Redshirts Nominated for the Kurd Laßwitz Preis

This is excellent news: Redshirts has been nominated for the Kurd Laßwitz Preis this year, in the category of Best Foreign Novel. The Kurd Laßwitz Preis is arguably the German language’s highest science fiction award, so getting a nod for it always makes me a very happy author (winning is nice, too; I won one a couple of years ago from the German translation of The Android’s Dream).

The books and authors in the category this year are at this link, but for those of you who don’t want to bother, here’s the list (borrowed from here):

  • Kevin J. Anderson und Doug Beason, Trinity (The Trinity-Paradox)
  • Paolo Bacigalupi, Schiffsdiebe (Ship Breaker)
  • David Brin, Existenz (Existence)
  • Ted Chiang, Die Hölle ist die Abwesenheit Gottes (Short story collection)
  • Peter Dehmel (Ed.): Die Erde und die Außerirdischen (Short story collection)
  • Ian McDonald, Cyberabad (River of Gods)
  • China Miéville, Stadt der Fremden (Embassytown)
  • John Scalzi, Redshirts (Redshirts)
  • Robert Charles Wilson, Vortex (Vortex) (Spin-Trilogie, Band 3)

My very bad German tells me the winner will be announced in November, but that’s fine, as this is good company to keep in the meantime. I would also like to take a moment to thank my translator Bernhard Kempen, who clearly continues to do an excellent job of making me comprehensible to my German readers. Danke, Bernhard!

And congratulations to my fellow nominees!

Big Idea House Keeping Notice Addendum

Which is to say, an update on what I said here:

I’m running late on catching up with the Big Idea calendar. I will be totally updated for April/May by Wednesday, so if you haven’t heard from me by the 4th, then assume the slots have been filled. Sorry, it was a much busier last several days than I had anticipated.

Addressing the Rumors

If everything I’ve heard is correct, then at 9am this morning, is putting up a “news article” (I put that phrase in scare quotes for a reason) about the planned and upcoming “Shadow War of the Night Dragons” theatrical musical, an article which includes a very possibly illegally obtained audio recording of me arguing with a pair of my then-collaborators. I can’t say what’s exactly in article — did you know it’s apparently standard journalistic practice in the US not to give the subject of an article the right to edit the piece before it goes live? — so I am going to assume that it’s going to paint me and process of bringing Shadow War to the stage in a less-than-entirely-flattering light.

So. I can’t stop from running this “news article” — Thank you very much “First Amendment” — but what I can do is, here, on my own site, in my own words, tell you some of the actual truth.

The actual truth, which I, no joke, would stand in front of any court in the land and testify to:

Yes, I was approached by financial backers interested in doing something new with the “Shadow War of the Night Dragons” property.

Yes, it was decided that a musical theater experience would take the property into a new and intriguing direction.

Yes, I was given near-complete financial and creative control of the project, with the ability to hire — and, this is important, fire — anyone I wanted.

Yes, we developed a “story with a story” format for the musical, incorporating the fact of “Shadow War” being an April Fool’s joke, because that’s so much of the legend of the story that it needed to be part of the story, too.

Yes, music for the show has already been written and in some cases recorded.

All of this is entirely, indisputably true, and is true on any day of the year.

As for the rest of this so-called “news article”? Well. As I said, I can’t say what’s in it, but I do not doubt it was written with an agenda in mind, and I suspect that agenda does not put me in a flattering light. You might read things about behind-the-scenes arguments, or of substance abuse, or of my personal animus regarding a certain former president of the United States. We’ll have to see.

What I can say is: Dear, Times v. Sullivan will only take you so far. You can bet my legal team will be very interested in what the article has to say, and I hope that the “journalists” among you have paid up their liability insurance. Whomever it is who wrote that article will have to answer to me. And if the article is like I suspect it will be, well. I think that person will have a hard time facing me. They will have a hard time standing in front of me, looking me in the eye, and telling me that everything in that article is as accurate as they could have made it.

That’s all I’m going to say about that.

Oh, except this: the rumor is that two of my then collaborators have decided to take some of the “Shadow War” songs they wrote an offer them for sale to the public. I couldn’t stop them from doing so — some nonsense about “copyright,” apparently — but since the proceeds of the sale will go to charitable causes, I suppose there is at least some silver lining to it. So buy ’em if you think, for some reason, that might be wise.

Update, April 3: Some more information for you, in case you didn’t check the date this entry was published.