Arthur C. Clarke Award PSA

The Arthur C. Clarke Award for 2018 will be presented on Wednesday, July 18 in London.

I just added the information to the calendar page, but of course I had to share the information now since the date is coming up soon.

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FWB, Awards Detective

Analog AnLab Readers’ Awards, Worldcon 76, and Dublin 2019–An Irish Worldcon

Book detective

One of the joys of working on this site is digging in when something isn’t immediately clear. I love playing book detective, and now I feel like I’m playing awards detective. This is good. Continue reading “FWB, Awards Detective”

100 1993 and 1994 common baseball cards

Let’s get started with baseball cards!
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Do I know how to sell the sizzle or what?

I’ll be starting on a fairly large consignment of agricultural implement operator, technical, and parts manuals very soon. In the meantime, it’s time to spring back into eBay sales by stealing second back some shelf space. So up first in my eBay offerings to you, Dear Reader, is a lot of 100 1993 and 1994 common Upper Deck, Topps, and Donruss baseball cards, all of which I would grade at 7 or better. I think 8, but I’ll call it 7 to err in your favor. Continue reading “100 1993 and 1994 common baseball cards”

2017 Nebula, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton Awards announced for sci-fi and fantasy

The latest, greatest sci-fi and fantasy

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 52nd Annual Nebula Conference was just recently held in Pittsburgh from May 17 – May 20. The highly esteemed Nebula Award was presented for Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Novelette, and Best Short Story. As well, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation was presented along with the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. The winners were selected from a shortlist of top contenders. Continue reading “2017 Nebula, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton Awards announced for sci-fi and fantasy”

And now for a word from our sponsor…me

Missive

If this site crosses your WordPress reader, I should almost apologize since it is so much of a work in progress, and only just getting started at that. I’ll try to make it worth your while at least occasionally. At this stage, I’m exploring the full scope of what I intend here, and, well, it expands rather than contracts.

As first envisioned, one by one book posts as they get added to their respective headings, it could be the work of a full lifetime, and to little effect until much, much later. I’m not a deeply funded Silicon Valley venture or a major chain or even an established brick and mortar location (that’s the end goal and the dream). I’m just one guy and I only have the second half of a life to accomplish this, and that’s being incredibly optimistic at my age. Continue reading “And now for a word from our sponsor…me”

R. J. Anderson: Ultraviolet, #1 in the Ultraviolet series

2011 Nominee, Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

R. J. Anderson UltravioletUltraviolet (2013 paperback)
by R. J. Anderson
First published: Carolrhoda Books, 2011
ISBN-10: 0761374086
306 pages

From the novel:

“Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her.” Continue reading “R. J. Anderson: Ultraviolet, #1 in the Ultraviolet series”

Welcome to F. W. Balsinger Used & Rare Books

Under Construction

If you have somehow stumbled upon this humble venture, it’s not quite a thing yet. I, your humble proprietor, am now in the process of starting to populate the site with reader resources. I have grandiose plans, but they must, alas, start from meager beginnings. I’ll spare you promises of glories to come. For now, I’m just finishing up the earliest design decisions. My next step is to create a handy resource for collecting award-winning fantasy fiction. However large the scope may grow in time, that’s it for the moment. May it become a valuable resource to you sooner rather than later.

Until next we meet, go forth with my best wishes.