The Mystery Writers of America has announced the slate of nominees for the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Several writers on the ballot are equally well-known in the sf field, while one of the nonfiction book nominees hits a topical of great interest for local LA fans. (The full list is here.)
Two Best Short Story nominees are “The Adakian Eagle” by Bradley Denton and “The Case of Death and Honey” by Neil Gaiman.
The Best Critical/Biographical category features The Tattoed Girl: The Enigma of Steig Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer and John-Henri Holmberg (Holmberg a well-known Swedish sf figure) and On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda (who reviews sf for the Washington Post).
And nominated for Best Fact Crime is The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter by Mark Seal, a book-length profile of the man suspected of killing of LASFS member John Sohus in 1985.
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]
“Holmberg a well-known Swedish sf figure”; that’s one way to describe a guy who once was one of the most prominent letterhacks in American fanzines in the early Sixties as “Carl Brandon, Jr.” (homage), and later his own name, who published a collection of Terry Carr’s fan writing in hardcover, as well as having been a major editor, translator, and more, in Swedish publishing in general, beyond just sf; he also, of course, was good friends with sf fan Stieg Larsson.
I’ve also met him at American sf cons about as often as I’ve met you, Mike. It’s true that this shows my old foginess, but I’ve always thought of John-Henri as someone once terribly prominent in American fandom, just as, say, Walt Willis was.