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rick bowes
Posted on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 08:56 pm:   

OK I will announced this.

EMPIRE OF ICE CREAM is a Hugo nominee.

Deservedly even!
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ellen
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 09:18 am:   

Yayyyyy! And it can be read at :
http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/originals/originals_archive/ford4/ford41.html
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Cornelis Alderlieste
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 11:02 am:   

HOLY MOSES! KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED!!!
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Matthew
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 11:24 am:   

congrats, "Empire" was my favorite short story of the year.
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Richard Parks
Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2004 - 06:34 pm:   

Many congrats on the Hugo nomination, Jeff!
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Deborah
Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2004 - 08:32 pm:   

Congrats, Jeff!

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Christopher Barzak
Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2004 - 11:19 pm:   

yay, Jeff!
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John Picacio
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 07:01 am:   

Hey, Jeff --

Congrats on the nom, man! I voted for this story on the Emerald City Hugo Suggestion site. I think it's one of my favorite works you've ever done, no doubt.

I was rooting for you at the IHGs, but I'm happy to see this latest news for the Hugos. Very cool.
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Rajan Khanna
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 07:26 am:   

Congratulations!

That's one of the best stories I've read. Ever.
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paulw
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 11:04 am:   

Rock on, Jeff!
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jeff ford
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 02:24 pm:   

Guys, thanks so much for the well wishes on the nomination. I'm in the UK right now, on a timed e-mail thingy, but will write back properly after Saturday. I'm so glad you all liked the work. And Paul, thanks for the copyedits on it.

Best,


Jeff
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 05:17 pm:   

Jeff, and of course I've already congratulated you in person, but hey, congratulations again.
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Luke
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2004 - 05:15 am:   

Interesting article on number savants with a synaesthesia reference:

http://plus.maths.org/issue31/features/eastaway/index-gifd.html
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jeff ford
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2004 - 05:47 am:   

Luke: Thanks for the link. I happen to have a young man in one of my classes this year who, as he told me, has a "photogenic" memory. He can tell you what day of the week any date fell on going back to 1984, which is when I suspect he was born. Interesting that it should stop there. He can also tell you the area code and zip code for any place in the US. The class tested him, firing questions at him of area codes and zip codes we knew of from relatives. I told him, my dad lives on Long Island. He asked Nassau or Suffolk county? Suffolk, I said. He sat and stared as if he was scanning some information inside his head and a moment later came up with the right answer. He answered every question correctly and there were some pretty remote areas asked about. This stuff is fascinating.
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Cornelis Alderlieste
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2004 - 06:19 am:   

That's a pretty nifty trick the kid can do! Wow!
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Dave E.
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2004 - 06:47 am:   

Jeff,

I thought "The Empire of Ice Cream" was a great story. His use of crayons in creating scores and her initial limitation to pencil drawings were a facinating contrast and foreshadowing of the ending.

When he began talking to her I was almost out of my seat shouting "Ask for her phone number!" I was so desperate for them to make contact.

Thanks again!

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jeff ford
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2004 - 10:20 am:   

Cornelis: Yeah, I'm thinking of spiriting him away to Atlantic City to make a bundle like in The Rain Man.


Dave: Thanks for dropping a line. Glad you enjoyed the story. I never realized that connection you point out as a piece of foreshadowing. I appreciate the insight.
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Minz
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2004 - 10:25 am:   

Hey Jeff, if you and the kid need some stake money, along with an extra body when the casino decides to come down on you, I'm available . . .
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jeff ford
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2004 - 11:50 am:   

Minz: You're on. One good night at the tables and we can retire.

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