Science Fiction Awards

There’s been a little more outside notice of the Hugo award, its results, and its selection process in the last couple of years, or at least I’ve been seeing more of it since I read the LiveJournal of the chairman of the WSFS Mark Protection Committee (and rail-fan, and unit of measurement). Also I’ve been finding the award-winners (both Hugo and Nebula) less interesting over the years; I used to consider them very important, good guides to good reading. So I’ve been percolating some blather about the general subject area for a while. Continue reading Science Fiction Awards

Concordance to The Dragon Waiting

Andrew Plotkin has assembled a concordance to John M. Ford’s The Dragon Waiting. He says “My goal is to document everything that I thought a reader might miss.” This will presumably have to be an ongoing effort :-).

In my latest booknote on this one I said:

I continue to be not as excited about this book as other people. But I know why; I’m just not knowledgable enough to fully appreciate it. In this case it’s my lack of knowledge of third-level characters in that historical period. So I’m sure I’m not getting all sorts of connections that help make the book more interesting and move the story along.

On consideration I suspect my ignorance extends considerably further up the line, but anyway; I suspect I’ll be able to appreciate a lot more of this book now!

(Nicked from a post in Nemesis Draco.)