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Thanks to the divine Paul Cornell, I am reminded that nominations for the 2014 Hugo Awards are now open, and that it is not shameful to let others know that one has eligible work.

And so we present for your consideration the unabridged audiobook of THE FALL OF THE KINGS for
Best Dramatic Presentation “Long Form” (more than 90 minutes)

Rules for who is eligible to nominate for the Hugos are here.  You can nominate for the Hugo Awards (if you've an attending or supporting member of this year's, last year's or next year's Worldcon) here.  More info (including fact that deadline is March 31st) here.

ETA: Bo Bolander reminds us: "If you attended LoneStarCon last year, you can vote on the Hugos/Campbell this year. It's that easy!"

Creator/Writer:  Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman
Studio: SueMedia/Neil Gaiman Presents

Produced by SueMedia & Ellen Kushner, narrated by Ellen Kushner (co-author with Delia Sherman), the audiobook features original music by Nathanael Tronerud composed for the Riverside Series, book by book, this book being the culmination.  Using our new "Illuminated" audiobook technique, SueMedia also creates original sound effects throughout, and we invited a host of wonderful actors to bring some of the dialogue to life - including the great Simon Jones (the original Arthur Dent in Hitchiker's Guide!), audio award-winners Katherine Kellgren, Nick Jones, Robert Fass . . . and Neil Gaiman as The Wizard in the Dreams!

Read more about it and listen to sample clips here.

I would point out the the first book in the series, Swordspoint, won an Audie Award in 2012, so we're selling quality goods here. And that, ehrm, very very few people actually nominate and vote in the Hugos, so every vote genuinely counts!

Thank you.

Full Size Cover Image by Tom Canty )
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in its category, which was "Best Audio Drama" --because of all the Illuminated bits.

I really truly wasn't expecting it - I'm afraid I let out a SQUAWK! - What?! - and when we stood in our places for the applause (no speeches at the Audies), I blinked around the room like a sunstruck owl.

Then I sat down and managed not to burst into tears only through force of character with the knowledge that it would destroy my carefully-applied eye makeup, which took forever.

Good thing, too, because there were many pictures taken with everyone.  Which I will post.  Tomorrow.  Along with all my thanks to the many people who deserve it.

I had a rather spiffing dress. I must go take it off, now.
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In the "All Pleasures Must be Paid For" Dept.: Got the WisCon Cold. And so, while I will still be very well-dressed, I will not be hugging & shaking hands with my esteemed colleagues at the Audie Awards tomorrow night (assuming they'll still let me in! A room full of the audiobook world's finest voice talent . . . maybe they'll just make me carry a bell & clapper?) But on the No Good Deed Goes Unappreciated side: at our long-awaited lunch today, Amie Cousins presented me with my long-requested bottle of Australian Horseradish/Garlic+C cold pills! How's that for synchronicity?

At WisCon, had the very great pleasure of meeting Amy Butler Greenfield, and am now devouring her YA historical fantasy CHANTRESS. Also got to hang out a lot with Ysabeau Wilce, and talk about Flora & Hardhands & Tiny Doom . . . I will let her tell you about the results - for now, my lips are sealed!  There were many more merry meetings, but I think I need to go lie down now (as opposed to basking in memories until they reveal all names & faces. Debbie, Caroline, Brit, noodles, momocha, Karen, ah, English muffins . . . Oh, dear.  And cake.)

Last night we had Janis Ian to dinner here at Chateau Riverside.  We've met often at cons, but this was the first time we'd really had a chance to sit and talk.  (To my delight, she'd written some weeks back to say that she'd be in town for the Audies & BEA & the Lambda Awards [!!!], and did we have a little time?)  We cooked a simple home dinner, figuring someone who's on the road that much would appreciate it.  With her was the remarkable Ellen Myrick - shared the Theory of Ellens with her (which exploded like the Big Bang when Ellen Klages & I first met), and sure enough, she too is capable & bossy (well, that's what they call us!).

Tomorrow night we find out whether we won any Audie Awards - between us, Delia & I are up for FOUR!!!
Me for SWORDSPOINT:  Best Audio Drama
Me for THE PRIVILEGE OF THE SWORD:  Best Multi-Narrator (eeeeeee!!! That would be Barbara Rosenblat & me!!!!)
Us for WELCOME TO BORDERTOWN: Best Anthology
Delia for THE FREEDOM MAZE:  Best Children's Title

This will never happen again.  So off we go.

Sorry I don't update here often enough - I tend to just blurt on Twitter or Facebook, and you're more than welcome to join me there.  Oh, and Tumblr, too - it's here, but it is, of course, mostly pictures.  Good ones, though!
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'Tis the Season for all the 2011 Award Nominations - and we* are just thrilled to find ourselves up for these, for our revival of the classic Bordertown series - for a new audience.  If you could possibly spare a few moments, your vote could count a lot:

• Teenreads.com, in association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader (ECAR) has announced their 2012 Teen Choice Book of the Year Nominees – and we’re nominated! Voting closes on February 15. The 5 titles that receive the most votes will serve as finalists for the CBC’s 2012 Teen Choice Book of the Year. So please head over here and vote your faves - we hope Welcome to Bordertown will be one of them!

Welcome to Bordertown made the Locus Online Recommended Reading List under Best Anthology!  Which should be enough for anyone - but it also puts us on the docket for the Locus Awards Ballot.  You don't need to be a Locus subscriber to vote: 

The fine thing about all this is that the ballots are broad - you have a chance to see and vote for lots of other nominees in many other categories (coughcough like Delia Sherman's The Freedom Maze in Locus' Best Young Adult Books)  - and to get recommendations for fabulous stuff you may even not have read!

*That would be my co-editor, Holly Black ( [livejournal.com profile] blackholly ), B'town series creator (and my co-author on the title story) Terri Windling, and the whole collection of Authors for Welcome to Bordertown!  Plus our husbands, wives, and dogs. And cats. The cats are thrilled, too; they're just better at hiding it.
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So there you are: Staring at your Nebula (or Hugo or WFC) Nomination Ballot, and wondering, "What the hell is a novelette, anyway? And have I read any this year?  And, most importantly:  Have my friends written any that I should be nominating if I only knew their exact word length?"

I understand.  We've all been there.

And I am here to help.

On the Nebula Ballot, a novelette is defined as "a story of at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words." Such as, for instance (and I speak here only of stories that happened to have been published in 2011, making them eligible for a Nebula Nomination which can only be done by an Active member of SFWA and must be submitted before Feb. 15th),

* "The Duke of Riverside" by Ellen Kushner  (8,000 hard-won words, and my editor nearly killed me 'cause she wanted it SHORT!)

Or what about those troubling novellas?  Again, the Neb Ballot (which has recently imposed the draconian rule that "Works may not be nominated by their authors, editors, publishers, or agents") comes to the rescue with: "A story of at least 17,500 words but less than 40,000 words."  Such as, for example:

* "Welcome to Bordertown" by Terri Windling & Ellen Kushner (23,000 words - but, hey, there were two of us!)

Get the idea?  

It's a win/win situation. You nominate me and my friends, and we never tell anyone that you couldn't remember what the hell a novelette was.


Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: For dramatic works such as motion pictures, television, Internet, radio, audio, and stage productions (Also on Nebula Ballot)

Why run with the herd, nominating all those films & TV shows that everyone else has seen, too?  Why not nominate something different this year - like a musical-feminist-shtetl-klezmer-magicrealist audio drama (starring Tovah Feldshuh, Simon Jones & Neil Gaiman)?  I speak, of course, of
The Witches of Lublin.  
SFWA members can get a link to hear the whole show, and to see other nominated dramatic work, here.

(And everyone else:  You can get the special extended 2-hour Witches download here on Audible.com)

ETA:  So don't be shy, folks!  Be sure to ask for the word count when asking friends and colleagues what they published in 2011!

We'll all be glad you did.




Dec. 7th, 2010 11:25 pm
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For those who vote the Nebula Awards (i.e., SFWA members):  

I've just posted in the SFWA Forum (locked to non-members)  a link to my short story "The Man with the Knives," which is eligible for 2010.  (Actually,  Nebula Award Commissioner  [livejournal.com profile] madrobins  was kind enough to do the posting, as I was being utterly flummoxed by the highly sophisticated Online Forum - me pathetica! - and she took the trouble to help me out on her birthday, too!  Wotta gal.)  It is blatant campaigning, I suppose; like putting oneself up for the borough of Loughshane . . . . But, as the Master doubtless observed somewhere or other (and doubtless in the mouth of some despicable time-server),  Such are the times we live in, friends.  

Nominations are open
(only SFWA members can nominate, though you need not be a member to be nominated) through Feb. 15th.  The 6 works with the most nominations in each category become Nominees on the Final Ballot, and the winners are announced at SFWA's Nebula Banquet (May 2011).

I must immediately go and vote for all my friends, and anyone who has ever bought me a drink.
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Just when I'd resigned myself to not being on any Awards Lists like, ever again (because it would really help if I published something this year, wouldn't it?), I get this lovely sideswipe from the cosmos:

The Locus Awards nominations are out and we’re all on it. Eclipse Three makes an appearance in the Best Anthology category, and stories from the book by Nicola, Karen and Maureen are on the list.

That's the anthology's editor, the wonderful Jonathan Strahan, in a note he sent to all the book's contributors this morning.  The story of mine that's in it is Dulce Domum, which I posted about some here as it progressed.  It's a story I'm very proud of, that I'd been trying to write for a long, long time, and it was Jonathan who harassed encouraged me til it was done - even through the unspeakable "Um, here's a rough draft and if it doesn't work for you just tell me and I'll quietly go away" stage, which not every editor will do for ya, believe me.

While it is, of course, possible that everyone who voted to nominate Eclipse Three thought Dulce Domum was the single bad story in a book full of rich & glorious jewels, I prefer to think that's not the case.

It is a book full of rich & glorious jewels, though; when I got my copy and started dutifully reading through, I was gobsmacked & stimulated by the quality of the work therein.  I do hope that all these nominations make a lot more people aware of this original anthology.  

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Hey, cool! I have 2 stories on the 2009 Locus Recommended Reading list:

"'A Wild & a Wicked Youth'"
- published by Gordon Van Gelder in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction's April/May 2009 issue (and available in electronic form as a single-issue purchase!*) . . . this one will also be reprinted in Jonathan Strahan's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, coming in March from Night Shade books. (This is the story about the boyhood of Richard St. Vier.)

"Dulce Domum"
published in Jonathan Strahan's superb anthology (I can say this because my story was maybe the shortest one in there, so only a tiny percentage of the real estate is me), Eclipse 3. (This was the "Wind in the Willows"/Christmas story - I read it aloud at Wiscon & Readercon, I think. I think...)

In other news: Trader Joe's Cocoa Almonds, how I miss you! The Dark Chocolate ones are not at all the same. I went to Sahadi in Brooklyn yesterday and kinda bought out the store: golden raisins (which for some reason have been almost impossible to find up here lately), baked salted corn kernels, Turkish apricots, dried California peaches, the best, freshest roasted almonds it has ever been my pleasure to snarfle, mint-chocolate lentils, Moroccan oil-cured olives (all from big tubs, of course), Fines Herbes Provencales (complete w/lavender buds) . . . all at crazylow Atlantic Avenue prices. But I am sad to say that their Cocoa Almonds, while lovely, just aren't It. (And just in case anyone reading this is TJ's CEO: Whatever happened to that Green Matcha Tea Yoghurt, pal?) But it's good to be back in the same town as Sahadi's! Next time maybe I'll have the strength to make it as far as Court Street Bakery for the almond paste macaroons, and Sweet Melissa's for a chestnut madeleine.

*ADDED: Turns out there are 4 different providers of digital editions of F&SF. Go here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
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After several days of "radio silence" due to lousy internet @ Readercon's Marriott, I have much to tell, and hope I can get even a little of it down. I'll begin with the big news: Yesterday morning (Finnish time) at Finncon, the Helsinki Science Fiction Society announced:

The Tähtifantasia award for best translated fantasy in 2008 was given to Ellen Kushner for her novel Thomas Riiminiekka (Thomas the Rhymer), published in Finnish by Vaskikirjat. The novel talks about the power of words and speech. The jury commends Kushner’s characters as exceptionally well-rounded, feeling persons. The story uses point-of-view technics to bring multiple voices into a discussion about songs, stories, love and how language brings meaning to life.

Warmest congratulations to my Finnish publisher, Vaskikirjat, and particularly to my translator, the magnificent Johanna Vainikainen-Uusitalo, who asked me a lot of really interesting questions while she was working on the book, clearly to good purpose. (And thanks to Finnish blogger Tero Ykspetaja for writing the post I quoted from . . . and to my dad for tracking down all the links about it & pointing them out!

I am truly scunnered & honored - especially when I see who else was nominated! Indeed, I blush - and can only think that it is Johanna's brilliant translation that brought me in first in a field that included translations of Patricia McKillip, Robert Silverberg, Nobel Laureate José Saramago, and Gregory Maguire's Wicked!

[The teenage girl whose bed I'm sleeping in here in Maine (while she bunks with her brother & the dog, bless her!) asks - in her wonderful deadpan way, "So do you get anything for this? (beat) What's in it for you? . . . Any Finnish Delicacies? . . . Maybe you should get a crate of pickled herring or something. Ask them about it!" It never occurred to me. I do love herring. But a plaque or some chocolate would be nice, too.]
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World Fantasy was fantastic - seems like a million years ago! I was pretty low-energy because of my cold, so I missed all the parties, but at least I got to have quiet quality time with lots of old friends from all over who came together at WFC, including Sharon Shinn (St Louis), Guy Kay (Toronto), Caroline Stevermer (Mpls), Lisa Tuttle (Scotland), and a host of other notables I hope I didn't infect with anything other than banter. It's amazing to me that these are now names to conjure with; we were all puppies together not so long ago. I must say I do like the folks who are puppies now. Good people all around; a fine family to belong to.

I was blown away by a panel featuring Betty Ballantine, founder - with late husband Ian - of Bantam Books and then of Ballantine, the original publishers of LOTR and the Ballantine Adult Fantasy line. When the moderator was taking questions, I stood up and thanked her for creating my entire generation of fantasists. There's no question but that we would not exist without the inspiration those books provided, both aesthetically and practically. I mean, there we were, young and impressionable - first they give us Tolkien & James Branch Cabell & E.R. Eddison et al . . . and then Peter S. Beagle & Joy Chant, so we know this stuff isn't just written by Dead Guys . . . . Tom Doherty, who had been her sales manager, was also very impressive about the biz. It was an amazing slice of history; I hope someone else has written the panel up somewhere more thoroughly than I ever will.

I hated to leave on Saturday afternoon, but needs must. Lots more after this )
See ya in Kalamazoo.

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