THE NUTMEG POINT DISTRICT MAIL

the Avram Davidson electronic newsletter

Vol. III No. 6
32 March 1999
ISSN 1089-764X

Henry Wessells, Editor.
Cooper Wessells, Honorary Secretary.

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THE BOSS IN THE WALL Nominated for Nebula Award

The Boss in the Wall by Avram Davidson and Grania Davis has been nominated for the Nebula Award in the Novella category. If you have not yet read the book, go buy a copy.

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GRANIA DAVIS ON THE BOSS IN THE WALL
Henry: Each Nebula Nominee was asked to write a short essay for the SFWA Bulletin. Here's mine. Please reprint it in the March Nutmeg Point.

Avram Davidson (1923-1993) needs very little introduction. He was one of the great voices of imaginative fiction. Author of more than 200 short stories and many longer works, he won the Hugo, Edgar, and several World Fantasy Awards, including Grand Master. He was nominated for the Nebula in every category. His work was largely out of print at the time of his passing, but it's seeing an upsurge in popularity now.

I, Grania Davis, was Avram's former wife, lifelong friend, and sometime collaborator. I published a series of my own fantasy novels based on the Asian legends of the Monkey King, including The Rainbow Annals, set in Tibet; Moonbird, set in Bali; and Marco Polo and the Sleeping Beauty, set in China and written in collaboration with Avram Davidson.

Since Avram's passing, I have worked on getting his immortal work back into print -- with a little help from our beloved friends in the SF community. I co-edited (with Robert Silverberg) a big tribute collection, with story introductions by AD's friends, The Avram Davidson Treasury (Tor, 1998), and a collection of mystery stories, The Investigations of Avram Davidson (co-edited with Richard A. Lupoff, St. Martin's, 1999).

I live with my family, and a cat named Laptop, in Marin County, California, and North Shore O'ahu, Hawaii.

THE BOSS IN THE WALL: What a long, strange trip this story has been. Avram had a weird dream in the early 1980's. I don't remember exactly when. The dream became a rough, sprawling 600+ page novel manuscript, about a strange creature in American folklore. When I first read it, it blew me away.

After Avram's health declined, I set to work to complete the novel, as I had already done with Marco Polo and the Sleeping Beauty (Baen, 1988).

(Aside: In classical music, "Completed By" is a recognized byline. Different versions of Mozart's "Requiem" were posthumously Completed By different living composers. Perhaps we should consider this usage.)

There was interest in the BOSS novel, but editors changed position