Saturday, April 21, 2007

Blindsight: Locus Finalist

Oh, yeah. Blindsight is evidently a finalist for the Locus Award for Best Novel. Once again, I am in august company: losing to any of these folks, I would not feel jilted.

What makes this nomination especially sweet for me is that Blindsight was evidently a write-in candidate-- at least, I've been told by a voter that my novel was not initially on the list of eligible candidates, that he had to enter it manually in the "oh, and any other book you think might be worthy" field. I can't vouch for this first-hand-- I wasn't there-- but it seems plausible in light of the fact that Locus never actually reviewed the book. So in this case at least, being nominated is more than an honor. It's a fucking victory.



Blogger razorsmile said...

We the fans never doubted it for a second.

April 21, 2007 7:00 PM  
Blogger Mac said...

"Blindsight" deserves the Hugo. I'm not just saying that.

April 21, 2007 7:06 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I went to the Locus voting site a while back and as far as I can remember, Blindsight was on the dropdown list. (If it were me, I'd count it as a victory to be shortlisted without a book review, too.) I don't know for sure if my vote counted or not, as I'm not a subscriber, but my fingers are crossed anyway. When you produce something that damn good, it deserves the recognition.

April 21, 2007 7:31 PM  
Blogger Peter Watts said...

Recognition is nice, for sure. Money would be nicer. Don't suppose any cash comes with these things? Maybe the Hugo is, you know, a pinata full of quarters or something?

April 22, 2007 10:40 PM  
Blogger Trey said...

Congratulations Peter. Now all you need is someone to buy the movie rights to your stuff.

April 23, 2007 5:49 PM  
Blogger Barry said...

Congratulations once again, Mr. Watts. First a Hugo nom, now a Locus nom. One might start to think you're actually a competent writer. Oh my. ;)

April 24, 2007 6:18 AM  
Anonymous Scott C said...

I actually saw this on SciFi wire first, not here. Congrats on the continuing well-deserved recognition, and good luck in the voting.

April 25, 2007 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Branko Collin said...

I did not know you were in a fucking contest.

May 8, 2007 4:03 PM  
Blogger Janbo said...

Re: branko collin's comment, were you not aware that all award programs are essentially popularity contests, except for those that actually give the winners something tangible with their award certificate? The Clarke Award falls into the latter category, as does the Tiptree. Sadly, the Hugo awards, having been started by fans and later apparently co-opted by the publishing industry (my opinion only, of course, I have no real proof), have no immediately tangible remuneration.

As for the other possible interpretation of your comment, I think that's delving a bit too closely into someone's personal life. (vbeg)

May 31, 2007 12:17 PM  

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