Tuesday, July 10, 2007
A big congratulations to Robert Charles Wilson, whose "The Cartesian Theater" is winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short fiction of the year. The awards were presented this past weekend at the Campbell Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. "The Cartesian Theater" is set in a future called the "Rationalization" where machines have made work obsolete and humanity has a hard time justifying their existence and filling their free time. The story first appeared in my anthology, Futureshocks. A second story called "YFL-500," set in the same universe, opens my latest, Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge. Although the stories share no characters, in addition to the setting they are both concerned with the artistic process. They are also both expertly rendered and damn powerful. Hopefully, Bob will revisit the Rationalization before too long.