Sunday 10 August 2008

I almost had my foot on the moon...

Eric Reynolds of Hadley Rille Books today announced the results of the Return to Luna competition. Congratulations to all the winners.

Return to Luna Winning Stories and Honorable Mentions

The Winning Return to Luna Entries:

"Visual Silence" by M.C. Chambers - The Grand Prize Winner
"Black Ice" by F.R.R. Mallory
"In Their Own Words" by Brenta Blevins
"Apples on the Moon" by Karen T. Smith
"Best Gift" by Brandon Bell
"Growing Season in Mare Frigoris" by Benjamin Abbott
"Coping Mechanisms" by Gerri Leen
"Joe the Martian Goes To The Moon" by Ken Edgett
"Final Arrangements" by J.M. Fisher
"One Last Haul" by Mark J. Soppet
"Ménage à Trois" by Gustavo Bondoni
"The Return" by David Schibi
"The Platinum Desolation" by Andrew Barton
"Coyote and the Gamblers" by Shauna Roberts
"Book of the Dead" by Sarah A. Eastly
"Misdirected" by Adam Israel

The Honorable Mentions:

"Fermi's Paradox" by Giorgio Gaviraghi
"The Foothills of Shackleton" by David L. Clements
"The Day" by Russell A. Dale
"SMOG" by Jean-Michel CALVEZ
"Jumper: First Cat on the Moon" by Michael Janzen
"Growing Up" by Karen Szymczyk
"Moondust" by Kate Kelly
"Winter Solstice" by Jamie Eyberg
"Stargazing" by Alex Moisi
"Paying the Price" by Dorothy Diehl
"Treading the Regolith" by Catherine J. Gardner
"Lunar Decisions" by Eric Conrad

That's my third so-close but no-dice hit this month, plus one mega so-close but no dice last month (shush! we don't talk about that). Next month I'm scheduling world domination or more chocolate...

Actually every time I look at that list I really can't believe that my name appears at all. I keep expecting to go back and find it erased.

In other news: The first draft of The Poisoned Apple II (the I'm so in need of a title project but my writer is too lazy to think of one - boo her) is nearing completion. I've also been working (writing longhand so I have no idea of the word count but it's not huge - yet) on my Matchsticks book, and have an idea for a chapter book/picture book, and another MG book. Oh, and there's all those tempting anthologies that I want to try out for... Oh dear, my feet are tingling* I may be about to spontaneously com...

*Nope, didn't blow up, I'm still here - I just got writer's butt because I hadn't moved from my seat in like hours.


Anonymous said...

I'm there with the near misses :P

It get's frustrating.

Michael Stone said...

Damn! Now you know how Jim Lovell feels.

I'm sure your luck will change soon.

Anonymous said...

I think it's a great acheivement! Getting your name announced at WorldCon--even as an honorable mention--is a beautiful thing.

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Cate Gardner said...

Thanks guys! I am pretty stocked as I'm a fan of Hadley Rille since reading the wonderful Desolate Places.

LOL! Jim Lovell. :)

Anonymous said...

The accomplishment of writing an intriguing story for this antho is a feat in and of itself. So conrats!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Cate.

I'm with Camille on this one - getting your name announced at Worldcon IS huge! You should be proud.

Cate Gardner said...

Cheers, Barry & Gustavo. :)

K.C. Shaw said...

Wow, so close--but a magnificent not-quite!

Cate Gardner said...

As no's go they don't come much better.

Jamie Eyberg said...

I can sympathize with you on this one. It was my first attempt at science fiction. I feel pretty good about it.