Obituary: Pip Maddern

Australian author Pip Maddern (b.Philippa Maddern 1952) died on June 16. Maddern published thirteen short story between 1976 and 1995, beginning with “The Ins and Outs of the Hadhya City-State.” She mostly retired from writing science fiction for a career in academia in 1990, although her final short story, “Not with Love” appeared in 1995. All of her fiction was published in Australia. In addition, she had a Ph.D. in History and published Violence and Social Order: East Anglia 1422-1442.

Chronos Award Winners

The winners of the 2014 Chronos Awards for excellence in SF, fantasy, and horror published in the Australian state of Victoria, were announced at Continuum X in Melbourne.

  • Best Long Fiction: Gamers’ Rebellion, by George Ivanoff
  • Best Short Fiction: No Award
  • Best Artwork: Rules of Summer, by Shaun Tan
  • Best Fan Publication in any Medium: SF Commentary, edited by Bruce Gillespie
  • Best Achievement: Gamers’ Rebellion book trailer, by Henry Gibbens

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A. Bertram Chandler Award

Danny Danger Oz won this year’s A. Bertram Chandler Award, presented at Continuum X in Melbourne. Oz is active in conrunning on Western Australia and Victoria and was the president of ConFound, the organization that runs Continuum. The Chandler Awards is given by the Australian SF Foundation for Lifetime Service to Australian Science Fiction.

GUFF Winner Announced

Gillian Polack was named the GUFF winner in a field that included a total of five competitors. Polack will travel to the United Kingdom to participate in Loncon 3 later this year.

Ditmar Winners

The winners of the 2014 Ditmar Awards, for Australian SF, were announced at Continuum X in Melbourne the weekend of June 7.

  • Best Novel: Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead, by Robert Hood
  • Best Novella or Novelette: “The Home for Broken Dolls,” by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Best Short Story: “Scarp,” by Cat Sparks
  • Best Collected Work: The Bride Price, by Cat Sparks
  • Best Artwork: Rules of Summer, by Shaun Tan
  • Best Fan Writer: Sean Wright, for his body of work, including reviews in Adventures of a Bookonaut
  • Best Fan Artist: Kathleen Jennings, for her body of work, including “Illustration Friday”
  • Best Fan Publication in Any Medium: Galactic Chat Podcast, by Sean Wright, Alex Pierce, Helen Stubbs, David McDonald, and Mark Webb
  • Best New Talent: Zena Shapter
  • William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review: The Reviewing New Who series, by David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Tehani Wessely
  • Peter McNamara Award: Garth Nix
  • Norma K Hemming Award: Rupetta, N. A. Sulway

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Coulson Wins DUFF

Juanita Coulson won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) over Aurora Celeste. Wright received 42 votes to Celeste’s 24. Wright will travel to Australia for Continuum X, the 53rd Australia national convention, to be held on June 6-9. Coulson previously planned to run for DUFF in 2012, but that year, voters elected to Hold Over Funds.

Aurealis Award Winners

The 2013 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners were announced on April 5 in Canberra, Australia. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

  • Best Illustrated Book or Graphic Novel: (tie) Burger Force , by Jackie Ryan and The Deep Vol. 2: The Vanishing Island, by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer
  • Best Children’s Book: The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie, by Kirsty Murray
  • Best Young Adult Short Fiction: “By Bonelight,” by Juliet Marillier
  • Best Young Adult Novel: (tie) These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and Fairytales for Wilde Girls, by Allyse Near
  • Best Horror Short Fiction: “The Year of Ancient Ghosts,” by Kim Wilkins
  • Best Horror Novel: Fairytales for Wilde Girls, by Allyse Near
  • Best Fantasy Short Fiction: “The Last Stormdancer,” by Jay Kristoff
  • Best Fantasy Novel: A Crucible of Souls, by Mitchell Hogan
  • Best Science Fiction Short Fiction: “Air, Water and the Grove,” by Kaaron Warren
  • Best Science Fiction Novel: Lexicon, by Max Barry
  • Best Anthology: (tie) The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene and One Small Step, An Anthology Of Discoveries, edited by Tehani Wessely
  • Best Collection: The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, by Joanne Anderton

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Oldest Piece of Earth’s Crust Found

A piece of the Earth’s crust dated as 4.4 billion years old, has been discovered on a ranch in Jack Hills, Australia, just north of Perth. The zircon crystal, which only measures 400 micrometers long, is a translucent red that appears blue when bombarded with electrons. The dating of the crystal indicates that the Earth cooled much more rapidly than previously thought and may have had water at a much earlier age.

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Aurealis Nominations

The 2013 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners will be announced on April 5 in Canberra, Australia. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

Best Illustrated Book or Graphic Novel

  • Savage Bitch, by Steve Carter and Antoinette Rydyr
  • Mr Unpronounceable Adventures, by Tim Molloy
  • Burger Force , by Jackie Ryan
  • Peaceful Tomorrows Volume Two, by Shane W Smith
  • The Deep Vol. 2: The Vanishing Island, by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer

Best Children’s Book

  • Kingdom of the Lost, Book 2: Cloud Road, by Isobelle Carmody
  • Refuge, by Jackie French
  • Song for a Scarlet Runner, by Julie Hunt
  • The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie, by Kirsty Murray
  • Rules of Summer, by Shaun Tan
  • Ice Breaker: The Hidden 1, by Lian Tanner

Best Young Adult Short Fiction

  • “Mah Song,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “By Bonelight,” by Juliet Marillier
  • ”Morning Star,” by D.K. Mok
  • “The Year of Ancient Ghosts,” by Kim Wilkins

Best Young Adult Novel

  • The Big Dry, by Tony Davies
  • Hunting, by Andrea Host
  • These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Fairytales for Wilde Girls, by Allyse Near
  • The Sky So Heavy, by Claire Zorn

Best Horror Short Fiction

  • “Fencelines,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “The Sleepover,” by Terry Dowling
  • “The Home for Broken Dolls,” by Kirstyn McDermott
  • “The Human Moth,” by Kaaron Warren
  • “The Year of Ancient Ghosts,” by Kim Wilkins

Best Horror Novel

  • The Marching Dead, by Lee Battersby
  • The First Bird, by Greig Beck
  • Path of Night, by Dirk Flinthart
  • Fairytales for Wilde Girls, by Allyse Near

Best Fantasy Short Fiction

  • “The Last Stormdancer,” by Jay Kristoff
  • “The Touch of the Taniwha,” by Tracie McBride
  • “Cold, Cold War,” by Ian McHugh
  • “Short Circuit,” by Kirstie Olley
  • “The Year of Ancient Ghosts,” by Kim Wilkins

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Lexicon, by Max Barry
  • A Crucible of Souls, by Mitchell Hogan
  • These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Newt’s Emerald, by Garth Nix
  • Ink Black Magic, by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Science Fiction Short Fiction

  • “The Last Tiger,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “Mah Song,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “Seven Days in Paris,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “Version 4.3.0.1,” by Lucy Stone
  • “Air, Water and the Grove,” by Kaaron Warren

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Lexicon, by Max Barry
  • Trucksong, by Andrew Macrae
  • A Wrong Turn At The Office Of Unmade Lists, by Jane Rawson
  • True Path, by Graham Storrs
  • Rupetta, by Nike Sulway

Best Anthology

  • The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • One Small Step, An Anthology Of Discoveries, edited by Tehani Wessely
  • Dreaming Of Djinn, edited by Liz Grzyb
  • The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Of The Year: Volume Seven, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Focus 2012: Highlights Of Australian Short Fiction, edited by Tehani Wessely

Best Collection

  • The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, by Joanne Anderton
  • Asymmetry, by Thoraiya Dyer
  • Caution: Contains Small Parts, by Kirstyn McDermott
  • The Bride Price, by Cat Sparks
  • The Year of Ancient Ghosts, by Kim Wilkins

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DUFF Race Announced

John Hertz and Bill Wright, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner (may) travel to Continuum X in Melbourne, Australia from June 6-9. Juanita Coulson ran in the truncated 2012 race, which went to Hold Over Funds. Votes will be accepted until March 31, 2014.

The candidates are:

  • Aurora Celeste
  • Juanita Coulson

A DUFF ballot may be downloaded from TAFF. (pdf)