Nominations have been tallied for Steamcon’s 2011 Airship Awards, and there’s a number of deserving people who make the cut this year. While I’m not a fan of popularity contests and the stratification of people’s efforts into various levels of importances, it remains that these awards to indeed exist, and a number of my own friends were nominated.
If you happen to be attending Steamcon this year, you will be granted one vote in the determination of this year’s Airship Award winners. The categories and nominees is as follows:
Written: Any written piece of work, including but not limited to: novels, short stories, blogs, screen plays, etc.
- Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel by Tee Morris & Pip Ballantine
- The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder –
- Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar
- The Half Made World by Felix Gilman
Visual: Any visual piece of work, including but not limited to: 2D art, 3D art, digital art, fashion design, website design, making/modding, short film (by an individual)
- James Ng
- Myke Amend
- Adam Smith
- Joe Benitez
Aural: Any aural piece of work, including but not limited to: Bands, songs, musicians, music videos, etc.
- Professor Elemental
- Steam Powered Giraffe
- Vagabond Opera
Community Contributor: An individual who is outspoken and supportive in the Steampunk community, including but not limited to: Blogger, event organizer, convention runner, scholar, speaker etc.
- Ay-leen the Peacemaker – Beyond Victoriana
- Lia Keyes – SWAG
- Suzanne Lazear – Steamed
- Jordan Block – Sepiachord
Potpourri: Anything not yet covered, including but not limited to: Game design/designer, acting troupes, short film (by a group), movie, television, etc.
- Clockwork Cabaret
- Unhallowed Metropolis RPG
- Rise of Aester RPG
I encourage your to vote with your heart, but I would like to make one gentle suggestion: Jordan Block and Sepiachord is, I feel, particularly deserving of their nomination. After putting out two Sepiachord compilation albums, two conventions worth of outstanding musical entertainment, sponsoring countless shows in the greater Seattle area and maintaining a blog with the latest from the Steampunk music scene, Jordan’s work has made an influence on all of us and our definition of Steampunk music.
But to all my friends, I wish you the best of luck in the nominations process.