The Bujold Nexus

May 2004

Subject: (chat) Falling Free cover
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Just saw a scan of the NESFA Press cover art for the upcoming hardcover reprint of Falling Free -- it is quite wonderful. Features Leo and Silver. If I'm understanding things correctly, it (the cover art, not the whole book yet) may be debuted at Balticon...

Ta, L.

Subject: (news) But wait! There's more...!
Date: Monday, May 24, 2004

This seems to be the day for award nominations to surface...

And just for your information, that "Idenshi no Shimei" is the Japanese
title of "ETHAN OF ATHOS" for translation by Ayako Ogiso, published in Dec.
2003 from Tokyo Sogensha,  with ISBN4-488-69811-5.
In addition, this letter is to inform you that your work "ETHAN OF ATHOS" 
is nominated for this years "Seiun Award", the Japanese national SF 
award decided by the voting of the attending members of the Japan SF 
convention. The list of this years nomination is below for your reference.

"G-Con", The 43rd Japan Science Fiction Convention

(Prepared by Hirohide Hirai, International Dept.)


Seiun Award Nominations for the translations in 2003

Translated Novels
THE IMPOSSIBLE BIRD                   Patrick O'Leary
Heaven's Reach                             David Brin
LEVIATHAN                         James Byron Huggins
THE DRIVE-IN                          Joe R. Lansdale
The Other Wind                      Ursula K. Le Guin
DAS JESUS VIDEO                      Andreas Eschbach
ETHAN OF ATHOS                   Lois McMaster Bujold
FASTWALKER                             Jacques Vallee

Translated Short Stories
Hell Is the Absence of God                 Ted Chiang
Appropriate Love                            Greg Egan
Lobsters                               Charles Stross
Liking What You See: A Documentary         Ted Chiang
Maturity                            Theodore Sturgeon
Great Wall of Mars                  Alastair Reynolds

Subject: (news) Mythopoeic award nomination for Paladin of Souls
Date: Monday, May 24, 2004

----- Original Message -----

PRESS RELEASE: May 24, 2004

2004 Mythopoeic Award Finalists
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, Adult Literature
*Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls (Eos)
*Kij Johnson, Fudoki (Tor)
*Ursula K. Le Guin, Changing Planes (Harcourt)
*Patricia A. McKillip, In the Forests of Serre (Ace)
*Robin McKinley, Sunshine (Berkley)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, Children's Literature
*Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux (Candlewick Press)
*Clare Dunkle, The Hollow Kingdom (Holt)
*Cornelia Funke, Inkheart, translated from German by Anthea Bell (The
Chicken House)
*Shannon Hale, The Goose Girl (Bloomsbury USA)
*Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men (HarperCollins)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies
*Jane Chance, ed., Tolkien the Medievalist (Routledge, 2003)
*Matthew Dickerson, Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in
The Lord of the Rings (Brazos Press, 2003)
*John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth
(Houghton Mifflin, 2003)
*Don W. King, C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse (Kent
State University Press, 2001)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Myth and Fantasy Studies
*Mike Ashley, Algernon Blackwood: An Extraordinary Life (Carroll and Graf,
*Francis Bridger, A Charmed Life: The Spirituality of Potterworld (Darton
Longman & Todd, 2001)
*William Patrick Day, Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture:
What Becomes a Legend Most (University Press of Kentucky, 2002)
*John Lawrence & Robert Jewett, The Myth of the American Superhero
(Eerdmans, 2002)
*Margaret Mackey, ed., Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit: A Children's Classic
at 100  (Scarecrow, 2002)
*Jennifer Schacker, National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in
Nineteenth-Century England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003)

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy
novel, multi-volume, or single-author story collection for adults
published during 2003 that best exemplifies "the spirit of the Inklings". 
Reissues (such as paperback editions) are eligible if no earlier edition was 
a finalist. Books from a series are eligible if they stand on their own;
otherwise, the series is eligible the year its final volume appears. The
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature honors books for
younger readers (from "Young Adults" to picture books for beginning readers), 
in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. 
Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult Literature award. 
The question of which award a borderline book is best suited for will be 
decided by consensus of the committees.

The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies is given to books on
Tolkien, Lewis, and/or Williams that make significant contributions to
Inklings scholarship. For this award, books first published during the
last three years (2001-2003) are eligible, including finalists for previous
years. The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies is
given to scholarly books on other specific authors in the Inklings tradition, 
or to more general works on the genres of myth and fantasy. The period of
eligibility is three years, as for the Inklings Studies award.

The winners of this year's awards will be announced at the banquet during
Mythcon XXXV, to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from July 30th-August 2nd,
2004. A complete list of Mythopoeic Award winners is available on the
Society web site:

The finalists for the literature awards, text of recent acceptance speeches, 
and selected book reviews are also listed in this on-line section. For more
information about the Mythopoeic Awards, please contact the Awards
Administrator: Eleanor M. Farrell, P.O. Box 320486, San Francisco, CA

Subject: (chat) hawk!
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2004

As I was sitting reading (*) just inside the sliding glass door (at 50 degrees and raining, outside wasn't feasible), a broad-winged hawk came up and landed on my deck. Twice! Which gave me time to get out the bird book and make a positive ID, hah!

Minneapolis is such a cool city...

Ta, L.

(* In answer to the next question, The Wee Free Men.)

Subject: (chat) about Vorcon convention
Date: Sunday, May 02, 2004

Annah from Moscow sent me these links to goodies from Vorcon 2004, which took place last month there. There will be more, with more annotations, up on their website soon. - chat - photos

Ta, Lois.

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