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David Anthony Durham wins coveted John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
by Jonny on Aug 17, 2009 at 10:19 am
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Congratulations to David Anthony Durham – author of Acacia and the forthcoming The Other Lands – who was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, presented by Dell Magazines at The Hugo Awards. The Hugo Awards are the world’s most prestigious Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards, handed out at the world’s oldest genre convention – Worldcon – which took place this weekend in Canada.

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Here is an excerpt from David’s acceptance speech:

“Some of you may know that I started my publishing career as a writer of literary and historical fiction. That went well. Had some successes over there. I probably could’ve stayed writing stuff like that and done all right. Thing is, if I did that I feel like I wouldn’t have been being completely honest to the fact that is was science fiction and fantasy that made me a writer in the first place. It’s this genre that taught me to read and love literature, that got me through some tough times, that fed my imagination and when it very much needed it. It’s fantasy and science fiction that I turned to first for my kids as well. All that got me thinking I needed, and wanted, to return to it in my own work.

That’s what I’ve been doing these last few years. That’s why I’m so, so pleased to be here before you now. I didn’t take it for granted that you’d accept me in, and I’m thrilled to it seems like you have. It means a great deal to me to be part of this community. Thank you to Worldcon and Dell magazines and mostly thank you all.”

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