Sometimes there are simple solutions to complex problems.
Recently I received some initially puzzling tweets from an author I’ve had little interaction with. Richard Paolinelli has been mentioned on this blog on a few occasions but literally only in the context of who was being nominated and/or a finalist for the Dragon Awards – if I’ve mentioned him on any other occasion I can’t find it.
For those who follow File 770, you’ll know the reason is because of a separate feud the guy is having with Mike Glyer (item 10 here http://file770.com/?p=38849 ) but I didn’t get that initially, so it was a bit out of the blue…
Anyway, at least that three act drama was over, I thought but no.
Today, waiting for me in my notifications was this:
Here is somebody who has preemptively muted me on Twitter but who clearly wants to interact. But what is it that I can do for him? The clue is in the message.
The book genuinely was a finalist for the Dragon Awards, so kudos to Richard. The claim for a Nebula nomination seems a bit thin but that’s what all the grumpy stuff was about. However, it doesn’t seem to be actually “award winning” as in the usual sense of “award winning” meaning “winning an award”. Now, plenty of really good books never win awards and what matters deep down is whether readers like your book but sometimes…well sometimes the world of SF can be tough and a bit validation can help a soul along.
So lets make the claim TRUE. Tim and I got together and thought long and hard about this and we came up with a solution that:
- validates Richard’s claim for his book
- inflates Timothy’s ego even further
Yes, ladles and gentleben it is…
First Annual Timothy The Talking Cat Award for Excellence in the field of Excellence!
And the winner is…oh gosh this is so exciting that I can barely open the enevlope!
The winner is….
LA LA LAND!!!!!!
Yay, for Baby Gooseman and Clara Oswald!!! no, wait…hold on… Huge apologies everybody. It seems in my haste I read out the RUNNER UP and not the actual winner.
Let me try that again.
The winner for the First Annual Timothy the Talking Cat Award for Excellence in the field of Excellence goes to:
Escaping Infinity by Richard Paolinelli!!!!
Yay! Well done Richard! A handcrafted Joint Photographic Experts Group Formatted grid of colourful pixels is heading you way for you to keep on your mantelpiece.