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May 13, 2007

Justine Larbalestier Rocks

It gives me an unreasonably large amount of pleasure to note that my pal Justine Larbalestier has won the Norton Award for her novel Magic or Madness. The Norton is SFWA's award for excellent Young Adult work, and since MoM is indeed excellent, it was the right choice. Congratulations, Justine! Try to remember us little people. For the rest of you: Go get this book (and the sequels).

Here's the other award winners at the Nebula ceremony last night. One thing interesting to note is that the novella winner, "Burn," by James Patrick Kelly (w00t!) has the notation that it is the "podcast version." I think it's likely, then, that this is the first podcast to win a major literary award. Good on ya, Jim, you crazy Webscab, you!

Posted by john at May 13, 2007 07:39 AM

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TCO | May 13, 2007 10:37 AM

Is she liberal? And how come you don't rip on any books. All this nicey nice favor trading may be good for the career, but for internet entertainment, I want Spider versus the Hax of Sol Three.

John Scalzi | May 13, 2007 11:28 AM

She's Australian, actually.

I don't rip on books because then I'd do nothing else with my day.

hugh57 | May 13, 2007 12:51 PM

She's Australian, actually.

So that means she's not liberal?

I remember seeing Rob Sawyer at a con a few years ago, where the question of whether he was a "leftist" came up at a panel. At his autographing immediately afterward, I told him (tongue-in-cheek) that I could always tell if an SF writer was a leftist. Look at the About the Author blurb on the dustjacket of his book. If it says "He lives in Canada", he's a leftist. ;-)

hugh57 | May 13, 2007 12:58 PM

Oh and by the way, Congratulations Justine!! :-)

Patrick Nielsen Hayden | May 13, 2007 05:45 PM

I think you're misreading the notation on Jim Kelly's novella. The word "Burn" is a link to the Amazon page for Burn. The words "podcast version" is a link to page full of Jim's podcasts, including a podcast of Burn.

John Scalzi | May 13, 2007 08:15 PM

Hmmm. Possibly. On the other hand, has there been another Nebula winner that was available as a podcast before its nomination, as Burn was? I could look it up, but I'm overwhelmed by ennui.

Justine Larbalestier | May 14, 2007 01:29 AM

I'm Australian and liberal. (Though not Liberal with a capital L. The Liberals are the conservative party in Australia.)

Thanks for the congrats, Mr Scalzi. I'm still in shock.

Laurie Mann | May 14, 2007 11:29 AM

Justine, I'm reading Daughters of the Earth and am very impressed. I've read many of the stories before, but had never read A. E. Jones "Created He Them" is a brilliant, brilliant story.

Congrats on winning the Norton.

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