McCarty, Ben Yalow and Helen Montgomery.

中国科幻口述史, 第二卷, 第三卷,(Chinese Science Fiction: An Oral History, vols 2 and 3) ed. 杨枫 / Yang Feng 

Second paragraph of third section of vol 2 (interview with Shen Zaiwang):

申再望:我是 1948 年底在山西兴县蔡家崖出生的。那里当时是解放区,再之前是抗战根据地,叫晋绥革命根据地。我出生的时候,父亲是晋绥军区政委,也是晋绥党委书记。当时我们家孩子比较多,父亲在我出生之前,就把我的哥哥送给了他在晋绥军区的战友孙志远,取名孙巨。我出生以后,又决定把我送给另外一个战友——这个战友以前在大青山抗日根据地跟他一起作战,叫张达志。Shen Zaiwang: I was born in Caijiaya, Xing County, Shanxi Province at the end of 1948. It was a liberated area at that time, and before that it was an anti-Japanese base, called the Jinsui Revolutionary Base. When I was born, my father was the political commissar of the Jinsui Military Region and the secretary of the Jinsui Party Committee. There were many children in our family at that time, and before I was born, my father gave my elder brother to his comrade-in-arms Sun Zhiyuan in the Jinsui Military Region and named him Sun Ju. After I was born, he decided to give me to another comrade-in-arms – this comrade-in-arms had fought with him in the Daqingshan Anti-Japanese Base, and his name was Zhang Dazhi.

Second paragraph of third section of vol 3 (interview with Wang Xiaoda):

王晓达:好的。我是纯粹的苏州人。苏州是一座文化古城,我们家里头,从我的曾祖父、祖父、父亲到我,基本上都是读书人。早年,曾祖父王同愈才十几岁,就穿着棉袍到由清代洋务派创办的上海制造局当学徒。曾祖父有数学跟制图的特长,便在那里站住了脚,也因为这个特长,当时被清朝的封疆重臣吴大澂发掘,被招去做幕僚。曾祖父帮吴大澂干了不少事,有的事情甚至载入了史册。Wang Xiaoda: Yes. I am a pure Suzhou native. Suzhou is an ancient city of culture. In my family, from my great-grandfather, grandfather, father to me, we are basically all scholars. In his early years, my great-grandfather Wang Tongyu was only a teenager, and he wore a cotton robe to be an apprentice at the Shanghai Manufacturing Bureau founded by the Westernization Movement in the Qing Dynasty. My great-grandfather had expertise in mathematics and cartography, so he established himself there. Because of this expertise, he was discovered by Wu Dacheng, a senior official of the Qing Dynasty, and was recruited to be his staff. My great-grandfather helped Wu Dacheng do a lot of things, some of which were even recorded in history.

All These Worlds: Reviews & Essays by Niall Harrison

Second paragraph of third review:

There are rough edges. At times, In the Palace of Repose reminds me of Kelly Link’s first collection, Stranger Things Happen (2001), as an example of work by a writer exploring her options and her strengths – although where Link was exploring the possibilities of story structure, Holly Phillips is more concerned with tone. Her great gift is her ability to capture the feel of things: the smells and textures of places, and the nuances of moods. The stories in In the Palace of Repose are linked by some shared concerns, such as the experiences of young women and the appeal of the fantastic, but most of all by the intense sensory experiences they evoke. Unusually, it is not a richness born of lyricism, for the most part; rather, it comes from her ability to pick exactly the right word or phrase for the job at hand.

A City on Mars, by Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith

Second paragraph of third chapter:

On the assumption that this is undesirable, you’ll want something to bind all comers together. We’ve seen more than one proposal for what one author called an “unchastity belt”—a sort of elastic band for two. Another concept is the “snuggle tunnel” for anyone who’s ever wanted to experience lovemaking in a narrow, poorly ventilated pipe. There’s also the 2suit, which would keep a couple connected via Velcro straps. And then, best of all, in the immortal words of engineer and futurist Dr. Thomas Heppenheimer, writing from the glorious 1970s: “One way to enjoy such zero-g delight will be in a space Chevy van.”

A Traveller in Time: The Critical Practice of Maureen Kincaid Speller, by Maureen Kincaid Speller, edited by Nina Allan

Second paragraph of third essay:

In subsequent interviews, Atwood herself has repeated the phrase, or versions of it, though whether because she sincerely believes what she said, because it has become part of her ‘brand’, or because, as I have come to suspect, she simply likes winding up critics of genre, is not clear.

The Culture: The Drawings, by Iain M. Banks

Second paragraph of third chapter:

When I was doing my own bit of physical law revising for my SF books, I deliberately set the near-theoretical limit of interstellar velocity at a value which would mean it would take roughly as long for a starship to travel to the far side of the galaxy and back as it used to take a sailing ship to circumnavigate the Earth; it was a value that felt right, and – in fiction – that’s often all that matters. There are – again in fiction – lots of ways of achieving this kind of technically ludicrous velocity. one old favourite is hyperspace -where the assumption is usually that the value for c is much higher, or there’s warp-drive, which implies it’s possible to distort that fabric in such a way as to told distant points together temporarily, so making a tourney from one to another possible without having to cross the intervening space … or there’s the rather more recently fashionable and – as these things go – slightly less scientifically dubious idea of using singularities or wormholes to short-circuit space-time (there’s also the distantly related possibility of using other universes to apparently travel within this one, rather as one might apparently travel though time using the same technique – as Marcus Chown explained in Science, New Scientist, 28 March 1993.

Second drawing from third chapter: