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hutch0
Date: 2009-09-03 23:34
Subject: ego warning! ego warning!
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Max Jakubowski gave me a heads-up about this a few months when he got a review copy, but it wasn't until today that I got my hands on a copy of Best New Science Fiction 22, whose Summation reads, in part:

`One of last year's strongest anthologies, appearing unexpectedly out of nowhere, was disLOCATIONS, edited by Ian Whates, from very small press publisher NewCon Press. This year, Whates and NewCon Press published three original anthologies: Subterfuge, Celebration and Myth-Understandings. None of these is quite as strong as disLOCATIONS, but all contain good stories of all types, and all deserve your attention. The strongest of these is Subterfuge, which, probably not coincidentally, considering my tastes, contains the highest percentage science fiction (although all three anthologies contain a mix of SF and fantasy.) Best stories here are by Neal Asher and John Meany, but there are also good SF stories here by Pat Cadigan, Una McCormack, Tony Ballantyne, and others. The best of the fantasy stories are by Tanith Lee and Dave Hutchinson. The best story in Celebration, an anthology commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the British Science Fiction Association, is a Phildickian piece by Alastair Reynolds, but there's good work, both SF and fantasy, by Stephen Baxter, Jon Courtney Grimwood, Ken MacLeod, Dave Hutchinson, Brian Stableford, Liz Williams and Molly Brown. The weakest of the three anthologies is Myth-Understandings, which features mostly fantasy. Best story here is Tricia Sullivan's, although there's also strong work by Liz Williams, Justina Robson, Pat Cadigan, Kari Sperring, and others.'

My two stories also got in the Honourable Mentions section, as did three by Thog, and altariel's marvellous `The Great Gig In The Sky,' while the mighty time_shark's anthology Clockwork Phoenix was mentioned in the Summation (along with Thog's name again) and the name of Norilana Books popped up more than once.
You'll have to forgive me for going on like this, but this doesn't happen to me every day. Most days, I actually wonder whether I'm not just wasting my time, and then something like this happens and I start to think I might actually be making some headway.
I did get an Honourable Mention once before, for `A Dream Of Locomotives.' So far Gardner hasn't liked my stuff enough to actually put one of the stories in the book, but I have a sense I'm wearing him down slowly...
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pds_lit
User: pds_lit
Date: 2009-09-03 22:51 (UTC)
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Cool!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-03 23:00 (UTC)
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*swagger*
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pds_lit
User: pds_lit
Date: 2009-09-03 23:16 (UTC)
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Don't *swagger* to violently, you might fall down. LOL!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-03 23:22 (UTC)
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It's more of a virtual swagger. To look at me, you'd hardly know I was doing it at all.
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Gerard Brennan
User: gerardbrennan
Date: 2009-09-03 23:03 (UTC)
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Good man, Dave!

gb
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-03 23:12 (UTC)
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Ta very much, but it's once in a blue moon, that's all...
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RealThog: 10:10
User: realthog
Date: 2009-09-03 23:04 (UTC)
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Monster congrats! Hipflasks of Grande Olde Clanne McTesco's all round!

"as did three by Thog"

This is the first I've heard of it. Which three were they?

And why -- sob! -- don't I get an LJ link like them other buggers?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-03 23:11 (UTC)
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Ah, Christ, now I've got to go and get the damn thing and check...realthog....
Okay. You have Honourable Mentions for `All The Little Gods We Are,' `The City In These Pages' and `Will The Real Veronica Le Barr Please Stand Down?'
Also, you're in Clockwork Phoenix's Summation mention as one of the best of the fantasy stories, along with Tanith Lee, Marie Brennan, Cat Rambo and Kathy Sedia.
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RealThog: isa
User: realthog
Date: 2009-09-03 23:16 (UTC)
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Keyword:isa

Thanks! I must go brag about this . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-03 23:21 (UTC)
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You? Brag? The very thought...
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RealThog: city in pages
User: realthog
Date: 2009-09-03 23:27 (UTC)
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Keyword:city in pages


Did Des Lewis's antho Cone Zero get a mention?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-03 23:33 (UTC)
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I don't remember seeing it, but I've really only skimmed the rest of the Summation. I'll give it a proper read tomorrow, if I have time.
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RealThog: leavingfortusa
User: realthog
Date: 2009-09-04 00:07 (UTC)
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In fact, I've now used Amazon's "Look Inside" facility and Cone Zero isn't mentioned -- Des must have omitted to send it. A pity, because it's a great antho and I'm jolly proud to be in it!

I see Leaving Fortusa gets a mensh in the Summation too. What a swanky little chap I am tonight.

As you must be yourself! And quite right too!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-05 23:43 (UTC)
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Like I said, sometimes I actually seem to be making headway. I'm glad Fortusa got a mention.
It's strange feeling, but I actually know a lot of the people Gardner mentions, either in person or via Facebook or LJ. Not so very long ago they'd just have been names. It's weird to think, `oh, there's Lou getting another mention for an anthology.' Of course, I remember him before he was Lou Anders.
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RealThog: isa
User: realthog
Date: 2009-09-05 23:56 (UTC)
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"sometimes I actually seem to be making headway"

Long overdue, mate! But don't tell yourself I said that . . .

"Of course, I remember him before he was Lou Anders."

Don't we all?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-06 00:15 (UTC)
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Don't tell Lou I said that.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-03 23:41 (UTC)
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Thank you very kindly.
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Altariel
User: altariel
Date: 2009-09-03 23:59 (UTC)
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*cheers!* Go Hutch!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-05 23:37 (UTC)
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I was really pleased `The Great Gig' got a mention. The story itself should have been in the book.
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Altariel
User: altariel
Date: 2009-09-06 06:59 (UTC)
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Thank you, Hutch. I'm amazed to see a mention, and especially as I didn't really think of it as SF.

BTW, we were discussing Eugie Foster a while back: the most recent EscapePod podcast is a reading of one of her stories.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-06 20:58 (UTC)
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I do like that story.
Many thanks for posting the link to Eugie's story; I've downloaded it so I can listen to it at my leisure, which I have some of for the next fortnight as I'm on holiday. Yay.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2009-09-04 01:00 (UTC)
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Wonderful news! Congrats, Hutch! :-)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-05 23:36 (UTC)
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Ta very much!
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2009-09-04 11:10 (UTC)
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Congratulations.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-05 23:33 (UTC)
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Thank you.
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2009-09-05 09:03 (UTC)
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Huge congrats, Dave. I've been meaning to get the other NewCon books after being massively impressed by Subterfuge.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-09-05 23:36 (UTC)
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Just between you and me and the gatepost, I haven't actually read disLOCATIONS yet, although I have it somewhere. I have read Time Pieces, and it's a cracker. Big Ian, as you might imagine, is rather chuffed with the write-up.
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