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I could not be happier right now! My novella, When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth (published in my collection Overclocked) just won the Locus Award for best novelette of 2006. A million thanks to everyone who voted for it — I’ve got a 12h plane ride coming up, and this’ll keep me warm the whole way.

Also: check out the awesome company I’m in: Vernor Vinge and Ellen Kushner and Charlie Stross and Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and Naomi Novik!

This is the third Locus Award I’ve won in a row. A million thanks to Eileen Gunn for delivering this acceptance speech on my behalf: “Systems administrators are the unsung heroes of the twenty first century, our tireless morlocks who keep the entire universe running. The best sysadmins I’ve met treat their jobs as holy callings. They understand that they’re keeping the infrastructure of the information age alive and functional.

Many thanks to my sysadmin, Ken Snider, and to all the other sysadmins who make my life possible. And many thanks to Jim Baen and Eric Flint for publishing this. ”

Best Science Fiction Novel:

Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge (Tor)

Best Fantasy Novel:

The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (Bantam Spectra)

Best First Novel:

Temeraire: His Majesty’s Dragon/Throne of Jade/Black Powder, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Voyager); as Temeraire: In the Service of the King (SFBC)

Best Young Adult Book:

Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK; HarperTempest)

Best Novella:

“Missile Gap”, Charles Stross (One Million A.D.)

Best Novelette:

“When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth”, Cory Doctorow (Baen’s Universe 8/06)

Best Short Story:

“How to Talk to Girls at Parties”, Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things)


10 Responses to “When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth wins the Locus Award!”

  1. Jody

    Congratulations, Cory. I love that story, and I’ve rec’d it and Overclocked (sorry, no underline available in comments) and you in general many times over. Great work!

  2. Geoffrey kidd

    Congratulations! A well-deserved honor. I’ve taken to describing Baen’s Universe(baens-universe.com) in terms of the late Randall Garrett’s metaphor:

    There is a Society of Expert Mountain Climbers that meets at the top of Mount Everest. Anybody who can make it to the meeting is automatically a member.

    Glad to see you on the Club Roster.

  3. Seth Wagoner

    Hey, just a thought Cory, I think in light of your relatively up to date knowledge on potential terrorist attack vectors, shouldn’t these guys be inviting you to join their little think tank, which I’m sure is a well paid sinecure?


    I guess you’d probably tell them the best way to defend America (and the world) from terrorism would be for the entire Whitehouse to resign en-masse and fly themselves to the Hague for trial, which is probably not exactly the solution they’re looking for…

    If they really wanted to make the country more secure they’d hire Bruce Schneier and get *him* to lead a well funded thin-ktank for them. In fact were I an incoming democratic president the first thing I’d do is hire Bruce and make him head of the homeland security dept, on a salary of whatever the heck he wants, with a near unlimited mandate to reform the entire department and make it into something actually useful.

    The second thing I’d do is get all the intelligence agencies and research departments running Interclue, but I suppose I’d have to admit to a vested interest on that one.

  4. Chris Grant

    Congratulations, Cory.

    I thought the story was great when I read it a couple weeks back and even remarked that it should win some kind of award. Very edge-of-your-seat, very reality-that-could-happen.

  5. Kenneth

    That was the best story of the nominees anyway. The only other story would have been Geoff Rymans story but that one was not even close to as fascinating as this one. I have been fond of different kind of katastrophy stories and this was one of the best in that genre.

  6. travesti

    I thought the story was great when I read it a couple weeks back and even remarked that it should win some kind of award. Very edge-of-your-seat, very reality-that-could-happen.

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