The Campbell Award!

winning-the-campbell.jpgIn an astonishing turn of events, THE GENIUS PLAGUE was just named the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best Novel of the Year!  I am now in Lawrence, Kansas (a hub of SF appreciation and scholarship) to accept the award, which has been given over the last 45 years to some of my favorite books and authors.  The large award next to me in the picture is the permanent award, which has the names of every winner engraved on it… including now, me.  I can’t express what an incredible honor this is.  I can vividly remember as a young man staying up late to finish Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke, and sitting straight up in bed with a rush of goosebumps at its astonishing last line.  That book won the 2nd Campbell Award in 1974.  Other winners stand out in my memory: The Postman, by David Brin and Beggars in Spain, by Nancy Kress, both books that showed me how powerful science fiction can be to speak to the human condition, both in our tendency to choose to hate or harm as well as our capability for heroism and self-sacrifice.  The list of authors and books is long and awe-inspiring, and for my name to be permanently etched among them is an honor beyond words.

(Picture taken by Charlie Jane Anders, who received the Sturgeon Award for best short fiction at the same ceremony.)




David is a science fiction and fantasy author, which gives him the freedom to explore far beyond the limits of real life and the everyday. His books explores themes that skirt the edges of science and religion, such as human origins, the nature of truth, the certainty of death, and the nature of the soul. He does all his writing at home, where he lives with his wife and seven children. It’s a lively and clamorous place, full of fun, love, and chaos. His latest novel is SUPERPOSITION, a quantum physics murder mystery with the same mind-bending, breathless action as films like INCEPTION and MINORITY REPORT. His other works include the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel TERMINAL MIND, the historical fantasy QUINTESSENCE (Tor, 2013) and its sequel, QUINTESSENCE SKY.

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  • Congratulations, David! I coincidentally finished the book just a mere week ago. Really terrific effort.

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