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“Infoquake” Barnes & Noble’s Top SF Novel of 2006

I’m so besmiggled about this news, that I’ve just gone ahead and invented the word “besmiggled” to describe my feelings about it.

Paul Goat Allen of Barnes & Noble Explorations has just announced that Infoquake is Barnes & Noble’s Top Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel for 2006. Says Paul: “David Louis Edelman’s debut novel — the first installment of his Jump 225 Trilogy — is equal parts corporate thriller, technophilic cautionary tale, and breathtakingly visionary science fiction adventure.” You can find the full list here.

'Infoquake' by David Louis EdelmanIf you’re interested, you can also read Paul’s review of Infoquake and the interview he conducted with me this summer. Money quote from the review: “Brilliantly blending the cutthroat intrigues of the high-tech business world with revolutionary world building, Edelman could quite possibly be the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge. Infoquake is one of the most impressive science fiction debuts to come along in years — highly recommended.”

But this isn’t just good news for me. Including Infoquake, three Pyr titles made B&N’s top ten — the other two being John Meaney’s Resolution at #6 and Sean Williams’ The Crooked Letter at #4. (I’ll chalk up Mr. Allen’s omission of Ian McDonald’s River of Gods from this list to the fact that he either considered it a 2005 book, or he suffered a temporary spell of dementia. Come to think of it, that might explain his choosing Infoquake as well, so let’s not go down that road.)

The list is also good news for a number of other authors whom I respect and admire, including Rudy Rucker, John Scalzi, and Jeff VanderMeer. I’m honored to be mentioned in the same paragraph as these folks, much less singled out for something like this. So thanks, Paul Goat Allen and B&N.

I’m just… besmiggled. Yeah, that’s it. Besmiggled.

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  1. Paul Raven/Armchair Anarchist on January 2, 2007 at 3:37 pm  Chain link

    Can we get a ‘w00t’? Congrats, dude, and well deserved.

  2. Deanna Hoak on January 2, 2007 at 4:39 pm  Chain link

    Grats, Dave! That’s wonderful news, and well deserved.

    And I just adore “besmiggled.” I might have to steal it for my own use. :-)

  3. Brian on January 2, 2007 at 7:55 pm  Chain link

    Go you.

  4. Cindy Blank-Edelman on January 2, 2007 at 8:58 pm  Chain link

    Well, to spell it out completely, I’m blank-edelmansmiggled to hear it! So there. You are so fabulous. :-)

  5. Josh on January 3, 2007 at 10:05 am  Chain link

    Many congo rats to you. I’m glad this has left you besmiggled rather than besquiggled. We all know what happens then.

  6. Elizabeth Bevilacqua on January 3, 2007 at 12:42 pm  Chain link


  7. Kate Elliott on January 3, 2007 at 5:25 pm  Chain link

    Congratulations! and well deserved, too.

    now, about that sequel . . . of course, I also was scheduled to turn in my second by the end of 2006, and unfortunately, I’m no where near as close to the end as you are with yours.

  8. David Louis Edelman on January 3, 2007 at 9:38 pm  Chain link

    Thanks, all!

    Oh, and Kate… lest we forget… you’ve actually already had two novels published during the time I’ve been writing MultiReal. So you’re still waaaay ahead of me in terms of productivity. :-)

  9. tommyspoon on January 4, 2007 at 2:33 pm  Chain link

    You go Dave! You go Dave! It’s your birthday! It’s your birthday!

  10. Barbara McIntyre on January 4, 2007 at 9:25 pm  Chain link

    Well let me round out the word by saying that I am mcblank-edelmanbesmiggled. In fact, I am so mcblank-edelmanbesmiggled that I have been kveling all over the place. You are mcfabulous.

  11. Matt Jarpe on January 5, 2007 at 8:26 am  Chain link

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer book. Natch would be proud. Of course he’d be even more proud if you’d made it happen with dirty tricks and behind the scenes manipulations. But I’m sure he’d respect getting to the top in an honest way, too.

  12. Ian McDonald on January 7, 2007 at 6:44 am  Chain link

    Congratulations indeed due, sir. When’s the next one out? Of course, I can only second your appraisal of Mr Allen’s temporary dementia…

  13. David Louis Edelman on January 7, 2007 at 10:03 am  Chain link

    Ian: I’m about 96.793% done with MultiReal, book 2 in the trilogy. No set release date as of yet, but I’m presuming it’s at least 9 months away.

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