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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Award nominations are out, and "A Siege of Cranes" is on the ballot.

Congratulations to Mary Rickert (dominatin' with three nominations for her marvelous stories and collection!), Susan Groppi (also on the ballot thrice, if you squint, since she edited "Siege" in Twenty Epics as well as being nominated for the fabulous Strange Horizons), Mr. Ford with double nominations, Mr. Moles for Twenty Epics (plus editing "Siege"!), Ellen Kushner (more nominations for the excellent TPOTS, and did I tell you guys I helped pick the title? huh? huh?), Ellen Datlow, Leslie Howle (and it's lovely to see my alma mater Clarion West recognized), the inimitable Mr. Ryman, my ancient nemesis Mr. Rowe (who emailed me to say "and so our game begins again..."), and all the rest of the folks on the ballot, who I admire from afar.

It's a fine ballot and it makes me very homesick, because if I were still in Falls Church, it would be a no-brainer to jog up to Saratoga Springs for the weekend. As it is, it seems unlikely. On the other hand, I mean, it's closer than Alberta...

Posted by benrosen at August 15, 2007 04:39 PM | Up to blog

Congrats on the nomination, Ben, and good luck. It's a pretty nice ballot when all's said and done. :-)

Posted by: Steve Nagy at August 15, 2007 06:32 PM

Ben: Congratulations! I really enjoyed and admired "A Siege of Cranes." Best of luck with it. Very intrigued by your upcoming museum show. Take care.

Jeff Ford

Posted by: jeff ford at August 15, 2007 06:59 PM

There's distance and there's distance -- Calgary's farther in miles, but it's probably a wash in time and not much more in dollars given that it's a lot closer to the nearest airport.

Basel to Calgary: 4804 mi: 13 hours, 25 minutes (via Frankfurt). Ca. $1300.

Basel to Saratoga Springs: 3790 mi. 12 hours, 40 minutes (Albany via Paris and Boston) plus a 40-minute drive. Ca. $1000 plus ground transportation.

Posted by: David Moles at August 16, 2007 09:59 AM
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