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Well, this is fabulous news: Rapture of the Nerds, the novel Charlie Stross and I published last year, is a finalist for the 2013 Campbell Award for best novel. It’s in some truly outstanding company, too — check out that shortlist!

3 Responses to “Rapture of the Nerds is a Campbell Award finalist”

  1. Humots

    I have a question, which I won’t mind if you are too busy to answer.

    I have read and greatly enjoyed “Rapture of the Nerds” several times. It is one of those special books that I can pick up and start reading at any point and enjoy it.

    I have the hardcover copy, signed by Mr. Stross and your good self. I was at your Massachusetts show, and I have two 3D printed heads to stick pins in.

    I also have ebook copies on all three of my devices.

    I especially liked the final scene when Huw and his father are working together to save humanity’s hide. Did that scene reflect some aspect of your and Mr. Stross’ co-authorship?

    Here is my question. When Huw first encounters the cloud, he has the translator whistle in his throat. The artifact downloaded from the cloud by the twins uses this whistle to communicate with Huw. It seems that the artifact is doing the actual talking, with the whistle translating.

    Later on, Huw, with only the whistle, mediates a conversation between the ant hypercolony and the cloud. Would the whistle be able to do this alone? Wouldn’t a separate artifact be necessary in this case as well?

    I’m asking this because I’m obsessively picky about details. I appreciate that this book was written by two minds, and that the left mind might not know what the right mind was thinking at the time.

    Also, I will be recommending this book to my SF reader’s group, and there is a member who is certain to pick up on this. He takes precise notes on little cards.

    I would love to have an answer, even if it is simply “Darn”!

    Thanks again for a wonderful book that I will be reading the rest of my life.

    I wish you luck on winning the Campbell award.

  2. Cory Doctorow

    This is an EXCELLENT question, but I’m sorry to say I don’t remember at all! It’s been 10 years since we wrote that scene.

  3. Humots

    OK, thanks for replying.

    And sorry it took so long for me to get back. I thought I had signed up for an email notifying me of a response.

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