Ben Bova’s Mars Life wins the Marooned Award for best Mars novel, Gustavo Bondoni’s “The Elcano Syndrome” wins best Mars flash, and “Weird Fruits” wins best Mars short story!
Here’s a snippet from the site: “…one of the least known stories of the year and the winner of the 2008 Marooned Award for Best Short Story: “Weird Fruits,” by Camille Alexa. […] Alexa shows a more serious side in “Weird Fruits,” a dehumanizing work of dark speculative fiction. More Bradbury than Bova or Burroughs, “Weird Fruits” grows from the ash of a volcanic eruption on Mars into an earthen tale about the rotten fate of humanity.”
I’m overwhelmed (and pleased somethin’ fierce) by the Bradbury comparison. If you’d like to purchase the download from SpecFicWorld, it’s here. Otherwise you’ll just have to read it in my collection, Push of the Sky, forthcoming from Hadley Rille Books.
Would this be a good time to mention “Droidtown Blues” went live over at SpaceWesterns.com last week? “Droidtown Blues” is a sequel to “The Clone-Wrangler’s Bride,” the most-read story of all time at the site.