Two practitioners of the fantastic were born this day. You might say they were Legends. *ducks and runs* Continue reading
Once again, it’s that time of the year. Award season.
And there’s one award that stands out above all the others.
It’s voted on by the fans. And not just fans in the US, either. Fans from all over the world can vote on it, making it an international award.
All fans are welcome.
The award comes with a gorgeous trophy.
It seeks to recognize the best writing and artistry in the field. Continue reading
There are a few used book stores here in town. Two are pretty good, one is so-so, and I’m not sure the fourth isn’t a front for something else.
Anyway, the one I consider the best is closing. The owner doesn’t have a lease but owns the storefront. As a result, he’s not in any hurry to shut his doors. This is good, because he’s got a pretty thorough inventory. It’s one of the great second hand stores where there are stacks of books in all the aisles, and a few minutes to see if a particular title is to be had turns into the better part of an afternoon.
I passed through the other day and picked up a few things. At the moment everything is half off. That percentage will increase as times goes on and the day the store shuts its doors for good draws nigh. You know I’ll be going back. Continue reading
I was indulging one of my vices (reading other people’s blogs, Sarah Hoyt’s in this case) and noticed in the comments a quote from a different blog. That particular quote had some disparaging thing to say about the Gemmell Awards. I’m not going to bother linking to the quoted blog because I’m not directly responding to the argument there, which concerned the number of white male authors nominated for awards, specifically the Hugos. I will quote the relevant passage, because it’s representative of a pretty common attitude. It also kicked off a train of thought that should be addressed. Namely, the how relevant the Hugos are compared to the Gemmells.
The Gemmell Awards are named after David Gemmell and focus on heroic fantasy. The Hugo Awards are named in honor of Hugo Gernsback, who published the first magazine devoted entirely to science fiction, Amazing Stories. The Gemmell Awards specialize in heroic fantasy, while the Hugos encompass the entire sff field.
Here’s the quote:
“Why not just let the works speak for themselves?”
The issue is that when we let the works speak for themselves, we wind up with the Gemmell Awards: 70,000 votes (several orders of magnitudes greater than the Hugos), and every single nominee for Best Novel is a White Dude. Every best debut novel is a dude, most of them white.
Of course these comments are totally bogus. I’ll explain why in a second. But it got me to thinking, always a dangerous thing.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, in addition to the shortlist for the Gemmell Awards, the shortlist for the Hugo Awards, was announced recently. And the internet has been having a major hissy fit ever since.
One of the wonderful things about ereader apps for phones is that you can read when you have a spare minute and do so without the hassle of carrying around one (or more) books. I’ve spent the last few weeks reading and thoroughly enjoying Legends.
One of the nice things about it was that so many of the contributors were unfamiliar to me. I recognized a number of the names but hadn’t read their work before. My TBR list just got a lot longer. The authors represented here are James Barclay, Gaie Sebold, Ian Whates, Storm Constantine, Tanith Lee, Johnathon Green, Joe Abercrombie, Juliet E. McKenna, Anne Nicholls, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Jan Siegel, Sandra Unerman, and Stan Nicholls.
While most of the stories in the volume were heroic fantasy or sword and sorcery, there were a few that were more fairy tale in nature. This lent the volume a nice variation to the contents.Rather than give a summary of each tale, I’ll highlight some of my favorites. Continue reading