Lost by a Whisker…

August 10th, 2008

So I failed to bag the John W. Campbell award for Best New Writer. The really frustrating thing was that I only just missed out

Well, if you count fourth out of six as just missed out. Yes, if it hadn’t been for the more popular half of the field the Campbell would be mine…

But I did get more first place votes than ‘No Award’. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, ‘no award’! Yes, I am a marginally more popular choice than throwing the plaque in the bin.

Anyway, many congratulations to Mary Robinette Kowal, who was indeed the winner, rightly lifted on angel wings to the heady heights of glory. Commiserations to Scott Lynch, David Anthony Durham, David Louis Edelman, and Jon Armstrong, who share with me the bitter, bitter dregs of failure…

Posted in announcements, news by Joe Abercrombie on August 10th, 2008. Tags: ,

11 comments so far

  • jayanne says:

    It’s been 5 years since I’ve read anything. After finishing my degree the last thing I ever wanted to do was pick up another book. But after a friend insisted I’d like “The Blade Itself” I gave it a try and couldn’t put it down. I tore through it and “Before they are Hanged” in 2 days, couldn’t wait for “Last Argument of Kings” to release in the US and imported it from the UK. I’ve never read anything like you’re work.

    Don’t worry about the award. Hundreds of authors I don’t care anything for win awards all the time. You’re in a class of your own. To hell with the rest and for the love of all that is holy, keep writing!

  • Bob Lock says:

    And the moral of this story…

    Grow longer whiskers…

    Tough luck, Joe, never mind, your stalkers… ahem, fans still love you 🙂


  • Bob Lock says:

    Hmm… btw, I meant ‘love’ in the brotherly way of course…

  • Susanne says:

    Aww Joe 🙁 Pity, that. I had everything crossed, even my eyes.

    On the other hand, if you look at the field – pre-nominations, that is – how many “New Writers” do you think were out there? And you came 4th! Out of … a hundred? Hundreds? Either way, I think you should be proud.

    Also, what Bob said. Well, some of what he said.

  • Anonymous says:

    Scream “Fix!”
    Demand a recount.
    And mutter about hanging chads.

  • Easydog says:

    You, Shaun Tan and Ian MacDonald were robbed. Robbed I say. Shaun Tan is brilliant…

    Also, how the hell did helix get nominated as it’s clearly edited by a nutcase. See http://transcriptase.org/what-happened/

    Hmmm… I shouldn’t read lists, they annoy me.

  • According to reports Patrick Rothfuss mentioned your name at a panel (context unknown, ask Isis next time we’re out) and the audience seemed nonplussed. A golden opportunity to sell yourself to the masses, lost!

  • Jayanne,
    Comments like these are the only awards I need.

    Love is love, man.

    But I wants to be bestest.


    Yes, lists are annoying, especially when I’m not at the top of them.

    I have corresponded with the Rothfuss by electronic mailing system, and he’s alright, he is. Yes he is.

  • Isis says:

    I believe that I said here on this very blog: come to Denver and we’ll vote for you.

    Pat’s beard is the most amazing thing I saw in Denver. It could have had its own panel.

  • You come at the top of my list. That’s probably not much consolation.

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