Aurealis Awards

The 2014 Aurealis Awards winners were announced on April 12 in Canberra, Australia. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

  • Best Illustrated Book or Graphic Novel: Mr Unpronounceable and the Sect of the Bleeding Eye, by Tim Molloy
  • Best Children’s Book: Shadow Sister, by Carole Wilkinson
  • Best Young Adult Short Fiction: “Vanilla,” by Dirk Flinthart
  • Best Young Adult Novel: The Cracks in the Kingdom, by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • Best Horror Short Fiction: “Home and Hearth,” by Angela Slatter
  • Best Horror Novel: Razorhurst, by Justine Larbalestier
  • Best Fantasy Short Fiction: “St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls,” by Angela Slatter
  • Best Fantasy Novel: Dreamer’s Pool, by Juliet Marillier
  • Best Science Fiction Short Fiction: “Wine, Women and Stars,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • Best Science Fiction Novel: Peacemaker, by Marianne de Pierres
  • Best Anthology: Kaleidoscope, edited by Alisa Krasnostein & Julia Rios
  • Best Collection: The Female Factory, by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter
  • Convenor’s Award: Night Terrace team

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Ditmar Winners

The winners of the 2015 Ditmar Awards, for Australian SF, were announced at Swacon 40 in Perth on April 5.

  • Best Novel: (tie) The Lascar’s Dagger, by Glenda Larke; Thief’s Magic, by Trudi Canavan
  • Best Novella or Novelette: “The Legend Trap,” by Sean Williams
  • Best Short Story: “The Seventh Relic,” by Cat Sparks
  • Best Collected Work: Kaleidoscope, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios
  • Best Artwork: Illustrations in Black-Winged Angels, by Kathleen Jennings
  • Best Fan Writer: Tansy Rayner Roberts, for his body of work
  • Best Fan Artist: Kathleen Jennings, for her body of work, including Fakecon art and “Illustration Friday”
  • Best Fan Publication in Any Medium: The Writer and the Critic, by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
  • Best New Talent: Helen Stubbs
  • William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review: “Does Sex Make Science Fiction Soft?” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Peter McNamara Award: Mery Binns
  • Norma K Hemming Award: The Wonders, by Paddy O’Reilly
  • A. Bertram Chandler Award: Donna Maree Hanson

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Aurealis Nominations

The 2014 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners will be announced on April 11 in Canberra, Australia. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Fireborn, by Keri Arthur
  • This Shattered World, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • The Lascar’s Dagger, by Glenda Larke
  • Dreamer’s Pool, by Juliet Marillier
  • Afterworlds, by Scott Westerfeld
  • Daughters of the Storm, by Kim Wilkins

Best Fantasy Short Story

  • “The Oud,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “Teratogen,” by Deborah Kalin
  • “The Ghost of Hephaestus,” by Charlotte Nash
  • “St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls,” by Angela Slatter
  • “The Badger Bride,” by Angela Slatter

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Aurora: Meridian, by Amanda Bridgeman
  • Nil By Mouth, by LynC
  • The White List, by Nina D’Aleo
  • Peacemaker, by Marianne de Pierres
  • This Shattered World, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Foresight, by Graham Storrs

Best Science Fiction Short Story

  • “The Executioner Goes Home,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “Wine, Women and Stars,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “The Glorious Aerybeth,” by Jason Fischer
  • “Dellinger,” by Charlotte Nash
  • “Happy Go Lucky,” by Garth Nix

Best Horror Novel

  • Book of the Dead, by Greig Beck
  • Razorhurst, by Justine Larbalestier
  • Obsidian, by Alan Baxter

Best Horror Short Story

  • “The Executioner Goes Home,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “Skinsuit,” by James Bradley
  • “By the Moon’s Good Grace,” by Kirstyn McDermott
  • “Shay Corsham Worsted,” by Garth Nix
  • “Home and Hearth,” by Angela Slatter

Best Young Adult Novel

  • The Astrologer’s Daughter, by Rebecca Lim
  • Afterworld, by Lynnette Lounsbury
  • The Cracks in the Kingdom, by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • Clariel, by Garth Nix
  • The Haunting of Lily Frost, by Nova Weetman
  • Afterworlds, by Scott Westerfeld

Best Young Adult Short Story

  • “In Hades,” by Goldie Alexander
  • “Falling Leaves,” by Liz Argyll
  • “The Fuller and the Bogle,” by David Cornish
  • “Vanilla,” by Dirk Flinthart
  • “Signature,” by Faith Mudge

Best Children’s Fiction

  • Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband #4, by John Flanagan
  • Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy, by Karen Foxlee
  • The Last Viking Returns, by Norman Jorgensen and James Foley
  • Withering-by-Sea, by Judith Rossell
  • Sunker’s Deep: The Hidden #2, by Lian Tanner
  • Shadow Sister: Dragon Keeper #5, by Carole Wilkinson

Best Collection

  • The Female Factory, by Lisa L Hannett and Angela Slatter
  • Secret Lives, by Rosaleen Love
  • Angel Dust, by Ian McHugh
  • Difficult Second Album: more stories of Xenobiology, Space Elevators, and Bats Out Of Hell, by Simon Petrie
  • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, by Angela Slatter
  • Black-Winged Angels, by Angela Slatter

Best Anthology

  • Kisses by Clockwork, edited by Liz Grzyb
  • Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios
  • Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, edited by Dominica Malcolm
  • Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Fearsome Magics, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Phantazein, edited by Tehani Wessely

Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work

  • Left Hand Path #1, by Jason Franks & Paul Abstruse
  • Awkwood, by Jase Harper
  • “A Small Wild Magic,” by Kathleen Jennings
  • Mr Unpronounceable and the Sect of the Bleeding Eye, by Tim Molloy
  • The Game, by Shane Smith

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John Hinde Award Call for Entries

The John Hinde Award is an Australian Award presented for exceptional Science Fiction Scripts – Produced and Unproduced by the Australian Writers’ Guild. The prize includes a $10,000 cash prize and a meeting with producers. To apply for the John Hinde Award, please submit the 2014 John Hinde Award Application Form. Submissions close 9am Monday 22nd September 2014.

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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.