Originally Posted by HarryT
Pleased to see Connie Willis win. Great writer!
Robert Silverberg has teamed with Connie at previous Worldcons to present the Best Novel award, and they have a shtick they've evolved where they drag things out to heighten the suspense and make the nominees squirm even more. Connie was on the ballot this year, so Bob did the presentation solo. He announced the the traditional turning of the screws had never been his
idea, and he wasn't going to inflict it on the nominees this year...and then proceeded to do so in a droll and hilarious manner.
It was quite fitting to see Connie get the award after being subjected to the same treatment she and Bob gleefully administered in previous years. It was obvious that though it wasn't her first Hugo win, it still meant as much as ever.
(I've met her. She's a charming and gracious woman as well as a superb writer.)