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Lynne Thomas aims for Hugo Award hat trick

May 21, 2013

ChicksDigComicsLynne M. Thomas, curator of Rare Books and Special Collections for the NIU Libraries, has been nominated for three Hugo Awards, the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy.

Thomas is nominated for Best Related Work for co-editing “Chicks Dig Comics,” a collection of essays by award-winning writers and artists who love the comics medium.

She is also nominated for Best Fancast for “SF Squeecast,” a monthly podcast on various science fiction topics.

Finally, Thomas is in the running for Best Semiprozine as the editor-in-chief of Apex Magazine, an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mash-ups of all three.

Thomas won two Hugo Awards in previous years, one in 2012 for Best Fancast for SF Squeecast and the other in 2011 for Best Related Work for her book “Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It.

Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas

Award winners of the World Science Fiction Society Hugo Awards will be announced in September at the 71st World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) in San Antonio, Texas.

Thomas said she is “proud and humbled” by the latest Hugo nominations.

At NIU, she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of more than 60 science fiction and fantasy authors. She also is the co-author of “Special Collections 2.0,” with Beth Whittaker (Libraries Unlimited, 2009), as well as numerous academic articles.