I am a Campbell Award finalist

They just announced the finalists for the Hugos, and well, look who is on the list:
http://www.renovationsf.org/hugo-intro.php

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines
Saladin Ahmed
Lauren Beukes
Larry Correia
Lev Grossman
Dan Wells

For those of you that don’t know, the John W. Campbell Award is a pretty big deal. Being nominated as one of the five finalists is great. The Hugos are sort of like the Oscars for sci-fi and fantasy writers, and the Campbell is a separate award for best new writer. 

The winners will be announced at WorldCon in August. Anyone who was a voting member of WorldCon last year or this year, may vote. It is in Reno this time, which is about as close as it will ever be to me, so I will be attending. 

Thank you very much to all of you that nominated me, and I’m especially thankful for all of the Barflies. You guys are awesome.

As far as the other Campbell finalists go, I’m unfamiliar with the work of three of them, so now I’ll have to check them out. Dan Wells, however… I’m a fan. He’s the guy that wrote I Am Not A Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don’t Want to Kill You.  (which I’ve reviewed and book bombed here) He’s also got a new YA series coming out soon, and a sci-fi thriller where a character based on me is one of the primary villains. Yep. We’re friends. In fact, we’re in the same game group.  I can now truthfully say that my RPG night has 40% of the best new writers in the country in it.  Yes, and we are in fact, totally awesome.

Obviously I want to win, but if I don’t, then I’m rooting for Dan.

I’ve got several more friends among the other category’s nominees. Eric James Stone in Best Novelette, Mary Robinette Kowal in Best Short, Writing Excuses for Related Work, and Howard Tayler for Best Graphic Story.

EDIT:  Remember last week when somebody said I wasn’t a real writer because I had *only* been #27 on the NYT? Well, now I’ve been nominated for a prestigious award for “excellence in the field”. BURN!  So suck it, losers.  :)

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