Awards are curious things, they exist for many reasons. One reason, for literary awards, is to effect the way readers behave. An award, hopefully, will make a book stand out from the pack and make a reader more likely to pick it up, consider it, buy it, and read it. But do we react to awards in that way? I was struck by my own reaction to the news that Sarah Hall’s novel, The Carhullan Army, has won the Tiptree. Before I heard the news I’d been vaguely considering picking up the book. When I heard it had won the Tiptree, I had this reaction where I went “Oh”, and lost interest. I think it may have something to do with whether you identify yourself as belonging to the tribal group that comes with the award. I identify as being part of the group that would like Hugo, Nebula, Locus, or World Fantasy Award winners. For some reason, I don’t identify with the Tiptree. I don’t think it’s a feminist thing, it’s something else.
Postscript: Checked the list of Tiptree winners. Some fabulous works that I have loved have won. And yet I can’t shake the feeling that if it wins the Tiptree, it’s likely to be a tract.Â Illogical, but there you go.
Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention, has released the 2010 WorldCon Site Selection Ballot.Â For a fee of $US45.00, members of Denvention 3 can now vote for the site for the 2010 Worldcon. The ballot allows for write-ins, but there’s only one nomination: Australia in 2010.Â I had an incredible time at AussieCon 3 in Melbourne in 1999, and will definitely be signing up to vote for AussieCon 4. I hope you all will too.Â See you in Melbourne in September, 2010. It’s not long!
The nominations for the 2008 Eisner Awards have been announced, and they contain good news.Â Shaun Tan has been nominated in three separate categories (Best Graphic Album – New; Best U.S. Edition of International Material; Best Writer/Artist) for his book, The Arrival, while Ben Templesmith has been nominated for Best Painter or Multimedia Artist (interior art).Â Wonderful news, indeed!
Ollie Johnston, the last of Disney’s Nine Old Men, had died at the age of 95. An age of art is over. We can only glory in what he (they) did.Â Sad news, indeed.
One day to go. You gotta nominate / vote in the 2008 Locus Awards. You can do it here. There’s all sorts of good stuff in the pre-completed dropdowns, but don’t forget you can add whatever you want.Â This is one of the biggest public-vote awards in the field, and you can be part of it (no cost, nothing!).