I don’t know how many of you know I’ve been nominated/a finalist for half a dozen awards or so over my career. My very first book was a finalist for the Mythopoeic, and Soul of Fire AND A Death In Gascony were finalists for a Colorado Book Award.
This is why I didn’t get too excited when I heard that I was a finalist to the Prometheus. Oh, it was an honor — sure. But looking at the list of other finalists I counted myself as the least likely to win. In my head, I knew who would win, and who the second and third would be, and I was prepared to be gracious.
Imagine my very great shock upon receiving an email informing me that: The winner of the Best Novel award is Darkship Thieves, by Sarah Hoyt (Baen Books). The Hall of Fame award was won by Animal Farm, a short novel written by George Orwell in 1945. Sarah Hoyt will receive a plaque and a one-ounce gold coin, while a smaller gold coin and a plaque will be presented to Orwell’s estate.
I didn’t really believe it until I found it here http://www.lfs.org/releases.htm and my name added to the list of winners in Wikipedia.
I am honored and humbled. I’ve told you all — many times — that I don’t write to send a message. It is nonetheless impossible for any author to divorce himself/herself from his/her deepest beliefs while creating a world. And it should be obvious to anyone who has read my blog for any time that individual liberty is possibly my most cherished value. So it tends to be the most cherished value of my characters — at least the good ones!
I will have more coherent things to say about this, later — for now I’m glad it won, and I’m glad THIS book — dedicated to Robert A. Heinlein — won. I view this win as proof he — through his books — done brought me up right.
Update for those who prefer electronic books — electronic versions of Darkship Thieves are available directly from the publisher: http://www.webscription.net/p-1102-darkship-thieves.aspx They are non-drm and in all the most common formats, including Kindle. (Thank you to Francis Turner for the link!)
*Crossposted at Classical Values.*
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