It is always so cool to me when a friend of mine comes out with a new book. I recently discovered that my friend, Edmund R. Schubert, has come out with a collection of stories called The Trouble With Eating Clouds. (And how cool is that title?) If Edmund’s name sounds familiar to you, it should be no surprise. He has been the editor of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show for more than four years now. He was the first editor to buy a story of mine, and the first editor that I ever met in person. And as you can see from this new book, he is also an accomplished writer. He’s written plenty of short fiction, some of which appears here; and he’s also written a novel, Dreaming Creek, of which I own a signed copy.
And speaking of signed copies, Spotlight Publishing is making a special offer on Edmund’s new collection: if you order the book in July, you’ll get a signed, numbered copy of the book. If you’ve never read Edmund’s stories, this is a good place to start–and if you have read his stories then you know what I’m talking about and why you need to go out and get this book!
I’ve done my nominations for the Hugo and Nebula awards for 2010. There were several good novels and one superbly outstanding one. I didn’t read a whole lot of short fiction from 2010 so some of those categories are blank. Nominations within each grouping are listed alphabetically by author.
Best Short Story
- Echo by Jack McDevitt
- WWW:Watch by Robert J. Sawyer
- Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
Best Short Story
- “Hope” by Michael A. Burstein (Destination:Future)
- “What Will Come After” by Scott Edelman (What Will Come After)
- “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You In Reno” by Vylar Kaftan (Lightspeed, June 2010)
Best Related Work
Best Editor, Short Form
- John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed)
- Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld)
- Stanley Schmidt (Analog)
- Edmund Schubert (Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show)
- Sheila Williams (Asimov’s)
Best Dramatic Short Form
- “Course Correction” (Episode 19 of ABC’s Flashforward) by Robert J. Sawyer
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
A quick comment on Connie Willis’ Blackout/All Clear. This is a single book that was split into two books by the publisher. This is not a series. There is no synopsis at the beginning of All Clear. All Clear starts exactly where Blackout left off and it is impossible to read that book and make any sense of it without having reading Blackout. I have therefore nominated the entire book, as written, for the Hugo and Nebula. I don’t know if this is allowed. I inquired on this but I haven’t yet gotten a response. It would seem remarkably silly to me to have to treat these books individually, but we’ll see how things turn out.
ETA: I have since learned that Blackout/All Clear is, in fact, being treated as one book.