Wulf Moon wins Best Author, Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Story, & More in the 2020 Critters Awards!

AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT:  The winners of Critters 2020 Annual Readers’ Poll Awards were announced yesterday. Over 2500 people from around the world voted during three weeks of polling, giving recognition to achievements in 41 publishing related categories. I am happy to announce I won Best Author, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story, Best Writers’ Workshop, and Best Writers’ Resource of 2020. (If you’re voting in awards like the Nebulas and Hugos, please see my preceding 2020 Awards Eligibility Post to get a FREE copy of “Muzik Man” for your consideration!)

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2020 Awards Eligibility Post, Science Fiction Novelette Category, “Muzik Man” by Wulf Moon

“Muzik Man” by Wulf Moon.   It’s the tale of an android minstrel missionary, sent to save a tone deaf world. And this time, he won’t screw up!

A science fiction novelette published October 13, 2020.

Deep Magic Magazine, Fall 2020  

This PDF of the story kindly permitted by the Deep Magic editor for award season reading.

Click HERE for your FREE PDF copy for your reading pleasure and consideration.

Current Preliminary Awards’ Announcements

Critters 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards:  2500 people from around the world voted during three weeks of polling. On January 16, 2021,  “Muzik Man” won Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Story of 2020!   Wulf Moon won Best Author of 2020.

Nebula Awards: Listed on the 2020 Nebula Reading List for Novelettes and receiving preliminary nominations from SFWA members.

Hugo Awards: No official preliminary nomination/reading lists.

Accolades and reviews:

Tangent Online Starred Review on their 2020 Recommended Reading List: “Moon shows he can masterfully construct a triumphant feel-good finish. Recommended.” 

Goodreads: “Wulf Moon’s “Muzik Man”-I think that story itself might end up being nominated for an award for this year.”-Jeff Wheeler, WSJ bestseller, publisher of Deep Magic.

Posted by a SFWA member: “Muzik Man” by Wulf Moon is without a doubt one of the best stories of the year. Moon weaves pure magic with this heartfelt tale about an android minstrel who wants to help a tone-deaf world. I loved the heck out of the story. It’s quirky, it’s fun, but more importantly, it’s uplifting. After the year we’ve had, it’s exactly what we need.”–Steve Pantazis, award-winning writer

Fan Mail from a Biology Professor: “I found Muzik Man to be as enjoyable as your WOTF winning story….I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Muzik Man will win! I really like how compelling your characters are right away. You breathe such life and voice into them from the first sentence.”–Amy R. Wethington, Professor of Biology at Chowan University and President of Southeastern Writers Association

Critters’ Poll Comments:

Voters’ comments posted for “Muzik Man” in the Critters 2020 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Story Category:

“This story is a delightful reminder of what passion and love for music can do to save your soul. Mr. Wulf is a talented writer with a great musical ear (as we say in Greece). Well done!”

“Beautiful story! This one made me cry—even the second read through. Moon delivers a powerful story that will stick with you long after you finish reading. Well done!”

“This is an awesome story by Wulf Moon. It’s not only a fun story, but it has a unique message. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry…it’s the best short story I’ve read all year!”

“An amazing story about spreading hope to those who don’t realize they need it. With 2020 being the year that it was, this story is a perfect way to cheer you up and make you smile. I highly recommend it!”

“Muzik Man was exceptionally well-written and entertaining. Wulf Moon shows incredible talent.”

“Muzik Man was the most awesome story I’ve ever read! …. Loved this story!”

Posted to a writers’ forum:

“What must it be like to grow up in a world with so many restrictions? ….
Really packed a punch. The big question he asks gets at the core of who we are as people and what is our purpose in the world. What bigger questions are there?
“This part together with all the rest drives the point home: “What is Empathy? Simply this. Your pain . . . in my heart.” Humans are social animals and yet the Earth has been soaked with blood and tears time and again because of our malice but if we could feel each others pain in our hearts? What a world it would be! And what a time to write a story that addresses this given the pandemic. The civil unrest in many countries, etc.”–BlackInk
Thank you so much for reading and considering “Muzik Man” for nomination in the various science fiction awards for works published in 2020!

Stellar Review of Deep Magic and “Muzik Man” by Tangent Online!

Deep Magic magazine knows how to pick ’em! Don’t take my word for it, take critic C.D. Lewis’ word for it in Tangent Online, a top reviewing publication for the SF industry. Here’s what he said:

“Deep Magic’s Fall 2020 issue contains four new short stories. In keeping with its founder’s stated goal of providing clean fantasy, the stories don’t rely on strong language or erotic content for their effect. The editors’ vetting process is to be commended: whereas most collections do well to present some 30% of contents you could recommend with a straight face to a friend, every new piece in this issue of Deep Magic is worth your time. Good clean fun.”–Tangent Online, Nov. 8, 2020.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!  Look what he said about my novelette!

“Wulf Moon’s “Muzik Man” presents SF from over the shoulder of a robot who aspires to do more for the Maestro’s expanding galactic task force—to spread music, yes, but to advance his own ambitions. “Muzik Man” demonstrates the knife-edge problem distinguishing in fiction between a trope and an archetype: they’re not so much different in concept as in execution. In this case, Moon cleaves to a well-known outline of Christ planting the seeds of an enormous movement while being criticized, harassed by police, killed by authorities, then resurrected to teach another lesson. (Because this is SF about fighting oppressions, Muzik Man is restored from a trash heap by a teen he’d shown music, who herself was forbidden to enter the engineering guild because she’s a girl.) There can be a lot of emotional energy in this plot arc when properly harnessed: Obiwan returns more powerful than Vader can possibly imagine, once again to guide a believer—and the crowd goes wild. The reader who stays with the protagonist long enough to care about his problems and those of the people he’s trying to reach will find a powerful climax that channels energy from themes that shape the reader’s own life: friendship, ambition, hope, redemption. Even if the open could work faster to attract and keep a reader, Moon shows he can masterfully construct a triumphant feel-good finish. Recommended.”

It’s a wonderful review of my story, but aside from being likened to STAR WARS <swoon> what I’m especially thrilled about is how the review ended. Recommended. That’s code. This is what it means. “Muzik Man” recieved a starred review for novelettes on the 2020 Tangent Online Recommended Reading List! If I were a restaurateur, this would be my first Michelin star! Somebody pop some champagne! No, not that one, the Louis Roederer Cristal. Yes, yes, the gold medallion limited edition brut–this is a celebration!

When we write, I believe our best comes from capturing our deepest emotional experiences on the page. “Muzik Man” is an important story for me. I have never had a story of mine likened to the power within Star Wars before. But I do know where the emotional power in this story came from. My life. I call this one my thinly disguised autobiography.

I do hope you read it. My heart is in this one.

Here’s how to get “Muzik Man.” The entire issue is only three bucks! Get ready to dance! https://amzn.to/313KGJf

And if you’d like to see the Tangent review, here you go! https://bit.ly/2IjghQs