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More congratulations

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I've been planning to write a life-update entry for days now, but other stuff keeps intervening. Last night, for example, my hard drive suddenly became completely full, leaving me scrambling to delete stuff; as a result, I spent much of today (when I wasn't looking up stuff about R.A.W.) deleting backlogged email spam. Deleted upwards of 60,000 pieces of spam in the past 24 hours, which is somewhere around half of the spam that's been sitting around in my spam mailboxes.

And now I'm very sleepy and need to get to bed. But I couldn't resist posting two more congratulatory notes:

  • Congratulations to Ellen Klages (hey! I just discovered she has a blog!), whose YA novel The Green Glass Sea (about two girls at Los Alamos during WWII) has won the 2007 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. The novel has the same characters and setting as Ellen's 2004 Strange Horizons story "The Green Glass Sea." Here's a review of the book; I haven't read the book yet, but it's sitting on my living room table and I'm looking forward to reading it.
  • Congratulations also to Elizabeth Bear and Ben Rosenbaum, whose recent SH stories "Sounding" and "The House Beyond Your Sky" (respectively) have appeared on the British Science Fiction Association Awards shortlist in the short fiction category. (Liz Williams, whose stories have also been known to grace our pages, has a novel in the novel category, but that doesn't have anything to do with SH.) BSFA members will vote to choose the winner in each category; winners will be announced at the 2007 Eastercon on April 7.

All of which is to say that I'm once again basking in our authors' reflected glory. Go, authors!

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Jed, your server thought twice about letting me in...

I enjoyed the Klages story at SH; her book looks like something we might want to use at school. The setting reminds me of a book I'd like to recommend, Robert Olen Butler's *Countrymen of Bones*. Butler's very much his or miss (his sf/f book *Mr. Spaceman* is terrible; his stories in *A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain* are occasionally excellent), but that book let you in on the lives of people on the periphery of the Manhattan project, focusing on their tangled and unpleasant personal lives.

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