Aurealis Nominees

The 2017 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners will be announced the weekend of March 29-April 2 in Perth, Australia at Swancon. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Closing Down, by Sally Abbott
  • Terra Nullius, by Claire G. Coleman
  • Year of the Orphan, by Daniel Findlay
  • An Uncertain Grace, by Krissy Kneen
  • From the Wreck, by Jane Rawson
  • Lotus Blue, by Cat Sparks

Best Science Fiction Novella

  • “This Silent Sea,” by Stephanie Gunn
  • “I Can See the Ending,” by Will Kostakis
  • “The Wandering Library,” by D.K. Mok
  • “Island Green,” by Shauna O’Meara
  • Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, by Simon Petrie
  • Girl Reporter, by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Science Fiction Short Story

  • “The Missing Years,” by Lyn Battersby
  • “A Little Faith,” by Aiki Flinthart
  • “Cards and Steel Hearts,” by Pamela Jeffs
  • “One Small Step,” by Amie Kaufman
  • “Conversations with an Armoury,” by Garth Nix
  • “Hurk + Dav,” by Alfie Simpson

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Crossroads of Canopy, by Thoraiya Dyer
  • Gwen, by Goldie Goldbloom
  • Cassandra, by Kathryn Gossow
  • Godsgrave, by Jay Kristoff
  • Gap Year In Ghost Town, by Michael Pryor
  • Wellside, by Robin Shortt

Best Fantasy Novella

  • The Book Club, by Alan Baxter
  • “Remnants,” by Nathan Barrage
  • “The Cunning Woman’s Daughter,” by Kate Forsyth & Kim Wilkins
  • In Shadows We Fall, by Devin Madson
  • “Braid,” by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Humanity for Beginners, by Faith Mudge

Best Fantasy Short Story

  • “Hamelin’s Graves,” by Freya Marske
  • “The Curse is Come Upon Me, Cried,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • “The Little Mermaid, in Passing,” by Angela Slatter
  • “Duplicity,” by J. Ashley Smith
  • “The Rainmaker Goddess, Hallowed Shaz,” by Marlee Jane Ward
  • “Oona Underground,” by Lili Wilkinson

Best Horror Novel

  • Aletheia, by J.S. Breukelaar
  • Who’s Afraid Too?, by Maria Lewis
  • Soon, by Lois Murphy

Best Horror Novella

  • The Mailman, by Jeremy Bates
  • Hope and Walker, by Andrew Cull
  • “Grind”, Michael Grey
  • “The Stairwell,” by Chris Mason
  • “No Good Deed”, Angela Slatter
  • “Furtherest”, Kaaron Warren

Best Horror Short Story

  • “Reef,” by Kat Clay
  • “Outside, a Drifter,” by Lisa L. Hannett
  • “Angel Hair,” byDeborah Sheldon
  • “The Endless Below,” by Alfie Simpson
  • “Old Growth,” by J. Ashley Smith
  • “On the Line,” by J. Ashley Smith

Best Young Adult Novel

  • In The Dark Spaces, by Cally Black
  • Ida, by Alison Evans
  • Frogkisser!, by Garth Nix
  • This Mortal Coil, by Emily Suvada
  • Psynode, by Marlee Jane Ward
  • The Undercurrent, by Paula Weston

Best Young Adult Short Story

  • “One Small Step,” by Amie Kaufman
  • “I Can See the Ending,” by Will Kostakis
  • “Competition Entry #349,” by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • “First Casualty,” by Michael Pryor
  • Girl Reporter, by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • “Oona Underground,” by Lili Wilkinson

Best Children’s Fiction

  • How to Bee, by Bren MacDibble
  • The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • The Shop at Hoopers Bend, by Emily Rodda
  • The Exile, by Jo Sandhu
  • Accidental Heroes, by Lian Tanner
  • Nevermoor, by Jessica Townsend

Best Collection

  • The Birdcage Heart & Other Strange Tales, by Peter M. Ball
  • The Silver Well, by Kate Forsyth & Kim Wilkins
  • Beneath the Floating City, by Donna Maree Hanson
  • Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories, by Margo Lanagan
  • Please Look After This Angel & Other Winged Stories, by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories, by Deborah Sheldon

Best Anthology

  • Midnight Echo #12, edited Shane Jiraiya Cummings & Anthony Ferguson
  • The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015, edited Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene
  • Dimension6: Annual Collection 2017, edited Keith Stevenson
  • Infinity Wars, edited Jonathan Strahan
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 11, edited by Jonathan Strahan

Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work

  • Action Tank, by Mike Barry
  • Dungzilla, byJames Foley
  • Tintinnabula, by Margo Lanagan
  • Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts, by Craig Phillips
  • Changing Ways: Book 3, by Justin Randall
  • Home Time, by Campbell Whyte

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DUFF Race Live

Paul Weimer and Clare McDonald-Sims, 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 Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA from August 19-20. For the third year in a row, The race only has one nominee, however voting remains important as a means of raising the necessary funds to keep DUFF a continuing concern. Votes will be accepted until March 31, 2017.

The candidate is:

DUFF Call for Nominees

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) is looking for candidates for this year’s race to travel from Australia/New Zealand to the United States to attend Worldcon 76 in San Jose from August 16-20, 2018. Candidates should contact either Paul Weimer or Clare McDonald-Sims and have two North American nominators and three 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 January 31. Send e-mail to Clare McDonald-Sims at clare1701@warpmail.net or Paul Weimer at jvstin@gmail.com.
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Ditmar Awards

The winners of the Ditmar Awards were announced on June 11 at Continuum, the Australian National SF Convention, held in Melbourne.

  • Best Novel: The Grief Hole, by Kaaron Warren
  • Best Novella or Novelette: “Did We Break the End of the World?” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Best Short Story: “No Fat Chicks,” by Cat Sparks;
  • Best Collected Work: (tie) Defying Doomsday, edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench; Dreaming in the Dark, by Jack Dann
  • Best Artwork: illustration by Shauna O’Meara, for Lackington’s 12.
  • Best Fan Publication in Any Medium: 2016 Australian SF Snapshot, by Greg Chapman, Tehani Croft, Tsana Dolichva, Marisol Dunham, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Stephanie Gunn, Ju Landéesse, David McDonald, Belle McQuattie, Matthew Morrison, Alex Pierce, Rivqa Rafael, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Helen Stubbs, Katharine Stubbs and Matthew Summers.
  • Best Fan Writer: Foz Meadows, for body of work.
  • Best Fan Artist: No Award (Kathleen Jennings, the only nominee, withdrew)
  • Best New Talent: Marlee Jane Ward
  • William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review: Kate Forsyth, for The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower
  • A. Bertram Chandler Award: Bill Wright, who has been in fandom for 59 years
  • Peter McNamara Achievement Award: Rose Mitchell

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Aurealis Winners

The 2016 Aurealis Awards winners were announced on April 14 in Perth, Australia. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

  • Best Children’s Fiction: When the Lyrebird Calls, by Kim Kane
  • Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work: Negative Space, by Ryan K Lindsay
  • Best Young Adult Short Story: “Pretty Jennie Greenteeth,” by Leife Shallcross
  • Best Horror Short Story: “Flame Trees,” by TR Napper
  • Best Horror Novella: “Burnt Sugar,” by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Best Fantasy Short Story: “Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • Best Fantasy Novella: “Forfeit,” by Andrea K Höst
  • Best Science Fiction Short Story: “Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart,” Samantha Murray
  • Best Science Fiction Novella: “Salto Mortal,” by Nick T Chan
  • Best Collection: A Feast of Sorrows, by Angela Slatter
  • Best Anthology: Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2015, edited by Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein
  • Best Young Adult Novel: Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact, by Alison Goodman
  • Best Horror Novel: The Grief Hole, by Kaaron Warren
  • Best Fantasy Novel: Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff
  • Best Science Fiction Novel: Gemina: Illuminae Files 2, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Convenor’s Award: The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower, by Kate Forsyth

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Ditmar Nominations

The Nominations for the 2017 Ditmar Awards, presented for excellence in Australian science fiction, have been announced. This year’s ceremony will take place at Continuum 13 the weekend of June 9-12 in Melbourne, Australia.

Best Novel

  • The Grief Hole, by Kaaron Warren
  • The Lyre Thief, by Jennifer Fallon
  • Squid’s Grief, by D.K. Mok
  • Vigil, by Angela Slatter
  • The Wizardry of Jewish Women, by Gillian Polack

Best Novella or Novelette

  • “All the Colours of the Tomato,” by Simon Petrie
  • “By the Laws of Crab and Woman,” by Jason Fischer
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • “Finnegan’s Field,” by Angela Slatter
  • “Glass Slipper Scandal,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • “Going Viral,” by Thoraiya Dyer

Best Short Story

  • “Flame Trees,” by T.R. Napper
  • “No Fat Chicks,” by Cat Sparks
  • “There’s No Place Like Home,” by Edwina Harvey

Best Collected Work

  • Crow Shine, by by Alan Baxter
  • Defying Doomsday, by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench
  • Dreaming in the Dark, by Jack Dann
  • In Your Face, by Tehani Wessely

Best Artwork

  • Cover and internal artwork, Adam Browne, for The Tame Animals of Saturn
  • Illustration, Shauna O’Meara, for Lackington’s 12.

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

  • 2016 Australian SF Snapshot, by Greg Chapman, Tehani Croft, Tsana Dolichva, Marisol Dunham, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Stephanie Gunn, Ju Landéesse, David McDonald, Belle McQuattie, Matthew Morrison, Alex Pierce, Rivqa Rafael, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Helen Stubbs, Katharine Stubbs, and Matthew Summers
  • The Coode Street Podcast, by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Earl Grey Editing Services, by Elizabeth Fitzgerald.
  • Galactic Chat, by Alexandra Pierce, David McDonald, Sarah Parker, Helen Stubbs, Mark Webb, and Sean Wright.
  • Galactic Suburbia, by Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • The Writer and the Critic, by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond

Best Fan Writer

  • James “Jocko” Allen
  • Aidan Doyle
  • Bruce Gillespie
  • Foz Meadows
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fan Artist

  • Kathleen Jennings

Best New Talent

  • T R Napper
  • Marlee Jane Ward

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

  • Kat Clay for essays and reviews in Weird Fiction Review
  • Tehani Croft & Marisol Dunham, for Revisiting Pern: the Great McCaffrey Reread Review Series
  • Tsana Dolichva, for reviews, in Tsana’s Reads and Reviews
  • Kate Forsyth, for The Rebirth of Rapunzel: a Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower
  • Ian Mond, for reviews, in The Hysterical Hamster
  • Alexandra Pierce, for reviews, in Randomly Yours, Alex
  • Gillian Polack, for History and Fiction: Writers, their Research, Worlds and Stories

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Aurealis Nominees

The 2016 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners will be announced on April 14 in Perth, Australia at Swancon. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

Best Children’s Fiction

  • Blueberry Pancakes Forever, by Angelica Banks
  • Magrit, by Lee Battersby
  • Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket, by Caleb Crisp
  • The Turners, by Mick Elliott
  • When the Lyrebird Calls, by Kim Kane
  • The Hungry Isle, by Emily Rodda

Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work

  • Mechanica, by Lance Balchin
  • BROBOT, by James Foley
  • Negative Space, by Ryan K Lindsay
  • The Spider King, by Josh Vann

Best Young Adult Short Story

  • “A Right Pretty Mate,” by Lisa L Hannett
  • “Dune Time,” by Jack Nicholls
  • “No One Here is Going to Save You,” by Shauna O’Meara
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • “Pretty Jennie Greenteeth,” by Leife Shallcross

Best Horror Short Story

  • “Non Zero Sum,” by RPL Johnson
  • “Flame Trees,” by TR Napper
  • “Penny for a Match, Mister?,” by Garth Nix
  • “The Red Forest,” by Angela Slatter
  • “68 Days,” by Kaaron Warren
  • “Life, or Whatever Passes For It,” by Durand Welsh

Best Horror Novella

  • “Box of Bones,” by Jeremy Bates
  • “Served Cold,” by Alan Baxter
  • “Waking in Winter,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “Burnt Sugar,” by Kirstyn McDermott
  • “Pan,” by Christopher Ruz

Best Fantasy Short Story

  • “Watercress Soup,” by Tamlyn Dreaver
  • “Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “Dune Time,” by Jack Nicholls
  • “Penny for a Match, Mister?,” by Garth Nix
  • “The Lighthouse at Cape Defeat,” by David Versace
  • “The Cartographer’s Price,” by Suzanne Willis

Best Fantasy Novella

  • “Raven’s First Flight,” by Alan Baxter
  • “By the Laws of Crab and Woman,” by Jason Fischer
  • “Forfeit,” by Andrea K. Höst
  • The Bonobo’s Dream, by Rose Mulready
  • “Burnt Sugar,” by Kirstyn McDermott
  • “Finnegan’s Field,” by Angela Slatter

Best Science Fiction Short Story

  • “Trainspotting in Winesburg,” by Jack Dann
  • “The Baby Eaters,” by Ian McHugh
  • “The Autumn Dog Cannot Live to Spring,” by Claire McKenna
  • “Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart,” by Samantha Murray
  • “68 Days,” by Kaaron Warren
  • “The Least of Things,” by Jen White

Best Science Fiction Novella

  • Waking in Winter, Deborah Biancotti
  • “Salto Mortal,” by Nick T Chan
  • “Going Viral,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • The Bonobo’s Dream, by Rose Mulready
  • “All the Colours of the Tomato,” by Simon Petrie
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Collection

  • Crow Shine, by Alan Baxter
  • Concentration, by Jack Dann
  • A Feast of Sorrows, by Angela Slatter
  • Winter Children, by Angela Slatter

Best Anthology

  • Dreaming in the Dark, edited by Jack Dann
  • Defying Doomsday, edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench
  • Year’s Best YA Speculative fiction 2015, edited by Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein
  • Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 10, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • In Your Face, edited by Tehani Wessely

Best Young Adult Novel

  • Elegy, by Jane Abbott
  • The Bone Queen, by Alison Croggon
  • The Other Side of Summer, by Emily Gale
  • Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact, by Alison Goodman
  • Gemima: Illuminae Files 2, by Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Goldenhand, by Garth Nix

Best Horror Novel

  • Fear is the Rider, by Kenneth Cook
  • My Sister Rosa, by Justine Larbalestier
  • The Grief Hole, by Kaaron Warren

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff
  • Fall of the Dagger, by Glenda Larke
  • Den of Wolves, by Juliet Marillier
  • Vigil, by Angela Slatter
  • Road to Winter, by Mark Smith
  • Sisters of the Fire, by Kim Wilkins

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Watershed, by Jane Abbott
  • Confluence, by SK Dunstall
  • Gemima: Illuminae Files 2, by Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Squid’s Grief, by DK Mok
  • Stiletto, by Daniel O’Malley
  • Threader, by Rebekah Turner

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DUFF Race Opens

The DUFF administrators have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner will travel to Continuum 13 in Melbourne from June 9-12. For the second year in a row, The race only has one nominee, however voting remains important as a means of raising the necessary funds to keep DUFF a continuing concern. Votes will be accepted until March 10, 2017.

The candidate is:

  • Paul Weimer

A DUFF ballot may be downloaded from TAFF. (pdf)
Voting may be done on-line at this link.

Obituary: John Packer

Australian fan artist John Packer died the weekend of January 7. Packer was a two-time Ditmar Award winner in 1983 and 1984. In 1983, he also won the Golden Caterpillar Award for services to “triffids” and for redefining the word “vermin.” His cartoon appeared in numerous Australian fanzines. In 1984, he stood for DUFF.

Australia Wins Quidditch World Cup

Australia has won the third biennial Quidditch World Cup with a score in the final of 150-130. The Australian Dropbears beat the defending champion US National team in Frankfurt, Germany. This is the first time a country other than the US has won the Quidditch World Cup.
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