February 19th, 2010

buzz

BSFA Short Fiction nominees

While waiting for my copy of Ursula Le Guin's Lavinia to arrive, I worked my way through the short fiction nominated for this year's BSFA awards. (I have been a BSFA member since the 2005 Worldcon, and am now kicking myself for not doing this in previous years.) I list the six stories below, in my reverse order of preference. NB that the two I liked most are also the two not available online; I wonder if their availability in dead tree form will affect the results?

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Although my top vote goes to Ian Mcdonald's story, I will not be devastated if the winner turns out to be either Eugie Foster or Dave Hutchinson. I hope that BSFA voters have the taste and judgement to reject the other three.
not happy

Dentistry again

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Looking in the mirror this morning I noticed many more visible grey hairs than I remember previously. That, the teeth and the recently acquired bifocals (of which I have no complaints apart from their cost) are making me feel rather middle-aged!