Jay Lake sent me this link to the Guardian today, so you know, I clicked through out of curiosity.Â The headline was “The next generation of SF Writers” and then there’s a photo of a spiral arm galaxy, the caption of which is, “In a galaxy far, far away â€¦ Hill, Kowal or Scholes?”
The science fiction and fantasy community likes to honour the writers in its ranks, and no honour comes higher for new writers than the John W Campbell award. Previous winners include Orson Scott Card, Stephen Donaldson and Cory Doctorow, so it’s certainly worth watching. This year, Mary Robinette Kowal beat a strong shortlist to scoop the award on the basis of a clutch of well-crafted short stories that showcase her emotional deftness while still telling strange and exhilarating stories in the SF tradition.
Thanks Mr. Walter!Â This is an excellent pre-birthday present.
Here, let me offer a party favor! Â This is an audio version of “Evil Robot Monkey” from the 2008 edition of the Solaris New Book of Science Fiction.[audio:evilrobotmonkey.mp3]