Awards, Reviews, and Overall Kick-Assedness
This has been a great year, although I could do without the heat. Then again, we all have complaints so I’ll stop mine right there and get to the point: 2012 is shaping up to be a great year. Germline (my debut novel) won the Compton Crook Award. Exogene and Chimera – the other two novels in the same trilogy as Germline – both received rave reviews, including stars from Publishers Weekly. Germline went into its second printing, which everyone says is a GOOD thing, right? The Guardian did a write-up on Exogene, someone at Wikipedia decided I was worth an entry, and Bill Fawcett invited me to DragonCon (thanks again Bill!!)! Anyway, below are the links to the 2012 reviews of my trilogy and everything else. I hope everyone else is having as good a year as (or better than) me.
- Compton Crook
- Chimera Review
- Wired’s Take on Exogene
- Exogene Review (Publishers Weekly)
- Exogene Review (Kirkus)
- The Guardian
- In the Local News…
- DragonCon (Thanks Bill Fawcett!!!)
- My Very Own Wikipedia Page
That’s a lot of action. I’m especially grateful to the wonderful people in the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, for voting Germline into the Compton Crook Award. This is going to take up an entire post (that I’m working on now) so more on it later (with photos) but I will say this: awards matter – especially to this debut author. Germline didn’t catch the attention of the Hugo, Nebula (i.e., SFWA), PKD, or Campbell crowds, but clearly folks in Baltimore are much more intelligent, well-read in the literary tradition of the war memoir, and all around geniuses! Either that or the SFF social activists and butt-kissers don’t have ready access to the BSFS.
Chimera, the final book in the Subterrene trilogy is coming on 31 July 2012 and my fans will love it. It’s just as gritty as Germline. Stan Resnick is a guy with problems – someone who is more at home in war and with killing than he is in a peacetime US that consumes itself and its citizens within the cogs of a futuristic police state – so the only way he can maintain his sanity is by hunting down and killing escaped Germline units. Now that’s some old-timey dystopian fun!
And one last thing: does anyone know how to edit wikipedia pages? My headshot is uploaded to wikipedia commons and yet nobody has added it to my page so it feels kind of…well…headless. If someone out there could add it to my page, that would be awesome! Here’s the link to my headshot (caution: don’t let the size of my noggin scare you) and look above for the link to the T.C. McCarthy wiki entry.