For those who were not, as we were not, present at the Baen Traveling Roadshow at DragonCon, reproduced below is our speech accepting the Readers Choice Award for “Wise Child.” Jim Minz (pictured below) accepted on our behalf. That means he got to reach the speech, which he did with his usual good humor.
Herewith, The Speech:
Yes, you heard us.
We probably ought to be a little more formal than that, so let’s try this:
To DragonCon attendees, science fiction fans, and readers everywhere: Hello! from the wilds of Central Maine.
We’re pleased to be here, at least metaphorically, at this particular Baen Traveling Roadshow, to stand as the proud parents of “Wise Child,” which readers have chosen – out of a very stiff field! — as the Best Military and Adventure SF of 2016.
We must admit to being startled – we have a history of being startled when we win awards! – when Jim Minz asked if we could be with you this afternoon, either electronically or in spirit, to accept this award for our novelette, the seventy-first Sharon Lee and Steve Miller collaboration.
Well. . .yes.
We believe that the purpose of a story is to be an experience, a celebration, if you will, for readers – something that they’ll hopefully enjoy on reading, and recall, later, with pleasure.
Us. . .We make our living by writing stories, long and short and in-between. Our method is to write the best story we can write, this time; collect our fee – and move on to write another story for readers to experience and enjoy, sometime down the road.
Most short fiction is like that, for most writers: a kind of a fire-and-forget situation, if you will.
In this case, though – we won’t forget that, when “Wise Child” hit the Baen.com website last year, we got a lot of positive feedback from readers via email and Facebook. Then, the story was chosen for inclusion in Volume Three of the Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF!
This particular “fire-and-forget” story not only hit the original target but had two secondary hits, as well.
So – Thanks!
Thank you, DragonCon, for hosting the award presentation!
Thank you, Baen, for publishing and supporting the book, and the award!
Thank you, David Afsharirad – our editor – for selecting our story for publication!
. . .And. . .
Thank you, readers, for reading, and for voting, and for naming “Wise Child” as one of the best!
Here you see Jim Minz accepting and David Afsharirad showing off the plaque.