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City of Ruins Wins The Endeavour Award!!!!

I am thrilled to announce that my novel, City of Ruins, has won the Endeavor Award for the Best Science Fiction or Fantasy novel published by a Pacific Northwest Writer. I was in great company this year. Patricia Briggs, Kendare Blake, Daniel H. Wilson, and Dave Duncan were nominated as well.

I wasn’t able to attend, but the marvelous John Lorentz picked it up for me. I gave him this speech:

I am stunned and pleased at this great honor for City of Ruins. I owe so
many thanks for this project, because I didn’t do it alone.
First, let me thank the judges for choosing the book. And thanks to the
entire Endeavour organization for going through the laborious award process
year in and year out. I managed an award just once and I know how tough it
can all be. Thank you!
Second, I need to thank Sheila Williams at Asimov’s. She’s been the best
editor and my best support on all of my projects. In particular, she’s
supported the Diving series from the very first novella. I also need to
thank Lou Anders who has done his very best to shepherd these books
through a difficult publishing environment. He’s one of the good guys for
writers and artists.
Third, I need to thank my husband, Dean Wesley Smith. His twisted brain
saves my plotting more times than I want to admit.
And finally, thanks to the readers. They make suggestions, they write
great letters, and most of all, they buy the books!
Thank you all!

I’m very pleased by this. Thanks, everyone!


  1. November 5, 2012    

    Congratulations! 🙂

  2. November 5, 2012    

    Congrats, Kris! I loved City of Ruins, and I’m glad to see it’s getting recognition.

  3. November 5, 2012    

    Congrats! Hey, can I borrow Dean for some twisted plotting? 🙂 Well, I’m taking his “From Idea to Story” workshop next month, so I guess I can wait till then.

    But seriously…this is awesome. You should be very proud. I haven’t gotten to City of Ruins yet, but Diving into the Wreck was a great read. It’s a damn cool world.

  4. Mary Jo Rabe Mary Jo Rabe
    November 5, 2012    

    Congratulations on the award and on the great book that deserves all possible awards!

  5. November 4, 2012    

    Woohoo, Kris! 🙂

  6. November 4, 2012    

    Well done! Deserving of an awesome author such as you.

  7. Celia L. Celia L.
    November 4, 2012    

    Congratulations and much celebrations for a well-earned award! Cheers!

  8. November 4, 2012    

    HoooooRay !

  9. November 4, 2012    

    Congrats, Kris. Well deserved.

  10. Russ Crossley Russ Crossley
    November 3, 2012    

    Congratulations, Kris!

    Russ & Rita

  11. November 3, 2012    

    Congratulations to you!

  12. November 3, 2012    


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