New Weird Contest–updated rules

You can take a look at the New Weird excerpt contest here. Since it is actually Very Difficult–and I’m not kidding–let’s do a “re-set”. Still the same deadline, but below find 12 writers who are in the NW anthology. Nine of them are represented in the samples. Anyone who guessed before can now guess again (one time), and if you haven’t guessed, feel free with this new info in hand.


In no particular order:

Leena Krohn
Michael Moorcock
China Mieville
Jeffrey Ford
Alistair Rennie
Sarah Monette
Hal Duncan
K.J. Bishop
Jay Lake
Brian Evenson
Paul Di Filippo
Jeffrey Thomas

28 comments on “New Weird Contest–updated rules

  1. I haven’t read stuff by everyone on the list, so …. anyhow:

    1 – Filippo
    2 – Ford
    3 – Mieville
    4 – Duncan
    5 – Bishop
    6 – Thomas
    7 – Lake
    8 – Rennie
    9 – Moorcock

  2. Glen Hewson says:

    Same here Brendan. I like your Filippo guess- the excerpt does suggest one of his crazy ideas.
    1. Filippo
    2. Bishop
    3. Duncan (I’m pretty sure he’s not in here at all, but better the devil I know)
    4. Lake
    5. Moorcock
    6. Mieville
    7. Ford
    8. Krohn
    9. Monette (I don’t know anyone who writes like that, therefore…)

    Strangely I’m much less confident about this set of guesses and my last lot were all wrong.

  3. Susan Loyal says:

    I’m not sure why I’m doing this, since I feel certain that I’m likely to be wrongedy wrong wrong. Here goes: no guess at all for the first two.

    3. Paul Di Filippo
    4. Jay Lake
    5. K. J. Bishop
    6. China Mieville
    7. Jeffrey Ford
    8. Sarah Monette
    9. Hal Duncan

    Susan Loyal

  4. Tony says:

    I’m a bit confused. We just have to guess which of the 9 (of 12 listed) are represented in the samples?

    We no longer have to attach a name to an excerpt?

  5. the numbers I put were the excerpts I think they belong to. Not sure if that is what we are supposed to do though.

  6. Just move my guess to here:

    #1: Alastair Rennie
    #2: Michael Moorcock
    #3: Hal Duncan
    #4: K. J. Bishop
    #5: Paul Di Filippo
    #6: Jeffrey Thomas
    #7: Jeffrey Ford
    #8: Leena Krohn
    #9: Sarah Monette

    Still have no idea even with the clues, that means i have to try hard to catch up with books i bought.

  7. Oliver Kotowski says:

    Let’s see:

    #1. Paul Di Filippo
    #2. China Miéville
    #3. Michael Moorcock
    #4. Sarah Monette
    #5. Jay Lake
    #6. Jeffrey Ford
    #7. K.J. Bishop
    #8. Leena Krohn
    #9. Brian Evenson

    Some wild guesses.

  8. you have 12 authors to choose from. and you have to guess which nine, in the right slots. all that’s changed is that i’ve narrowed it down for you.

  9. Actually, if I had to make one guess it would be 5 for Bishop. But a lot of the people in the list are quite capable of shifting styles, so it is hard.

  10. Glen, Daneel, and Oliver are all tied with the most correct (a very low number, however).


  11. Tor says:

    #1. Di Filippo
    #2. Moorcock
    #3. Duncan
    #4. Lake
    #5. Bishop
    #6. Mieville
    #7. Ford
    #8. Krohn
    #9. Monette

  12. Tor says:

    Oops – posted the wrong list. This is the one I meant. Sorry! :)

    #1. Di Filippo
    #2. Moorcock
    #3. Duncan
    #4. Lake
    #5. Evenson
    #6. Mieville
    #7. Ford
    #8. Krohn
    #9. Bishop

  13. Tor–can you post your full name? Thanks. Hmm. You’ve got three right if I take your latest…Still pondering.


  14. Tor says:

    Tor (keeping my identity hidden from the internets) Christensen

    Only three? I was convinced you were going to tell me that I got them all right, and how did I do that without inside info?


  15. Well, a lot of blind guessing (or half-blind at least), but here’s a shot:

    1 Evenson
    2 Duncan
    3 Lake
    4 Monette
    5 Moorcock
    6 Di Filippo
    7 Ford
    8 Krohn
    9 Bishop

  16. Cindy Chen says:

    Here are my guesses:

    1. Lake
    2. Moorcock
    3. Duncan
    4. Monette
    5. Mieville
    6. Evenson
    7. Ford
    8. Krohn
    9. Bishop

    Cindy Chen

  17. Tor Christensen says:

    Quick question – Tuesday August 1 is listed as the deadline. Is that midnight tonight, or midnight tomorrow night? Because Tuesday happens to be July 31…

    Also, am I still in first?

  18. Sorry–midnight tonight. Nope, you’re no longer in first.


  19. Tor Christensen says:

    So who is winning?

  20. Cindy or Daniel. Not saying more until the contest is over. :)


  21. April Lott says:

    1. Jay Lake
    2. Michael Moorcock
    3. Leena Krohn
    4. K.J. Bishop
    5. China Mieville
    6. Paul Di Filippo
    7. Jeffrey Ford
    8. Brian Evenson
    9. Sarah Monette

  22. Mark Teppo says:

    Ah, jeez. I could guess forever. Might as well punt now.

    1. Michael Moorcock
    2. Jay Lake
    3. Hal Duncan
    4. Sarah Monette
    5. Brian Evenson
    6. China Mieville
    7. Jeffrey Ford
    8. Leena Krohn
    9. K. J. Bishop

  23. jukkahoo says:

    1. Michael Moorcock
    2. China Mieville
    3. Hal Duncan
    4. Paul Di Filippo
    5. Jeffrey Thomas
    6. Sarah Monette
    7. Jeffrey Ford
    8. Leena Krohn
    9. K.J. Bishop


  24. Since we’re in the home stretch, I won’t be commenting on any of your guesses from this point forward.

    To sweeten the pot, I’ll throw in a trade paper Shriek (US Tor), a copy of Leena Krohn’s Tainaron, and whatever else happens to be around when I put the box together.


  25. David Urena says:

    My guesses:

    1. Jay Lake
    2. Jeffrey Thomas
    3. Alistair Rennie
    4. Sarah Monette
    5. Michael Moorcock
    6. Paul Di Fillipo
    7. Jeffrey Ford
    8. Leena Krohn
    9. K.J. Bishop

  26. Jen Karanga says:

    1. Evenson
    2. Duncan
    3. Lake
    4. Monette
    5. Miéville
    6. Di Filippo
    7. Ford
    8. Krohn
    9. Bishop

  27. Toiya K. Finley says:

    1. Duncan
    2. Moorcock
    3. Lake
    4. Monette
    5. Evenson
    6. Thomas
    7. Ford
    8. Krohn
    9. Bishop

  28. …and we’re 6 minutes away from closing this down–EST. I’ll post in the morning with the winner.


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