David Mack has won the fourth year of our Story of the Year thing, with his Star Trek novel Rise Like Lions. It’s David’s second win, and Star Trek‘s fourth. And second place – previously held by either Doctor Who or its spin-off Torchwood – also goes to Star Trek, in the shape of Christopher L. Bennett’s Watching the Clock.
Well done Star Trek, you are officially quite good.
1) Rise Like Lions by David Mack (515 votes, 20%)
2) Watching the Clock by Christopher L. Bennett (343 votes, 14%)
3) House of the Dead by James Goss (308 votes, 13%)
4) The First Wave by Simon Guerrier (281 votes, 11%)
5) Darth Plagueis by James Luceno (233 votes, 9%)
6) Children of the Storm by Kirsten Beyer (217 votes, 9%)
7) Borrowed Time by Naomi Alderman (202 votes, 8%)
8) The Cold Equations by Simon Guerrier (185 votes, 7%)
9) To the Death by Nicholas Briggs (166 votes, 7%)
10) Choices of One by Timothy Zahn (84 votes, 3%)
Well done to all ten shortlisted stories. Because to make it onto that list from the huge number and variety of titles that were eligible – or even just those that got nominations – is a phenonemal achievement. And thank you to everyone who voted, in the nominations bit or the polling bit or both.
Now here are the trophy winners saying some things:
“First, I offer my sincere thanks to all who cast their ballots for Rise Like Lions, during both the nominating phase and the final voting. I felt honored to see my work nominated by readers, especially among titles by other such enormously talented authors. To be completely honest, I didn’t expect it to win; I anticipated the award would go to Christopher L. Bennett’s brilliant Watching the Clock, Kirsten Beyer’s superlative Children of the Storm, or James Luceno’s runaway bestseller Darth Plagueis. I am deeply flattered to see my work recognized in this manner, and I’m grateful to everyone at Unreality-SF.net who helped organize and administrate the voting. Assuming my glass trophy-thingy arrives intact, I promise it will be accorded a place of honor on my ‘ego shelf’ and that I will never permit it to collect dust or fingerprints.” – David Mack, winner
“My thanks to everyone who voted. This is the first award one of my books has gotten, so even second place is an honor. And congratulations to the winner on a well-deserved victory.” – Christopher L. Bennett, runner up
Edit, 00.49 on Sunday 8th: We have also chosen the winner of the £10 Amazon gift card. His name is Graham and he is from the US. Except £10 sterling in US dollars is $15.88 which looks ridiculous on a gift card so we’ve rounded it to $20. Thank you to everyone who entered, commiserations to those who didn’t win.