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Awards, Awards

May 3, 2016 at 6:34 pm
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The Hugo Awards may be the best-known and most prestigious awards for science fiction and fantasy, but they’re not the only ones. With the controversies about this year’s ballot raging on every side, we risk losing sight of the some other awards.

Such as the Locus Awards. Locus just announced the shortlist for those, which you can find here:

I’m delighted to see that OLD VENUS is one of the finalists in Best Anthology, and that one of the stories therein, Elizabeth Bear’s “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson,” is a nominee in Best Novelette. Congratulations, Elizabeth! Oh, and Gardner Dozois was nominated as Best Editor. Congratulations, Gargy. Congratulations, Venus. Congratulations, me!

(OLD VENUS and OLD MARS both done very well, both critically and commercially. That’s very gratifying. If I ever find some spare time, Gardner and I need to do some more of those. OLD URANUS, anyone?)

The Locus Awards winners will be announced in Seattle, June 24 to 26.

Well before that, we will learn the winner of this year’s Nebula Awards. The Nebula Banquet is going to be in Chicago next weekend, May 14. My friend John Hodgman will be the master of ceremonies. You can still get a ticket, I think. Check it out:

Oh, and I’ve also been informed that the Spanish language edition of THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE, the massive “fake history” book I did with Elio Garcia and Linda Antonnson, has been nominated for the Ignotus Award, one of the biggest SF/ awards prizes in Spain.

The full list of nominees is here:

Win or lose, as always, it is an honor just to be nominated.

Season 4… in Spain

April 7, 2014 at 11:31 pm
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Canal +, which broadcasts A GAME OF THRONES in Spain, has done some interesting and unusual TV spots for season four.

I thought you folks might like a look at them, even if (like me) you don't speak any Spanish.

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Pretty cool, I thought.

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Barcelona Bacchanal

July 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm
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Great times in Barcelona, one of my favorite cities. We’ve gotten lost in the wynds and alleys of the old city a couple of times, but what does it matters? Ther are great tapas, beer, and sangria any way you turn. And I am getting recognized everywhere, which is cool and scary both. My hat’s off to the three girls who rescued Jo and me when we were hopelessly turned around in the Ramblas a couple of nights ago.

Still, starting to miss home. Two more days. I love tapas, but I need green chile.

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Madrid Madness

July 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm
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Aviles was wonderful, Celsius sensational, spent my mornings signing endless copies of my books, and my evenings drinking in sidewalk cafes with Joe Abercrombie, Lisa Tuttle, Colin Murray, Diego Cruz,Ian Watson, Cristina Macias, Adam Nevill, Dimitri The Russian Guy, and many Asturian friends.

Now I’m in Madrid, doing endless interviews for Canal + and posing on their Iron Throne. It’s hot here, but life is cool.

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Safe in Spain

July 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm
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San Diego Comicon was great fun… but exhausting beyond belief. Somehow I survived, however. Spent all day Sunday on airplanes crossing the Atlantic, and today finds me, jetlagged and weary, in Madrid. I arrived in the morning and slept all day. Just ate some dinner, and am about to go to bed again. By tomorrow morning I should be well-rested for my trip to Aviles.

See you all at CELSIUS!!!

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Leaving on a Jet Plane…

July 11, 2012 at 10:36 am
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… in a few hours. This time my destination is San Diego Comicon.

(I was the first registrant at the very first comicon, did I mention? Drew about thirty people to a seedy hotel in Greenwich Village. But I did get to meet Steve Ditko and Fabulous Flo Steinberg. Comicons have grown since).

I expect I will see some of you at the HBO panel. I’m the lucky one, I don’t have to stand in line for hours to get in.

From San Diego, I fly direct to Spain. Look for me in Aviles, Madrid, and Barcelona.

I will be scarce around here until I get back home at month’s end, but I leave the house, the office, and the blog in the hands of my trio of able assistants, Terrible Ty, Rambunctious Raya, and Perky Pat. You may hear from them from time to time while I’m gone.

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March 10, 2012 at 10:06 am
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I love the fans in Spain.

FNAC had a midnight sale for the release of the first season DVD and Blue-Ray:

(Though I must admit, I am glad I was not at the front of that queue, signing books for all those people. Now I growing deeply afraid of what may await me this summer at Celsius 232).

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The Iron Throne Tours Spain

June 11, 2011 at 9:54 am
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Here’s some cool news for the wildmen and lovely ladies of Asshai and all my other Spanish fans and readers — the good folks at Canal +, who are broadcasting GAME OF THRONES in Spain — are sending the Iron Throne on a promotional tour!

Their throne will be appearing in five cities: Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla and Madrid.

Look closely, and you’ll see that Canal’s Iron Throne has a number of differences from HBO’s Iron Throne, several versions of which are still turning up here and there throughout the US.

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