I don’t know if there’s an embargo on the news, but this is the first posting I’ve seen out there of the 2006 finalists for the LFS sponsored Prometheus Award, over at Sunni Maravillosa’s blog. Scroll down past the yummy mouth-watering images of chocolate to see the list. Here I am, editor of the LFS newsletter, scooped just days after I received the list for the Prometheus Award newsletter… I plan on posting it here over the weekend, but it’s been a momentous week in my life, and I’m just too worn out at the moment. Today was my last day at Apple Computer, after 11 years working with the coolest hardware and software on the planet. Okay, so I’m a little biased. I’d keep working there if I could, but small problem: Apple’s Texas office is in Austin. I live 90 miles away. The commute for me the last four years has meant two days a week in Austin, three days in my home office, in splendid isolation. On a good day I’m only in the car three hours. It wears on me. I should have changed this scenario a long time ago. The final impetus was the impending arrival of child #2, due any day now. I start work for a local company next week, probably on the not-so-delightful Win XP platform. I have not used Windows since before Win 95. Tough thing for a Gates-hater to have to face.
Regarding the Prometheus Award finalists, I am not on the judges committe. I have not read a single word of the six finalists (and only own one of them, the Ken MacLeod novel). I’m surprised two books I nominated and really liked did not make the cut. Richard Mgrdechian’s 3000 Years and Michael L. Wentz’ Resurrection of Liberty were books I expected to see as finalists. But, as mentioned, I have not read any of the other works. Walter Mosley is far from being a libertarian, so it will be interesting to read his novel. The Charles Stross novel poses an ethical dilemma for me, as when I read the first book in the series, and realized the publisher took one book, chopped it in half and sold them as two novels, I swore to not give Tor a penny for that second book, despite being captivated by the story. I own of of Stross’ other works, and think he’s a brilliant writer, but that act by Tor’s editors was just immoral, in my eyes. Others may disagree. In January I read not a single work on fiction, but since then I’ve finished three novels, all of varying quality. My stack of unread books rises like the tower of Babylon.
I’m in the middle of wrapping up the Spring issue of Prometheus, which should be at the printer in less than a week. Twenty pages of reviews and essays. I think it’s a great issue, a superb issue.
I just received in the mail a copy of Pyr Books’ edtion of Ian McDonald’s massive River of Gods. Damn, I need more time in the day. I have five other books that I need to read, and a few reviews to write. And Vernor Vinge’s new novel is just around the corner.