Hugo Award eligibility + pins

Just a quick note to say that The Last Beginning and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe are both eligible for nomination in the Hugo awards this year, as they were published for the first time in the US in 2018.

If you’re coming to the Dublin WorldCon in August, you’re eligible to vote, and I would appreciate your nomination! You can choose them in the Best Novel or Best Young Adult novel category. I also believe that I’m eligible for the John Campbell Award as The Next Together was published for the first time in the US in 2017.

Also, the pin I posted about yesterday arrived! Check it out:

You can get the robot one here, the rocket one here, and the set of two here.

I like my pins to mean something, and not just be a reference to my books, because if I am going to wear something I want it to be worth the lapel space. So the rocket pin I made for The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was also a shout out to fandom. This time, as well as being the old lichen-covered robot Mitch from The Quiet at the End of the World, this pin represents our generation, who’ve grown up as the first people online. Hopefully even if you’ve not read my books you can get behind the message of being digitally-minded like Mitch here.

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.  She has written articles for numerous publications, including the GuardianBuzzfeed, Den of GeekThe Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.

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