On Saturday, some of our best and brightest gathered for Australian Spec Fic’s night of nights, the Aurealis Awards Ceremony. SuperNOVA was well represented amongst the nominees, and our own Kirstyn McDermott took away Best Horror Novel with Perfections!
It was also recently announced that next year the Awards Ceremony will move to Canberra as, after three wonderful years, SpecFaction NSW have handed over the reins to Conflux Inc.
Wherever it is held, there is no doubt that the Aurealis Awards Ceremony will continue to be one of the central events of the spec fic calendar. You can check out some great photos of the night by Cat Sparks here.
Congratulations to all the winners, and nominees!
Aurealis Awards Winners 2012
BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION (TOLD PRIMARILY THROUGH WORDS)
Brotherband: The Hunters by John Flanagan(Random House)
BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION (TOLD PRIMARILY THROUGH PICTURES)
Little Elephants by Graeme Base (Penguin)
BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY
‘The Wisdom of the Ants’ by Thoraiya Dyer (Clarkesworld)
BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Dead, Actually by Kaz Delaney (Allen and Unwin)
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen and Unwin)
BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK/GRAPHIC NOVEL
Blue by Pat Grant (Giramondo)
That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote by KJ Bishop (self-published)
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six edited by Jonathan Strahan (Night Shade Books)
BEST HORROR SHORT STORY
‘Sky’ by Kaaron Warren (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)
BEST HORROR NOVEL
Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott (Xoum)
BEST FANTASY SHORT STORY
‘Bajazzle’ by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)
BEST FANTASY NOVEL
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen and Unwin)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY
‘Significant Dust’ by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (HarperCollins)
PETER MCNAMARA CONVENORS’ AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
KRIS HEMBURY ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD
At Conflux, the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild officially launched their latest anthology, “Next”. It features a great list of stories, including work from SuperNOVA members Tracie McBride and Claire McKenna. Purchasing details can be found here.
Table of Contents
|The Ninety Two||Claire McKenna|
|Imported Goods – Aisle Nine||David Versace|
|Of Starfish Tides||Suzanne J Willis|
|Almost Beautiful||Angela Rega|
|On the Wall||Nicky Rowlands|
|Wooden Heart||Tracie McBride|
|Cause and Effect||Martin Livings|
|Next cried the Faun||Edwina Harvey|
|The Electrician and the Circus||Steve Simpson|
|The Dream Tracker||Shauna O’Meara|
|A Dream of Something More||Robert Phillips|
|Those Days||Daniel Simpson|
|Someone’s Daughter||Gillian Polack|
|A Little Warning||Leife Shallcross|
|Ned Kelly and the Zombies||Craig Cormick|
|The Cat and the Zombies||Chris McGrane|
|The Room||Catherine Whittle|
|Casino Five||Helen Stubbs|
|The Wild Hunt||Richard L Lagarto|
|Animal the Colour of Waiting||Adam Browne|
|The Midway Hotel||Kris Ashton|
|When Money Talks||Ross C Hamilton|
|Phoenix Down||Elizabeth Fitzgerald|
|Gambler’s Blues||David Coleman|
|Hell is where the Heart is||Janeen Webb|
|Stories in the Square||Daniel Baker|
|Girl finds Key||Chris Large|
|Quantum Echoes||Alan Baxter|
|Here’s Glory For You||Richard Harland|
Editors: Simon Petrie & Rob Porteous
At the Conflux Natcon the winners of the Ditmar Awards were announced, and SuperNOVA members Kirstyn McDermott and David McDonald both won an award. Congratulations to all the winners!
- NOVEL: Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
- NOVELLA OR NOVELETTE: “Sky”, Kaaron Warren (Through Splintered Walls)
- SHORT STORY: “The Wisdom of Ants“, Thoraiya Dyer (Clarkesworld 12/12)
- COLLECTED WORK: Through Splintered Walls, Kaaron Warren (Twelfth Planet)
- ARTWORK: Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for Midnight and Moonshine (Ticonderoga)
- FAN WRITER: Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work including reviews in Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth
- FAN ARTIST: Kathleen Jennings, for body of work including “The Dalek Game” and “The Tamsyn Webb Sketchbook”
- FAN PUBLICATION: The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
- NEW TALENT: David McDonald
- WILLIAM ATHELING JR. AWARD FOR CRITICISM OR REVIEW: Tansy Rayner Roberts, for “Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let’s Unpack That.” (Tor.com)
Also announced at the ceremony (but not a Ditmar) were the following:
- NORMA K. HEMMING AWARD: Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
- PETER MCNAMARA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Nick Stathopoulos
- A. BERTRAM CHANDLER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION: Russell B Farr
Congratulations to all the winners!
From the Pan Macmillan website:
The first is titled Unwrapped Sky, and will be published in spring 2014. Here are the author’s thoughts on the world he has created:
“Caeli-Amur: a city torn by contradiction. A city of languorous philosopher-assassins and magnificent creatures from ancient myth: minotaurs and sirens. Three Houses rule over an oppressed citizenry stirring into revolt. The ruins of Caeli-Amur’s sister city lie submerged beneath the sea nearby, while the remains of strange advanced technology lie hidden in the tunnels beneath the city itself.
“These combinations fascinate me, for Caeli-Amur stands on the borders between antiquity and modernity, between Ancient Rome and St Petersburg of the early 1900s, between the classical and the avant-garde. The stories that might be told in Caeli-Amur intrigue me, draw me in. The unhappy middle-manager, whose life is a disappointment, the ageing philosopher-assassin, no longer able to ply his trade, the captured Siren who yearns to return to her island, the your seditionist eager to ride on the wave of change that is coming. In Caeli-Amur histories collide and the sparks thrown off can – at least for me – dazzle and intrigue.”
Rjurik Davidson is a freelance writer and Associate Editor of Overland magazine. He has written short stories, essays, screenplays and reviews. His short collection, The Library of Forgotten Books, was recently released by PS Publishing. His work has been published in Postscripts, Years Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Volumes One, Two and Four, Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror 2006, SciFiction, Aurealis, Borderlands and elsewhere. He has been short-listed for the Ditmar Award for Best Short Story three times, the Aurealis Award once and won the Ditmar award for Best New Talent in 2005.
Julie Crisp commented: “I’m thrilled to have acquired these novels by an up and coming voice in speculative fiction. Unwrapped Sky blew me away with its fresh voice, involved imagination and original storyline. The world building was stunning and I think genre fans are going to completely love this author’s writing”.
Agent John Jarrold sold World rights in this book and its sequel to Jim Frenkel at Tor.
From the website of Ticonderoga Publications:
We’re really happy to be able to announce the final line-up of the third volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.
Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have compiled 34 fantastic stories and poems first published in 2012, from New Zealand’s and Australia’s finest writers.
SuperNOVA member Talie Helene has helped put together a marvellous list of stories, including one by Jason Nahrung which came through SuperNOVA critique group. Congratulations to everyone on the TOC!
- Joanne Anderton, “Tied To The Waste”, Tales Of Talisman
- R.J. Astruc, “The Cook of Pearl House, A Malay Sailor by the Name of Maurice”, Dark Edifice 2
- Lee Battersby, “Comfort Ghost”, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 56
- Alan Baxter, “Tiny Lives”, Daily Science Fiction
- Jenny Blackford, “A Moveable Feast”, Bloodstones
- Eddy Burger, “The Witch’s Wardrobe”, Dark Edifice 3
- Isobelle Carmody, “The Stone Witch”, Under My Hat
- Jay Caselberg, “Beautiful”, The Washington Pastime
- Stephen Dedman, “The Fall”, Exotic Gothic 4, Postscripts
- Felicity Dowker, “To Wish On A Clockwork Heart”, Bread And Circuses
- Terry Dowling, “Nightside Eye”, Cemetary Dance
- Tom Dullemond, “Population Management”, Danse Macabre
- Thoraiya Dyer, “Sleeping Beauty”, Epilogue
- Will Elliot, “Hungry Man”, The One That Got Away
- Jason Fischer, “Pigroot Flat”, Midnight Echo 8
- Dirk Flinthart, “The Bull In Winter”, Bloodstones
- Lisa L. Hannett, “Sweet Subtleties”, Clarkesworld
- Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, “Bella Beaufort Goes To War”, Midnight And Moonshine
- Narrelle M. Harris, “Stalemate”, Showtime
- Kathleen Jennings, “Kindling”, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear
- Gary Kemble, “Saturday Night at the Milkbar”, Midnight Echo 7
- Margo Lanagan, “Crow And Caper, Caper And Crow”, Under My Hat
- Martin Livings, “You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet”, Living With The Dead
- Penelope Love, “A Small Bad Thing”, Bloodstones
- Andrew J. McKiernan, “Torch Song”, From Stage Door Shadows
- Karen Maric, “Anvil Of The Sun”, Aurealis
- Faith Mudge, “Oracle’s Tower”, To Spin A Darker Stair
- Nicole Murphy, “The Black Star Killer”, Damnation And Dames
- Jason Nahrung, “The Last Boat To Eden”, Surviving The End
- Tansy Rayner Roberts, “What Books Survive”, Epilogue
- Angela Slatter, “Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”, This Is Horror Webzine
- Anna Tambour, “The Dog Who Wished He’d Never Heard Of Lovecraft”, Lovecraft Zine
- Kyla Ward, “The Loquacious Cadaver”, The Lion And The Aardvark: Aesop’s Modern Fables
- Kaaron Warren, “River Of Memory”, Zombies Vs. Robots
In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a review of 2012 and a list of highly recommended stories.
The editors will shortly begin reading for the fourth volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.
The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012 is scheduled for publication in July 2013 and can be pre-ordered at indiebooksonline.com. The anthology will be available in hardcover, ebook and trade editions.
From the website:
The Continuum Foundation is proud to announce the ballot for the Chronos Awards for excellence in Victorian Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in 2012.
Congratulations to all nominees, and it’s lovely to see a number of SuperNOVA members appearing on the ballot. You can find details on how to vote by following this link, and scrolling all the way to the bottom.
Best Long Fiction
Bread and Circuses by Felicity Dowker (Ticonderoga Publications)
Salvage by Jason Nahrung (Twelfth Planet Press)
Walking Shadows by Narrelle M. Harris (Clan Destine Press)
Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011 edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)
Dyson’s Drop by Paul Collins (Ford Street Publishing)
Best Short Fiction
“Five Ways to Start a War” by Sue Bursztynski in Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)
“The Mornington Ride” by Jason Nahrung in Epilogue, edited by Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)
“Nematalien” by LynC in The Narratorium, edited by David Grigg
“Fireflies” by Steve Cameron in Epilogue (FableCroft Publishing)
“The D_d” by Adam Browne in Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)
Best Fan Writer
Best Fan Written Work
Reviewing New Who series by David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely
Best Fan Artist
Best Fan Artwork
“The Entellechy” by Dick Jenssen, cover art for Interstellar Ramjet Scoop for ANZAPA 267 edited by Bill Wright
Best Fan Publication
Dark Matter Fanzine (www.darkmatterfanzine.com), by Nalini Hayes
SF Commentary, (http://efanzines.com/SFC/) edited by Bruce Gillespie
Viewing Clutter, DVD and Blu-ray reviews blog (http://georgeivanoff.com.au/other-writing/reviews/viewing-clutter/), by George Ivanoff
Continuum 8: Craftonomicon (51st Australian National SF Convention) Program by Julia Svaganovic, Emma Hespa Mann, and Caitlin Noble
“Snapshot 2012″ by Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Ian Mond, Jason Nahrung, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Tehani Wessely and Sean Wright
The award for Best Artwork is not being presented due to insufficient nominations being received.
From the AHWA website:
The Australian Horror Writers Association is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2012 Australian Shadows Awards. The Shadows are awarded to the stories and collections that best typify the horror genre, delivering a sense of ‘creeping dread’, leaving the reader with chills and a reluctance to turn out the light.
Congratulations to the Winners, selected by a panel of judges, each an authority on the horror genre.
And, a special congratulations to SuperNOVA member, Kirstyn McDermott, who takes home one of these!
Perfections – Kirstyn McDermott
Sky – Kaaron Warren
Birthday Suit – Martin Livings
Surviving the End – Craig Bezant
Through Splintered Walls – Kaaron Warren