David Cake and Paula McGrath 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 Renovation and also tour North America. Anyone who were active in fandom before January 1, 2011 may vote. The voting deadline is March 31.
The finalists for this year’s Aurealis Awards, presented for excellence in Australian speculative fiction, have been announced. The awards will be presented on May 21.
Children’s Fiction (told primarily through words)
- Grimsdon, by Deborah Abela
- Ranger’s Apprentice #9: Halt’s Peril, by John Flanagan
- The Vulture of Sommerset, by Stephen M Giles
- The Keepers, by Lian Tanner
- Haggis MacGregor and the Night of the Skull, by Jen Storer & Gug Gordon
Children’s Fiction (told primarily through pictures)
- Night School, by Isobelle Carmody (writer) & Anne Spudvilas (illustrator)
- Magpie, by Luke Davies (writer) & Inari Kiuru (illustrator)
- The Boy and the Toy, by Sonya Hartnett (writer) & Lucia Masciullo (illustrator)
- Precious Little, by Julie Hunt & Sue Moss (writers) & Gaye Chapman (illustrator)
- The Cloudchasers, by David Richardson (writer) & Steven Hunt (illustrator)
Young Adult Short Story
- “Inksucker, Aidan Doyle, Worlds Next Door, Fablecroft Publishing
- “One Story, No Refunds, Dirk Flinthart, Shiny #6, Twelfth Planet Press
- “A Thousand Flowers, Margo Lanagan, Zombies Vs Unicorns, Allen & Unwin
- “Nine Times, Kaia Landelius & Tansy Rayner Roberts, Worlds Next Door, Fablecroft
- “An Ordinary Boy, Jen White, The Tangled Bank, Tangled Bank Press
Young Adult Novel
- Merrow, by Ananda Braxton-Smith
- Guardian of the Dead, by Karen Healey
- The Midnight Zoo, by Sonya Hartnett
- The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher, by Doug MacLeod
- Behemoth (Leviathan Trilogy Book Two), by Scott Westerfeld
Best Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel
- Shakespeare’s Hamlet, by Nicki Greenberg
- EEEK!: Weird Australian Tales of Suspense, by Jason Paulos et al
- Changing Ways Book 1, by Justin Randall
- Five Wounds: An Illustrated Novel, by Jonathan Walker & Dan Hallett
- Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators, by Rocky Wood & Glenn Chadbourne
- The Library of Forgotten Books, by Rjurik Davidson
- Under Stones, by Bob Franklin
- Sourdough and Other Stories, by Angela Slatter
- The Girl With No Hands, by Angela Slatter
- Dead Sea Fruit, by Kaaron Warren
- Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears, edited by Angela Challis & Dr Marty Young
- Sprawl, edited by Alisa Krasnostein
- Scenes from the Second Storey, edited by Amanda Pillar & Pete Kempshall
- Godlike Machines, edited by Jonathan Strahan
- Wings of Fire, edited by Jonathan Strahan & Marianne S. Jablon
Horror Short Story
- “Take the Free Tour” by Bob Franklin
- “Her Gallant Needs,” by Paul Haines
- “The Fear,” by Richard Harland
- “Wasting Matilda,” by Robert Hood
- “Lollo,” by Martin Livings
- After the World: Gravesend, by Jason Fischer
- Death Most Definite, by Trent Jamieson
- Madigan Mine, by Kirstyn McDermott
Fantasy Short Story
- “The Duke of Vertumn’s Fingerling,” by Elizabeth Carroll
- “Yowie,” by Thoraiya Dyer
- “The February Dragon,” by LL Hannett & Angela Slatter
- “All the Clowns in Clowntown,” by Andrew McKiernan
- “Sister, Sister,” by Angela Slatter
- The Silence of Medair, by Andrea K Höst
- Death Most Definite, by Trent Jamieson
- Stormlord Rising, by Glenda Larke
- Heart’s Blood, by Juliet Marrilier
- Power and Majesty, by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Science Fiction Short Story
- “The Heart of a Mouse,” by K.J. Bishop
- “The Angaelian Apocalypse,” by Matthew Chrulew
- “Border Crossing,” by Penelope Love
- “Interloper,” by Ian McHugh
- “Relentless Adaptations,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Science Fiction Novel
- Song of Scarabaeous, by Sara Creasy
- Mirror Space, by Marianne de Pierres
- Transformation Space, by Marianne de Pierres
Following the sale of the Griffith University facilities Clarion South used up until 2009, the writers workshop has had difficulty finding a suitable venue at a reasonable cost to hold the intensive writers program. The organizers had hoped to hold it again in 2012, but have determined that they won’t be able to and have placed the program on hold indefinitely, with the hope that it will continue at some point.
The call for nominations for the 2011 National Australia Fan Fund (NAFF) has opened. NAFF sends one fan each year to the current National Science Fiction Convention, which this year will be held in Perth at Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty. Any active fan living outside Western Australia is eligible to nominate.
DUFF administrators John Hertz and Emma Hawkes have called for candidates to stand for the 2010 GUFF race to bring a fan from Australasia to North America for the 2011 Worldcon, Renovation. Candidates need to have five nominators (3 Australians or New Zealanders, 2 North Americans), a short written platform, post a $25 bond, and a pledge to make the trip if they win.
Queensland fans Jean Weber and Eric Lindsay have reported that they and their home have weathered cyclone Yasi safely. Weber told Bruce Gillespie that the winds were destructive, but not as bad as elsewhere and that there didn’t seem to be flooding in their immediate area. Weber also noted that internet and mobile phone service were not available. The storm has headed in-land and been downgraded to a category two storm.
Australian fan Alf van der Pooten (b.1942) died on October 9. Van der Pooten was active in Sydney (and later Melbourne) fandom in the 1970s and 80s. He attended the first Syncon in Sydney and later became friends with Locus publisher Charles Brown, who he helped at the first three Aussiecons.
Australian author Donald H. Tuck (b.1922) died on October 13. Tuck was Australia’s first Hugo Award winner for his the third and final volume of his study The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy in 1984. Tuck was the Australia Guest of Honor at Aussiecon I in 1975, but failed to show up.
In addition to the Ditmar Awards, the Australian national award, several other Australian awards were presented during the Ditmar ceremony at Aussiecon 4 on September 4. They include:
- A. Bertram Chandler Award: Damien Broderick
- Norma K. Hemming: The Gene Thieves, by Maria Quinn
- Peter McNamara Award: Janine Webb
- William Atheling Jr Award: The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms, by Helen Merrick
The A. Bertram Chandler Award is presented for outstanding achievement in Australian science fiction.
The Norma K. Hemming Award is presented for excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, class and sexuality. This is the first time this award has been presented.
The Peter McNamara Award is presented to a professional in the field of Australian science fiction.
The William Atheling Jr. Award is presented for criticism and reviews.
The Ditmar Awards were presented at Aussiecon 4 on the evening of September 4. The Ditmars are selected by Australian fans.
- Best Novel: Slights, by Kaaron Warren
- Best Novella or Novelette: “Wives,” by Paul Haines
- Best Short Story: “Seventeen,” by Cat Sparks
- Best Collected Work: Slice Of Life, by Paul Haines
- Best Artwork: Cover art, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #42, by Lewis Morley
- Best Fan Writer: Robert Hood for Undead Backbrain
- Best Fan Artist: Dick Jenssen for body of work
- Best Fan Publication in Any Medium: Steam Engine Time, edited by Bruce Gillespie and Janine Stinson
- Best Achievement: Gillian Polack et al for the Southern Gothic banquet at Conflux
- Best New Talent: Peter M. Ball