There are only a few days left to get your nominations in for the Hugo awards. This was posted in the comments of the last thread, but it was such a good idea that I figured it needed its own post.
Ok, I’m nominating Legion for the puppies the children etc. but now I’ve started my own campaign to nominate Hank Reinhardt’s Book Of Knives: A Practical and Illustrated Guide to Knife Fighting .
Because I can’t nominate him for 40+ years of bringing live sword demos to science fiction cons. And I can’t nominate him for launching the modern sword industry and thus the WMA movement as well changing the way authors everywhere write about edged weapons. And I can’t nominate him for making Kukri a household word and thus indirectly encouraging Owen Pitt to carry one. Because I can’t nominate him for being the real world model for Ringo’s Edmund Talbot.
That is a great idea. If you’ve not checked out the Book of Knives, it is awesome. Hank passed away a few years ago. If a writer anywhere got their sword/knife details right in a book, they probably owe part of it to the work and research Hank did. If you’ve watched the documentary Reclaiming the Blade, about western martial arts, he’s in it.
I’m nominating Book of Knives for Best Supporting Work.