It seems to have become something of a fashion for authors to point out what they’re eligible for, marshalling their internet warriors for assault upon various awards, or possibly promoting the genre and its plaudits to a wider voting public, depending on how you see it. A veritable internet arms race, some might say. Others would call it unbelievably crass. I, of course, am above such earthly concerns, though I would note in passing that The Heroes was published this year and it was pretty bloody good even if I say so myself. Of course, if when falling over yourself to vote for it you were to see any other books/writers on various long and short lists that you preferred you could vote for those instead. But you’d be fucking dead to me.
A nobler crusade is being undertaken by fellow fantasist NK Jemisin over on her blog. She has observed that awards for best editor are often concentrated among a relatively limited group and has taken up arms in the cause of her editor, Devi Pillai, of Orbit. What do you know, Devi just happens to be my US Editor as well, and if that’s not certification of her excellent taste I don’t know what is. I think votes for Devi would be an excellent thing. Go forth, my flying monkeys! Go!
Lastly but not leastly, David Gemmell awards come round again. I have said in the past that I very much like the idea of this award – something that focuses on the epic/heroic end of the spectrum – but wish that it had a juried element, a little bit more of a focus on quality than popularity, maybe, though I daresay that would mean the end of my chances. Still, it is what it is, and I’d like to see people involved, at least, so why not go forth and vote!
Oh look, The Heroes is on the list, I had no idea…