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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McDonald-Sims Wins DUFF

Clare McDonald-Sims won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) in an unopposed race. This was McDonald-Sims second DUFF race. She will travel to North America to attend MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, this year’s Worldcon. Voting totals have not yet been released.

Aurealis Winners

The 2015 Aurealis Awards winners were announced on March 25 in Brisbane, Australia. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

  • Best Children’s Fiction: A Single Stone, by Meg McKinlay
  • Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work: The Singing Bones, by Shaun Tan
  • Best Young Adult Short Story: “The Miseducation of Mara Lys,” Deborah Kalin
  • Best Horror Short Story: “Bullets,” by Joanne Anderton
  • Best Horror Novella: “The Miseducation of Mara Lys,” by Deborah Kalin
  • Best Fantasy Short Story: “The Giant’s Lady,” by Rowena Cory Daniells
  • Best Fantasy Novella: “Defy the Grey Kings,” by Jason Fischer
  • Best Science Fiction Short Story: “All the Wrong Places,” by Sean Williams
  • Best Science Fiction Novella: “By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers,” by Garth Nix
  • Best Collection: To Hold the Bridge, by Garth Nix
  • Best Anthology: Bloodlines, edited by Amanda Pillar
  • Best Young Adult Novel: In The Skin of a Monster, by Kathryn Barker
  • Best Horror Novel: Day Boy, by Trent Jamieson
  • Best Fantasy Novel: Day Boy, by Trent Jamieson
  • Best Science Fiction Novel: Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Sara Douglass Book Series Award: The Watergivers [The Last Stormlord, Stormlord Rising, Stormlord’s Exile], by Glenda Larke
  • Convenor’s Award: Letters to Tiptree, by Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein

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Ditmar Nominations

The Nominations for the 2016 Ditmar Awards, presented for excellence in Australian science fiction, have been announced. This year’s ceremony will take place at Contact the weekend of March 25-28 in Brisbane, Australia.

Best Novel

  • The Dagger’s Path, by Glenda Larke
  • Day Boy, by Trent Jamieson
  • Graced, by Amanda Pillar
  • Lament for the Afterlife, by Lisa L. Hannett
  • Zeroes, by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Best Novella/Novelette

  • “The Cherry Crow Children of Haverny Wood,” by Deborah Kalin
  • “Fake Geek Girl,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • “Hot Rods,” by Cat Sparks
  • “The Miseducation of Mara Lys,” by Deborah Kalin
  • “Of Sorrow and Such,” by Angela Slatter
  • “The Wages of Honey,” by Deborah Kalin

Best Short Story

  • “2B,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “The Chart of the Vagrant Mariner,” by Alan Baxter
  • “A Hedge of Yellow Roses,” by Kathleen Jennings
  • “Look how cold my hands are,” by Deborah Biancotti

Best Collected Work

  • Bloodlines, by Amanda Pillar
  • Cherry Crow Children, by Deborah Kalin, edited by Alisa Krasnostein
  • Cranky Ladies of History, by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely
  • Letters to Tiptree, by Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein
  • Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, by by Robert Hood

Best Artwork

  • Cover art, Rovina Cai, for “Tom, Thom”
  • Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for Bloodlines
  • Cover and internal artwork, Kathleen Jennings, for Cranky Ladies of History
  • Cover, Shauna O’Meara, for The Never Never Land
  • Illustrations, Shaun Tan, for The Singing Bones

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

  • The Angriest, by Grant Watson
  • The Coode Street Podcast, by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia, by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • SF Commentary, by Bruce Gillespie
  • The Writer and the Critic, by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond

Best Fan Writer

  • Tsana Dolichva, for body of work, including reviews and interviews in Tsana’s Reads and Reviews
  • Foz Meadows, for body of work, including reviews in Shattersnipe: Malcontent & Rainbows
  • Ian Mond, for body of work, including The Hysterical Hamster
  • Alexandra Pierce, for body of work, including reviews in Randomly Yours, Alex
  • Katharine Stubbs, for body of work, including Venture Adlaxre
  • Grant Watson, for body of work, including reviews in The Angriest

Best Fan Artist

  • Kathleen Jennings, for body of work, including Illustration Friday
  • Belinda Morris, for body of work, including Belinda Illustrates

Best New Talent

  • Rivqa Rafael
  • T. R. Napper
  • DK Mok
  • Liz Barr

William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review

  • Letters to Tiptree, by Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein
  • The Rereading the Empire Trilogy review series, by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • The Reviewing New Who series, by David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely
  • “Sara Kingdom Dies at the End,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts in Companion Piece
  • “SF Women of the 20th Century,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Squeeing over Supergirl, by David McDonald and Tehani Wessely

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Norma K. Hemming Nominations

The 2016 Norma K. Hemming Award finalists have been announced by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation. The award is given annual for thought-provoking approaches to race, gender, sexuality, class, and disability in Australian speculative fiction. The winners will be announced at Contact 2016 in Brisbane, Australia the weekend of March 25-28.

  • The Hush, by Skye Melki-Wegner
  • The Fire Sermon, by Francesca Haig
  • Theophilus Grey and the Demon Thief, by Catherine Jinks
  • The Orchid Nursery, by Louise Katz
  • “The Pyramids of London,” by Andrea K Höst
  • “Formaldehyde,” by Jane Rawson
  • Welcome to Orphancorp, by Marlee Jane Ward

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  • Aurealis Nominations

    The 2015 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners will be announced on March 25 in Brisbane, Australia. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

    Best Children’s Fiction

    • A Week Without Tuesday, by Angelica Banks
    • The Cut-Out, by Jack Heath
    • A Single Stone, by Meg McKinlay
    • Bella and the Wandering House, by Meg McKinlay
    • The Mapmaker Chronicles: Prisoner of the Black Hawk, by A.L. Tait

    Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work

    • The Undertaker Morton Stone Vol.1, by Gary Chaloner, Ben Templesmith, and Ashley Wood
    • The Diemenois, by Jamie Clennett
    • Unmasked Vol.1: Going Straight is No Way to Die, by Christian Read
    • The Singing Bones, by Shaun Tan
    • Fly the Colour Fantastica, by various authors

    Best Young Adult Short Story

    • “In Sheep’s Clothing”, Kimberly Gaal
    • “The Nexus Tree”, Kimberly Gaal
    • “The Miseducation of Mara Lys”, Deborah Kalin
    • “The Heart of the Labyrinth”, DK Mok
    • “Blueblood”, Faith Mudge
    • Welcome to Orphancorp, by Marlee Jane Ward

    Best Horror Short Story

    • “Bullets,” by Joanne Anderton
    • “Consorting with Filth” by Lisa L Hannett
    • “Heirloom Pieces” by Lisa L Hannett
    • “The Briskwater Mare” by Deborah Kalin
    • “Breaking Windows” by Tracie McBride
    • “Self, Contained” by Kirstyn McDermott

    Best Horror Novella

    • “Night Shift” by Dirk Flinthart
    • “The Cherry Crow Children of Haverny Wood” by Deborah Kalin
    • “The Miseducation of Mara Lys” by Deborah Kalin
    • “Wages of Honey” by Deborah Kalin
    • “Sleepless” by Jay Kristoff
    • “Ripper” by Angela Slatter

    Best Fantasy Short Story

    • “The Giant’s Lady” by Rowena Cory Daniells
    • “The Jellyfish Collector” by Michelle Goldsmith
    • “A Shot of Salt Water” by Lisa L Hannett
    • “Almost Days” by DK Mok
    • “Blueblood” by Faith Mudge
    • “Husk and Sheaf” by Suzanne Willis

    Best Fantasy Novella

    • “Lodloc and The Bear” by Steve Cameron
    • “Defy the Grey Kings” by Jason Fischer
    • “Broken Glass” by Stephanie Gunn
    • “The Flowers that Bloom Where Blood Touches the Earth” by Stephanie Gunn
    • “Haunting Matilda” by Dmetri Kakmi
    • “Of Sorrow and Such” by Angela Slatter

    Best Science Fiction Short Story

    • “2B”, Joanne Anderton
    • “The Marriage of the Corn King” by Claire McKenna
    • “Alchemy and Ice” by Charlotte Nash
    • “Witnessing” by Kaaron Warren
    • “All the Wrong Places” by Sean Williams

    Best Science Fiction Novella

    • “Blood and Ink” by Jack Bridges, Prizm Books
    • “The Molenstraat Music Festival” by Sean Monaghan
    • “By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers” by Garth Nix

    Best Collection

    • The Abandonment of Grace and Everything Thereafter, by Shane Jiraiya Cummings
    • Striking Fire, by Dirk Flinthart
    • Cherry Crow Children, by Deborah Kalin
    • To Hold the Bridge, by Garth Nix
    • The Fading, by Carole Nomarhas
    • The Finest Ass in the Universe, by Anna Tambour

    Best Anthology

    • Hear Me Roar, edited by Liz Grzyb
    • The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
    • Bloodlines, edited by Amanda Pillar
    • Meeting Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan
    • The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 9, edited by Jonathan Strahan
    • Focus 2014: Highlights of Australian Short Fiction, edited by Tehani Wessely

    Best Young Adult Novel

    • In The Skin of a Monster, by Kathryn Barker
    • Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman
    • The Fire Sermon, by Francesca Haig
    • Day Boy, by Trent Jamieson
    • Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    • The Hush, by Skye Melki-Wagner

    Best Horror Novel

    • No Shortlist Released

    Best Fantasy Novel

    • In The Skin of a Monster, by Kathryn Barker
    • Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman
    • Day Boy, by Trent Jamieson
    • The Dagger’s Path, by Glenda Larke
    • Tower Of Thorns, by Juliet Marillier
    • Skin, by Ilka Tampke

    Best Science Fiction Novel

    • Crossed, by Evelyn Blackwell
    • Clade, by James Bradley
    • Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    • Their Fractured Light, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
    • Renegade, by Joel Shepherd
    • Twinmaker: Fall, by Sean Williams

    Sara Douglass Book Series Award

    • The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin [The King’s Bastard, The Uncrowned King, The Usurper, The King’s Man, King Breaker], by Rowena Cory Daniells
    • The Watergivers [The Last Stormlord, Stormlord Rising, Stormlord’s Exile], by Glenda Larke
    • The Lumatere Chronicles [Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles, Quintana of Charyn], by Melina Marchetta
    • Sevenwaters [Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, Child of the Prophecy, Heir to Sevenwaters, Seer of Sevenwaters, Flame of Sevenwaters], by Juliet Marillier
    • The Laws of Magic [Blaze Of Glory, Heart Of Gold, Word Of Honour, Time Of Trial, Moment Of Truth, Hour Of Need], by Michael Pryor
    • Creature Court [Power and Majesty, Shattered City, Reign of Beasts], by Tansy Rayner Roberts

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    DUFF Seeks Candidates

    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 MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City from August 17-21, 2016. Candidates should contact either Julian Warner or Lucy Huntzinger and have two North American nominators and thre 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 March 1. Send paper mail to Lucy Huntzinger at downunderfanfund@gmail.com or Julian Warner at Julian.warner@people.net.au.
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    GUFF Winner Announced

    Finnish fan Jukka Halme was named the GUFF winner in a field that included a total of one competitor, so his victor was practically assured. Halme will travel to Brisbane, Australia for Contact, the 2016 Australian Natcon, to be held March 25-28, 2016.