Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Nebula Awards(R) 2009

Very very delighted to tell that Monster-Blood Tattoo 2, Lamplighter has been shortlisted in the Andre Norton Award (the YA section) of the 2009 Nebula Awards. Given that some of my favourite authors have been past recipients (Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin, Orson Scott Card) amongst many of other lights of spec fic (Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Gene Wolfe, &c &c &c... including last years Andre Norton winner, Ms Rowling herself) I am most utterly astonished, gratified and thrilled.

It is my pleasure to also boast that Lamplighter was included on Locus Magazine's 2008 Recommended Reading List (as released last month), so happiness all round.

I shall stop showing away (again...) and get back to editing.

(Book 3 better be good, dang it! my fears cry)

57 comments:

portals said...

Mr Cornish, You continue to amaze.
Keep up the excellent work! We are all going for you.

Magos Kasen said...

Well deserved accolades, Master Cornish. Your books are amazing, and deserve every honour they are eligible for.

ms_ventress said...

Happy Dance..... Again!!! :)

monday said...

of course book 3 will be good! how could it not be? :)

Morgan said...

Here's hoping that Lamplighter wins. Your books truly deserve more recognition and accolades than they are receiving. I'm sure everyone here is crossing their fingers!

Anna said...

And toes!

Zakk said...

Congratulations! I'm re-reading lamplighter, and am waiting for factotum.

Can't we have a little hint about it? e.g. 1st chapter title?

Damien said...

Congratulations AGAIN!! That is even more brilliant news!!
Ride the wave of jubilation to keep the ball rolling on the editing Mr Dave :o)
I will hopefully also be able to use your positive news to keep my own editing moving along... Hopefully ;o)

A, D and E said...

Congratulations! The more awards the better. I'll get you on the uni YA fiction syllabus yet.... ;)

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Sam Hranac said...

Richly deserved. I'll keep my digits crossed.

ellorneo said...
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ellorneo said...

Hello Mr. Cornish!

Congratulations and best of luck with the awards! I'll be rooting from the Great White North for you!

:-)

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Michael said...

Here's hoping that Lamplighter wins. Your books truly deserve more recognition and accolades than they are receiving. I'm sure everyone here is crossing their fingers!

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the Moribund Rose said...

Well done, Mr Cornish, well done. If you win I shall of course congratulate you - in fact, I'll do so anyway. Congratulations, Dave-o! Can't wait for Factotum!

Susan said...

Sorry for not commenting lately, I have been busy, and haven't really had anything to add to in the conversations. But be knowing I have been keeping up to date, reading every blog!
I congratulate you on getting on a short list (once again), lets hope that this time proves more fruitful... for instance the big number 1!! But let us be thankful that you have even gotten this far before we start getting into 1st place. It is an honor in itself as far as I'm concerned.
Well, good luck with the editing phase, and I hope to see factotem soon. :D
Susan - yeah, if none of that made sense in anyone's ears I'm sorry, I'm in a bit of a weird mood; using the most random words that I don't actually know the meaning of... XD

portals said...

A D & E- Good idea...
We have a bleedingly terrible book on our syllabus. Ill try get it changed...

Anna said...

Mr Cornish I see that your books is to be published by another company and have another translator aswell. I´ve looked at the front of the book on an e-bookstore because they are not out yet, and I´m a bit "doubtfull" to the pics. I can´t zoom in but it seems to me that it hasn´t what caught my eye when I bought your first book published by the first company. Maybe a bit too tame? As to the translations...???? Have to check it out later when the books hit the stores.

Carlita said...

Congrats again, Mr. Cornish! Third times the charm, so they say, thus (based on non-scientific superstitious research) you will win the Andre Norton Award! Hopefully, this three-ish saying will prove correct.

E N Reinmuth said...

.... Maybe if we dress up as Untermen and stalk the judges they'll give it first place this time....

Pluffo said...

*throws confetti*
Well earned, Mr. Cornish. Have fun editing~

portals said...

Anna- The cover of factotum in the hardback series is awesome! I'm not sure which one you were looking at. Do you have a link?

curiousmoth said...

congratulations!

also i look forward to reading factotum, so happy that you've completed the first draft!

noelle said...

Congratulations! We're celebrating so much lately. This calls for another cake stuffed into a typewriter.

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Anna said...

Portals, the book I got (Hittebarn=Foundling) was with red covers with a monster on the frontside, this one is kind of bluish cover with what I could see just dark trees on the front. Lamplighter has and dark figure holding an lamp over the shoulder.

I think it´s a bit strange that the new publishers give out a book that already is in the bookstores but I guess they want to have an version of their own. As far as the translation (new translator) I have no idea how he has done the job yet. I hope the language is not lost in th story. Sometimes it happens.

I can see if I can fix an link to the site.

Anna said...

http://www.adlibris.com/se/searchresult.aspx?search=quickfirstpage&quickvalue=d+m+cornish&title=d+m+cornish&fromproduct=False

hope this works.

Klesita said...

Master Cornish, well deserved shortlisting! It is just a reflection of the great work you do. I can just imagine the satisfaction of having your work recognised with this kind of honours. It will certainly bring more people to this fantastic world and its inhabitants.

I was thinking about Rossamund and book three and I decided that I would rather have his story finished than keep extending it at the expense of credibility and continuity. I would love to hear from him from time to time, if his character pops up in someone else story, but drag his adventures on and on and on will do him a disservice. I'm sure that there are so many other magnificent characters in the Half Continent with great stories waiting to be told.


Anna, it looks to me as if they don't have the pic of the cover yet and placed the bluish thing in the meantime (I could be wrong though).

E N Reinmuth said...

Hmyes, I have the blue Hardcover Copies with the silhouettes on the front. The first with the nicker and the moon (at the back it's Rossamund hiding behind a tree) and Lamplighter is Rossamund, well, as a lamplighter (on the back it's Dolours behind the trees).

Thing is, I kind of have a habit of lending out my copies of books that I think everyone should read, and they're now a bit tattered.

I can't find a place that sells any other copy of the MBT series so far that aren't the paper back with Europe/Poundinch/Fouracres character combo on the front.

I'm afraid I'm hardback all the way....

portals said...

Those covers were slightly confusing. Like Klesita said, I dont think they have factotums cover yet. The one I saw at the convention was awesome.

Ben Bryddia said...

Congratulations, Mr. Cornish. Do you have any idea what color Factotum's cover will be?

Klesita.
I agree with you about finishing Rossamund's adventures in a timely fashion. One of the things that I find truly annoying in fantasy and science fiction is how protagonists have hundreds of death-defying adventures in a normal human lifespan. Star Wars and Nancy Drew are excellent examples of this.
Of course, Rossamund doesn't have a normal human lifespan, so it’s perfectly possible that he could have lots of adventures. Still, I'm happy MBT is wrapping up.

E N Reinmuth.
Should Factotum be a good read and round off the trilogy as a whole in a satasfactory manner (which I suspect it will) , I'll try to acquire all three hard covers. I've held off buying the first two because I don't know how it's all going to end.

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anna said...

I was wrong, mea culpa. It´was greenish. http://www.adlibris.com/se/product.aspx?isbn=9132155948

portals said...

Ben- It's like a sunset red, with Europe's silhouette.

Anna- I saw a different one. That one looks like a green version of the back cover of book 2.

Kathryn said...

hey well done on being shortlisted! i hope you win, you deserve it!

Jeffrey L Riffe said...

Outstanding news and well deserved, I might add.

D.M. Cornish said...

Cheers everybody!... and Master Portals is correct Sir Ben (as he is one of the few to have seen it for real), the cover of the ANZ edition of Factotum will be red with a silhouette of Europe and buildings on it (at this stage at least).

Also I must warn you Ben that as the hardbacks of the ANZ edition are limited (a kind of reward for those who have the courage to come on the journey with me from the outset) there may be a scarcity of the previous two MBT's in hardback come the release of Book 3... Then again there may not, but just thought you ought to know.

As for the Swedish edition Anna, the publishers have split Lamplighter into two volumes because of its apparently large girth. Therefore the greenish cover is the second "half" of the Svensk Lamplighter. Such is life.

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portals said...

I think I'll want the hardback factotum. MBT hardbacks are awesome because its not just like a hard version of paperback.
They're amazing.

D.M. Cornish said...

Bless you, sir...

Pearlius said...

The hardcovers smell nice.

Klesita said...

I love that they have this space at the beginning to write your name (don't know if the paperback version also has this). It reminds me old books, mysterious and enticing. I inherited all of my dad's old books when he passed away and I treasure the books he got as a child. They all have this space that says "this book belongs to:" and then my dad's name written as children do all in uneven letters...
And I also love the book marks in the hardcover version. I think it is very clever that they have two book marks (it took me half of Foundling to understand why).
As I said in a discussion someone started about hardcovers vs paperback. Hardcover are more sensual, and I mean it in the sense that they are the complete experience they are appealing to the eye, the touch, they even smell differently as Pearlius said.
I need to go an buy a book, I'm in need of a new book... pity is 12.30 at night.

Anna said...

Hardcover! Don´t like pockets, paperback and so on. doesn´t feel like a real book. More like a read-and-throw-away item.

E N Reinmuth said...

Paperbacks curl.

Hardbacks tear.

I'd rather the hardbacks because it takes a lot of knockin' to scar it but once the cover of a paperback starts to curl of its card... there's nothing much I can do :(


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portals said...

Hardcovers are alot nicer.

noelle said...

I wreak havoc on paperbacks...I've been carrying Atlas Shrugged around in my backpack and purse for the past couple of months and I've already had to tape the two covers and a few of the pages back on. But then again if it were the hardback version it probably wouldn't fit in my purse even if I took everything else out first because it's over a thousand pages long. Almost finished though, so I can go back to reading fun books!

Waiting for Factotum...waiting, waiting, waiting.

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ms_ventress said...

If is a book that I really enjoy then I purchase both hardcover and paperback... I read the paperback and then keep the hardcover in good condition on my bookshelf.

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monday said...

I read hardcover and paperback to their equally agonizing deaths. hardcover is better, but paperback is cheaper, and I am usually broke because I buy too many books

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E N Reinmuth said...

Mr. Cornish-

If memmory serves me right it was your interview on either the Today show or Mornings with David and Kim that got me out searching for MBT-Foundling, (technically I saw the gudgeon design before lamplighter was even published, whoot!) and you said that you had gone to a publisher for a different story, and upon leaving you had dropped your notebook which held details of the world of the HC, and in turn the publisher asked you to write as many words a week, etc etc, leading to Foundling.

Might I ask what that initial story was?

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D.M. Cornish said...

Hmm... good question...

Susan said...

I prefer hard covers simply because they just look and feel more like a proper book, but unfortunately most books come in paper back, and are cheaper so I would probably get a paperback. Also when I buy books there isn't usually the choice between hard cover or paper back... you just buy whatever they're selling.
But with MBT it is neccesary to have hard cover XD Simply because it adds charm, and character to the story. And I absolutely looove the smell hehe.... to me the smell actually makes me think of the hc world. almost like if you were walking through the hc there would be a tinge of that smell in the air. *sigh*

portals said...

the book does help the world seem more real.

Pearlius said...

Why does the book smell like that?

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Klesita said...

Pearlius,
it is a conspiracy to keep us buying the expensive version of the book! (just kidding)

Master Cornish...
...Now I need to know, what was that original story?

By the way I am re-re-reading Foundling and I just realise that Europe's mood and behaviour changes too dramatically after the death of Licurius. She becomes more cynical, more dry; Why? Is not that she realises her chosen profession is risky, she has been doing that for a while already.

A, D and E said...

Klesita,

I've often wondered about the same thing, Europe was abosolutely devastated about someone who seemed to be awful... I thought it was because they had such a long history together, a lot of it was not strictly to the rules either, and so relied heavily on each other. Her mourning reflected her love for him, and her discomfort at being left vulnerable again - for a powerful person that would be harder still. His entry in the Explicarium explains (ha ha) a bit, and that HE was leading HER in the monster-hating department.. maybe this is how she can change her opinion slightly later, through Rossamund, hmmm.... there is obviously a lot going on!

Magos Kasen said...

Licurius was such a cool character... poor Boxface.

portals said...

Yeah, I loved licurius.

monday said...

me, too
:(

D.M. Cornish said...

Me too... :( x2

D.M. Cornish said...

... and A,D & E you are spot on, Europe's shift in Book 1 is grief; she had ol' Boxface in her life for a long long time (since childhood in fact) and their relationship and regard for each other was VERY complex... cloudy even.

Europe's grimness, her cynicism is the way she was grieving, though if you asked her directly about this grief she would dismiss such a question as irrelevant. I like to think of her fit of laughter after "rescuing" Freckle from the Hogshead as an expression of this same grief in an unusual way - such feelings (which she largely disregards) have to come out somehow...

Does that help at all, dear Klesita? (Excellent pondering btw...)

westward ho said...

congratulations. i can think of no one who better deserves it.