As some of you know, the new and improved version of Awake Chimera is to be published by Double Dragon, the outfit that put out Archimedes Nesselrode. Release date is June, so I was scouting around for cover blurbs. A good friend of mine reminded me that we had done a panel with Robert Sawyer, who was the Guest of Honor at 5 Pi-Con a few years back. The panel was “Atheism and Skepticism in SciFi”, and the discussion was excellent. I wound up buying Sawyer’s book Hominids, the first book in his Neanderthal Parallax series, and was very impressed. Strong science, great characters, engaging story with an optimistic ending. I could see why this guy won a Hugo. And a Nebula, and a bagful of other awards.
So I decided to follow my friend’s advice and pitch Awake Chimera to Sawyer with hope of him writing the blurb. I mentioned the panel. Seems he remembered the panel and he remembered me. Son of a gun if he didn’t agree to try to fit a read of the book into his busy schedule. No promises. Sure, I understood that. I was just thrilled he was willing to make an effort.
And then, a few weeks later, I got this:
“Justine Graykin is a terrific writer, and Awake, Chimera is a wonderful read. Gender politics, philosophy, and slam-bang action make for a heady brew in this first-rate story.”
— Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues
Need I say my feet have not touched the ground since?
Go ahead, Universe, bring it on, I can handle it. I have been praised by Caesar.