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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Editor (short-form)

There is only one possible candidate this year. There isn't anyone else who even merits comparison.
It is a serious indictment of the award system, bordering on the criminal, that the creator and editor of the best SF anthology series of the last 30 years - and arguably the most original and significant as well - has never been nominated for a Best Editor award.

How is that even possible, considering some of the lightweights and mediocrities who have been nominated, both in the past and in recent years?

Fortunately, there is still time to rectify that ludicrous historical injustice, because Volume X is second only to the epic Volume II in the classic series.


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21 Comments:

Anonymous Leonidas February 09, 2016 8:16 AM  

I'll be nominating him for sure.

Blogger Tank February 09, 2016 8:24 AM  

I'm halfway through Vol X. It's very good. I'm reading it a little at a time in between other things. It is compelling and thought provoking.

Blogger 1337kestrel February 09, 2016 8:44 AM  

You ought to read Flex. The author is not exactly an ally, but it's not a Tor book.

Blogger VD February 09, 2016 8:57 AM  

As a general rule, I require considerably more to interest me in reading a book than the mere fact that Tor Books did not publish it.

Blogger dh February 09, 2016 9:01 AM  

This is the one that will send the `others` over the edge. Who else will be nominated that won't look like a peon next to Dr. Pournelle? It's righting a terrible historical injustice, it's hitting old-time nostalgia for the golden years, and it's unquestionably overdue.

Blogger Jack Ward February 09, 2016 9:10 AM  

I can, happily, live with this nomination.

Anonymous Rolf February 09, 2016 9:16 AM  

Ayup. Hard to argue with that. And it sure makes the decision who to vote for simple, which could easily be one of the harder categories to pick.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr February 09, 2016 9:42 AM  

A nomination and an award that has been LONG overdue.

Anonymous roo_ster February 09, 2016 10:11 AM  

TWBW Vol X was one heck of a good anthology. Pournelle is a giant among other short form editor pygmies.

Blogger The Other Robot February 09, 2016 10:25 AM  

When and how do we vote on these.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 09, 2016 10:38 AM  

Slates are wrong! How dare you fill an entire category with--

Oh. I see what you did there.

Hear! Hear!

Blogger VD February 09, 2016 10:44 AM  

When and how do we vote on these.

You have to already be registered. Nominations are due by the end of March. I will post a complete list of recommendations once I finish working my way through the categories.

Blogger The Other Robot February 09, 2016 11:59 AM  

I wasn't clear.

What web site do we use to nominate (not vote).

Blogger 1337kestrel February 09, 2016 12:21 PM  

I require considerably more to interest me in reading a book than the mere fact that Tor Books did not publish it.

I kinda figured you could find the synopsis in 3 seconds, but the author's bland mainstream ideology, low delta mindset and potential to go either way in the Great Hugo Wars would take 5 minutes or so.

Blogger bruce February 09, 2016 1:14 PM  

VD previous post 'There is one relevant, if subjective way to judge an editor, and that is by asking those few writers who have been edited by editors of note'

David Drake, Newsletter #89:
'my problems with the editing..'
'Basically, the editor had homogenized the language of the four viewpoint characters. She hadn't been incompetent -she was actually quite careful- but she was doing a horribly wrong thing.

'When it happened once, I was loudly angry; but shit happens. When it happened a second time I went ballistic; obviously my complaints hadn't made it to the production department. My editor explained (after my dinner with Tom ) that he hadn't read my anguished e-mails...'

I recommend Air and Darkness, the book Drake is talking about, for this years Hugo Best Novel despite Tor's editorial vandalism. Drake is SF's best action writer, and brings a depth of literate (indeed, latinate) good prose that no one else in SF can do at all. Drake has deserved a Hugo for thirty years. It's time. Pournelle for Editor.
Drake is a big dog. When Tor flattens and homogenizes his profitably quirky prose, you know Tor routinely flattens everyone it can to bland mush.

Blogger VD February 09, 2016 1:36 PM  

I recommend Air and Darkness, the book Drake is talking about, for this years Hugo Best Novel despite Tor's editorial vandalism.

Yeah, that's not happening. It's not time. Especially considering that it is, as you say, a Tor-vandalized novel. Drake doesn't have to publish with them; it's his choice to do so.

Blogger SirHamster February 09, 2016 2:39 PM  

What web site do we use to nominate (not vote).

If you have the ability to nominate, you should have gotten an email giving you your PIN and the website info.

If you are eligible to nominate and haven't gotten your PIN, there's an email on the website to contact.

Blogger Migly February 09, 2016 4:01 PM  

There ought to be some way to abbreviate Volume Ten as "Vo. X"

Blogger 1337kestrel February 09, 2016 4:58 PM  

When is hardcover Vo.X Day?

Blogger VD February 09, 2016 8:02 PM  

There ought to be some way to abbreviate Volume Ten as "Vo. X"

That would be funny, although I don't think it would be fair to Dr. Pournelle. It's his baby, not mine, I'm just making sure it gets the chance to get out there.

Blogger VD February 09, 2016 8:03 PM  

When is hardcover Vo.X Day?

Later this year. We should get Vols I & II out soon. And obviously Vol. IX has to come out first, which will also happen soon.

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