It’s again time to vote for the Planetary Awards, the chance to nominate your favorite novel and shorter story for last year.
The contest is promoted by PLANETARY DEFENSE COMMAND and you can go HERE and learn how to list and promote your “darlings” – which is quite easy on the technical side, and not so easy where the actual choice is concerned.
I discovered this hard truth by looking at my 5-star reviews for 2017: picking one for the full-length novel was the hardest choice of all, so I started with an elimination process that excluded the authors in my “buy sight unseen” list, for the simple reason that they are all well-known, much acclaimed authors and since this year I had the incredible luck of discovering several amazing debut novels, I wanted to spotlight them, so their authors could get some more visibility.
Not that this made my choice any easier… So I had to resort to the time-honored, if not scientifically sound, method of writing the titles of these novels on pieces of paper, mixing them in a box and picking one with my eyes closed. Then I repeated the process for the shorter works, just to keep feeling… solomonic.
So ((loud drum roll)) I’m very pleased to announce the winners and my nominees for the 2017 Planetary Awards:
Full Length Novel: AGE OF ASSASSINS, by R. J. Barker
Short Story or Novella: ACADIE, by Dave Hutchinson
Go and vote for your favorite authors/stories: it’s another way of showing our gratitude for the many wonderful hours we spend immersed in some other world…
My thanks for Planetary Defense Command for hosting the awards!