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As Easter draws to a close, the Awards results seem to come out of the woodwork.

So, without further ado:

This year’s Philip K Dick Award was a tie. The winners are:

Terminal Mind, David Walton (Meadowhawk Books)
Emissaries for the Dead, Adam-Troy Castro (Eos)

Next, the BSFA:

Best Novel: The Night Sessions, Ken MacLeod;
Best Short Fiction: Exhalation, Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two);
Best Non-Fiction: Rhetorics of Fantasy, Farah Mendlesohn;
Best Artwork: Cover of Subterfuge (ed. Ian Whates), Andy Bigwood.

and from Australia, SwanCon (Australia's longest running science fiction convention) tells us:

Best Professional Long Work: Hal Spacejock Just Desserts, Simon Haynes;
Best Professional Short Work: Bad Film Diaries, Grant Watson;
Best Professional Production: 2012 by Alisa Krasnostein and Ben Payne;
Best Professional Art Work: the cover of Magic Dirt;
Best Fan Production: Wastelands II Age of Iron, John Parker;
Best Fan Writing: Twilight Conversational Review on ASif!, Lz Grzyb, Kate Williams, Sue Isle, Tehani Wessely, Tansy Roberts and Alisa Krasnostein.

Congrats to all: and to Simon, who is a SFFWorld regular.

The BSFA novel winner is good but not too surprising. I enjoyed it when I reviewed it, but would not necessarily say it was 'the best' (whatever that means!) on the list.

Another announcement, as the David Gemmell Legend Award shortlist has been announced. And the five are, in alphabetical order:

ABERCROMBIE, Joe – Last Argument of Kings (Gollancz)
MARILLIER, Juliet – Heir to Sevenwaters (Tor UK)
SANDERSON, Brandon - The Hero of Ages (Tor US)
SAPOWSKI, Andrzej - Blood of Elves (Gollancz)
WEEKS, Brent - The Way of Shadows (Orbit)

I must admit that there's one on that list that seems to have come out of nowhere, whereas the rest are all pleasingly unsurprising. Considering the length of the long list, I was quite concerned that something would appear that was untypical of the majority. I don't think this list is untypical: it does show some range.

I'm quite looking forward to the Awards ceremony, which I'm attending in June.

Best of luck to all concerned!

One last piece of sad news: SFSignal tells me that Starlog is stopping 'proper' print publication (at least for the foreseeable future) and going electronic. It's a brave move but not one that bodes well, I think personally.

In 1977/78 Starlog was one of the first magazines I was able to get copies of on a regular basis. It wasn't easy but it was easier than the other two I coveted, F&SF and Analog. I started with Issue 7 or so (riding in on Star Wars mania!) and continued until I went to University, couldn't afford it and had other interests to spend my money on.

So although I haven't read a copy for a while, I still have my old copies (somewhere.) It was Starlog that persuaded me to go and see Superman: the Movie, Star Trek: the Motion(less) Picture, Blade Runner and Alien amongst others. (Not a perfect hit list, but not bad.)

It's a sad loss, though perhaps not totally unexpected. The website was closed last Christmas, to be reopened again now. It'll be interesting to see where it goes and how it does in the electronic market.


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Updated April 13th, 2009 at 06:14 AM by Hobbit

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  1. Gkarlives's Avatar
    Mark, ran the Hugo nominated short stories with Mike Resnik's "Article of Faith" on 4/2 and Ted Chaing's "Exhalation" on 4/10. I loved "Article of Faith", which fits in nicely with other Robot stories of his on the sight "Beachcomber" and "Robots don't cry".

    Ted Chaing's "Exhalation" was a little more challenging but interesting. I struggled with the references and almost thought the story might be about some unique or exotic human made robot.
  2. Hobbit's Avatar
    Thanks Rob for the update. I am trying to read more of the short stories this year. Resnick will be a popular choice, I think. RobB's reviewing his latest novel series and enjoying them a lot.

    I think you're right, though. Ted Chiang's is usually more challenging and my impression is that he's seen as 'a writer's writer'. Must admit, of the ones I've read, I can admire the skill and the quality but they can leave me a little cold. I think I admire, rather than love.

    But I will give those a try: thank you!