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The Evening Star Rises

The results of this year's Locus Awards voting were announced this weekend in Seattle, and I am delighted to announce that OLD VENUS took home the honors as last year's Best Anthology. Alas, I was not able to be there in person to accept. Nor was my co-editor, Gardner Dozois, who is still in hospital in Philadelphia recovering from a broken ankle. But we were both thrilled.

I did send LOCUS a few words to be read in the event of our victory:

"Gardner and I are both sorry that we could not be with you tonight, but we're surprised and delighted to accept this award for OLD VENUS. As with all of our anthologies, the real credit belongs to our writers, who gave us such amazing stories. Nonetheless, we plan on keeping the plaque for ourselves. Two years ago the readers of Locus honored OLD MARS as best anthology. This year OLD VENUS. It's very gratifying to know that the readers still appreciate new anthologies of old stuff... that is, new old stuff... well, you know what I mean... put together by old grey editors who were new young turks just yesterday. Keep your eyes out for OLD URANUS, coming to a bookstore near you soon...."

All kidding aside, I am very proud of OLD VENUS, and I know Gardner is as well. There are some terrific stories in there, and one that in any normal year would have been a surefire Hugo finalist. This is the third year in a row that one of the original anthologies that I've done with Gardner has won the Locus Award, and I can't tell you how gratifying that is. Gardner and I both began our careers (a long time ago) with short fiction, and it pleases me no end to be able to provide a showcase for some of the extraordinary short stories, novelettes, and novellas still being written in this age of the series and the meganovel. If you don't read anthologies, friends, you are missing out on some great stuff.

Oh, and before the crazy internet rumors start flying, I had better say that I was only kidding about OLD URANUS. I do want to do some more books with Gardner, but not until I have subdued the Son of Kong. Meanwhile, Gargy is flying solo on a couple of great new original anthologies of his own, and I know those will be full of awards contenders as well.

Anyway, thanks to all the good folks at LOCUS, and everyone who voted for OLD VENUS... or for the other nominated anthologies, which were pretty special as well.

You can find the full list of nominees and winners here: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2016/06/2016-locus-awards-winners/

And if any of who would like to check out OLD VENUS... or OLD MARS, or ROGUES, or DANGEROUS WOMEN, or any of my other anthologies.... signed copies remain available from the Jean Cocteau Cinema Bookstore at http://www.jeancocteaubooks.com/

Happy reading.


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Jun. 27th, 2016 04:49 am (UTC)
Seriously, though, when are we getting Old Uranus?
Granted, it doesn't have the storied history that Mars and Venus have, but I'm sure that planet's sick of being the butt of every joke. Give us a Uranus to believe in, in all its methane-coated glory.
Jun. 27th, 2016 05:59 am (UTC)
Re: Seriously, though, when are we getting Old Uranus?
While you're waiting, I'll just leave this here... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Contact%3F
Jun. 27th, 2016 05:45 am (UTC)
Additional co-editor....
I couldn't resist this...

If there is going to be an Old Uranus anthology, it needs to have a guest editor to help you and Gardner choose stories, Chuck Tingle!

Congrats on the award. You two have been getting some good short fiction out of a lot of writers in the last few years.
Alex Roderer
Jun. 27th, 2016 06:46 am (UTC)
Good job buddy! 😂
Jun. 27th, 2016 09:05 am (UTC)
Kong is coming. Can't wait to see you in Helsinki 2017.
Renan Moreira
Jun. 27th, 2016 01:22 pm (UTC)
Thank You
Good Morning,

Dear Martin,

First, sorry for my english.
My name is Renan, I'm from Porto Alegre/RS Brasil.
I know this isnt the place to talk about GOT, but i just want to say Thank you. You are the best writer, the universe that you created is the closest to perfection I've ever read.
Thank you, Thank you, for your books, and for bring joy for millions of people around the world.

Renan Moreira
Jun. 27th, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC)
George, congratulations to you and Gardner. Your anthologies are always a treat. However, don't be so quick to disregard Old Uranus. Would love to see an anthology of pulpy sci-fi comedies, whether something broad like Mel Brooks might write or something so esoteric in its humor only math professors could chuckle at the jokes within.
Jun. 27th, 2016 07:38 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Most definitely a well-deserved award for you and Mr. Dozois. I have thoroughly enjoyed the anthologies edited by the two of you, but Old Mars and Old Venus are by far my favorite anthologies by any editors. They both succeeded at allowing me to relive the sense of wonder I enjoyed in my youth when I waited impatiently for new editions of Galaxy and If magazines to arrive in the mail. I look forward to more anthologies from the two of you, edited together or individually.
Frank Probst
Jun. 27th, 2016 10:52 pm (UTC)
And best wishes to Gardner for a speedy recovery.
Jun. 28th, 2016 05:24 am (UTC)
Well Deserved
Now I'm siting here with a bunch of ideas for an Old Uranus story. I know you're joking but when I read your post I realized how good of a candidate that planet is for a science fiction story. It's just this massive, beautiful, blue planet with something like 25 or 30 moons orbiting it. The thing is ripe for storytelling to be sure.

Sometimes I write full stories with multiple drafts just for fun or practice. I may just write one anyway, in case you and Gardner change your mind. Or hell, I could shop it around anyway if the writing goes well (I'm a fellow gardener).

Thanks for the inspiration, George and congrats on your award. I'm really happy for you guys. That was a hell of a book. All those guys deserved it. LOTS of talent going on in those pages. Planet of Fear and the one about the Godstone were top notch. All were pretty good but those two really hit for me. Brilliant stories!
Jun. 29th, 2016 04:45 pm (UTC)
Mass market paperback?
Hello George, Congratulations!

I think this is my first time posting, but thought it would be appropriate to ask about something I've been wondering.

Will there be mass-market paperback editions of "Old Mars" and "Old Venus" in the same way there was one of "Songs of the Dying Earth" and the various "Warriors" and "Dangerous Women" ones?

Also, any news about "The Book of Swords", Dozois' upcoming solo anthology?

Thanks so much.

Edited at 2016-06-29 04:47 pm (UTC)
Udita Chakrabarti
Jun. 29th, 2016 08:59 pm (UTC)
Dorne + Crown query
Hello Mr. Martin,

I am a big fan. I have been reading The World of Ice and Fire recently and I was enchanted by the story of the Rhoynar and Princess Nymeria. One thing though. Does the ruling Prince or Princess of Dorne wear a crown? Or is this just a thing in King's Landing.

Thank you

Jun. 29th, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Dorne + Crown query
I suspect they wear something crown-like on formal occasions.

But queries like this are off topic.

Please, commenters, stay on topic.
Udita Chakrabarti
Jul. 1st, 2016 06:58 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Dorne + Crown query
Sorry Mr. Martin

I meant to post this elsewhere but had several Not A Blogs open. I only just noticed it got posted here.

My bad.
Alfonso Cabello
Jun. 30th, 2016 07:56 pm (UTC)

Mr. Martin, What diference there is between GRRM writer, editor, screenwriter...?. I know... you're the same, but... how you buils these kind of works?

Arjun Puri
Jul. 2nd, 2016 06:32 pm (UTC)
From which book you will read Mr.Martin?
Jul. 3rd, 2016 04:00 am (UTC)
Re: Reading
Haven't decided yet.
Jul. 3rd, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
Hi Mr. Martin have a quick question about your writing style. It's no secret you have written/edited massive length books from A Song of Ice and Fire, to the Wild Card franchise and of course to Old Venus. But one thing that I noticed when reading the series is how much of a page turner these books are, despite at times being near or above 1,000 pages these books are amazing and keep me engaged and wanting to get to the next chapter. My question is when you first started writing/editing a series were you afraid the length of the books were too long for audiences to read without it dragging compared to a 300 page book? Again thanks for reading this and you are fantastic author and human being!
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