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Monday, August 17, 2009

And the Winner Is...

Yes, it's time to reveal the winner of my contest to win a copy of my illustrated science-fiction novella, The Festival on Lyris Five.

There were six entries in the contest, so I asked my partner, Jayne, to pick a number between 1 and 6 (without telling her what it was for). She picked number 4, so I'm pleased to reveal that the winner of a signed copy is entrant number 4, Coffeewithkate. Congratulations, Kate!

I originally advertised that two runners-up would receive PDF versions of the novella. In a contest with only six entries, however, it seems a shame to have any losers, so I've decided to donate a copy of the PDF to everyone who entered. Please write to me with your email address using the Contact Me link on my blog, and I'll send you download instructions.

The competition asked people to name their favorite SF or fantasy books and state their reasons in 50 words or fewer. I've reproduced all the entries below, in case anyone else who enjoys SFF is looking for some more reading ideas...

Airman, by Eoin Colfer
A picture-perfect life, dashed by lies. The 14-year-old in the center of this story flies--literally-- through a tumult of treachery, anger, abuse, and hatred on his way to justice and his dream--learning to fly.

West of Eden by Harry Harrison
An alternate-history work built around a world in which dinosaurs and humans both evolved into intelligent species. Two extremely different civilizations are brought together in a story full of excitement, intrigue, and conflict.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson
Oldie but a goodie, two worlds, alter ego, escaping reality, characters out of this world, stories build, crescend, time travel, ethereal existence, is it real or is it not kind of stuff. Three more books are being written before the end.

Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy- Douglas Adams
An ordinary man thrown into a world of Paranoid Androids, Pangalactic Gargleblasters and deadly Vogon Poetry.
Join Arthur Dent and his quest to discover the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything in this classic sci-fi romp.
Pyjamas optional.

Rosco Fraser
Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
I have honestly never laughed so much from reading a book in my life. I loved the TV show but the book was so much better, my favourite bit is the hopper ride, comic genius and a definite must read.

Carrie Sheppard
Dragon's Egg: Theodore Sturgeon
This book was written decades ago and yet it is one of the most forward thinking books I have ever read. He challenges our very perceptions of physics and reality and offers a great story too. These old SF writers gave us 90% of our current technology lingo - if you've never read this book, or any work by TS, then remedy it!

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. I've read Hitch-Hiker's Guide (I'm tempted to add 'of course'!) but rather surprisingly none of the others. I have read some of Harry Harrison's other books, and especially recommend The Technicolor Time Machine if you can find a copy - it's Harrison at his hilarious best. The other books and authors listed above I will have to check out soon.

Happy reading!

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