February 23rd, 2008

Egyptian hieroglyphics

A writer's writer

An item on GalleyCat points out that Michael Chabon is poised to make history. The Yiddish Policemen's Union, which I blogged about earlier because the Coen brothers are planning a movie version, is on the ballot for the Nebula and the Edgar and may also make the Hugo ballot! The Wikipedia entry for the novel calls it an "alternate history detective story."

Michael Chabon is one of SFWA's newest members, and one of the few big name authors who uses genre elements without dissing the label. He obviously understands the appeal of creating a new reality (one of the characters in TYPU supports his heroin habit as a chess hustler!). We'll have to see if he can pull off a hat trick.