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Egan "Interview" Published
The November issue of Ansible reports the following from Greg Egan: "Having declined to give an interview to UK magazine Dreamwatch, I was bemused to discover that they've gone ahead and published one anyway. In their September issue, they've cobbled together answers from past interviews on my web site with questions that bear little resemblance to the ones I was answering, and passed off the resulting collection of non sequiturs as an interview of their own.'

Douglass Delivers New Novel
Sara Douglass has delivered new novel The Nameless Day, first volume in "The Crucible" trilogy, to Stephanie Smith at HarperCollins Australia for a May 2000 publication.

John Michael Howson Sells Second Collection
Hollywood gossip columnist John Michael "Hollywood" Howson has sold Deadly Dreams, a second collection of "Twilight Zone" style horror stories, to Pan Macmillan for publication in May 2000.

Sean Williams Awarded Major Grant
Sean Williams has been awarded a grant of $A50,000 by the Australia Council to assist him with writing four new novels: an adult science fiction novel, Widow of Opportunity based on his novella "The Perfect Gun", and a trilogy of young adult fantasy novels including The Stone Mage and the Sea, The Sky Warden and the Sun, and an as yet untitled third book. Williams latest novel, The Prodigal Sun (a collaboration with Shane Dix) will be published by Ace Books (USA) in November 1999 and by HarperCollins Australia in March 2000.

Douglass Sells to the US
Sara Douglass has sold US rights to seven novels to TOR for a major six figure advance. Her six fantasy novels set in Tencendor -- BattleAxe, Enchanter, Starman, Sinner, Pilgrim and Crusader (originally published in Australia as The Axis Trilogy and The Wayfarer Redemption Trilogy) -- will be published as one series in hardcover. Tor have also bought the rights to stand-alone novel, Threshold.

Editorial Changes at Random House and HarperCollins Australia
Shona Martyn, former Publisher at Random House Australia has been appointed Publishing Director at HarperCollins Australia. Fiona Henderson, former Non-Fiction Publisher at Random House has been promoted to replace Ms Martyn at Random House.

Greg Egan Wins Hugo
Greg Egan won the 1999 Hugo Award for Best Novella for his story "Oceanic", which was originally published in Asimov's, August 1999. You can read the complete text of "Oceanic" at the author's website.

1999 Hugo and Ditmar Awards Presented
The 1999 Hugo Awards and Ditmar Awards were presented at AussieCon 3 on Melbourne on 4 September. Ditmar results can be found here and Hugo results can be found here.

Tan Wins Children's Book Council Award
Shaun Tan has won the Children's Book Council Award for Picture Book of the Year for The Rabbits, (Lothian). The award was presented to Tan in a ceremony held on Friday, 20 August 1999 in Canberra. Full details of shortlists and winners can be found at the Children's Book Council website.

Silent on the 4th of July
Jack Dann will give a short reading and discuss his latest book, Civil War novel The Silent, on Sunday 4 July 1999 at 2pm at Border's Books and Music, 500 Chapel Street, South Yarra. There will be Civil War games, re-enactors in period costume, and historic memorobilia.

Turner Biography Scheduled
Melbourne University Press will publish George Turner: A Life by Judith Buckrich in September to co-incide with the 1999 World Science Fiction Convention. Turner, who was to have been a guest of honour at the convention, died in 1997 shortly after the completion of Buckrich's biography.

Williams Sells to Swift in the UK
UK publisher Swift have bought the rights to two collections of short fiction by Sean Williams. Details are still to be finalised, but neither of the books is a reprint of Ticonderoga's 1999 Williams collection, New Adventures in Sci-Fi. Swift Publishers have purchased rights to seven Williams titles -- the two new collections as well as Metal Fatigue, The Resurrected Man; and the Evergence Trilogy -- and plan to publish them in hardcover starting with Metal Fatigue in August 1999. Metal Fatigue can be ordered from

New Dann Collection Announced
Jack Dann has sold a 200,000 word collection of his short fiction to HarperCollins Australia. The book, Jubilee, will be published by HarperCollins' Flamingo imprint in September to co-incide with the 1999 World Science Fiction Convention. HarperCollins will also reprint the Dann/Webb anthology Dreaming Down-Under in September in two volumes.

Masson on Arthur in The Australian
The Weekend Australian will run a feature by Sophie Masson on the Arthurian legend and the Grailquest conference in its color magazine June 5-6. Masson will also have piece on fantasy in The Australian's Review of Books, published on June 9.

Garth Nix Joins Curtis Brown as Literary Agent
Garth Nix has joined the staff of Curtis Brown (Australia) as a part-time literary agent following the acquisition of the Hickson Associates literary agency by Curtis Brown.

Garth Nix has joined the staff of Curtis Brown (Australia) as a part-time literary agent following the acquisition of the Hickson Associates literary agency by Curtis Brown. Nix will initially be working on the integration of the two agencies as well as assisting Curtis Brown agents Fiona Inglis and Tim Curnow. Nix is also looking to develop a small group of clients, and is interested in SF and fantasy that he can sell in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the US (through associate, Scovil Chichak Galen).

The new appointment places Nix, who is represented by Curtis Brown in Australia and Scovil Chichak Galen in the US in an unusual position of being some days an agent and on some days a client. It's a situation that is not completely unfamiliar to Nix, who spent some years working as an author and as an editor for HarperCollins Australia.

Photo of Garth Nix
Photo by Norman Nicholls

Garth Nix is a novelist and literary agent. A former editor at HarperCollins Australia and partner at Gotley Nix Evans Pty Ltd, he is the author of The Ragwitch, Sabriel and Shade's Children. His has two novels set in the same world as Sabriel due for publication, Lirael and Daughter of the Clayr.


Grail Quest New Writers' Competition Winners Announced
The convenors of the Grail Quest seminar, to be held in Sydney (June 11-14), have announced the winners of the Grail Quest New Writers' Competition. The winners are: Brent Steeves for "Small Kingdom" (1st Prize); Anne Hamilton for "The Year of Two Blue Moons" (2nd Prize); and Patricia Mullin for "The Crystal Mirror (3rd Prize). The competition was for the best Arthurian short story of less than 5,000 words, and was judged by Cory Daniells and Kate Forsyth.

Shaun Tan's The Rabbits Art on Display
Artwork from Shaun Tan & John Marsden's CBC Shortlisted book, The Rabbits, will be exhibited at the Fremantle Children's Literature Centre on Sunday 23 May 1999. The Centre is located in The Old Prison Hospital, cnr of Hampton Road & Knutsford Street, Fremantle. The display will be open to the public from 11am to 4pm, and admission is $2.00.

Turner Prize Winner Announced
Transworld Publishers have announced that the winner of the 1999 George Turner Prize is Maxine McArthur for her novel Time Future. The Prize will be presented at the 1999 World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne at a book launch for Time Future.

The text of the official Transworld announcement is reproduced below.

11 May 1999

The 1999 George Turner Fiction Prize For Science Fiction And Fantasy: Winner Announced

The winner of this year's $10,000 George Turner Fiction Prize, sponsored by the Transworld division of Random House, is Canberra author Maxine McArthur with a brilliant debut science fiction novel, Time Future.

Combining beautiful literary writing, a gripping narrative and a strongly drawn heroine, Time Future greatly impressed the judging panel for the award, which consisted of Peter McNamara, founding publisher of Aphelion Books; Leigh Blackmore, from Dymocks Books in Sydney; and Louise Thurtell, Transworld's Fiction Publisher.

Peter McNamara described Time Future as having the potential to be the best genuine science fiction book ever published by an Australian. 'It has all the elements that drew me to the genre in the first place,' he said. 'And they're handled with a maturity beyond anything I'd expect from an "unknown" author.'

Set in the twenty-second century in a superbly-realised universe called the United Confederacy of Allied Worlds, Time Future is a gripping procedural thriller.

The author of Time Future, Maxine McArthur, was born in Brisbane in 1962. As a child she also lived in New Guinea, Darwin and Mittagong. In 1980 she left Australia to study in Japan, where she lived for sixteen years. She now lives in Canberra with her husband and two sons and works at the Australian National University.

Time Future will be published in September and launched at Worldcon in Melbourne, where Maxine will be presented with a $10,000 prize cheque

Now in its second year, this wonderful prize for Science Fiction and Fantasy writing was named in honour of the late George Turner, one of Australia's most distinguished science fiction writers. It aims to foster writers in these two fast-growing areas of Australian publishing.

For further information, contact:

Karen Reid, Senior Publicist Random House
20 Alfred Street Milson's Point NSW 2061
(02) 8923 9832


Sussex Reviews on Triple J
Lucy Sussex is reviewing books for youth radio network Triple J's arts and leisure program, Creatures of the Spotlight. Creatures is hosted by Laurie Zion, and is broadcast on Sunday evenings at 9pm. Lucy's first appearance was on Sunday 9 May 1999 when she reviewed Dave Luckett's Tenebran Trilogy.

Egan Wins Annual Asimov's Reader's Award
Asimov's Science Fiction has announced that "Oceanic" by Greg Egan, from the August 1998 issue, has won the 13th Annual Asimov's Reader Award for Best Novella. The award includes a certificate and a cash prize of $US100, and is chosen annually by Asimov's readers.

Hugo Nominees Announced
The final ballot for the 1999 Hugo Awards has been announced. Australian nominees include Greg Egan, Ian Gunn, Nick Stathopoulos, and the magazine Thyme. See the full ballot.

Altair Abandons Plans for US Edition
Robert N. Stephenson, editor and publisher of Altair, has announced that plans to publish a US edition of the magazine have been scrapped for the time being. Stephenson cited a court battle with the printer of Altair 2, and delays with the third issue as the reasons for the decision.

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