Armageddon’s Arrow nabs a Scribe Award!

armageddons-arrow-coverA few months ago, I babbled that this year’s nominees for the 2016 Scribe Awards, sponsored by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW) included a bunch of work by several friends of mine, as well as Armageddon’s Arrow, my Star Trek: The Next Generation novel that was published last year.

Last night, I was surprised to learn that I’d won!

I know it sounds like false modesty, but I honestly was pretty sure that one of my fellow nominees would take home the award. Indeed, my money was on the rather redoubtable Jonathan Maberry, who’s something of a force of nature right now when it comes to the written word. That said, I’m happy to bring the trophy to Ward Manor.

Courtesy of the IAMTW, here’s the complete list of nominees, with the winner in each category in bold. I’m thrilled that my brother in literary shenanigans, David Mack, also received an award for his awesome 24 novel, Rogue!

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2016 Scribe Awards nominees announced, and…HEY!

iamtwIt’s that time of year, again!

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW) has announced their nominees for this year’s Scribe Awards. I’m very happy to see listed among the nominees several people I’m proud to call friends and colleagues, but I’m equally excited for…well…you’ll just have to read the list, I guess!

The IAMTW has formatted a proper press release and everything, so I’m just going to post that here:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Tenth Annual Scribe Awards

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is pleased to announce the Scribe Award Nominees for 2016.

Acknowledging excellence in this very competitive field, IAMTW’s Scribe Awards honor licensed works that tie in with other media such as television, movies, gaming, or comic books. They include original works set in established universes, and adaptations of stories that have appeared in other formats and cross all genres. Tie-in works run the gamut from westerns to mysteries to procedurals, from science fiction to fantasy to horror, from action and adventure to superheroes. HALO, Elementary24, Star Trek, Mike Hammer,  Star Wars, ShadowrunDoctor Who…these represent just a few.

The Scribe Award winners will be announced at ComicCon San Diego in July. The exact day, time and location of the Scribes Panel including the award ceremony will be announced shortly.

IAMTW thanks everyone who sent all the wonderful entries for consideration. Congratulations to the following nominees:

BEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – GENERAL
Elementary: The Ghost Line by Adam Christopher
Kill Me, Darling by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Don Pendleton’s Mack Bolan: Desert Falcons by Michael A. Black
24: Rogue by David Mack

armageddons-arrow-coverBEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – SPECULATIVE
Deadlands: Ghostwalkers by Jonathan Maberry
HALO: Last Light by Troy Denning
HALO: New Blood by Matt Forbeck
Pathfinder: Forge of Ashes by Josh Vogt
Shadowrun: Borrowed Time by R.L. King
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Armageddon’s Arrow by Dayton Ward
Star Trek: Seekers #3: Long Shot by David Mack

(Note: WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?)

ADAPTED NOVEL – GENERAL AND SPECULATIVE
Backcountry by D.E. McDonald
Batman: Arkham Knight by Marv Wolfman
Crimson Peak by Nancy Holder
MANOS – The Hands of Fate by Stephen D. Sullivan
Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

SHORT STORIES
Mike Hammer: “Fallout” by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Shadowrun: “Swamp of Spirits” by Jason Hardy
The X-Files: “Back in El Paso My Life Will Be Worthless” by Keith R.A. DeCandido
The X-Files: “Dusk” by Paul Crilley
The X-Files: “Non Gratum Anus Rodentum” by Brian Keene
The X-Files: “Statues” by Kevin J. Anderson

  • “Fallout” first appeared in The Strand Magazine
  • “Swamp of Spirits” first appeared in Shadowrun: World of Shadows
  • All four X-Files stories first appeared in The X-Files: Trust No One

AUDIO
Dark Shadows: Bloodlust by Alan Flanagan, Will Howells and Joseph Lidste
Dark Shadows: In the Twinkling of An Eye by Penelope Faith
Doctor Who: The Red Lady by John Dorney
Doctor Who: Damaged Goods by Jonathan Morris, adapted from a novel by Russell T. Davies
Pathfinder Legends: Mummy’s Mask: “Empty Gravesby Cavan Scott, adapted from a story Crystal Frasier


 

Congratulations to all of the nominees, and to the judges for each category who had to read through all the submissions to arrive at a final list and determine winners in each category. Good luck to everyone!

2015 Scribe nominees announced!

iamtwIt’s that time of year, again!

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW) has announced their nominees for this year’s Scribe Awards, as well as the recipient of the 2015 “Faust” Grandmaster Award. I’m not going to steal any of the thunder from the formal announcements, but instead post the organization’s official press releases here. First up? The Scribe nominees, which includes a number of names familiar to me as well as several people I’m proud to call friends:

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2014 Scribe Award nominees announced. Guess who?

Earlier this morning, nominees were announced for the 2014 Scribe Awards. Presented by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW), the Scribes “acknowledge and celebrate excellence in licensed tie-in writing—novels based on TV shows, movies, and games.”

And yet, there’s From History’s Shadow, right there on the list.

The 2014 Scribes Nominees:

Novel Adapted

Man of Steel by Greg Cox
Pacific Rim by Alex Irvine
47 Ronin by Joan D. Vinge

General Novel Original

Murder She Wrote: Close-Up on Murder by Donald Bain
The Executioner: Sleeping Dragons
by Michael A. Black
Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad
Leverage: The Bestseller Job
by Greg Cox
Leverage: The Zoo Job by Keith R. A. DeCandidoCover for From History's Shadow

Speculative Novel Original

Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox by Christa Faust
Supernatural: Fresh Meat by Alice Henderson
Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
Supernatural: The Roads not Taken by Tim Waggoner
Star Trek: From History’s Shadow by Dayton Ward

Short Stories

Warhammer 40,000: “The Dark Hollows of Memory” by David Annandale
Shadowrun: “Locks and Keys” by Jennifer Brozek
Mike Hammer: “So Long, Chief” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane
After Earth: “Savior” by Michael Jan Friedman
After Earth: “Redemption” by Robert Greenberger
Star Trek: “Mirror Image” by Christine M. Thompson

Young Adult

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 by Stacia Deutsch
Kevin by Paul Kupperberg
The Croods by Tracey West

Audio

Dark Shadows – 33. The Phantom Bride by Mark Thomas Passmore
Dark Shadows – 37. The Flip Side by Cody Quijano-Schell
Blake’s 7: The Armageddon Storm by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright

The winners will be announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

In all seriousness, I’m very, very jazzed that Shadow has been nominated. I really did have (too much) fun writing this particular book, and this is all the better because several people I call friends also have works on the list. I’m in some august company, including within the “Speculative Novel Original” category. Congratulations to all the nominees, and thanks so much to the judges who deemed the book worthy of nomination, and to the IAMTW and its membership for continuing to push for excellence within the field.

Kinda makes me want to get on with writing a sequel, too.

Space Marshal Dylan McCade is an Audio Verse Award Winner!

Thanks to a timely message shot my way by audio drama guru and HG World creator Jay Smith, I found out this afternoon that The Adventures of Space Marshal Dylan McCade, our little audio serial that could and which was a finalist for three different 2013 Audio Verse Awards, managed to snag two of the three categories in which we were nominated!

Dylan McCade returned to the space ways as winner in the following categories:

Best Short-Form Writing of a Fan or Adaptation Production
and
Best Short-Form Original Adaptation of a Pre-existing Work

The awards were announced–appropriately–as an audio presentation, and you can hear all the awarding goodness here:

2013 Audio Verse Awards Results Show

Once again, I tip my hat to David Taylor over at SciFi Commons, who approached me late in 2012 with this crazy idea of coming up with a retro pulpy sci-fi audio drama. He adapted my short story into script format, so the first of the two awards is all his. Then he brought together a troupe of talented actors and techie folks in order to bring the story to life, and they all get to share in the second award. Who are these people? Well, I’m so glad you asked:

Joey Trimmer (voice of Dylan McCade)
Ana Visneski (voice of Empress Entropia)
Kelli Taylor (voice of Jacquelyn ”Jax” Blake)
Senthil Masilamani (voice of Zan)
Kenneth Robert Marlo (voice of the President of the League of Planets)
Geno Younger (narrator)
Amy Herndon (sound effects)
Taylor Dixon (original music)

Many thanks once again to this awesome gang of players. Thanks also to everyone over at the Audio Verse Awards for hosting, judging, and presenting the awards. Finally, thanks to everyone who liked our little story enough to give it a vote.

We should probably do something like that again some time soon, huh?

Dylan McCade is an Audio Verse Awards Finalist!

Shut. The. Front. Door.

“No way!”

“Yes way, Ted!”

:: Ahem ::

Semi-final voting has completed for the inaugural Audio Verse Awards and finalist voting is now cooking with gas. Making the cut in three different categories is our favorite retro-pulpy SF hero of Days Gone By, Space Marshal Dylan McCade!

In what categories does the marshal find himself? Well, behold, yo:

  • Short-Form Fan/Adaptation Series
  • Best Short-Form Original Adaptation of a Pre-existing Work 
  • Best New Fan/Adaptation Show of the Year 

I’ll admit it: That last one in particular has me all tingly.

Now, it needs to be said that all of the nominations the show’s received are due to the efforts of David Taylor over at SciFi Commons, who took my pithy little “serial” story and adapted it for audio presentation. David then assembled a talented troupe of voice actors and sound gurus to breathe life into my goofy words and stuff. A vote for Dylan McCade in any of these categories is a vote of support for all the amazing work David accomplished, along with the efforts of these fine folks:

Joey Trimmer (voice of Dylan McCade)
Ana Visneski (voice of Empress Entropia)
Kelli Taylor (voice of Jacquelyn “Jax” Blake)
Senthil Masilamani (voice of Zan)
Kenneth Robert Marlo (voice of the President of the League of Planets)
Geno Younger (narrator)
Amy Herndon (sound effects)
Taylor Dixon (original music)

As I’ve mentioned during previous postings, voting for these awards isn’t open to everybody on the internet, but instead is contained within the “volunteer audio drama community.” From the Audio Verse Awards site:

“The purpose of these awards is to focus on how awesome the volunteer audio drama community as a whole is. The people who will be doing the voting is that community. You have to be involved with a production, or be actively part of the community, at any level, to vote.”

The complete list of categories and finalists is available just by clicking here.

Voting will open shortly, and run through December 14th, so if you’re involved in the audio drama community and there’s a show and/or performer listed you think is worthy of being so honored, please mosey on over to the Audio Verse Awards site and cast your vote(s).

Stay tuned for updates as voting concludes and results are announced!

AudioVerseAwards-Finalist

The Audio Verse Awards: Go vote for Space Marshal Dylan McCade!

Nominations have closed for the first ever Audio Verse Awards and semi-final voting is now underway. Guess who made the cut in nine–count ’em, nine–categories? That dashing, star-jumping hero of Yesteryear, himself: Space Marshal Dylan McCade!

As I mentioned in an earlier posting, voting for these awards isn’t being opened to everybody on the internet, but instead will be contained within the “volunteer audio drama community.” From the Audio Verse Awards site:

“The purpose of these awards is to focus on how awesome the volunteer audio drama community as a whole is. The people who will be doing the voting is that community. You have to be involved with a production, or be actively part of the community, at any level, to vote.”

So, for example, I can’t vote for any of the nominees, as I’m not “actively part of the community.” Meanwhile, the full list of nominees can be found here, and The Adventures of Space Marshal Dylan McCade is nominated in the following categories:

Actor In a Fan/Adaptation Leading Role: Joey Trimmer (voice of Dylan McCade)

Actress In a Fan/Adaptation Leading Role: Ana Visneski (voice of Empress Entropia)

Actress In a Fan/Adaptation Supporting Role: Kelli Taylor (voice of Jax Blake)

Best Small Cast Ensemble In a Fan/Adaptation Production

Best Audio Engineering for a Production

Writing of a Short-Form Fan/Adaptation Series (David Taylor)

Best Short-Form Original Adaptation of a Pre-existing Work (David Taylor)

Best Long-Form Original Adaptation of a Pre-existing Work (David Taylor) *

Best New Fan/Adaptation Show of the Year **

(* = Not sure how we got nominated in both long and short form categories, unless it’s voting for a single episode instead of the entire 6-part mini-series, but that info’s not listed. Therefore, I’d say go with “Short Form”)

(** = I think I’d pee my pants if we won this one.)

Semi-final voting is open from now through November 23rd, so if you’re involved in the audio drama community and there’s a show and/or performer listed you think is worthy of being so honored, please glide on over to the Audio Verse Awards site and cast your vote(s).

I still don’t know who did the nominating for Dylan McCade, but I’d like to thank that person/those people. It’s nice to see the marshal getting some love and attention, but congratulations are in order for all the nominees on the list. Stay tuned for updates as this thing proceeds!

“Dylan McCade” is up for an award?

Looks that way.

Earlier this evening, I was alerted to this little bit of coolness: It seems that our first Space Marshal Dylan McCade adventure has been nominated in several categories for something called “the Audio Verse Awards.”

Apparently, it’s something new, and rather than throwing open voting to the world at large, voting instead will be contained within the “volunteer audio drama community.” From the Audio Verse Awards site:

“The purpose of these awards is to focus on how awesome the volunteer audio drama community as a whole is. The people who will be doing the voting is that community. You have to be involved with a production, or be actively part of the community, at any level, to vote.”

Okay. That sounds pretty cool.

Anyway, there’s already a rather sizable list of nominations, so if this is your thing, and you know of a deserving audio drama production which isn’t yet represented, this would seem to be an opportunity to give that production some love. A nomination form is linked at the top of the page listing the current nominees:

Audio Verse Awards: List of Nominees

Nominations are being accepted through October 31st. I have no idea how the various entrants in any given category will be whittled down after that. I only just learned of this tonight, but I’ve put out a few feelers to see if I can get more info.

As for whoever did the nominating for Dylan McCade? Many thanks to that person. Guess we’ll see how the marshal stacks up. Stay tuned for more info!

A Yard Doggie artist is nominated for a Chesley!

Passing along word from my friends down at Yard Dog Press! Artist Mitch Bentley has been nominated for a Chesley Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, for the cover artwork he created to adorn Jean Stuntz’s The Alamo and Zombies.

What are the Chesley Awards: From the ASFA page:

“ASFA annually gives out the Chesley Awards, which were established in 1985 as ASFA’s peer awards to recognize individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards, during a given year. The Chesleys were initially called the ASFA Awards, but were later renamed to honor famed astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell after his death in 1986. The awards are usually presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention or at the North American Science Fiction Convention when the Worldcon is held outside of North America.”

So, there you go.

Mitch’s cover art for The Alamo and Zombies is a finalist in the nominations for Best Paperback. You can see it and the other entries here: 2012 Chesley Award Finalists

Congrats and good luck to Mitch!

Look! Shiny stuff!

So, this arrived in today’s mail, having completed its safe and successful journey across the pond from the home offices of Unreality SF to stately Ward Manor:

Click me!
(Click to biggie size.)

I was relieved to see that it had arrived intact, after hearing that the award sent to writer/actor John Dorney, this year’s runner up in the Unreality poll for his Doctor Who audio play Solitaire, traveled but a fraction of the distance only to arrive at his home in three pieces. No assembly required for me, though.

Thanks again to everyone who voted for Paths of Disharmony, and to the kind folk at Unreality for holding the poll as they have the previous two years, and for the very nice award which has already found a place of distinction on one of the shelves in my home office. I will do my best to protect it from the curious eyes and unsteady hands of my two offspring.