April 2nd, 2008


I'm a triple nominee!

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers has announced the nominees for the Second Annual Scribe Awards for excellence in tie-in writing.

They are:

Best General Fiction Original
Criminal Minds: Jump Cut by Max Allan Collins
CSI: NY: Deluge by Stuart M. Kaminsky
Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants by Lee Goldberg
Murder, She Wrote: Panning for Murder by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain

Best General Fiction Adapted
American Gangster by Max Allan Collins (sole nominee & winner)

Best Speculative Original
Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J. Anderson
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Stargate Atlantis: Casualties of War by Elizabeth Christensen

Best Game-Related Original
Forge of the Mindslayers by Tim Waggoner
Hitman: Enemy Within by William C. Dietz
Eberron: Night of the Long Shadows by Paul Crilley

Best Speculative Adapted
30 Days of Night by Tim Lebbon
52: The Novel by Greg Cox
Resident Evil: Extinction by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Best Young-Adult Original
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Deathless by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Dragonlance: The New Adventures: The Goodlund Trilogy Volume 3: Warrior's Bones by Stephen D. Sullivan
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #10: Ticket Trouble by Stacia Deutsch & Rhody Cohon

Best Young-Adult Adapted
The 12 Dogs and Christmas by Stephen Paul Levia (sole nominee & winner)

The awards will be presented at Comic-Con International in San Diego in July (except for the Game-Related award, which will be given at Gen-Con in Indianapolis in August). In addition to the above, the IAMTW will present the Grandmaster Scribe to Alan Dean Foster.

I am flabbergasted and deeply honored to have been nominated three times. Sadly, I won't be attending Comic-Con this year, but Robert Greenberger has generously agreed to, in the exceedingly unlikely event that I win anything, accept on my behalf.
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    "Dharma for One" by Jethro Tull

a good day at the university

Both the Science Fiction class and the Publishing class went well. The former was a discussion of translating things from one medium to another, using Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?/Blade Runner as a starting point. The latter began with me doing a description of a typical day in the life of an editor -- a day in which she has nothing scheduled and has set it aside to read over a manuscript, a day in which she never actually touches that manuscript. Then I answered lots of questions. Both classes had curious students who asked good questions (not always a given).

That was followed by a reading at the campus bookstore, the Co-op. I read from A Burning House (Chapter 16, for those of you who have the book), and answered some more questions from an impressively large crowd. Then I signed some books.

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The Co-op lets people who do readings have one free book, and I snagged a copy of Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends: The Truth, the Lies, and Everything Else.

Then home -- which included driving my parents' minivan with its crap windshield wipers (oi! helgabee and bronxbob350! Replace the damn wiper blades!) in a monsoon through half of Connecticut, and also listening to the ends of both the Yankees' victory and the Mets' heartbreaking loss.

Tomorrow, I meet with my editor to discuss the tie-in proposal I sent him late last night....
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NYY, melky

an excellent article on baseball and segregation

Steven Goldman's latest "You Could Look It Up" column for BaseballProspectus.com is an excellent piece entitled "The Anniversary of America," and it is an excellent look at the history of segregation in baseball and in America on the 61st anniversary of integrated baseball.

Money quote:

Once you’ve gone to the length of dehumanizing someone, you don’t even have to make sense. In From Slavery to Freedom, John Hope Franklin quotes the early 20th century governor of Mississippi, James K. Vardaman: "I am just as opposed to Booker Washington as a voter, with all his Anglo-Saxon reinforcements, as I am to the coconut-headed, chocolate-colored, typical little coon, Andy Dotson who blacks my shoes every morning. Neither is fit to perform the supreme function of citizenship." This is not too far distant from Jimmy Powers of the New York Daily News, who wrote, "[Jackie] Robinson will not make the grade in the Major Leagues. He is a thousand-to-one shot at best. The Negro players simply don’t have the brains or the skills." There is no logic at work here, only a horrifying tautology: blacks are inferior because they are black. Even blacks who are demonstrably educated, like Washington, or excellent athletes, like Robinson, are still black and therefore not educated and not excellent athletes. It makes no sense, but society ran on these principles for years.

Baseball, of course, had to go further than this, because the national game was also the nation’s most visible meritocracy. Pit two men of any race or nationality against each other in a series of foot races; if one wins two out of three, he’s the fastest, regardless of color or place or origin. Let each throw a fastball, and see who throws harder. Let them each take batting practice and see who knocks more balls out of the park. To do this, to stand, say, a strapping, 23-year-old Josh Gibson next to the worst-hitting white major leaguers of the moment, perhaps someone exactly like Tommy Thevenow, and claim that Thevenow had superior gifts just because he was a Caucasian, would be to deny any possibility of an objective reality.

I highly recommend the article -- it's one of BP's free articles, so you don't need to be a member to read it.
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Scribe Award amusement

I posted on a mailing list I'm on that I was nominated for three Scribes, and one person expressed surprise because he'd never heard of the IAMTW, and thought that it might've been an April Fool's joke. Once he realized that it was real, he congratulated me and added:

"If anyone deserves to win an award that I've never heard of and originally thought was fake, it's you. :)"

Stuff like this keeps me warm at night..............
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