I had so much fun at the first day of the Nebula Weekend. Let’s see, where did I leave off yesterday…?
Around 3pm I went to one of the hotel bars where people were hanging out. A short time later, I saw Stan Schmidt, editor of Analog walking by and he eventually joined me. We drank beer and talked science fiction. I told him how excited I was to see my story appear in Analog and he told me he’d heard good things about it. He then proceded to ask if I was sending him something soon. So I summoned enough nerve to do what my friend Michael Burstein suggested, which was to pitch an idea to Stan. I won’t tell you the idea, but I will tell you that Stan liked it, said it was good, and agreed that it sounded like a series of stories, not just one. He urged me to write it and send it to him right away. “You have some time,” he joked, “because I won’t be back in the office until Tuesday.” That was all I needed to hear. I am once again jazzed about writing and am going to do my best to make this a fantastic story.
Continue reading Nebula Weekend 2011, Day 1, Part 2
This morning SFWA announced the nominations for the 2010 Nebula Awards. It looks like a very good year and some of the categories will be a tough choice indeed, but that is a good thing. It means there was a lot of really outstanding science fiction and fantasy this year. Congratulations to all of the nominees!
I’ll join the list of voices today and remind SFWA members that tomorrow is the deadline for making your 2010 Nebula nominations. Here are the pieces that I have nominated.
Go forth and nominate.
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.
The Nebula Awards nominees were announced today and my friend, Michael A. Burstein’s wonderful story, “I Remember the Future” made the ballot in the category of short story. Nebula Awards are voted on by active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the awards will be given out in May. Whether you are an active SFWA member, a fan of science fiction, or someone curious as to what this is all about, you could do no better than starting with Michael’s stories, and in particular, “I Remember the Future”. The story appears in his collection of the same name, I Remember the Future: The Award Nominated Stories of Michael A. Burstein. The collection is well worth the price of admission and I’d urge you to find a copy and take a look at the title story. It is no surprise it received the nomination.
I was up around 8:30 AM yesterday morning. I walked into the office to check email and news, and saw, sitting on my bookshelf, where it has been sitting for months and months, Arthur C. Clarke’s Imperial Earth. For some reason, I was unable to resist it, so I took it with me to IHOP and started reading it while there.
After breakfast, I headed over to Greenbelt and Buddy Attick lake. I sat down by the lakeside and read for close to an hour. It was actually very peaceful. There were not large crowds of people around, the sounds of birds and insects filled the air. Every few pages I would take a break and watch the birds swoop down in the lake to make their graceful landings.
I headed back home after an hour or so and decided to read some more, but I quickly became tired so I got into bed and napped until almost 12:45 PM. I read for another hour thereafter and then headed over to Silver Spring to take in the 2:45 PM showing of Spiderman 3, which wasn’t as good as I’d hope, but wasn’t too bad either. After the movie, I treated myself to an early dinner at the Austin Grill before heading home for the evening.
I kept checking online throughout the evening to see if the Nebula Award winners had been announced. Finally, shortly before going to bed, the winners were posted. I was sorry to see that neither mabfan nor shunn won in the novella category. The one story in that category that I didn’t read, “Burn”, by James Patrick Kelly won.
But at least the Yankees beat Seattle so there was some good news at the end of the day.