Growing up Weightless by John M. Ford and Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin are the books of honor at this year's Potlatch, the non-profit literary convention, for readers and writers of speculative fiction, Feb. 27-March 1, in Silicon Valley. This is the first time the Potlatch organizers have selected two books of honor for the event.
Here's the Publisher's Weekly line on Growing up Weightless, simply: "A young man's coming-of-age story set on the Moon at the end of the 21st century." American author John M. Ford (1957-2006) was an active member of the science fiction and fantasy community. The novel is his fifth of six published novels between 1980 and 2000. It was nominated for a Phillip K. Dick award in 1993. Ford also published several short stories.
"Mike (John M.) Ford is/was a brilliant science fiction writer whose work is not as well known and well read as we feel it should be," says Potlatch organizer Lenny Bailes. Read the rest of Bailes' introduction to the book and Liz Henry's "Middle of the Night Reaction to Growing Up Weightless" on the Potlatch Books of Honor page.
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