The Ribbit Awards will soon have long been an established predictor of the literary award seasons, and so it is with great pleasure that I accept the inaugural award for Best Short Work for “Sudden Rescue”.
Years from now when my wide-eyed great-grand children look up and ask grand-pops what I did to help science-fiction overcome its dark age of ruin, I’ll be able to point to my shelf and say, “Did I ever tell you about that frog right there?” Then they will roll their eyes, tell me that I’ve already told them about it like, a billion times already and can they just log back into the datacore already? Their friends are streamdancing the latest fractalscores. I’ll chuckle, sit back in my grav-chair and sip my synthjuice, and let them do that thing they just said. It’ll be great.
For now, I’ll just play this award show on an infinite loop:
In all seriousness, the Ribbit Awards are fan awards, voted on by the nominees (who I’m assuming are fans) themselves. We didn’t take things overly seriously at the Award Show, but that’s because we don’t take this part of the game too seriously. On the other hand, the voters represent a broad cross section of fans, and with few exceptions, they are the kind of people whose opinions on literature I respect. So to have them vote for my work over that of a Mark Wandrey or a Dominika Lein, the other two nominees who I’ve read and who both have a phenomenal amount of writing talent, means a lot to me. I’ve no doubt the other two nominees, Jody Lynne Nye and Bethany Jennings, are also well worth reading – just making the list for the Ribbit Awards is worth bragging about. In fact, knowing that my work can stand shoulder to shoulder with theirs, meant the world to me.
If you want to see what the fuss is all about, watch the video featuring the always charming John C. Wright, the always energetic and fun Jon Del Arroz, and even a special guest appearance by Sam! And of course, if you want to read a prestigious award winning book this spring, here’s your chance: