Ken Liu and I won the Asimov’s Poll/Award for Best Short Story of
2014 with our collaboration, “The Plantimal”. This was my 6th Asimov’s
Award, for which I am properly grateful.
The genesis for the story? I was driving Carol to a plant nursery,
and she remarked that she want to get some potted annuals. I thought
she said “potted animals”, she explained that I needed a hearing aid
or a better attention span, I wrote the two words down in my Idea
File, and three years later Ken and I found a use for them. I think
I’ll take the prize money and finally buy Carol some potted animals.