February 2nd, 2009

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Couple of nice mentions

Here, Eric Rosenfield says of Fantasy Magazine: Consistently better fantasy work than rival (and more well known) print publications like Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine or Asimov's. Everything I could want in a fantasy magazine.

And Sarah L. Edwards, in recapping Asimov's for 2008, says:

Cat Rambo’s (</em></a></span></b>catrambo</a></span>) one Asimov’s story this year, “Kallakak’s Cousins,” made it onto my honorable mentions list, and I’ve read a number of other things by her recently in various places, including “I'll Gnaw Your Bones, the Manticore Said” (Clarkesworld) and “The Bumblety's Marble” (Paper Cities, ed. Ekaterina Sedia). Although I didn’t quite fall in love with any of them, I’m pretty sure I’m going to fall in love with something of hers soon, and for much the same reasons that I like McIntosh: interesting characters sympathetically portrayed. In addition, Rambo has a knack for dropping in tantalizing glimpses of exotic speculative locales. I expect to see her combine those strengths of setting sensawunda (which I’m a total sucker for) and characters into some really fun and interesting fiction here in the future.

And someone from ConFusion reported that I had red and blue hair, which is a vile calumny, for it was fuchsia.
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Info on the Hugos Process, an Exhortation to Vote if You Can, and My Last Shameless Plug

If you were at WorldCon in Denver in 2008, or if you intend to be at the upcoming WorldCon in Montreal in 2009, you are eligible to vote up to five things in each of the following categories

Best Novel
Best Novella
Best Novelette
Best Short Story
Best Related Book
Best Graphic Story
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Best Editor, Short Form
Best Editor, Long Form
Best Professional Artist
Best Semiprozine
Best Fanzine
Best Fan Writer
Best Fan Artist
John W. Campbell Award

You can vote online here (
http://www.anticipationsf.ca/pub/hugos/nominations.php To do so, you need your Hugo PIN number, which you can get by e-mailing registration@anticipationsf.ca

You must do this by February 20th, 2009.

You can also vote by mailing the form you received in the mail.

A friend recently pointed out: Last year, 40 nominations put a novel on the final ballot.  17 nominations put a short story there. If there's something you want to see on the ballot, you probably can put it there.

I urge you to nominate at least a title or two in the Best Graphic Story category. Why? This is a new category (
http://sfscope.com/2008/08/anticipation-announces-special.html)
"to honor works in which illustrations are integral to the movement of the plot, whether or not text is present". It could be a permanent award if ratified at the convention at the WSFS Business meeting, but this won't happen unless people show their support for it by nominating things in this category.

Things I'm nominating include: (I still need to check dates on all these ;P )
James Maxey, Dragonforge (novel)
Cory Doctorow, Little Brother (novel)
Ted Kosmatka, "The Prophet of Flores" (novellete)
Tina Connolly, "On the Eyeball Floor" (short story)
Kelley Eskridge, "Dangerous Space" (novella)
Kij Johnson, 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss (short story)
Brian Dolton, "In This City" (short story)
Elena Gleason, "Erased" (short story)
Michael Greenhut, "Watermark" (short story)
Howard Tayler, Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic (graphic novel)
Campbell: Alethea Kontis, Tony Pi
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fantasy Magazine, Strange Horizons (best semiprozine)
Groppi, Hartman & Meisner; Nick Mamatas (best editor) (Yours truly is also eligible :p)

If you are interested in looking at my stuff, I am glad to send out e-copies. Drop me a comment or e-mail. The things that I am proudest of in 2008 are:
The Dew Drop Coffee Lounge (Clockwork Phoenix)
Events at Fort Plenitude (Weird Tales)
The Fisherman's Child (Farrago's Wainscot)
http://www.farragoswainscot.com/2008/8/fisherman.html
Worm Within (Clarkesworld )
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/rambo_09_08/

I am eligible to vote and am -delighted- to look at stuff in e-form. Hit me with it!