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15 December 2009 @ 10:29 am
(Over on sff.net, I've gotten a few messages from people who found out I was named a SFWA Grand Master . . . )

Well, guys, I've known for weeks that I've been living under the same roof as
a Grand Master, but I haven't let it cow me. I don't let him put on airs, and
in fact make him take off the tiara at the dinner table.

Since there have been 27 other Grand Masters before me, I suspect they should
have changed the title somewhere along the way. Like "Pretty Grand Master,"
"Good Master," and finally "Okay Master," which means your dog sometimes obeys

Seriously, it is a welcome honor. If I had a list in front of me, I know I
could come up with several people who deserve it more than I do. But I don't
have the list, and I'm not gonna look very hard for it.

EMT_Hawkemt_hawk on December 15th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
Congrats! While it's an august list, I'm sure you'll do your best to make it one person longer. :)

[The tiara and six bucks will get you a diet-mocha-latte-grande-poomba-venti-crabby-patty at BarStucks. And the lady behind the counter would really appreciate it if you'd step to the left while you're waiting. Of course, if you went to a DunkinDonuts the coffee would be cheaper...]

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jimvanpeltjimvanpelt on December 15th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You've always been a Grand Master, as far as I am concerned.
et in Arcadia egoboo: Barnabyapostle_of_eris on December 15th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, nonetheless.
Luke McGuffholyoutlaw on December 15th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
One more (but hopefully not the last!) congratulations!
Michael M Jonesoneminutemonkey on December 15th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Congrats. I was extremely happy to hear you were getting the shiny new title. Wear it with honor, pride, and dignity... but never let it go to your head. It still won't get you out of doing the dishes, I suspect. :>
macavityabc on December 15th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on a well-deserved honor!
biomekanicbiomekanic on December 15th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Well deserved.

roflcopter_down on December 15th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
ext_216757 on December 15th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Joe. You definitely deserve it. And don't worry about stumbling across that list... ;)
the enemy of fun: DW science geeksnonelvis on December 15th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Joe! This is terrific news, and a very well-deserved honor.
(Anonymous) on December 15th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'd say you're at least a $999.99 Master.
barbariennebarbarienne on December 15th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Definitely falls into the categories of both "well deserved" and "about bloody time."

(I can forgive them the latter, because, well, there's only one GM award each year. We can be glad to be in a genre that has many very talented people in it.)
fjmfjm on December 15th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Congrats Joe!
(Anonymous) on December 15th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Congratulations - this is very well deserved. I've read The Forever War multiple times and continue to recommend it to friends. You are certainly a Grand Master. Well done!
Elaine Normandythreeringedmoon on December 16th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Joe.
Larry Sanderson: Bahama Sunriselsanderson on December 16th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
mythusmage on December 16th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
Just remember that when the morning comes, and your hangover from the celebration the night before is still raging inside your head, you have trash to take out.
Sarah Beth Durstsarahbethdurst on December 16th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Wonderful news, and well-deserved!
JJBrannonjjbrannon on December 16th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Hear! Hear!

[Just remember to remove the tiara for the banquet. Also, I understand that laurel leaves are more ecologically acceptable.]

Daniel B. Holzman-Tweed: metalheadholzman on December 16th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)

I'm actually quite hard pressed to think of anyone ore deserving who don't already have it.
drpaisley: pic#71796042drpaisley on December 16th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Joe! A fine end to a less than elegant year.
jon_d_rjon_d_r on December 16th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
Congratulations! What a great honor, and well deserved.
hugh57hugh57 on December 16th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! If anything, a tad overdue IMO, but what the hey. The tiara is still just as shiny.
enigma_primeenigma_prime on December 16th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
One more congratulations. Well deserved.
Kugelblitzkugelblitz on December 16th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Overdue. In any case you have been in my GM list for quite a while, sir. Congratulations.
The Empress of Ice Creamicecreamempress on December 17th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
I think this is grand news indeed!
richardthe23rdrichardthe23rd on December 17th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
As far as I can see, since your auspicious debut your work has always and continues to this day to do honor to you and your genre, and the recognition is well deserved.
hobbit_sffworldhobbit_sffworld on December 19th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Joe: and a highlight at the end of what seems to have been a rough year for you.
(Anonymous) on December 23rd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
You totally deserve this. I got "Mindbridge" in a collection of SF books from a family friend when I was 11 or so, and I've been hooked on your stuff ever since.