The verdict is in, and we watched it happen. The World Fantasy Awards at yesterday's World Fantasy Convention in San Diego were a star-studded celebration of fantasy writers, publishers and readers. Connie Willis riffed and joked about her love of Starbucks and the TV show Primeval, Neil Gaiman talked about the importance of the fantasy community, and Peter S. Beagle graciously accepted a lifetime achievement award while insisting this didn't mean he was going to drop dead any time soon.

The whole thing is on Youtube above, courtesy of Scott Edelman.

And here are the winners!

Best Novel
Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death (DAW)

Best Novella
Elizabeth Hand, "The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon" (Stories: All-New Tales)

Best Short Story
Joyce Carol Oates, "Fossil-Figures" (Stories: All-New Tales)

Best Anthology
Kate Bernheimer & Carmen Gimenez Smith, ed., My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me (Penguin)

Best Collection
Karen Joy Fowler, What I Didn't See and Other Stories (Small Beer Press)

Best Artist
Kinuko Y. Craft

Special Award-Professional
Marc Gascoigne, for Angry Robot

Special Award-Non-professional
Alisa Krasnostein, for Twelfth Planet Press

See all the runners up and other info here. [World Fantasy Awards]