GUFF Race

Marcin Klak and Steve & Alice Lawson are this year’s candidates for GUFF, the Get-Up-and-Over Fan Fund. The winner of the race will travel from Europe to Australasia for Continuum, to be held in Melbourne. GUFF is not limited by geography, so anyone may vote. The voting deadline is April 3.
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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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Waters Wins NAFF

Fe Waters has been announced as the winner of the 2017 National Australian Fan Fund, which helps cover the cost of airfare and accommodation for an Australian fan to attend the Australian National Convention. This year’s NatCon, Continuum 13, will be held in Melbourne the weekend of June 9-12.
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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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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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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.

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.

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

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