Your Hugo Award Public Service Announcement
Ah, awards season. What would they be without (a) a few gentle reminders to vote and (b) a note or two about what you can vote for? Lest your award season, and in particular the Hugo Awards, feel incomplete, here are the wee little projects that I can offer up for your kind consideration.
Late, late, late last year (December 23rd, to be exact) I released a dystopian sci-fi thriller with Stephen Gaskell called Strata. Releasing so late in the year was a tactical error on our part. We were trying to catch the avalanche of e-book sales as everyone got a new e-reader for Christmas. Had we been thinking, at all, we would have delayed a week to give our little story a bit more time for awards varied and sundry.
Still, Steve and I are both terribly proud of this tale of a social unrest on a solar mining platform. We hope you agree, and we’d be grateful for your vote in the Best Novella category.
It is apparently my year for collaborations, because I also started up a podcast with friend and fellow writer, Greg Wilson called Speculate. I think it’s a really fun podcast with a unique approach to our shows. We generally do triptychs for a given work of specfic literature (an anthology, magazine issue, or novel). The first show is a reader response, the second is an interview with the author and sometimes editor, and the third is a discussion of writing technique based on what we read. It’s a great way to dig a bit deeper and to learn more from guests than you might on other shows, and we’re proud of that.
And, please forgive me for a moment as I put in a plug for Greg. I like to think that I do ok on the show for a guy that had no radio/podcasting experience before starting the show. Greg, however, is REALLY good at doing these podcasts. He’s got a voice cast in the back rooms of the radio hall of fame, he asks incisive questions, and he’s always light on his feet. Just listen to one show and you’ll see what I mean.
If you decide to vote for us in the Best Fancast category, you have our heartfelt thanks.
So, that’s it, my friends. Thanks for listening, and thanks for your votes, even if they weren’t for us.