Dead Love: Nomination for the CBS Parallax Award

Dead Love, Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s novel about Japan, zombies and love in the dark, has been nominated for another award. This time it’s the CBS (that’s Carl Brandon Society) Parallax Award for an outstanding work of speculative fiction.

For those of you who don’t know abut the Carl Brandon Society, it’s an organization founded by people who felt that there should be a greater awareness and representation of people of color in speculative fiction and related fields. The idea grew out of the 1999 feminist science fiction convention, WisCon,  that took place in Madison, Wisconsin. African American SF legend Samuel R. Delany had recently published an article titled “Racism and Science Fiction” in the New York Review of Science Fiction (August 1998, volume 10 issue 12).

Well, as you can imagine the zombie message (think George Romero’s not-so-slant commentary on racism in Night of the Living Dead) is definitely in keeping with this mission. So, shall we hope for a win? We’ll see. Whatever happens, it’s a win for all if the hungry are fed.

Our ghoulish gang is thrilled about the award and the nomination. Go zombies!

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice