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Awards, Awards

The Hugo Awards may be the best-known and most prestigious awards for science fiction and fantasy, but they're not the only ones. With the controversies about this year's ballot raging on every side, we risk losing sight of the some other awards.

Such as the Locus Awards. Locus just announced the shortlist for those, which you can find here:http://www.locusmag.com/News/2016/05/2016-locus-awards-finalists/

I'm delighted to see that OLD VENUS is one of the finalists in Best Anthology, and that one of the stories therein, Elizabeth Bear's "The Heart's Filthy Lesson," is a nominee in Best Novelette. Congratulations, Elizabeth! Oh, and Gardner Dozois was nominated as Best Editor. Congratulations, Gargy. Congratulations, Venus. Congratulations, me!

(OLD VENUS and OLD MARS both done very well, both critically and commercially. That's very gratifying. If I ever find some spare time, Gardner and I need to do some more of those. OLD URANUS, anyone?)

The Locus Awards winners will be announced in Seattle, June 24 to 26.

Well before that, we will learn the winner of this year's Nebula Awards. The Nebula Banquet is going to be in Chicago next weekend, May 14. My friend John Hodgman will be the master of ceremonies. You can still get a ticket, I think. Check it out: http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/2016-nebula-conference/

Oh, and I've also been informed that the Spanish language edition of THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE, the massive "fake history" book I did with Elio Garcia and Linda Antonnson, has been nominated for the Ignotus Award, one of the biggest SF/ awards prizes in Spain.

The full list of nominees is here: http://www.aefcft.com/nominaciones-a-los-premios-ignotus-2016/

Win or lose, as always, it is an honor just to be nominated.


Jonathan Filbeck
May. 4th, 2016 04:02 am (UTC)
Congratulations to the three of you!
As a longtime fan, I want to thank you for always introducing both old and new writers alike. Good luck at the awards! :)
May. 4th, 2016 04:43 am (UTC)
Congrats! Question?
Congrats George! I just downloaded Old Venus as an audiobook. It sounds beautiful and reads great. Was wondering if Petyr Baelish has his own House Words. Do you have words you live by?

Sincerely ,

A big fan who will keep reading, listening, and watching.

Edited at 2016-05-04 04:46 am (UTC)
May. 4th, 2016 04:59 am (UTC)
Even the Spanish title -- "El Mundo de Hielo y Fuego" -- sounds very cool!
May. 4th, 2016 06:33 am (UTC)
Also, the cover of "El Mundo d Hielo y Fuego" looks great! By the way: Are there also Awards for the cober designs?
May. 4th, 2016 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratualtions!!
It's a fantastic cover from Corominas, it's true... and the amazing thing, it's not the only cover! That's the dustjacket cover, but here is the endpaper (the part on the right serves as the exterior cover as well).

I don't think the Ignotus has an art component, but if it did, I know I'd be rooting for Corominas to take it for his work. Just noticed that there is an illustration award. Corominas is nominated for a separate work, so that makes us very happy.

Edited at 2016-05-04 10:07 pm (UTC)
May. 5th, 2016 05:42 am (UTC)
Re: Congratualtions!!
WOw, you are right, that's amazing! Thank you. I have the book "The world of Ice&Fire" and I just love it!!
May. 4th, 2016 06:47 am (UTC)
Are Old Mars and Old Venus somewhat akin to Steampunk? Or as I like to call it "TechAntique". I have an appreciation for some of that, as long as it doesn't get too dark. I recall a book review referring to Old Mars, implying it was in that vein. Is that accurate?
May. 4th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Steampunk-ish?
Some of the stories might be described as steampunk, I suppose, but over all, no, the anthologies are more just retro SF.
(no subject) - gummitch - May. 4th, 2016 11:58 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 4th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
I did like Old Mercury, with its twilight zone and all. Anyone else out there remember "Brightside Crossing?" Terrific story.
Ernesto Segredo
May. 4th, 2016 01:45 pm (UTC)
New Spidey
Hi Mr. Martin. I know it could be not the best place yo ask, but I do not know anyone but this. I've heard that you're a great fan of superheroes, specially Spiderman. I wanted to ask you if you have seen Civil War, and what do you about the movie, and about this new Spiderman. It's said that he could be the best Spiderman... and I think is good, but I don't know if he is that good.
Thank you so much. Ernest
May. 4th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: New Spidey
Haven't seen the movie yet.
Frank Probst
May. 4th, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
That is one badass cover.
May. 4th, 2016 07:58 pm (UTC)
Sabes Nada, Juan Nieve
Bummed to miss Stephen Graham Jones at the Cocteau. But looking forward to catching The Invitation when I'm in SF later this month. Congrats on your (and Elizabeth's) nominations! I'm still writing away.

- Jared
May. 5th, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC)
What about "Old Pluto"? It's not even a planet anymore. Restore it's dignity!
Frank Probst
May. 5th, 2016 01:54 pm (UTC)
I'll bet you Chuck Tingle is already working on Old Uranus.
Vadiraj M Kulkarni
May. 6th, 2016 02:39 pm (UTC)
Fevre Dream
Hi George,
Off topic but read your wonderful amsterpiece Fevre Dream. It's an amazing book!!!
I have a fan question -How did Abner Marsh die?
Thanks a lot for writing Fevre Dream and other such wonderful works.

May. 6th, 2016 03:34 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the nom George, what I love most about your Hugo posts is that it provides me with plenty of new reading materials that I otherwise wouldn't have heard about. I don't follow the Hugo's that much, so thanks for all the great rec's.

Random ASOIAF question too, sorry if you're sick of these, but something I'm wondering is, if you are comfortable giving this info out, how old is Hodor currently? I've always thought him to be around 20 or so, is this correct, or is he older/younger?
x x
May. 7th, 2016 03:00 am (UTC)
Old - insert planet here -
Two things...
Maybe an "Old Solar System" (sounds awful as a title but...) if there isn't the interest in one additional planet, then a collection of stories about whichever of the remaining worlds interest the contributor. You could include Vulcan (Captain Future visited there - hollow world within the orbit of Mercury & with a jungle inside, as I recall) and Minerva (or whatever that, presumably mythical, world that became the asteroid belt is to be called).

Second: Please... We need an "Old Mars" audio book. I need it, anyway.
May. 7th, 2016 10:58 pm (UTC)
WOW! What a fantastic rendition of the Iron Throne - this is by far and away my favorite piece of artwork representing the Iron Throne. It's virtually exactly who I envisioned it based on the descriptions in the book.

I'd love to purchase a full size wall poster of this work. $ is not an object.
May. 8th, 2016 09:05 pm (UTC)
It's from the Spanish artist Corominas. Not sure whether posters are available, however.


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