Re OT Nebula Awards

Ven vendersleighc at
Sat May 18 10:26:48 EDT 2002

Melissa wrote 

><Tim Powers' _Declare_ is just fantastic....I 
think _Last Call_ and
>_The Anubis Gates_ are better.  But the point 
>really isn't to compare him to
>himself, right?>

and I said
>Those two are my favourites too, and judging by
>the TP list we are not alone.

Stuff like this makes me wonder why it is that 
"favorites" tend to be so
universal...are people's tastes really very 
uniform, or is there some basic
element to storytelling that appeals more broadly

than others, or what?
Then I also wonder if the reason I like those 
particular books is the same
as everyone else's reason for liking the same 
books.  Then I have to lie

Yes. If it's any help at all every one of TP's
books was someone's favourite, with The Drawing
of the Dark and The Stress of Her Regard scoring

I also wrote
>I also thought
>Declare was terrific but found it a little heavy
>going, it's not quite as much fun. (That made me
>laugh -- considering the amount of physical
>anguish the average Powers character goes 
>I can still call his books fun.) I have a 
>that Powers is moving into new territory now and
>I'm very much looking forward to what comes 

>Incidentally Declare got disqualified from the
>Nebulas. It was first published in a limited
>edition in 2000 and so couldn't be considered 
>2002. TP could have applied for an exemption on
>the grounds that the first mass market edition
>didn't appear until 2001 but didn't do the
>paperwork. Shame.

<Thanks for the explanation; I had seen it on the

ballots and wondered why it
was still on, because I know I read it two years 
ago.  But I just assumed I
misremembered.  Oh well.  Do you know when it was

disqualified?  I'd hope
they would figure it out before the embarrassment

of counting the votes and
realizing "hey, this book shouldn't be on here!">

It was a couple of months ago, before the ballot.


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