My dreary Monday was interrupted by the exciting news that Fair Coin was selected as a finalist for the 2013 Compton Crook Award! Named for author Compton Crook (the pseudonym of Stephen Tall), since 1983 this award has been presented by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) to the best first novel of the year in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Past winners include T.C. McCarthy’s Germline (2012), Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl (2010), and Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon (2007).
It’s an honor to be considered for the same award as all those talented writers and to share this year’s shortlist with Heather Anastasiu, Myke Cole, Jay Kristoff, and Jeff Salyards. Though I can’t find a list of finalists from previous years, I’m pretty happy to see a good range of fantasy and science fiction here, including three young adult titles. The BCFS membership will continue to read nominees and vote through April, and the award will be presented to the winner at Balticon in May.
And I’m still bouncing over the Andre Norton nomination… If you’re a member of SFWA, don’t forget to cast your votes by Saturday, March 30! Most of the Norton-nominated books are free in the Nebula Voter Packet, including Fair Coin, so you still have time to catch up! Right now I’m reading through as much of the Nebula-nominated short fiction as I can before the deadline.
I’ve also been meaning to mention that you have until April 15, 2013 to cast your ballots for the Locus Award. Anyone can vote for the Locus Awards, with no special membership or subscription requirements, so I’ll hope you’ll take a moment to do so. You’ll notice that Fair Coin is not listed among the fantastic YA Books or First Novels on the ballot, but you can write in up to five books you want to vote for.
And that’s all I’ve got on awards for now… :) Thanks to everyone who has read, considered, and nominated Fair Coin. I’m thrilled to get every bit of recognition because I know how hard it is to for a debut novel to be noticed, especially with so many excellent books being published every year. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!