UPDATED and republished: if you’ve seen this post before, skip to the last paragraph!
Just now my friend Maura pointed out that the wonderful folks at Locus were kind enough to include two of my stories from last year on the Locus Recommended Reading List for fiction from 2008: the novelette, “Lester Young and the Jupiter’s Moons’ Blues” (from Asimov’s SF, July ’08) and the novella, “Wonjjang and the Madman of Pyongyang” (from Tesseracts Twelve).
To see my name listed among so many I respect, and my stories among others that just blew me away this year, is a tremendous honour. It’s also very encouraging, and happy news of a kind that especially does me good now.
By the way, if you’re a regular reader of Asimov’s and haven’t voted in the Asimov’s SF reader’s awards, today is the deadline for emailed ballots. (See here for the details and a full list of candidate works and so on.) I’m not saying you have to vote for me, of course, but if you’re a regular reader, or something struck your fancy in the past year, you should vote, and today is the last day to do it! UPDATE: As the deadline has passed, I’ve applied a strikethrough here.
The deadline is past for the Asimov’s Reader’s awards, but you still have time to vote for the Interzone Reader’s Awards, if you’re a regular reader of Interzone. Plenty of good stories there, and only one is mine! Information on how to vote is here, and the deadline is March 31st 2009.