Heartfelt Thanks

Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.

Sometime after 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia at DragonCon, the 2nd Annual Dragon Awards will get underway. Fifteen categories make up the second annual award and 15 winners will be announced.

My novel, Escaping Infinity, is one of eight finalists in the Best Sci-Fi Novel. Even now, on the eve of the winners be announced, I am still amazed and honored to even just be a Finalist. So if, by one of the biggest upsets ever (seriously, if Scalzi or Niemeier isn’t the winner in my category I will need to have CPR performed on me), my name and novel are called as the winner of Best Sci-Fi Novel I will be ecstatic. And if it isn’t, there won’t be any head-hanging on my part. I am satisfied being listed among the best eight sci-fi novels of the year.

Which is why I want to do this today, before the final results are known:

To everyone who nominated my book earlier this year, and did so in sufficient numbers to become a finalist, thank you. I cannot begin to tell you how much your vote means to me.

The same goes for everyone who voted in the final round for my novel since August 3rd. Whether it is enough to win or not we’ll find out soon. But in reality, that doesn’t matter. That you thought highly enough about it to give it your vote is an incredible honor that I will forever appreciate.

So, good luck to each and every one of the finalists in all 15 categories on Sunday. All of you are worthy of the honor of being a Dragon Award finalist, win or lose.

And finally, to the folks at DragonCon, thank you for putting together this incredible award. I know a certain faction is trying