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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

R. A. Lafferty on the Hugo Award

"Winning the Hugo Award for 'Eurema's Dam' puzzled me completely*, and I'm still puzzled by it. It was a pleasant little story, but I had four or five better stories published that year.... Still, I was glad to have a Hugo. I don't believe it had much effect on my career. I think the effect of Hugos is greatly exaggerated. And I've heard four or five different writers express puzzlement over winning Hugos with stories that were pretty ordinary and being passed over on stories which they really believed were earth-shaking."
-- R. A. Lafferty interview with Tom Jackson

* I explain why it probably won here

Regarding the award's effect, he might be singing a different tune today. 

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