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the difference between self promotion and canvassing

February 1, 2014

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As the annual SF awards nominations season rolls around, there’s yet again been a bit of a stooshie. Writers split into two camps. One side says: “we have to post lists of what stories of ours are eligible for awards this year, otherwise we’ll be overlooked and voters will just go with the same-old same […]

British Fantasy Awards

May 8, 2013

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I’m honoured to have been asked to serve as a juror for the 2013 British Fantasy Awards. My future holds a ton of great reading. Onward!

BSFA Shortlist

January 19, 2013

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Over the last few years I’ve got into the habit of looking out for the BSFA awards shortlist announcement and resolving to read all the nominees before voting. The year before last I succeeded. Last year I ended up short by one novel, and looking at the way things is stacking up for the first […]

They shoot talking horses, don’t they?

March 29, 2012

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So this year’s Clarke award short list has caused a bit of a stooshie. It always does, it’s that kind of an award although, in the past, it used be complaints about books from non-genre publishers sneaking into the ghetto party; now it seems to be the other way around. I’ve no intention of going near […]

Clarke award shortlist

March 26, 2012

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So, the 2012 Clarke award shortlist was announced this morning and, as has become the custom, the genre corner of Twitter has lit up like a Christmas tree as commentators register their surprise. That’s one of the things I love about the Clarke’s – the shortlist is never predictable. In fact there is now an […]

BSFA Awards shortlist

January 23, 2012

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So, the extended voting period has passed and I hope a few more votes snuck in. The result is really interesting shortlists in all the categories.  In the two fiction categories, I’ve read two of the novels and two of the short stories, so I have a bit of reading to do to be in a […]

BSFA Awards

January 18, 2012

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I always enjoy the BSFA awards. They usually can be relied on to reward very good work, and the decisions they come to usually have the feeling of being the nod of approval of a collective, cohesive community. You can often read a book and know that it’s a BSFA award contender. And that’s how […]

Hal Duncan: awesome awardiness!

May 16, 2011

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Great to hear that Hal Duncan’s amazing story,”The Behold Of The Eye” has won this year’s Gaylactic award for short fiction. Yay for Hal!

Jack Deighton on the BSFA shortlist

April 7, 2011

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Over on his blog, Fife-based SF novelist, Jack Deighton has been looking at the BSFA award nominees.  Jack’s opinions are always thoughtful and I won’t comment on what he’s written here (except to say that I disagree with his appreciation of the Allan story). But if you’re thinking about voting in the BSFA awards this […]

Isolationism, and a resolution

January 19, 2011

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I don’t often talk about the writing here. It only really surfaces when there’s something to tell people about. A milestone, a publication, a nomination. And when you’re working on something long, it can be a long time until you’ve got something to report. Monday’s news made me realize that Arrhythmia was the only piece […]

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