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)

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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DUFF Held Over

Hold Over Funds won this year’s DUFF contents, meaning nobody will travel to Australia later this month for the National Convention. When DUFF administrators John Hertz and David Cake announced a call for candidates, many fans expressed concern that there wouldn’t be enough time between the voting deadline and the beginning of the Australian con to make plans for a trip and advocated voting for Hold Over Funds. One of the two candidates, Murray Moore announced that he desired to have his votes counted for Hold Over Funds.

The final tally was
Hold Over Funds: 38 NA votes + 19 ANZ
Juanita Coulson: 24 NA votes + 1 ANZ
Murray Moore: 11 NA votes + 2 ANZ

DUFF Race Underway

John Hertz and David Cake, 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 in Melbourne, Australia from June 8-11. Due to the late announcement of the race, there is only a fifteen day voting window and many past DUFF administrators are advocating that people vote for Hold Over Funds, stating that a winner announced in early June would not have time to properly plan a trip or buy tickets at a reasonable rate. One of the candidates, Murray Moore, has stated his intention of not traveling to Australia if he wins.

The candidates are:

  • Juanita Coulson
  • Murray Moore

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

DUFF Seeks Candidates

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) is looking for candidates for this year’s race to travel from North America to Australia to attend Continuum VIII in Melbourne from June 8-11, 2012. Candidates should contact either David Cake or John Hertz and have three North American nominators and two Australia/New Zealand nominators. Each candidate should also have a 100 word statement and be able to put up a $25 bond. The deadline for declaring candidacies is May 11. Send paper mail to John Hertz at 236 S. Coronado St., No. 409, Los Angeles, CA 90057, U.S.A. or Dave Cake at dave@difference.com.au.

Ditmar Nominations

The Nominations for the 2012 Ditmar Awards, presented for excellence in Australian science fiction, have been announced. This year’s ceremony will take place at Continuum 8 the weekend of June 8-11 in Melbourne, Australia.

Best Novel

  • The Shattered City, by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Burn Bright, by Marianne de Pierres
  • Mistification, by Kaaron Warren
  • The Courier’s New Bicycle, by Kim Westwood
  • Debris, by Jo Anderton

Best Novella or Novelette

  • “The Sleeping and the Dead,” by Cat Sparks
  • “Above,” by Stephanie Campisi
  • “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt,” by Paul Haines
  • “And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “Julia Agrippina’s Secret Family Bestiary,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • “Below,” by Ben Peek

Best Short Story

  • “Breaking the Ice,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “Alchemy,” by Lucy Sussex
  • “The Last Gig of Jimmy Rucker,” by Martin Livings and Talie Helene
  • “All You Can Do Is Breathe,” by Kaaron Warren
  • “Bad Power,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “The Patrician,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Collected Work

  • The Last Days of Kali Yuga, by Paul Haines, edited by Angela Challis
  • Nightsiders, by Sue Isle, edited by Alisa Krasnostein
  • Bad Power, by Deborah Biancotti, edited by Alisa Krasnostein
  • Love and Romanpunk, by Tansy Rayner Roberts, edited by Alisa Krasnostein
  • Ishtar, edited by Amanda Pillar and K. V. Taylor

Best Artwork

  • “Finishing School,” by Kathleen Jennings
  • Cover art for The Freedom Maze, by Kathleen Jennings

Best Fan Writer

  • Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work including reviews in Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus! and Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth
  • Alexandra Pierce, for body of work including reviews in Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus!, Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth, and Randomly Yours, Alex
  • Robin Pen, for “The Ballad of the Unrequited Ditmar”
  • Sean Wright, for body of work including “Authors and Social Media” series in Adventures of a Bookonaut
  • Bruce Gillespie, for body of work including “The Golden Age of Fanzines is Now,” and SF Commentary 81 & 82

Best Fan Artist

  • Rebecca Ing, for work in Scape
  • Lisa Rye, for “Steampunk Portal” series
  • Dick Jenssen, for body of work including work in IRS, Steam Engine Time, SF Commentary, and Scratchpad
  • Kathleen Jennings, for work in Errantry including “The Dalek Game”
  • Rhianna Williams, for work in Nullas Anxietas Convention Programme Book

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

  • SF Commentary, edited by Bruce Gillespie
  • The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Chat, Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Sean Wright
  • Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Alex Pierce

Best New Talent

  • Steve Cameron
  • Alan Baxter
  • Joanne Anderton

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

  • Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, for “2010: The Year in Review,” in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2010
  • Damien Broderick and Van Ikin, for editing Warriors of the Tao: The Best of Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature
  • David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Tehani Wessely for “Reviewing New Who” series, in A Conversational Life
  • Alexandra Pierce and Tehani Wessely, for reviews of Vorkosigan Saga, in Randomly Yours, Alex
  • Russell Blackford, for “Currently reading: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke,” in Metamagician and the Hellfire Club

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Chronos Awards

The winners of the Chronos Awards, presented for science fiction in the Australian state of Victoria, were announced at Continuum 7 in Melbourne on June 10.

  • Best Long Fiction: Madigan Mine, by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Best Short Fiction: “Her Gallant Needs,” by Paul Haines
  • Best Artwork: Australis Imaginarium cover, by Shaun Tan
  • Best Fan Writer: Alexandra Pierce
  • Best Fan Written Work: “Review: The Secret Feminist Cabal by Helen Merrick,” by Alexandra Pierce
  • Best Fan Artwork: Continuum 6 Props, by Rachel Holkner
  • Best Fan Publication: Live Boxcutters Doctor Who at AussieCon IV, by Josh Kinal and John Richards
  • Best Achievement: Programming: AussieCon IV, by Sue Ann Barber and Grant Watson

For more information…