Karl Schroeder's Permanence wins the Aurora Award!

Congratulations are due: my friend and writing collaborator Karl Schroeder won the Aurora Award -- Canada's answer to the Hugo -- today, for best novel, for his book Permanence.

Permanence is Karl's second novel, and it's brilliant -- at its core is a massive, hard-sf conceit: that because tool-use expends more energy than adaptation (i.e., when confronted with a marsh, it's easier to be a marsh-bird than to figure out how to drain it), that over time, all the races of the universe will use genetic engineering to adapt themselves to their habitats and so become nonsentient. Layered on top of that are braided adventure stories, religious cults, and a kind of intellectual property imperialism driven by smart dust and twisted by lightspeed lags. This is the kind of book that changes you, and he deserved the hell out of this award.

Go, Karl! Link Discuss