I was both shocked and thrilled to discover this week that my short story “Havana Augmented” has been nominated for the prestigious British Science Fiction Association Award for Short Fiction.

The story was published almost exactly a year ago in the anthology Ergosphere, which can be found at most good online book retailers – or available to download for free as a PDF, although you are encouraged to make a donation to the Haiti disaster fund. Seeing as the situation over there seems to be little better – perhaps distressingly worse – almost a year later, it is still a very worthy cause that deserves your money.

As you can imagine, I’m very flattered and buzzing with excitement about this nod from the BSFA. Right now I don’t even care about making the shortlist, let alone winning; its just a thrill to have been noticed. Many thanks to the members that nominated me, along with Rick Novy and Christopher Fletcher for publishing the story, WEIGY for the illustrations (including the one above) as well as everyone else that has supported me.

Here’s to a good start to a hopefully great 2011 for everyone.