This is yet another announcement post, because I’ve been getting a lot of good news to announce of late.
For starters, I was interviewed by Dierck Wittenberg of the local paper Kreiszeitung about my Hugo nomination. You can read the article here. Only in German, alas.
The other local paper Weser-Kurier also did an interview, but that one hasn’t come out yet. I’ll share the link once it does.
Furthermore, I also sold two short stories, but more about that in due time.
Finally, I also received a lovely surprise in the mail yesterday.
The mailman (and it is a man) suddenly stopped in front of the house and a family member asked, “Are you expecting any parcels?”
Me: “Not that I know of.”
The mailman rings, my family member answers the door, comes back and hands me a parcel. “Well, it is for you. From someplace in California.”
I accepted the parcel, quite puzzled, since I really didn’t expect any deliveries for once. However, I recognised the address and opened the parcel. And inside, I found this:
Turns out I am the winner of the 2021 Space Cowboy Award for support and excellence in the field of science fiction!
The Space Cowboy Award is a newish entry in the ranks of SFF awards, now in its second year, which makes me the Babel-17 or Flowers for Algernon of the Space Cowboy Award (or the They’d Rather Be Right, though I hope not).
The Space Cowboy Award is given out by Space Cowboy Books, an SFF specialty store in Joshua Tree, California, that’s also the home of the Simultaneous Times science fiction podcast, which produced one of my stories last year and which I also featured as part of my Fanzine/Fancast Project.
I had absolutely no idea this was coming, but I’m very honoured, not to mention thrilled and delighted to have been chosen as the winner of the 2021 Space Cowboy Award. This is the first award I’ve won which comes with a trophy (I also won the “Story of the Year” award of a long defunct magazine many years ago, plus a writing award at university). It’s a beautiful trophy, too, as you can see in the close-up picture below:
Those bookshelves, nice as they are, don’t make for a good permanent home for the trophy. They’re not wide enough, for starters, and also in a part of the house, where visitors hardly ever go. So I found a nice spot for the trophy on a shelf that’s pretty much the first thing you see when you enter the house proper. There’s even space for a Hugo rocket, should one come my way in December.
I initially wanted to move the Matryoshkas aside, but I actually like the fact that it looks as if those friendly, roly-poly Matryoshkas are guarding the trophy. BTW, the books in the background are not mine – I sort of inherited them and kept them out of sympathy for their former owner. Eventually, I’ll put them into storage (though it’s unlikely I’ll ever run out of reading material – even after the apocalypse – that I’ll become desperate enough to read Rosamunde Pilcher) or donate them.