Thursday, September 6, 2007

No, not the pigment around the nipples. The award.

So barring the possibility of some cruel hoax, Blindsight is now on the final ballot for the Auroras. They haven't posted it officially yet, but my buddy Karl's just announced that he's on the same ballot for Sun of Suns, so I guess I'm not breaking any embargoes. For the nonCanadian among you (and probably for most of the Canadians too, now that I think of it), the Auroras might best be described as a Canuckian Hugo, albeit much smaller of scale and a bit more threadbare at the knees (as befitting the modest and self-effacing nature of the Canadian people). The award itself looks pretty cool, like something out of Delany's Dhalgren. I doubt anyone's been able to carry one onto a commercial flight since 2001.

Oh, and I've also just been told that Starfish is going to be translated into German — presumably by the same guys who are translating Blindsight, although I have no details. I was younger and even dumber when Starfish sold, and I let Tor retain all the overseas rights, so this is basically their deal. Hopefully I'll get a few more spoils out of it than I did from Blindsight's SFBC edition...



Blogger Jesse said...

I bought an SFBC _Blindsight_. Now I feel bad.

September 6, 2007 9:47 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Do you plan on attending the ceremony? It's in Vancouver this year at V-con October 19-21. Well... ain't that interesting? Seems they may not have paid their web host. None of the links work-- they just go to:

I've not been to any con in a few years; meeting you would make it a worth while year to go.

September 7, 2007 8:56 PM  
Blogger Peter Watts said...

I love the west coast, and would grab about any excuse to get back there, time and funds permitting. Sadly, they often don't; the closest I'll get will be Edmonton, the week before.

But my money's on Julie Czerneda's book to win anyway, not Blindsight. Julie cultivates the sort of solid fan community that tends to carry the day in such things, whereas the closest I come is this gang of unruly cats hanging around the back door, pointing out all the mistakes in my science and demanding to be fed.

I honestly wouldn't have it any other way, of course. My base may be smaller, but I bet it's way feistier.

September 8, 2007 2:36 PM  
Anonymous robf said...

and demanding to be fed.

That reminded me that bit in Tron. "One more mouth to feed".

We might be smaller in numbers, but we could totally take them all in a backroom bar fight.

That would make a pretty good award ceremony, actually. Steel cage death match, last team standing. The fanboys can Really Prove who is the better writer.. with their FISTS.

September 8, 2007 4:43 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I added a hyperlinklink to Blindsight's online presence to the Canadian SF Works Database Aurora Finalists with Hyperlinks
href= (I hope that link works).

All exposure is good, yes? Especially with the nominees list being released so late -- about which Rob Sawyer has some words at his blog.

September 8, 2007 8:18 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

OK so I blew the link thing... you get the idea. And the v-con site seems to be back as of late last night.

September 8, 2007 8:20 PM  

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