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IGNOTUS AWARDS FOR KINGS AND DRAGONS

November 16, 2004

award Spanish fandom gathered in Cadiz from November 5th through 7th for their 22nd nation science fiction and fantasy convention, HispaCon Gadir 2K4, and presented their annual Ignotus Awards, for work first published in Spanish in 2003. These are the Spanish Hugos, voted on by the fans. cover
I’m thrilled to have received word that my stuff won two of them (two Ignotuses? two Ignotii? twins?). Best Foreign Short Story went to “The Ice Dragon,” published in Spanish in GIGAMESH magazine, issue 34. And Best Foreign Novel went to the Spanish translation of A CLASH OF KINGS, published by Ediciones Gigamesh of Barcelona.

I was not able to attend (I am writing this novel, you know), so the awards were accepted for me by my editors, Juanma Santiago of GIGAMESH magazine and Alex Vidal of Ediciones Gigamesh. Last year, A GAME OF THRONES won the Ignotus for Best Foreign Novel, so that’s two in a row for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. I knew I that loved Spain. The award is a reproduction of the 2001 monolith, done in black concrete 15cm high.

I want to thank all the Spanish fans for this honor, and give a special tip of the hat to the gang at Gigamesh, who have done such a superb job of bringing my work to a new readership: Alex Vidal, Juanma Santiago, Alejo Cuevo, my cover artists Corominas and Juan Miguel Aguilera, and my translators Cristina Macia and Nuria Gres. If not for them and their hard work, I doubt that these Ignotii would be coming my way. I am grateful to them all.

I really have to return to Spain for another visit soon (I was there a few years ago, for Semana Negra, and had a terrific time visiting castles and cathedrals, hunting little toy knights, eating tapas, and drinking absinthe with some of my Spanish readers).

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