Welcome to another edition of Shameless Self-Promotion! (Sorry, I've been reading Octavian Nothing and it's starting to affect my brain.) My short story "Bad Matter" is on the ballot for the 2009 Locus Awards, and on their 2009 recommended reading list. You can cast your vote here for a wide range of categories, including Best Science Fiction and Best Fantasy Novel, Best Young Adult Novel, and Best Short Story, where you can find my story listed. You don't have a be a Locus subscriber to vote, and you can choose your top five picks in each category. If you liked "Bad Matter," I would appreciate it so much if you went over to the Locus web site and voted for my story.