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Two for the Edgar

VERY cool...

The finalists for this year's Edgar Awards have just been announced, and I was thrilled to learn that two of the stories from DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS, the fantasy/ mystery anthology that Gardner Dozois and I edited for Penguin, have been nominated for Best Short Story.

The nominees are:
"Lord John and the Plague of Zombies," by Diana Gabaldon,
"The Adakian Eagle," by Bradley Denton.

The Edgar Awards, named after Edgar Allen Poe (that famous Baltimore Ravens fan), are the mystery equivalent of the Nebula, awarded annually by the members of the Mystery Writers of America. It's quite a coup for a fantasy story to be nominated.

A full list of this year's Edgar nominees can be found here:

Congratulations to Brad and Diana. If you'd like to check out their stories, you can find DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS on Amazon, or (I hope) at your favorite local bookshop. Lots of other good stuff in the book as well.


Jan. 20th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Nice. You predicted Denton's nom, I recall. Haven't read it yet, but well deserved, I'm sure. Love his Blackburn stuff and his "Seargent Chip" may be my favorite sf short/novella of the last 20 years.
Jan. 20th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, congratulations and good luck to them! Also, v. sexy cover on that book. Rawr.
Jan. 20th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
You think so?

I think her kneecaps have been smashed or something -- her legs bend backwards! Not to mention that either her hips and thighs are really weirdly proportioned or her buttocks are -- no, I don't want to try and work out what her body looks like under the sexy outfit: it's all Lovecraftian and wrong!

Also, Mr Dark-Handsome is going to be very sorry soon if he doesn't remove his finger from the trigger or point his phallic symbol pistol away from his big toe.

Edited at 2012-01-20 10:05 pm (UTC)
Rebecca Murray
Jan. 21st, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
"The Adakian Eagle" was my very favorite of all the stories in that anthology. I bought it because of the Patricia Briggs short, but to my utter shock, the story about the eagle and the grumpy old sergeant was better by a long shot. The only thing that *might* have been better would be another Dunk and Egg story. (hint, hint. =D)
Jan. 21st, 2012 05:49 am (UTC)
Excellent for both authors, and of course the perspicacious editors who bought the stories.

But that's Edgar Allan Poe.
Jan. 21st, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
There is only one thing I didn't care for in the super awesome anthology of yours. The Charlaine Harris story. It just didn't float my boat. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been editing as it sure wasn't easy reading.

Also, her name was too big on the cover. She didn't deserve that, especially with so many quality writers (and my favorite editor!) in the book.
Michael Howley
Jan. 22nd, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
Awards Season
I have to say, Mr. Martin, that I am perennially impressed by your ability to keep track of so many different awards, and the care you take to mention whenever your coworkers and friends are nominated. Thanks for all of the updates, and good luck to everyone!
Jan. 22nd, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: Awards Season
Actually, I can't keep track of all the awards, but I am fortunate that the good folks at HBO do it for me. And I am always pleased to see our cast and crew getting some recognition for the work they have done on GAME OF THRONES. The quality of the production is an ongoing tribute to their talent and hard work. We have a great team.


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