Queen of Candesce up for Locus Award
Anyone can vote, but the deadline is April 15
I just found out that Book II of my Virga series, Queen of Candesce, is on the preliminary ballot for the 2008 Locus Award! (I should have known this--aren't all the Locus Recommended Reading titles on the ballot?) In any case, I'm quite proud of the company this puts Queen in, next to books by Brian Aldiss, William Gibson, Joe Haldeman, and Charlie Stross. The downside to being on such a prestigious list is that my chances of winning are miniscule, but the ballot is of the Australian Rules type, where you can choose your top five works in order of preference. (The ballots hold a kind of run-off election against each other that allows a candidate who's nobody's first choice, but everybody's second choice, to win.) So, who knows, maybe Queen will be everybody's second-favourite book of last year! (Venera would fall to the ground and gnash her teeth at that thought.)
One oddity of the ballot is that the web page makes it look like you have to be a Locus subscriber to vote. You don't. Anybody can vote, you just have to include some identifying contact information, which Locus will keep confidential.
There are a lot of categories for this award, including short story, novelette, best art book etc. So zip on over and vote; it's painless and at the very least will let you settle in your own mind what your favourite works were last year.