What I Said

nortonAt the Nebula Award Weekend in San Jose, I presented the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.  This was what I said:

A reading from the sacred texts of my people. As you are brought
to remembrance, recite them with me.

The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile
above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to
say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

There was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife.

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of
the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded
yellow sun.

All children, except one, grow up.

It was a dark and stormy night.

You see, I had this spacesuit.

It was a pleasure to burn.

In fairy tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black
cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy-tale.
This is about REAL WITCHES.

The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone.

The nominees for the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult
Science Fiction and Fantasy are:

Iron Hearted Violet, Kelly Barnhill (Little, Brown)

Black Heart, Holly Black (S&S/McElderry; Gollancz)

Above, Leah Bobet (Levine)

The Diviners, Libba Bray (Little, Brown; Atom)

Vessel, Sarah Beth Durst (S&S/McElderry)

Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (Random House Children’s Books; Doubleday UK)

Enchanted, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)

Every Day, David Levithan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Summer of the Mariposas, Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books)

Railsea, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)

Fair Coin, E.C. Myers (Pyr)

Above World, Jenn Reese (Candlewick)

And the award goes to…

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers 


  1. I recognized all but the last two of those, and I haven’t read some of them in *years.* (I’ve never read “the Witches” or “the Last Unicorn.”)

    My favorite of them all, I think, is “Have Spacesuit, Will Travel.” It was my first Heinlein book, and it’s still my favorite of his “juvenile books.”

  2. Fabulous intro. I LOVE it! Sadly, I had to google quite a few since I’d forgotten some first lines of the books I’d read. Graveyard Book isn’t a classic yet, though, IMO.

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