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My 2018 Awards-eligible work ( #SFWApro )

I have only one work eligible for awards consideration this year, and it’s The Midnight Front, my World War II-era supernatural thriller. Published by Tor Books on January 30, 2018, here is its back-cover description:

The epic first novel in the Dark Arts series.

On the eve of World War Two, Nazi sorcerers come gunning for Cade Martin but kill his family instead. His one path of vengeance is to become an apprentice of The Midnight Front — the Allies’ top-secret magickal warfare program — and become a sorcerer himself.

Unsure who will kill him first — his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick — Cade fights his way through occupied Europe and enemy lines. But he learns too late the true price of revenge will be more terrible than just the loss of his soul, and that there’s no task harder than doing good with a power born of ultimate evil.


It is eligible for, among others, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy, and the Sidewise awards. Because of an offset eligibility calendar, it is not eligible for the next round of The Dragon Awards (though its upcoming sequel, The Iron Codex, will be).

If you are a SFWA member, you can read this book for free in Kindle, mobi, or ePub formats by visiting the SFWA Member Forums and downloading it from the “SFWA Fiction 2018 > Novel 2018 > The Midnight Front by David Mack“. (You must be a member of SFWA to access the preceding link.)

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


For Nebula Consideration: “Our Possible Pasts”

Dear Fellow SFWA Members:


2113_largeFor your consideration, I present my short story “Our Possible Pasts.” It was published in April 2016 as part of the anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush.

The story is now available for free to SFWA Members on the Nebula Awards Fiction forum, in the Short Story 2016 section, by gracious permission of its editor. (You must be a registered member of SFWA and logged into the Forums to access the story.) ETA 1 November 2016: The story is available in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI file formats.

If you are a member of SFWA and plan to recommend works for the upcoming Nebula Awards, I would be grateful if you would read my story and consider giving it your support.

ETA: The nomination period has opened and will remain open through February 15, 2017, 11:59pm PST. If you are a SFWA member and would like to recommend my work to other members for their consideration, please do so here on the SFWA Forum.

Thank you, and please feel free to share the word with other SFWA members.

// David Mack


A novelette for your consideration… (#SFWApro)

To my peers in SFWA and the greater SF/F community, I would just like to let you know that while I had two awards-eligible works published in 2015, a novel and novelette, it is only the latter that I wish to bring to your attention.

The novelette is entitled Hell Rode With Her.” It was published in January of 2015 by the small press Silence in the Library Publishing, as the second story in the Kickstarter-funded anthology Apollo’s Daughters.

Apollo’s Daughters is an anthology of speculative short fiction featuring strong female main characters, written by male authors. It is a companion volume to the Athena’s Daughters anthology, which contained tales of strong female characters written by female authors.

My novelette was written as a prelude to my upcoming Dark Arts trilogy, coming in 2017 from Tor Books. I plan to include a slightly edited and modified version of the novelette within the text of the trilogy’s first novel, The Midnight Front.

I am rather proud of the way this story turned out, and I would be keen to share it in PDF format with eligible SFWA and Hugo voters.

If you are a registered attending or supporting member of Worldcon in 2016, and/or an active member of SFWA, and would like to receive a copy of the free PDF of “Hell Rode With Her,” please contact me via my website’s Contact page. If I don’t already know you, please be prepared to send me proof of your membership status vis-a-vis Worldcon and/or SFWA.

If, after reading it, you feel it worthy of being recommended to SFWA’s Suggested Reading List, or of your nomination for the Nebula or Hugo in their respective novelette categories, I would be honored and grateful.


To My Fellow SFWA Members

As many of you are likely already aware, the nomination period for the next Nebula Awards ballot is currently open, and will remain open through February 15. Nominations can be made by SFWA active members in good standing by means of a paper ballot or by filling out an online form.

I’ve already submitted several nominations for works I think are deserving of recognition in the Novel, YA, and Dramatic Presentation categories. I may yet nominate other works if the inspiration strikes.

On the infinitesimal chance that any of my fellow SFWA members feel inclined to recognize any of my works with a nomination nod, these are my eligible works published in 2012:

Storming Heaven (March 2012)

Cold Equations, Book I: The Persistence of Memory (October 2012)

Cold Equations, Book II: Silent Weapons (November 2012)

Cold Equations, Book III: The Body Electric (November 2012)

Four novels to choose from, two of them New York Times bestsellers, and you can nominate up to five works in the Novel category. … I’m just sayin’.

Not that I think for a moment that any of my books have any chance of making it onto the Nebula ballot. No media tie-in novel has ever even been nominated in the Novel category, much less won, in the entire history of the Nebula Awards. … But a guy can dream.

Nominate my books for a Nebula—if you dare

The nominating period is open for the next round of Nebula Awards. And would you look at that! I have four novels eligible for consideration, including my New York Times bestseller, The Persistence of Memory. (The others are Star Trek Vanguard: Storming Heaven, released in March, and my two upcoming titles, Silent Weapons and The Body Electric, which go on sale in November and December, respectively.)

I know the vast majority of my fellow SFWA members will reflexively recoil from the the notion of nominating any of my eligible works, simply because their titles include the words Star Trek. They would react the same way to any book published under the label of Star Wars, or any other licensed brand, such as HALO or World of Warcraft.

So I’m going to ask my fellow SFWA members who are also tie-in authors, or friends of tie-in authors, to do something unprecedented: nominate tie-in novels this year (preferably mine), just to see if we can get one on the final ballot and make the SFWA membership’s collective head explode. (Although some tie-in works might have made preliminary ballots in years past, no tie-in novel has ever reached the Nebula final ballot.)

Also, I’m pretty sure SFWA has an obscure by-law that says if a tie-in novel wins the Nebula, the organization’s current slate of elected officers must commit seppuku with ballpoint pens at the award ceremony. If that’s not reason enough for y’all to throw me a nomination for The Persistence of Memory, I don’t know what is. So, c’mon — let’s get nominating!

Nebula nominations, and other silliness

Well, I finally got around to logging on to the SFWA site and making my nominations for the next Nebula Awards.

In the novels category, I nominated Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman, A Singular Destiny by Keith R.A. DeCandido, and Synthesis by James Swallow.

In the short fiction category, I nominated “James and the Dark Grimoire” by Kevin Lauderdale and “The Moment” by Lawrence M. Schoen.

At the moment, my own novel The Calling is trailing far behind the leaders in the novel category and could use support from my friends and fellow SFWAns.  Any SFWA member who wants to read the story for awards consideration should e-mail me offline for a PDF file.

In other news, I’ve finally pushed out an outline and series bible for a new urban fantasy thriller concept. I’ve sent it to a trusted colleague who is serving as its beta reader.  Once I’ve had a chance to polish this new golden turd of mine, I’ll send it over to my agent. Fingers crossed!

To bed now.  Tomorrow’s another day.  I hope.

ETA: Yup, it’s another day, and with it comes another nomination — “Moon Over Luna” by David R. George III, in the novella category.  Good luck, Dave!