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nealasher
Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 12:44 am:   

Here's a message from Petr Kotrle, the Czech translator of The Skinner:

I am happy to tell you that SKINNER was shortlisted for the Salamander Award given by the Czech Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror as the best SF book published here in 2004, together with the Blood Music (G. Bear), Chasm City (A. Reynolds), The Scar (Mieville) and A Deepness Upon the Sky (V. Vinge).

Keep your fingers crossed!
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Jeffrey Thomas
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 01:30 pm:   

Congrats, Neal. I've read about THE SKINNER and it sounds so absolutely fascinating that it's on the MUST BUY list of books in my wallet (next to the money that said books will gradually cause to diminish).
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nealasher
Posted on Sunday, April 03, 2005 - 09:47 am:   

Thanks for that, Jeffrey!
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nealasher
Posted on Monday, April 11, 2005 - 06:19 am:   

Check out this superb cover for the French version of The Skinner: http://freespace.virgin.net/n.asher/coverpics.htm
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 - 03:15 am:   

The French always seem to get it right. Well done, Neal, by the way!
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nealasher
Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 - 04:50 am:   

Thanks, Rhys. How's it all going with you now - since the Tanjen years?
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 02:14 am:   

Well I'm doing well -- but not as well as you!

Three successful authors came out of the Tanjen stable -- Tim Lebbon, yourself and me. It's interesting really. Lebbon has proved himself in the horror world. You are certainly one of the best new science fiction writers in the world. And I am destined to be a major literary figure, probably the best writer Wales has ever produced.

Tanjen certainly had value!
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nealasher
Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 06:34 am:   

Yep, not a lot of cash involved but Tanjen certainly helped us on the way. I might have mentioned it before, but I'm sure it was an SFX review I copied and stuck on top of my synopsis and sample chapter that first attracted Macmillan's attention.

Major literary figure: So best I hang onto my copy of Eyelidiad then?
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nealasher
Posted on Monday, May 09, 2005 - 04:29 am:   

The Skinner has won the Czech SF&F&H Academy Award for the best SF book published there in 2004: the Salamander Award. This was out of a shortlist of Blood Music (Greg Bear), Chasm City (Alastair Reynolds), The Scar (China Mieville) and A Deepness Upon the Sky (Vernor Vinge) a high level of competition and one of the best shortlists Ive read in ages.
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Bill G
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 12:30 pm:   

Congrats, Neal. That's an amazing list of books you beat.
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nealasher
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 01:42 am:   

Thanks Bill. Precisely what I thought. The only one of them I haven't read is Blood Music - all the rest I thought were great. I've tried reading various shortlists for awards before and mostly what distinguished them was how many of the books I just abandoned.
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Ashman
Posted on Friday, July 29, 2005 - 05:36 am:   

Great book Neal, can't quite put my finger on exactly what makes it so, despite having read it a good few times now. I think it's the fact the telling of the story makes the reader very 'comfortable' whilst surrounded by such violence, clever stuff.

Very very good...thank you.

Ash
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nealasher
Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2005 - 05:09 am:   

Thank you for telling me that, Ash. Look out for The Voyage of the Sable Keech this January (though only from Macmillan so far).

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