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Johnny Cash, Again.

Just got an email from Bill Congreve, saying he wanted 'Johnny Cash (A Tale in Questionnaire Results)' for his and Michelle Marquardt's Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2005, which is very cool.

I was in the 2004 edition of the book, which I thought was a good, solid introduction to the independent scene down here, so I'm quite pleased to be in it again. Even more pleasing, that means I'll be in both Year's Best books from Australia, since the same story will be reprinted in The Year's Best Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror. For a little story that knocked up a fair share of rejections before publication, 'Johnny Cash' has certainly gone a lot further than I even imagined. It's possible that when I'm dead this story will all I'll be remembered for and, consequently, people around the world wondering if I even wrote a traditional story, of if I was just that "Guy who wrote a story in questionnaire results, like Ballard did, once."

Still, all cool. You know what I'd like in addition to this, however? I'd like if, when I borrowed a book from the library, someone didn't rock up two days later and recall the thing. I mean, really, five and a half weeks here. Is it too much to ask you not to recall books I need? I'm sure whoever wants it is a cunt. Sigh. Well, I really don't have time for recall notices, and it looks like I'll be using the photocopying machine and ignoring all the copyright laws, again.

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chrisbarnes
Feb. 2nd, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
Very cool indeed. It's a memorable story and deserves the attention.
benpeek
Feb. 2nd, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
thanks :)
frogworth
Feb. 2nd, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
Cool, great news!

So, out of interest, would your Johnny Cash be played by Joaquim Phoenix?
benpeek
Feb. 2nd, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
i dunno. i'll let you knw when i see the movie, which should be sooner or later, cause i am kinda curious (i did like some johnny cash--his religious side didn't interest me, but over all, i thought he was a fairly interesting musician/individual). based off the trailers, however, phoenix appears to have the voice down.

you seen it?
frogworth
Feb. 2nd, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
Nope, I haven't seen it, but the trailers looked good.
Ditto to you on his religious side, and I guess I'm interested in *some* of his music. Interested enough in his story to see it, probably. Would like to hear what you think.
benpeek
Feb. 2nd, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
well, hopefully when i see it, i'll be able to post. i saw GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK on the weekend, which i liked. but i haven't been able to scab the hour to do a solid blog post this week...
mariness
Feb. 2nd, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
Massive congratulations, and sympathies to the photocopying machine.
benpeek
Feb. 2nd, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
thank you :)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 2nd, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)
congrats
See you in the 2005 volume. (: Wanna see if we can both go for a hat-trick?

Rju
benpeek
Feb. 2nd, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
Re: congrats
ha! alright. do you want to bet on it?
(Anonymous)
Feb. 3rd, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
bet
Sure...that'll be fun. What's up for grabs?

Rju
benpeek
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Re: bet
i have no idea. i'll email you. do you have any slave children?
kylaw
Feb. 4th, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
Just a word
And the word is -- cool! An excellent and timely article, Ben. I have (as usual) read only three or four of the nominees, and thus can't comment on them individually (although I did like "The Greater Death of Saito Sakuro" and found "Macchiato Lane" quite charming). But the SciFi.com business deserves exposure. I myself would like to point out to as many people as possible the inexplicable situation of there being no nominees for best horror novel when Christos Tsiolakis' "Dead Europe" came out last quarter. I am aware of the Aurealis nomination process, can even see the point of it, in view of the ever-increasing field. But this situation is simply ludicrous. Perhaps an informal nomination process could be inaugurated. In years gone by, I've sent lists of eligible stories to judges.
benpeek
Feb. 4th, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
Re: Just a word
An excellent and timely article, Ben.

thank you :)

I have (as usual) read only three or four of the nominees, and thus can't comment on them individually (although I did like "The Greater Death of Saito Sakuro" and found "Macchiato Lane" quite charming)... I myself would like to point out to as many people as possible the inexplicable situation of there being no nominees for best horror novel when Christos Tsiolakis' "Dead Europe" came out last quarter.

i'm not surprised you liked the greater death, y'know. but anyway, i like your point about the tsiolakis novel, which i haven't read myself (barely time to read at all last year) but as i go long, i always wonder what the books from outside the traditional genre elements aren't bought in. i know sometiems publishers are against it, but a lot of mainstream now qualifies, if you ask me...
ashamel
Feb. 5th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: Just a word
The interesting thing is that Dead Europe pretty much does have all the traditional genre elements, even if presented to a mainstream audience.
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