One of the annoying aspects of this job is that I periodically hear from people all over the world about how some publisher or other has grotesquely mutilated my work, turning it into a poor-quality travesty of ... well, you get the picture.
And then, sometimes, something else happens.
I got home late last night from a rainy weekend in Antwerp, dog-tired and expecting a backlog of work, to discover an anonymous box. Which turned out to contain an unexpected trophy and a covering letter:
Dear Charlie Stross,
We are happy to announce you, that "Accelerando" has won Estonian SF Award Stalker 2010 in the category of best translated novel in 2009.
And we are also happy to announce you, that "A Boy and His God" has wpn Estonian SF Award Stalker 2010 in the category of best translated story in 2009.
These awards are issued by Estonian Science Fiction Association, according to votes of Estonian SF readers.
And we in the publishing company Fantaasia are especially proud about it.
Many thanks and best wishes from Estonia!
(Here we see Frigg preparing to deliver the head-butt seal of LOLcat approval.)