And in a sweet synchronicity -- I've just found out that Hannes Riffel's German version of VELLUM has been awarded the Kurd Laßwitz Preis for Best Translation 2008. (The original even snuck in at #6 in the Best Foreign Work apparently, which is also well cool.) So a big shout out and tip of the hat to Hannes. Even without reading German I knew just from working with him that the result was gonna be damn fine, so I'm well chuffed that the Powers That Be have recognised the quality of his work.
In short: Hurrahs!