I’d like to thank the Libertarian Futurist Society for honoring Falling Free with this award. I admit, the transition from “new writer Bujold” to “classic” seems abrupt from my point of view, but such is the subjective nature of time. 1988—not that long ago, in geologic terms. I’m glad the book seems to be holding up, and especially that it still is able to entertain a new generation of readers.
I note that Falling Free has been a perennial nominee in this category for many years, off and on, which also says something about the virtues of persistence on your voters’ parts. This seems a splendid way to retire from that space and give it over to other works that deserve notice. But a gold coin is certainly as good as a gold watch as a retirement gift. My plaque was mailed to me earlier this summer, and a very fine object it is. Again, thank you.
—Lois McMaster Bujold
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