Obituary: Graham Stone

Australian fan Graham Stone (b.1926) died on November 16. Stone won an A. Bertram Chandler Award in 1999 for Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction. In the 1960ws, Stone published Australian Science Fiction Index: 1939-1962 and Australian Science Fiction Index: 1925-1967. His fanzine, Notes on Australian Science Fiction served as the basis for a book of the same title, and he published other fanzines and bibliographies as well. Several of his works, such as A History of Australian Science Fiction Fandom, 1935-1963, were published pseudonymously.

DUFF Is Wright

Bill Wright won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) over Clare McDonald-Sims. In a close race, Wright received 66 votes to McDonald-Sims’s 64. A total of 133 votes were cast, with the remaining split between “No Preference” and “Hold Over.” Wright will travel to North America to attend LoneStarCon 3, this year’s Worldcon.

Aurealis Awards

The Aurealis Awards winners were announced May 18, 2013 in North Sydney, Australia. Next year’s awards will be in Canberra.

  • Fantasy Novel: Sea Hearts, by Margo Lanagan
  • Fantasy Short Story: “Bajazzle,” by Margo Lanagan
  • Science Fiction Novel: The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley
  • Science Fiction Short Story: “Significant Dust,” by Margo Lanagan
  • Horror Novel: Perfections, by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Horror Short Story: “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren
  • Young Adult Novel: Dead, Actually, by Kaz Delaney; and Sea Hearts, by Margo Lanagan
  • Young Adult Short Story: “The Wisdom of the Ants,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • Children’s Fiction (told primarily through words): Brotherband: The Hunters, by John Flanagan
  • Children’s Fiction (told primarily through pictures): Little Elephants, by Graeme Base
  • Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel: Blue, by Pat Grant
  • Anthology: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume 6, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Collection: That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote, by K. J. Bishop
  • 2012 Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence: Kate Eltham
  • 2012 Kris Hembury Encouragement Awards: Laura Goodin

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Ditmar Winners

The Ditmar Awards were presented at Conflux 9 – the 52nd Australian National SF convention. The winners are listed below.

  • Best Novel: Sea Hearts, by Margo Lanagan
  • Best Novella or Novelette: “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren
  • Best Short Story: “The Wisdom of Ants,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • Best Collected Work: Through Splintered Walls, by Kaaron Warren
  • Best Artwork: Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for Midnight and Moonshine
  • Best Fan Writer: Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work including reviews in Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth
  • Best Fan Artist: Kathleen Jennings, for body of work including “The Dalek Game” and “The Tamsyn Webb Sketchbook”
  • Best Fan Publication in Any Medium: The Writer and the Critic, by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
  • Best New Talent: David McDonald
  • William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review: Tansy Rayner Roberts, for “Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let’s Unpack That”

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DUFF Race 2013

Clare McDonald-Sims and Bill Wright have been announced as the nominees for this year’s DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) race. The winner of the race will travel to North America to attend LoneStarCon 3 and also tour North America. Anyone who were active in fandom before January 1, 2013 may vote. The voting deadline is June 10.

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Aurealis Nominations

The 2012 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners will be announced on May 18 in North Sydney, Australia.

Fantasy Novel

  • Bitter Greens, by Kate Forsyth
  • Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
  • Sea Hearts, by Margo Lanagan
  • Flame of Sevenwaters, by Juliet Marillier
  • Winter Be My Shield, by Jo Spurrier

Fantasy Short Story

  • “Sanaa’s Army,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “The Stone Witch,” by Isobelle Carmody
  • “First They Came,” by Deborah Kalin
  • “Bajazzle,” by Margo Lanagan
  • “The Isles of the Sun,” by Margo Lanagan

Science Fiction Novel

  • Suited, by Jo Anderton
  • The Last City, by Nina D’Aleo
  • And All The Stars, by Andrea K Host
  • The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, by Ambelin Kwaymullina
  • Confusion of Princes, by Garth Nix
  • The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley

Science Fiction Short Story

  • “Visitors,” by James Bradley
  • “Significant Dust,” by Margo Lanagan
  • “Beyond Winter’s Shadow,” by Greg Mellor
  • “The Trouble with Memes,” by Greg Mellor
  • “The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club,” by Kaaron Warren

Horror Novel

  • Bloody Waters, by Jason Franks
  • Perfections, by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Blood and Dust, by Jason Nahrung
  • Salvage, by Jason Nahrung

Horror Short Story

  • “Sanaa’s Army,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “Elyora,” by Jodi Cleghorn
  • “To Wish Upon a Clockwork Heart,” by Felicity Dowker
  • “Escena de un Asesinato,” by Robert Hood
  • “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren

Young Adult Novel

  • Dead, Actually, by Kaz Delaney
  • And All The Stars, by Andrea K. Host
  • The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, by Ambelin Kwaymullina
  • Sea Hearts, by Margo Lanagan
  • Into That Forest, by Louis Nowra

Young Adult Short Story

  • “Stilled Lifes x 11,” by Justin D’Ath
  • “The Wisdom of the Ants,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “Rats,” by Jack Heath
  • “The Statues of Melbourne,” by Jack Nicholls
  • “The Worry Man,” by Adrienne Tam

Children’s Fiction (told primarily through words)

  • Brotherband: The Hunters, by John Flanagan
  • Princess Betony and the Unicorn, by Pamela Freeman
  • The Silver Door, by Emily Rodda
  • Irina the Wolf Queen, by Leah Swann

Children’s Fiction (told primarily through pictures)

  • Little Elephants, by Graeme Base (author and illustrator)
  • The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree, by Gary Crew (author) and Ross Watkins (illustrator)
  • In the Beech Forest, by Gary Crew (author) and Den Scheer (illustrator)
  • Inside the World of Tom Roberts, by Mark Wilson (author and illustrator)

Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel

  • Blue, by Pat Grant (author and illustrator)
  • It Shines and Shakes and Laughs, by Tim Molloy (author and illustrator)
  • Changing Ways #2, by Justin Randall (author and illustrator)

Anthology

  • Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Bloodstones, edited by Amanda Pillar
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 6, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Under My Hat, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Edge of Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan

Collection

  • That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote, by K. J. Bishop
  • Metro Winds, by Isobelle Carmody
  • Midnight and Moonshine, by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter
  • Living with the Dead, by Martin Livings
  • Through Splintered Walls, by Kaaron Warren

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GUFF Winner

Croatian fan Mihaela Marija Perković won the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) to represent Europe at Conflux. Perković beat Julie McMurray with a tally of 49-30. Perković has been active in fandom since 1991. Fans from 15 countries participated in the vote.

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GUFF Race Opens

Julie McMurray and Mihaela Marija Perković have been announced as the two candidates for this year’s GUFF race to send a European Fan to Australasia. McMurray is a British fan and Perković is a Croatian fan. Voting will run until January 7, 2013.

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GUFF Seeks Nominees

The Going Under/Get Up and Over Fan Fund is seeking European fans who would like to stand for the privilege of traveling to Swancon in Perth, Australia, to be held from March 29-April 1, or to Au Contraire in Wellington from July 12-14, 2013. Nominees will need three European and two Australasian nominators and should inform the GUFF administrators of their intentions, provide a 100 word statement and put up a bond. Deadline for nominations is October 11, with the candidates announced on October 13.

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Ditmar Winners

The Ditmar Awards were presented on June 10 at Continuum 8 – the 51st Australian National SF convention. The winners are listed below.

  • Best Novel: The Courier’s New Bicycle, by Kim Westwood
  • Best Novella or Novelette: “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt,” by Paul Haines
  • Best Short Story: “The Patrician,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Best Collected Work: The Last Days of Kali Yuga, by Paul Haines, edited by Angela Challis
  • Best Artwork: Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for The Freedom Maze
  • Best Fan Writer: Robin Pen, for “The Ballad of the Unrequited Ditmar”
  • Best Fan Artist: Kathleen Jennings, for work in Errantry including “The Dalek Game”
  • Best Fan Publication in Any Medium: The Writer and the Critic, by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
  • Best New Talent: Joanne Anderton
  • William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review: Alexandra Pierce and Tehani Wessely, for reviews of Vorkosigan Saga, in Randomly Yours, Alex

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