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For Release Wednesday, December 22, 1998
Sawyer Wins Top Award From SF Trade Journal
Robert J. Sawyer's short story
"The Hand You're Dealt"
has won the 17th-annual
Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Award for best short story of the
year. The winner was chosen by a vote of the readers of
Science Fiction Chronicle: The Science Fiction & Fantasy
Newsmagazine, published in New York.
Previous best short story winners include such SF classics as
"The Pusher" by John Varley, "Kirinyaga" by Mike Resnick, and
"Bears Discover Fire" by Terry Bisson.
This was hardly the first honor for "The Hand You're Dealt." The story
was also a finalist for the Hugo Award,
Arthur Ellis Award, and the
Aurora Award, and is currently on the preliminary
Nebula Award ballot.
"The Hand You're Dealt" was commissioned for and first published in
the anthology Free Space, edited by Brad Linaweaver
and Edward E. Kramer, and published by Tor. It is reprinted in
Crossing the Line: Canadian Mysteries with a
Fantastic Twist, edited by Robert J. Sawyer and David Skene-Melvin
The story is about a detective investigating
a murder aboard a space habitat. An essay,
"The Science in `The Hand You're Dealt'",
is available here.
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