SFX Blogger Alasdair Stuart previews the greatest Fasntasy Literature prize of all. Have you voted yet? And get your tickets for a very magical awards ceremony
The David Gemmell Award has that rarest of beasts: a mission statement that makes sense. Founded in the name of the late fantasy author, the award exists to:
Wolf In Shadow and Legend are both books that are very, very dear to my heart for a couple of reasons. Wolf In Shadow and its sequels are fantasy horror westerns that honour all three genres, throwing in a liberal dose of post apocalyptic science fiction for good measure, whilst Legend is a surprisingly moving story about the last thing a hero can do. Plus, I always remember reading an interview with Gemmell about writing the book. He wanted to work out whether a particular move in one of the closing fights would work, so waited until everyone in his office had left and proceeded to swing a broom around with tremendous enthusiasm, mapping the battle out. If I remember correctly, the police were called and were very understanding. I always liked that story.
The Gemmell Awards have just entered their shortlist phase and if you’ve read any of the books, now's the perfect time to vote and try push them all the way to the top. All votes are started over for each of the nominees at the shortlist stage, so even if you voted before, you should vote again:
Here’s a reminder of the shortlisted nominees:
Legend Award (Best Fantasy Novel 2010)
Morningstar (Best Fantasy Debut 2010)
Ravenheart (Best Fantasy Artwork)
Even better, the award ceremony’s open to the public. This isn’t an industry event, it’s a chance for fantasy authors and fans to meet and celebrate the successes of the past year. Oh, and the ceremony takes place at the Magic Circle in London, which, as a former stage magician, makes me very happy. Tickets are just £20 and can be ordered from Christine Harrison through firstname.lastname@example.org . So if you’re a fantasy fan, vote and if you can, vote and attend the ceremony. After all, how often do you get to see the start of a Legend?
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