Un excellent titre !
|See, I’ve got two eligible short stories (“The Effluent Engine” and “On the Banks of the River Lex”) and two eligible novels this year. I’ve actually published three shorts, not two, but the third, “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters,” is ineligible for a Hugo or Neb due to being published in the UK rather than the US. (Feel free to nom it for a WFA or BSFA, tho’!) And while I was expecting a fourth story, “The Trojan Girl,” to come out in Weird Tales in 2010, it looks like that won’t be out ’til sometime in 2011. |
Which leaves me with an odd dilemma, particularly regarding the Hugos and Nebulas, since it’s nominating time for both of those. While I’m very proud of my eligible shorts this year — I don’t even send out a story unless I’m happy with it — “Effluent” wouldn’t even be out yet if I hadn’t posted it for charity (the anth it’s due to be pub’d in won’t be out ’til later in 2011), and it seems somehow wrong to me to use a charity effort for such a self-aggrandizing purpose as an award. And to put it bluntly, I don’t think “Lex” is as strong as last year’s Non-Zero Probabilities. I get that the whole reason for annual awards is so that various authors can compete against each other, not so that an author’s body of work can compete against itself. But, well, personally speaking, I do compete against myself. So if another short of mine lands on the Hugo or Neb ballots, I want it to be as good as or better than the last one that did so. I don’t want to be one of those authors who gets on the ballot every year due to familiarity/popularity, assuming I ever get to be that popular. I would rather be nominated only when I’ve written something that kicks ass.