At my daughter’s graduation, the president of Claremont said, “Some of you will go on to rewarding and productive careers in government and academia. And some of you will go into business.” Since the school still hits me up for a donation every year, I can only assume that she believed the business-types in the audience were simply too upid-stay o-tay et-gay at-thay ey-thay ad-hay ust-jay een-bay issed-day.
But I’ve subsequently had any number of conversations with college kids and found many feel the same way. They view graduating and working in the business world as a death sentence, sort of Gulag with a dental plan. When I press them to find out which jobs they consider cool, they say things like working for a not-for-profit. Are you kidding me? A not-for-profit? Spend the rest of your life broke, pestering your friends for money for your charity, and being bossed around by some rich dilettante who “gives back” by dropping in for board meetings? Really? Continue reading
The results are now out for the 2010 Hugo awards, at the World Science Fiction convention in Australia this year. Congratulations are in order for all the winners in every category, but we happily note China Miéville’s award for best novel for The City and the City. As we said in our review last month, Miéville has a huge fan base, and that seemed to be sufficient for him this year. The book is pretty good, too, although I still think The Windup Girl would have been the most deserving winner this year. This is one of those awards where you have to assume the voting was based as much on past work as the current novel under consideration, and Miéville certainly does have an impressive back catalog. So congratulations all around.
We’ll start some reviews for what we think will be the 2011 best novel candidates in the next few weeks. If you want to get a head start, Ian MacDonald’s The Dervish House seems like a likely candidate–it’s terrific. Maybe this will finally be MacDonald’s year. Although new novels by Iain M. Banks and William Gibson hit the stores this week, so it’s already shaping up to be a pretty good year.
Update–Well, this is embarrassing. The list I initially consulted only had the Miéville showing as being the winner of the best novel. This is wrong–it turns out that the Best Novel award was a tie between Miéville and Paolo Bacigalupi, for The Windup Girl. My bad. The link above has been corrected to reflect that.