Always the bridesmaid, part 6
Nearly made it onto the Hugo ballot. Again
Just for archival purposes, I'm noting the nominations breakdown for the 2009 Hugo Awards went like this:
Top 10 Novel Nominations
Little Brother Cory Doctorow 129
Anathem Neal Stephenson 93
The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman 82
Saturn’s Children Charles Stross 74
Zoe’s Tale John Scalzi 54
Matter Iain M. Banks 49
Nation Terry Pratchett 46
An Autumn War Daniel Abraham 46
Implied Spaces Walter Jon Williams 45
Pirate Sun Karl Schroeder 41
Not too bad; although I'm nowhere near the top 5, the 5-to-ten nominees are all clustered within 40 to 50 nominations each. Let's all start a chant now: We're number 10! We're number 10!
Heck, that's pretty damned good, considering the wealth of talent that's out there these days.
What's actually more encouraging is that the two short stories and one novella I wrote last year (I also published an older story in 2008) all made respectable placements on the list. Clearly, I must write more short works...