Karen Lord on the role of folktales and myth, and how she approached REDEMPTION IN INDIGO
The Best of All Possible Worlds is a beautiful shape-shifter. It reads like smooth jazz comfort food, deceptively familiar and easy going down, but subtly subversive. … [It] is in part a declaration of pedigree, a dual love letter to science fiction/fantasy and to African diasporic cultures and realities. The novel explicitly invokes Ray Bradbury and Indiana Jones, echoes writers such as Ursula K. Le Guin, and filters it all through a creolized landscape.
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I’m a great believer in what the Kitschies stand for – celebrating the best in speculative fiction, regardless of trends, politics, publishers, canvassing, bloc voting, or anything else. The best books of the year, according to the judges who have been chosen for the year in question – no more, no less.
Submissions are now open for 2013 titles. Bring it on.
Introducing the 2013 Kitschies judges
The Kitschies, sponsored by The Kraken Rum, are pleased to announce the 2013 judging panels.
These ten individuals will be tasked with finding the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining books that contain elements of the speculative and fantastic.
2012 judge Patrick Ness warns the 2013 panel: ”Clear your diaries, I’m pretty sure it’s the biggest submission list of any single prize in the country (if not the world; there’ll be moments when you’ll wish I was exaggerating). But when the alchemy happens - when a splendidly-written book takes risks and goes fearlessly into strange places and you see the world anew - it’s all worth it.”
The judges for the Red and Golden Tentacles, for novels and debut novels, are Kate Griffin, Will Hill, Annabel Wright, Anab Jain and Nick Harkaway. The panel is made up of authors, editors and readers from a broad range of backgrounds - all united by their appreciation of speculative and fantastic fiction.
Nick Harkaway, winner of the Red Tentacle, notes: ”I’m really pleased, but also very nervous because this is a serious thing. Heartache and hope in written form will arrive on my doormat, and my job is to recognise its specialness, take account of its content, and pick out the most remarkable - the most progressive, entertaining, and intelligent, in the words of the motto. That is not, even in a playful and entertaining environment like the Kitschies, something to be taken lightly.”
The Inky Tentacle, for cover art, will be judged by a panel of experts from a wide variety of visual arts disciplines. The judges are Craig Kennedy, Sarah Anne Langton, Barry Nugent, Hazel Thompson and Emma Vieceli, and hail from television, design, comics, illustration and photography backgrounds.
More detail about the judges can be found at: http://www.thekitschies.com/judges.html
Golden Tentacle finalists vN (Madeline Ashby) and SERAPHINA (Rachel Hartman) are both shortlisted for the First Novel category. Congratulations!