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WARRIORS Wins Locus Poll

I'm delighted to announce that WARRIORS, the gigantic cross-genre anthology that I co-edited with my old friend Gardner Dozois, has won the Locus Award as the Best Anthology of 2010.

The award is given by LOCUS magazine, the PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY of science fiction and fantasy, and is decided by an annual poll of of the magazine's readers. You can check out the full results on Tor.com here: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/06/announcing-the-2011-locus-award-winners

Gardner and I are very proud of WARRIORS, our tilting-at-windmills attempt to smash down some genre barriers, and we're thrilled to see it cop this prize over some terrific competition, all of them pure SF and fantasy. My thanks to all our contributors, who helped make the book what it is. Without them, WARRIORS would be... well, a big book of blank pages. And thanks as well to Tom Doherty, Patrick Nielsen-Hayden, and all the other folks at Tor.

In other categories, Neil Gaiman took home the prize for Best Short Story for "The Thing About Cassandra," originally published in another of the anthologies that Gardner and I have edited, SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH. Congratulations to Neil. A well deserved award for a great story.

In novella, my own contender "The Mystery Knight" was among the finalists, but lost out to Ted Chiang's "The Lifecycle of Software Objects." Tough competition, that. Congratulations to the winner... and don't worry, Dunk & Egg will have other chances in the years to come.


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Jun. 29th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I'm partway through this anthology and you guys really did do a spectacular job. There are some really great stories in there, and I like that they're not all fixed in one genre.
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Dunk & Egg: the Adventures Continue
Congrats to you & Gardner!...and looking forward to more from the Dynamic Duo (so to speak).
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hard to believe anything could beat Dunk & Egg, but I guess that I'll have to check out Ted Chiang's story. Hopefully you will win next time. Very much looking forward to reading as many more of their tales as are possible.
Peter Van Zandt Lane
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Very cool to see Locus recognized the collection, especially given the large volume of non-sci-fi stories (some of which, I felt were the stronger stories in the anthology). It's great to be introduced to new writers in this way! (I particularly got into Holland's and Landsdale's work after reading these shorts).

Congrats! Hope the success of WARRIORS inspires you and Gardner do more of this. I bet it makes a really positive impact on the lives of all the involved writers, whatever stage they're at in their career.
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Many thanks to GRRM for editing and contributing to some first rate anthologies! I originally bought Warriors to read Diana Gabaldons' short story, "The Custom of the Army". Likewise I bought Songs of Love and Death to read her short story, "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows". These two anthologies have introduced me to authors I had never read, and opened up a whole new world of different genres. I'm about 30% into "A Game of Thrones" and hope to finish the series by summers' end. Kudos!
Steve Bennett
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Hedge Knight 3?
Does this mean we can look forward to a third graphic novel adaptation of the series?!?
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Hedge Knight 3?
Jun. 29th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Hedge Knight 3?
Cool :-) And some European boarders were reporting from signings that a fourth story is in the offing sooner rather than later?
Steve Bennett
Jul. 2nd, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Hedge Knight 3?
I heard that as well - I also read that a GoT comic adaptation is in the works with a fall release slated. Yay!
Kimberly Randall
Jun. 29th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Congrats to all! Your intro was wonderful and I even found myself taking another look at my own local spinner rack. Currently reading The Mystery Night and looking forward to the other stories in the anthology as well. When I heard the title of this one I thought you would take them to the year of the false spring and the Knight of the Laughing Tree (I don't know why I think they were there, but...) but then I heard about a 4th Dunk and Egg tale. Yes! That means there could be a 5 or 6 and so on. Haha. I am so greedy. Well- thank you, George.
PS: Wondering if the next anthology is to be called Dangerous Women as I read. As a geek girl that is just so. :)
Jun. 29th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Warriors
Alas, Dunk and Egg were long dead by the Year of the False Spring.
Kimberly Randall
Jun. 30th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
Re: Warriors
Hmm, good to know. They would have been pretty old! Thanks!
Jul. 2nd, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Good Stuff
My favorite in the anthology was actually "The King of Norway" by Celia Holland. Sorry George, Dunk and Egg are awesome but they're just not Vikings. Compared to everyone else, Victarion doesn't get much page time but he makes up for it by being a total bad-ass, a viking (sort of) and having the most fantastic name ever. Not to be demanding, but after Ice and Fire you should really start a short stories series styled after Robert E. Howard and starring none other than Balon's little brother.
Imyra Souza
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, congrats, really! =D
I'm just a little sad that I can't buy the kindle edition on amazon just because I'm from Brazil! ='( I'll see if I can find the 'real book' edition, but I'm looking foward to read! ^^
Jul. 4th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
"Dunk and Egg" Animated Series? Movie?
I just love the Dunk and Egg stories. They have such a wonderful heart! I have been thinking that Dunk and Egg's adventures would make a wonderful animated series or movie (probably for similar reasons why they translate well into graphic novels). Is there any possibility that an animated adaptation of the stories might happen in the future?
Jul. 9th, 2011 06:17 am (UTC)
I am glad to see Naomi Novik is part of this. I stopped reading her "Temeraire" series for the time being, to read "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels. I am currently reading "A Storm of Swords" for the very 1st time and loving it thus far. Congraz again, I will be eager to read this, when my list of "things to read" diminish.
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