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Actually, TWO heads would be even better.

It occurs to me that I have been so busy lately that I have not yet gotten around to announcing that (1) A DANCE WITH DRAGONS has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award in the "Best Novel" category, and (2) the World Fantasy Award jury has also selected me as one of the winners of their Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

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The World Fantasy Award is one of the more complicated honors in our field. Here's how it works. A five-person jury is selected. The members of the previous World Fantasy Con and the upcoming World Fantasy Con receive a nominating ballot, and nominate two finalists in each award category. The jury adds three additional nominees. Then the jury selects the winner from among the five finalists.

This year's finalists for Best Novel are:

• THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER, Christopher Buehlman (Ace)
• 11/22/63, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton as 11.22.63)
• A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
• OSAMA, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
• AMONG OTHERS, Jo Walton (Tor)

A very distinguished list. My congratulations to all the other finalists.

The rest of the ballot can be found here:

http://www.wfc2012.org/pr-wfawards01.html

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a different deal. That one is announced ahead of time. I was rather startled to learn that the jury had announced ME. After all, my lifetime is not nearly over, and I have lots more achieving ahead of me, I hope... (unless the World Fantasy Award knows something that I do not). I am such a young lad, and devilishly handsome as well.

However, it is a HUGE honor, and I am very thrilled to receive it... especially as the jury also named Alan Garner as the other Lifetime Achievement receipient. If you don't know Garner's work, well... you should, damn you. He's the author of THE OWL SERVICE and THE WEIRDSTONES OF BRISINGAMEN and ELIDOR and all sorts of other great stuff, and was writing terrific fantasies long before fantasy was either popular or fashionable. It's great to see Garner get some long overdue recognition for his contributions to our genre. Now I'd love to see someone put all his books back into print again.

Past receipients of the Life Achievement award include Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Theodore Sturgeon, Richard Matheson, Jack Vance, Jack Williamson, Stephen King, Fritz Leiber, Gene Wolfe, and many of my other heroes and role models, so I am going to be in very good company indeed with this one.

The awards will be presented at this year's World Fantasy Convention in Toronto over Halloween weekend. Alas, I do not think I will be able to attend. My schedule is already pretty full for the rest of 2012, and this one came on me unexpectedly. (Also, I just appeared in Toronto early in the year). But I am sure it will be a great con.

(I do have one of Howard's heads already, for my werewolf novella "The Skin Trade" from way back when. He proudly wears a Jets cap).

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reynardine
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
So will the new Howard head wear a Giant's cap, then? ;-D
forcewatcher
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Big congrats all around! Well-deserved honors, though I do agree - you've got far more achieving left to do.
cres34
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Congrats..
...and best of luck to you on the WFA one.

Personally, I hope you stick around for at least another decade or more. Though these days you just never know.
xraytheenforcer
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations George! That's some fantastic news.
Johnny A. Miller
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
H.P. and the Jets (as sung by Elton John)
I wonder how more well-read Patriots fans will take a famous literary New Englander wearing a Jets cap? I can only imagine Yog Sothoth or Cthulhu or Nyarlethotep knows the answer to that one.
grrm
Aug. 14th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: H.P. and the Jets (as sung by Elton John)
Providence is actually BETWEEN Boston and New York, so HPL could go either way.
(no subject) - timill - Aug. 15th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC) - Expand
johncwright
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Go, Garner!
I am very pleased to hear Alan Garner getting some recognition. WEIRDSTONE OF BRISINGAMEN and MOON OF GOMRATH were childhood favorites of mine from my long vanished childhood, and have not palled noticeably upon rereading as an adult.
slthlvschnk
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Really distinguished company there -- Ray Bradbury is my favorite science fiction writer, ever. I'm amazed how much stuff he was able to produce, even at an advanced age. Looking to pull the trigger on his collection The Dragon Who Ate His Tail. Because, you know, dragons.
insurrbution
Aug. 14th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Once again, congrats! Well deserved. I'd only read your Ice and Fire material thus far (heck, I can't wait for Dunk and Egg adventures in their anthology that's to come), but based on that and that alone, you've definitely re-defined (and defied) what fantasy is. And the series isn't complete yet!
I picked up Bantam's previous editions of the first four paperbacks back in '07, and got around to reading them about 3 1/2 years later, sadly. A friend and myself were discussing fantasy books and series and she named yours. Anyway, I enjoyed the first book so much, I 'upgraded' them to hardcovers, the current editions that are out now.

Once my reading pile shrinks, I'll crack open both Dreamsongs volumes. I'm especially looking forward to reading 'The Ice Dragon'.
rikuyu_aki
Aug. 14th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Love you!
Just wanted a chance to say how much I love your writing. Would love to be a writer also and could only hope to do half as well. You're my hero. Keep up the amazing work and fight the good fight with the corrupt politics.
- Amanda in Vegas
alikat7
Aug. 14th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm a new fan of your work but after Game of Thrones season 2 ended, I devoured the book and am working my way through them. I love your story but I also love the style of writing. I'm a huge fan of Tolkien's world but at times his style would wear thin so finding a writer that can create a world like Westeros, tell such an amazing story, and write in a way that doesn't make me want to 'just wait for the movie' is incredible!
sabotabby
Aug. 14th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm also a new fan (just finished ADWD) and wanted to pop by and say congratulations! It's definitely a well-deserved honour. Pity you can't make it to Toronto.
thefirstalicat
Aug. 14th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats on both, but especially the Lifetime Achievement Award, that is very special! I agree entirely about Alan Garner's books (I have some, but not all, and "The Owl Service" is one of my favourite fantasy books ever), and here's hoping that this honour will cause some publisher to decide to put his books back in print.
biguglymandoll
Aug. 15th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Congrats! You are indeed in great company, and you do indeed deserve it!
stubbycarey
Aug. 15th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
Congrats mate :)

Awesome news. Jar hoisted in your general direction ;)
Lee Wallace
Aug. 15th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
Howards Head the First: The Skin Trade
Congratulations on the Lifetime Achievement Award, and good luck on the Best Novel nomination. I've read a few of the books nominated, it would be very hard for me to choose a winner from that field!

I also wanted to ask if you had any plans to revisit The Skin Trade Universe. I really enjoyed that novella, and would love to see more of those characters and the world they live in.
grrm
Aug. 15th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Re: Howards Head the First: The Skin Trade
I have an idea for a "Skin Trade" sequel, yes... but no notion if I will ever find time to write it.

However, there will be a graphic novel version soon from Avatar, and a "Skin Trade" movie is in development.
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