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I win the Golden Brick Award for worst science fiction article in Spanish 
29th-Sep-2008 09:23 pm
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I just learned that I won the 2008 Ladrillo de Oro for the worst article about science fiction in Spanish, presented at Spain's HispaCon national convention last weekend. Unfortunately I couldn't be there to pick up my lovely trophy.

My article is entitled "No cagaos en la Maritoñi" ("Don't dump on the Maritoñi"). The rules included the provision that entrants had to either write the article while dressed as a northern Spanish country bumpkin (and prove it conclusively) or include the word "Maritoñi" in the article: "to write a bad article there's nothing better than to use ideas you know nothing about, as journalists prove in print every day."

Since I am a professional journalist, I chose the latter option. I hope to soon provide you with a translation that remains true to the awful original Spanish.

You can read more about the award at:
http://fan-taciencia.blogspot.com/2008/09/un-aplauso-para-la-ganadora-del-premio.html

Comments 
29th-Sep-2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I"m not quite sure whether to offer my congratulations or not.

lol

Were there poetry awards this year? If so, I'd love to get the word out to the SFPA again.
1st-Oct-2008 09:39 am (UTC)
I'll get on that as soon as I can. On top of everything else, I started a new job this week. I'm teaching English to Spanish teenagers. So far they've been very patient and attentive.
29th-Sep-2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
1st-Oct-2008 09:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was fun to write.
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1st-Oct-2008 09:41 am (UTC)
I did all sorts of bad things to the lovely language of Cervantes. To say nothing of the specious reasoning.
30th-Sep-2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Congratulations, although mine was far worse "Rafael Alberti and Buffyverso"
1st-Oct-2008 09:43 am (UTC)
The title alone sounds horrible! :-)
30th-Sep-2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. :D

(It's me in the picture; I can guarantee that the trophy is really lovely. And made of genuine bricks. xD)
1st-Oct-2008 09:43 am (UTC)
I realize now that the photo would have been even more lovely with all of you in it, guapo.
2nd-Oct-2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
:D

Fue una pena que no vinieras este año, te habría gustado. Además, fue mucho mejor que la del año pasado en todos los aspectos.
5th-Oct-2008 02:21 pm (UTC) - Sorry if any journalist feels offended ...
Anonymous
Francisco Fernández

I'm guilty of creating that award and rewarding people for writing (or typing) bad articles. I know journalists have to write about things they haven't heard of in less hours than necessary to understand fully the matter, so sometimes we read very funny articles.

Thanks a lot for taking part and having fun with us
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