Last week I received word that two members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America had nominated my novel, Escaping Infinity, for this year’s Best Sci-Fi novel in the Nebula Awards.
Sadly, I got to enjoy the news for less than 24 hours because the next day the SFWA released the list of final nominees and my book did not garner enough nominations to make the top five. That being said, I wish the best of luck to the five finalists as well as all of the other final nominees in all of the other categories.
For a little-known writer like me, having his first full-length attempt at a sci-fi novel (Maelstrom is more of a novella) get nominated at all is a pretty special accomplishment and motivates me to get my next sci-fi project finished to see if I can make a run at making it to the final five next time.
The Nebula Awards are the first of three major sci-fi writing awards. The next one up is the Hugos. Getting a Hugo nomination, much less winning the award, used to be quite the feather in a writer’s cap. Sadly, in recent years, the award has been hijacked by a group that has steered the award more toward the most politically acceptable writer instead of the best-written work.
You’ve probably heard about the recent attempts by two groups, the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies, to bring this bias to light and to try to return the Hugos to recognizing the best science fiction regardless of the political viewpoints of the nominees.
While I was somewhat late to the conflict, I publicly aligned myself with the Sad Puppies and that means I will never see a nomination for, much less getting my hands on, a Hugo Award. And I am perfectly fine with that. I may not have fought with the winning side, but I fought with the right side.
Which brings us to the Dragon Awards. Started last year, the Dragon Award is connected with DragonCon, a convention that sees nearly 70,000 visitors (WorldCon which presents the Hugos doesn’t see a sixth of that in attendance numbers) flood downtown Atlanta on Labor Day weekend.
The awards are nominated by, and voted on by, the fans. Better yet, it is free. No buying memberships, as is required for the Nebula and Hugo awards, and there is no ballot-box stuffing. The folks that run the Dragons have seen to that from what I am told.
Last year’s winners were all excellent choices and they beat out a solid field of nominees.And I expect this year’s field to be just as awesome.
I’m also hoping that my humble little novel will find its way into the final nominees in Atlanta in September and here’s where you can help out.
Follow this link: 2017 Dragon Award Nominations, fill out the required contact field and check the little box below to register to vote after nominations close on July 24th. Then work your way through all of the categories and nominate whomever you feel is worthy for any category you want. You don’t have to nominate in every category either, nor is there a minimum number of nominations that you have to make.
Once you’re done, and I sincerely hope you put Escaping Infinity and my name in the first category of Best Science Fiction Novel, click the submit button and you’re done until August when you should receive an e-mail with the form to vote for the nominees.
If you’re wondering who I plan to nominate and vote for, that will be a post I’ll be making a little later on. In the meantime, here’s what all the ruckus is about: