2012 Hugo and Campbell Awards Nominees
The 2012 nominees for the Hugo and Campbell Awards were announced on
Saturday with a nice wide range of authors, writers and artists, making
this one of the more interesting award celebrations in some time. The
award ceremony will take place on September 2 in Chicago at Chicon 7,
the 70th World Science Fiction Convention.
Three Cups of Deceit
Last year bestselling author Jon Krakauer (Under the Banner of Heaven and Into the Wild)
released a short book on Greg Mortensen and his use of the Central Asia
Institute charity’s money to fund personal and family trips in excess
of the amount of $1 million. 60 Minutes also did an expose on
the issue. Mortensen, who co-founded the charity, has now come clean
and admitted to this and will be repaying these funds and has also faced
repercussions with the charity.
The bestselling author of the October Daye series got a number of Hugo nominations, as well as under her other persona, Mira Grant. The cover for the next Toby Daye book has been released, Ashes of Honor, coming out September 4. And Mira Grant has just signed a contract with Orbit books for two new novels and three novellas.
Neil Gaiman, the man known for trying just about every type of writing
medium at least once has announced another project he’s also working on:
There are a number of new ereaders on our horizon,
using the most advanced technology looking to change the world of
ereading. First up is the new bendable ereaders
from LG, making the ereader perhaps feel more than ever like a book.
Also Amazon has acquired a company and is looking to release front-lit ereaders later this year.
Ebooks lead to more reading
Whether you love them or hate them, CNN Tech has released an article
documenting the fact that ebooks and ereaders have ultimately led to
more people simply reading in general, which can only be a good thing.
Before “Game of Thrones”
John DeNardo has written an interesting article for Kirkus Review spotlighting five books that George R. R. Martin wrote before his epic and bestselling Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series.
In last week’s episode of Writing Excuses, Season 7 Episode 14,
listeners and writers will be delighted to hear an entire episode solely
dedicated to “writing excuses,” as Brandon, Mary, Dan and Howard talk
about excuses everyone can make for not writing. Interestingly, it has
the opposite effect of, by the end, making you want to write.