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Andrew Salomon’s Lun Shortlisted for the Inaugural Terry Pratchett Prize

Andrew Salomon

Great news! South African writer Andrew Salomon – previously seen in these pages as a runner-up in the Pen/Studzinski Literary Award stakes – has been shortlisted for the inaugural Terry Pratchett Prize, for his manuscript, Lun.

Last year, Sir Pratchet and Transworld Publishers launched the prize, whose full title is the “Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize”, establish to encourage aspiring new novelists with ambitions in the fantasy genre.

Salomon has, of course, also written several articles for BOOK SA – a report on meeting crime writer Colin Cotteril and an interview with Frank Byrns, and we consider him to be a fast friend.

The Pratchett winner will receive a publishing contract with a £20 000 – and will have his or her novel read by judges Tony Robinson, Michael Rowley, Marianne Velmans, Simon Taylor – and of course Terry Pratchett himself.

The six shortlisted works apparently span a variety of genres and introduce a number alternate worlds. Here is the shortlist of the nominated books and their authors, in alphabetical order:

1. Postponing Armageddon by Adele Abbott
2. The Platinum Ticket by Dave Beynon
3. Half Sick of Shadows by David Logan
4. Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan
5. Lun by Andrew Salomon
6. The Coven at Callington by Shereen Vedam

We contacted Salomon straightaway upon hearing the news, and he sent through a little teaser from on Lun:

Richard Nevis is looking to change his life; that is why he has quit his job at an unscrupulous Cape Town law firm and started restoring antique boats. But things soon start unravelling when this volunteer work at a local tokoloshe shelter leads him and a spirited young tokoloshe named Lun headlong into the shadow side of the Cape. An ancient metal box that can only be opened by a tokoloshe holds a sought after object and the evil monster Mamron and his beautiful but mute sidekick twins will stop at nothing to get it. As if being on the run from them is not enough to contend with, Richard and Lun are also pursued by Kras, the merciless Cape Town crime lord who contracts Mr Doorway – said to be the most effective assassin in the business – to retrieve the box and eliminate all who keep him from this objective. As Richard and Lun try and stay one step ahead of annihilation they are aided by the Pit-bull Midwives; the enigmatic Miss Ngoyi whose past refuses to stay past, and her apprentice, the beautiful Emily White .

The story enfolds at a brisk pace around Cape Town, Nieu Bethesda, Uniondale and Gansbaai as Richard gets way more change than he would ever have wanted, and more than he might survive. This is a South African landscape where myths and stories take flesh and the monsters are not just in your imagination. This is the world of Lun.

The winner will be announced by Terry Pratchett at a party to be held on 31 May 2011. We wish Salomon the best of luck!

 

Recent comments:

  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    April 1st, 2011 @13:32 #
     
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    Sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Huge congrats!

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    April 1st, 2011 @13:33 #
     
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    (If that's not overly chummy / back-slappy / cliquey of me)

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  • <a href="http://book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ben - Editor</a>
    Ben - Editor
    April 1st, 2011 @13:34 #
     
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    Seconded, Lauren. And meanwhile, Apocalypse Cow sounds terrifying.

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  • <a href="http://book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ben - Editor</a>
    Ben - Editor
    April 1st, 2011 @13:35 #
     
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    (Seconding Lauren's 1st comment, of course :)

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    April 1st, 2011 @13:37 #
     
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    Apocalypse Cow? Is this another book I'm writing for Amanzi? Or do you mean Charlie Human's kick-ass Apocalypse Now Now which also, by weird coincidence features (minimally) a tokoloshe sanctuary.

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  • <a href="http://www.cathellisen.com/" rel="nofollow">Cat Hellisen</a>
    Cat Hellisen
    April 1st, 2011 @13:38 #
     
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    Congrats and good luck.

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    April 1st, 2011 @13:41 #
     
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    (There's obviously something in the water)

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  • <a href="http://sarahlotz.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sarah Lotz</a>
    Sarah Lotz
    April 1st, 2011 @14:21 #
     
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    Yay! I've been lucky enough to have a sneak preview of Lun, and it's a wonderful, whimscal, original, page-turning story-fest.
    Many congrats, Andrew, this is such a great achievement and really well-deserved, and I'm crossing fingers and holding thumbs and all that other stuff.
    Helen sends her hearty congrats as well, from somewhere in the Karoo.
    (I don't give a shit if this is back-slappery, either).

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  • <a href="http://www.freelancelogan.com" rel="nofollow">MichaelLogan</a>
    MichaelLogan
    April 1st, 2011 @16:27 #
     
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    Apocalypse Cow terrifying? You'll just have to wait and see.

    I too wish Mr. Salomon good luck, although not so much luck that he beats me!

    Funnily enough, I live in Kenya, so there are at least two Africa-based authors on the shortlist. Who knows, perhaps even more!

    Regards,
    Michael.

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    April 1st, 2011 @16:47 #
     
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    Fabulous news! Yet another SA author making the circle bigger. Well done Andrew.

    Incidentally, I sat next to Andrew at the NB party on Wednesday and he never mentioned the shortlisting. There's a high five waiting in the wings for next time we meet.

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  • <a href="http://sarahlotz.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sarah Lotz</a>
    Sarah Lotz
    April 1st, 2011 @16:54 #
     
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    Congrats, to you too, Mr Logan! Great title, BTW. I HOPE it's terrifying and fiendishly funny. I'm also hoping that all of the shortlistees will be published regardless of who wins.
    And cheekily, any chance of a sneak synopsis?

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    April 1st, 2011 @17:01 #
     
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    Sorry, I missed that entirely - give us the synopsis, Michael, it sounds udderly brilliant. (and yay! Two Africans on the list)

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  • <a href="http://www.freelancelogan.com" rel="nofollow">MichaelLogan</a>
    MichaelLogan
    April 1st, 2011 @17:27 #
     
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    Well, I'm not really African, unless living in Kenya for three years and saying "very ok" and "hellos" qualifies me as such.

    I have to dash out now, but will see if I can remember to post a synposis over the weekend.

    And Lauren, with a pun like that, I suspect you've already read my book and have been copying my jokes!

    Cheers,
    Michael.

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  • <a href="http://www.freelancelogan.com" rel="nofollow">MichaelLogan</a>
    MichaelLogan
    April 2nd, 2011 @16:25 #
     
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    So, below is a very short, and not so hot, synopsis. I always struggle with the blooming things.

    When an experimental bio-weapon leaks out and transforms Britain's animals into sneezing, sex-crazed zombies intent on munching their way to the top of the food chain, three misfits are thrown together in a fight to expose the government's responsibility for the mayhem. These contrasting characters – a struggling journalist, a smelly abattoir worker and a reluctant teenage vegan - must elude zombie cows, an avowed meat-eater turned cannibal, and a ruthless security agent as they flee the country, resolving their many and varied personal issues along the way.

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  • AndrewS
    AndrewS
    April 2nd, 2011 @16:48 #
     
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    Hey everyone,

    Thank you for your happy wishes, it really means a lot!

    Sarah was one of the readers for Lun and she deserves a special 'dankie' for doing so and coming up with excellent suggestions.
    Sally, I had no idea yet at the NB party that I was one of the finalists, if I had I would have had more of that good and free red wine :-)

    Michael, I think it's great that there's at least two of us from Africa in this thing, and 'Apocalypse Cow' is an inspired title!

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  • <a href="http://www.freelancelogan.com" rel="nofollow">MichaelLogan</a>
    MichaelLogan
    April 2nd, 2011 @17:48 #
     
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    Hello Andrew,

    Let me personally congratulate you on making the shortlist. I expect you were as excited as I was. I had completely forgotten about it, and was in a bit of a daze when I got the email.

    Perhaps if all shortlisted authors are invited to the party where the winner will be announced, we will get to meet and congratulate/commiserate each other depending on the circumstances!

    Regards,
    Michael.

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  • AndrewS
    AndrewS
    April 5th, 2011 @10:23 #
     
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    Hi Michael,

    Congratulations to you too! I hope we do get to go to the party, and that we can have a drink together.

    Best wishes
    Andrew

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  • <a href="http://book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ben - Editor</a>
    Ben - Editor
    April 5th, 2011 @11:01 #
     
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    Problem w/this post; use this to access: http://bit.ly/e2oD2B

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    April 5th, 2011 @14:54 #
     
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    Michael, your books sounds twisted and hilarious. Can't wait to read it. And Andrew, just the name Mr Doorway freaks me out.

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  • beynon
    beynon
    April 5th, 2011 @21:49 #
     
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    Hello everyone, especially Andrew and Michael. I was one of the fortunate few who was shortlisted, too. Congratulations to you both.

    I'm afraid I'm not from Africa. I think I'm the lone Canadian shortlisted. I'm hoping that we're all invited to the party and look forward to sharing a drink with both of you.

    Take care,

    Dave

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  • <a href="http://book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ben - Editor</a>
    Ben - Editor
    April 6th, 2011 @08:28 #
     
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    Welcome and thanks for posting, Dave :)

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  • <a href="http://book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ben - Editor</a>
    Ben - Editor
    April 6th, 2011 @10:11 #
     
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    Dave, Michael - don't suppose you'd be interested in posting blurbs of your books on this thread - ?

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  • <a href="http://liesljobson.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    Liesl
    April 6th, 2011 @12:32 #
     
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    Welcome Dave. Post your blurb already.

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  • beynon
    beynon
    April 6th, 2011 @12:56 #
     
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    It's 6:55am here right now, Liesl, and I've got kids to get to school. I'll see what I can do a little later in the day.

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  • <a href="http://henriettaroseinnes.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    Henrietta
    April 6th, 2011 @14:51 #
     
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    congratulations, that's wonderful!

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  • beynon
    beynon
    April 6th, 2011 @16:54 #
     
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    I'm 100 per cent behind Michael with the whole synopsis thing - easier by far the write a novel. Anyway - here's a taste from the synopsis:

    In a world with a nicotine-coloured sky and rain as solid as it is wet, humanity scrambles to leave their tired and battered Earth behind. All available resources are thrown at a massive spaceship designed to ferry the human race on a seven-hundred year journey to a pristine new world.
    One man feels he has a better solution.
    The United Nations recruited Walter Roundhouse to develop a stasis field generator that will allow passengers to be stacked like cordwood in suspended animation for the trip. Development goes slowly until Heather Marshal joins the team. Suddenly, Roundhouse discovers the secrets of time-travel. Secretly, Roundhouse devises a plan to introduce clean technologies into the distant past. He believes that, with a cautionary tale and the tools to make a better world, the people of Earth will rise to the challenge. Their future, and his present, will be green.
    Roundhouse changes the world, rewriting two-hundred and forty-seven years of history in a wink. A sky of brightest blue replaces what was once sepia-toned. Squat, utilitarian buildings disappear, replaced by spindly things of glass and steel. It looks like a winning situation, but Walter missed a few variables in his calculations.

    That's a good start but I don't want to give too much away by mentioning the aliens or Adolf Hitler, so I won't.

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  • <a href="http://www.freelancelogan.com" rel="nofollow">MichaelLogan</a>
    MichaelLogan
    April 7th, 2011 @07:22 #
     
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    Welcome Ben and congratulations.

    Now this is getting funny. We should try to find the other three authors and see if we can make this the official prize chat page!

    If we're not invited, we should organize our own virtual party on skype video - have a few drinks and hold a fake award ceremony (my daughter has a nice sparkly plastic tiara that would serve as a prize I can post to the winner).

    It's good to find out more about the other books. Sounds like competition will be stiff.

    Ben, I already posted a very short blurb.

    Michael.

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  • <a href="http://www.freelancelogan.com" rel="nofollow">MichaelLogan</a>
    MichaelLogan
    April 7th, 2011 @07:23 #
     
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    Ben? Sorry, welcome Dave. Durr!

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  • <a href="http://www.cookeagency.ca" rel="nofollow">litagent</a>
    litagent
    April 21st, 2011 @17:10 #
     
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    Hello Andrew,
    I work as a Literary Assistant for The Cooke Agency in Toronto, Canada. Sally Harding, literary agent and proprietor, has requested that I contact those shortlisted for The Terry Pratchett First Novel contest to inquire whether you would be interested in submitting your manuscript(s) to our agency. I can see from this thread that some of the other authors from the short list are present. Please consider this an invitation to submit for you all.
    If interested, please email Elizabeth Griffin at egriffin@cookeagency.ca and do mention in the body of the email that I invited your query. You can investigate our website as well at www.cookeagency.ca if you wish.
    All the very best,
    Rachel

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    April 21st, 2011 @17:49 #
     
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    What a glorious thread to stumble into! (onto?) I did metaphysical cartwheels on hearing the news of Andrew's shortlisting. Love the synopses posted here, hope you ALL get published, better still that the judges decide you're all winners in a three-way tie. Being a sucker for "Marianna of the moated grange" and Tennyson, I also like the look of Half Sick of Shadows. I hope it's about the secret world of the Moated Grange, with a magical clinking lock, where Marianna and the Lady of Shalott are secretly conspiring to break all mirrors and curses, while finding a cure for weariness.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    April 21st, 2011 @23:03 #
     
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    PS: Of course I very much want Andrew to win. But you have to cross half a finger for someone who's offering his daughter's sparkly tiara as a prize. And for someone who's doing the school-run at 6.55 in the morning.

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  • <a href="http://book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ben - Editor</a>
    Ben - Editor
    June 3rd, 2011 @15:21 #
     
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    Congratulations, Michael and David, on co-winning the prize with David Logan (no relation, I presume!):

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jun/02/terry-pratchett-reveals-winners-debut-writers-award

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    June 3rd, 2011 @22:13 #
     
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    Good heavens, it's Logan's Run (at the Prize). Congratulations, even though I was rooting for the home boy. I hope all the shortlistees are bowled over by agents, publishers and film deals.

    Think about it: over 500 entries, and the first prize is split between two people with the same surname. What are the odds? It's like the Improbability Drive that powered a spaceship in the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy...

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