21 October 2005

The First Annual Mumpsimus "Cup of Coffee for a Genius" Award

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been alluding to a plot to reconfigure the entire economic, cultural, and political face of the world, and now I am ready to reveal it: A new award.

The Award
Yes, indeed, the world needs another award. Therefore, I have created a top-secret selection committee composed entirely of myself, and have a specific set of vague criteria to determine a recipient. The recipient must
  • be an exceptionally creative individual, preferably a writer, preferably one whose work I've read
  • show significant promise for interesting future work, preferably writing
The award will therefore provide a qualified individual selected by the committee with the following prize:The goal of the award is to provide the recipient with enough money for at least one cup of coffee, plus a cup for that coffee.

The 2005 Award
The recipient of the 2005 Mumpsimus "Cup of Coffee for a Genius" Award is.......

Rudi Dornemann
I was particularly impressed by Rudi's story "The Sky Green Box" in Rabid Transit: Menagerie this year, and have been impressed by a number of other stories he has published over the past couple of years. It is my hope that with a good cup of coffee (or tea or whatever) he will find the inspiration to produce at least one more strong and energetic work of fiction.

15 comments:

  1. Great choice! I was similarly impressed with the story. Caffeine: the gift that keeps on giving.

    Or something.

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  2. And then one more...and then one more...and then one more after that...

    I adore that story. Lovely and strange in equal doses. Good pick!

    - Hannah

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  3. Congrats, Rudi!

    JeffV

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  4. Hooray for Rudi! Hooray for Rabid Transit: Menagerie! Hooray for cups of coffee for great writers like Rudi!

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  5. That was an absolutely amazing story. Huzzah!

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  6. Does this award have anything to do with the Doug Lain "Cup of Coffee/Alien Invasion Story"?

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  7. Thanks Matt, and everyone.

    While I'm not sure I'll be able to live up to the genius title, I'll do my best to write something reasonably interesting while imbibing an appropriately "strong and energetic" beverage.

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  8. Rudi:

    Will we see you at World Fantasy this year?

    JeffV

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  9. Yep, I'll be there, and may even be part of a group reading at one point (which will put a crimp in my usual lurking wallflower persona.) I take it you and Ann will be around?

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  10. Oh, yes--we'll be there!
    JeffV

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  11. Congrats Rudi !

    And cheers to the new award !

    It looks like the reading has panned out at WFC. So if anyone is around at Thursday at 4 Rudi will be reading from his story The Tenth Hat from Spirits Unwrapped.

    -Dan Braum

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  12. I just don't have much to say recently. My life's been boring these days. Pretty much nothing seems worth thinking about, but maybe tomorrow.

    Medicine Blog

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