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Old March 29 2011, 09:50 PM   #1
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OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

Yes, it's this time of the year again, so without further ado:

It’s March, and you know what that means. Other than shit weather. That’s right, it’s the Unreality-SF.net Story of the Year poll!

…Yay.

So here’s how it works. Over the next seven days, you can nominate a maximum of three TV tie-in stories from the last 12 months that you quite liked. We’ll count up all the nominations, and the ten stories with the most votes will form a final shortlist. You then have a week to vote for the one story from that shortlist which you want to win. And the one with the most votes is the winner. Obviously.


There are some rules about what’s eligible:

1) Officially-licensed stories that tie-in to a TV drama. We know this seems obvious but in previous years we’ve had nominations for Dan Brown novels and slash fiction. Format-wise, though, anything goes: books, audio plays, comic strips, ARGs, hip-hoperas, whatever.

2) Stories that were published for the first time between March 1st 2010 and February 28th 2011. The reason being that the poll is supposed to mark this website’s birthday, which is in March. (Obviously the poll is also supposed to celebrate excellence in Writing About Television, but birthdays are really fun. *bakes cake, wears sparkly hat*)

3) Individual stories, not collections thereof. So, say you’ve read a really good anthology. You can nominate stories within that anthology, but not the anthology itself. If you vote for the anthology, we have two options: we can either sit down with a calculator and pedantically give each story an equal percentage of your one vote, or we can just ignore your nomination completely and have a sandwich. Guess which of those we’ll actually do.

4) Non-fiction is fine as long as it does tell a story. So a making-of is probably going to be fine, as long as there’s a clear narrative, but an encyclopaedia isn’t.


THAT’S ALL.


(p.s. The nomination form thingy logs your IP. We’re not going to share it with anyone because we’re not bastards but we will keep a note of it while the poll is running to make sure you don’t vote twice. Cos if you do, we’ll just ignore all your nominations. And give you a really hard stare. Then you’ll be sorry. Yes you will, shut up.)
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Old April 6 2011, 04:36 AM   #2
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

We’ve counted the nominations and the shortlist for the third Story of the Year is complete! In alphabetical order, the ten stories which got the most nominations are:


A Death in the Family
by Steven Hall
(a Doctor Who audio play)
Haunted by Scott Tipton (an Angel: Illyria comic miniseries)
The King’s Dragon by Una McCormack (a Doctor Who novel)
Lucie Miller by Nicholas Briggs (a Doctor Who audio play)
Nuclear Time by Oli Smith (a Doctor Who novel)
Paths of Disharmony by Dayton Ward (a Star Trek novel)
Red Sky at Morning by Keith R.A. DeCandido (a Farscape comic miniseries)
Solitaire by John Dorney (a Doctor Who audio play)
Special Features by John Dorney (a Doctor Who audio play)
Zero Sum Game by David Mack (a Star Trek novel)


For the next seven days, you’ll be able to vote for one (and only one – the system only logs one vote per person, no matter how many times you actually press Submit) of the above stories. The one with the most votes wins. Simples!


Click here to cast your vote…
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Old April 6 2011, 05:22 AM   #3
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

Damn, ZSG is the only one of those I've read, so I don't think I'll be voting this year.
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Old April 6 2011, 05:39 AM   #4
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

First off, I'm thrilled to see Farscape #5-8 in such august company.

I don't mean to detract from the tooting of my own horn, but "Red Sky at Morning" was a team effort -- it was plotted by Rockne S. O'Bannon, and had art by Will Sliney. Calling it "by" me when I only wrote the script is unfair to Rock and Will.

Just sayin'.
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Old April 6 2011, 01:46 PM   #5
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

I feel left out. Due to the cancellation of the Abramsverse Star Trek novels, I didn't have any tie-in fiction published in the past year. On the other hand, I did have four original stories published in that interval (if you go by magazine cover dates, three if you go by actual release dates), which is a record for me.
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Old April 6 2011, 03:35 PM   #6
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

I know it's a secret ballot, but I voted for Paths of Disharmony. Just sayin'.
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Old April 6 2011, 07:29 PM   #7
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

David Mack wrote: View Post
I know it's a secret ballot, but I voted for Paths of Disharmony. Just sayin'.
Dito. It was a close call between PoD and Una's The Kings Dragon (the two of my three nominations that made the cut, sadly Eureka: Substitution Method by Aaron Rosenberg didn't make it into the Top Ten), but in the end I gave Dayton the nod.
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Old April 6 2011, 10:11 PM   #8
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

John Dorney's Solitaire for me-- sorry Trek folk. Though given I haven't read the Typhon novels yet, I suppose I couldn't really vote for them anyway.
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Old April 9 2011, 05:20 PM   #9
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

I voted!

(Actually, I voted the first day, but thought the thread could use the bump )
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Old April 10 2011, 09:11 AM   #10
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

^ Thanks.

I planned to bump it today, but nice to see others are looking out for it, too.

You have about 3 days left to vote (The voting should stop around midnight (GMT) in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday if I'm not mistaken (I'm not involved with the technical side of the award, so don't take that as gospel).

While I'm at it, I hope Rosalind and LightningStorm don't mind if I speak about another USF related topic, since I think here's a good place to find interested people:

We’re looking for new writers

So if you read tie-in books/comics and/or listen to audio plays, and want to tell the world what you think about them, then get in touch.

(But hands of the Star Trek books, those are mine. )
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Old April 11 2011, 04:41 AM   #11
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

^No prob.

...and I voted for Zero Sum Game.
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Old April 13 2011, 06:09 PM   #12
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

The poll is closed. The winner will be revealed once the winner and runner-up have been contacted (and no, I don't know the results yet, either).

Thanks for participating.
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Old April 13 2011, 06:32 PM   #13
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

Cool. *waits to hear*
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Old April 15 2011, 08:25 PM   #14
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

And we have a winner ....
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Old April 15 2011, 08:38 PM   #15
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Re: OT: Vote for the Unreality SF - Media Tie-In Story of the year

Congratulations, Dayton!

(I assume that's not a spoiler or anything!)
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