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Dozois' Annual Year's Best
Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventeenth Annual Collection will be published by St Martins Press in July 2000, and will include Greg Egan's "Border Guards", Chris Lawson's "Written in Blood", and Sean Williams' "Evermore".
(31/03/00)

Stephenson wins HarperCollins Dreaming Down-Under Competition
Adelaide writer/editor Robert N. Stephenson has won the HarperCollins Australia Dreaming Down-Under Competition to write an ending to George Turner's uncompleted novella "And Now Doth Time Waste Me. The winner will be published on the HarperCollins Australia website.
(27/03/00)

Nix Sells to Fantasy & Science Fiction
Garth Nix has sold new fantasy short story "Under the Lake" to Gordon Van Gelder at The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. "Under the Lake" is Garth's first short story sale to a US magazine.
(27/03/00)

Egan Declines AA for Best SF Novel
Greg Egan has declined the 1999 Aurealis Award for Best Novel (Division A: Science Fiction), which was awarded to his novel Teranesia on 6 March 2000. Egan, whose work was awarded two 1995 Aurealis Awards, has previously requested that his work not be considered for the Australian National Science Fiction Achievement "Ditmar" Awards. A report from the Aurealis SF judges, read at the Awards ceremony and scheduled for publication in Aurealis, alluded to Egan having requested that his work not be considered for the Aurealis Awards.
(24/03/00)

Plumridge Nominated for Chesley Awards
Sydney artist Marianne Plumridge's bronze "Heartsong" has been nominated for the 1999 Chesley Awards in the Best Three Dimensional Art category. The Chesley's are presented annually by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA. Winners will be announced at WorldCon 31 August-3rd September.
(22/03/00)

Dreaming Down-Under Sold to the US
Jack Dann and Janeen Webb have sold US reprint rights to their World Fantasy Award winning anthology Dreaming Down-Under to Tor Books. Tor will publish Dreaming Down-Under as a trade paperback in late 2000/early 2001.
(08/03/00)

1999 Aurealis Awards Announced
The 1999 Aurealis Awards were presented on Monday 6 March 2000, in a ceremony held at the South Australian Writers' Centre. The winners were: Division A: Science Fiction Best Novel: Egan, Greg - Teranesia (Gollancz, HarperPrism); Best Short Story: Lawson, Chris - "Written in Blood" (Asimov's Science Fiction, #281, June 1999) Division B: Fantasy Best Novel: Routley, Jane - Aramaya (Avon); Best Short Story; Canavan, Trudi - "Whispers of the Mist Children" (Aurealis #23) Division C: Horror Best Novel: Harris, Christine - Foreign Devils (Random House Australia); Best Short Story: Williams, Sean & Simon Brown - "Atrax" (New Adventures in Sci-Fi, Ticonderoga) Division D: Young Adult Best Novel: Luckett, Dave - A Dark Victory (Omnibus) Best Short Story: No Award. Convenors' Award: Terry Dowling, Antique Futures: The Best of Terry Dowling. Information on the 2000 Aurealis Awards is also available.
(07/03/00)

2000 Turner Prize Shortlist Announced
Random House Australia has announced the shortlist for the 2000 George Turner Fiction Prize. The Prize, now in it's third year, is for unpublished science fiction or fantasy novels by Australian writers.

The shortlist for the 2000 George Turner Fiction Prize for science fiction and fantasy has been announced. The shortlist for the $10,000 George Turner Fiction Prize, sponsored by the Transworld division of Random House Australia, is:

  • Keri Arthur for Spook Squad

  • Kerry Greenwood for Stormbringer

  • Simon Haynes for The Adventures of Hal Spacejock

  • Michelle Marquardt for Blue Sky and Silence

  • Liz Martin for Hashakana

  • Claire McKenna for Protection

  • Simon Moore for dot space dot

  • Nicole Trewartha for Fire in the Blood

A sifting panel comprising several specialist science fiction/fantasy booksellers, a writer and several editors looked at over a hundred entries to come up with the short list. All remarked on the high standard of submissions.

Fiona Henderson, Bantam and Doubleday Publisher, said "It's wonderful to see so many enthusiastic writers are working in these genres. We're delighted that fantasy and science fiction are receiving the attention they deserve.

A judging panel consisting of Ron Seduik, Manager of Pulp Fiction Books in Brisbane; Louise Thurtell, the former Transworld Fiction Publisher who set up the Turner Prize; and Annabel Blay, Overseas Acquisitions Editor for Bantam and Doubleday will now choose a winner from the shortlist.

The winning author is to be announced on April 7. The winning novel will be published by Random House Australia in September 2000.

This is the third year that the George Turner Prize has been presented. Previous winners included Tansy Rayner Roberts her comic fantasy Splashdance Silver and Maxine McArthur for her space opera Time Future.

(02/03/00)

Broderick Completes New Nonfiction Study
Damien Broderick has completed and delivered new nonfiction book Transrealist Fiction: Writing in the Slipstream of Science, to Greenwood Press for publication in July 2000 as part of their "Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy" series. In the book Broderick examines a variety of work from the transrealist perspective, something that has not been done previously, emphasizing the texts of Philip K. Dick and Rudy Rucker, while additionally engaging the texts of such slipstream writers as Kurt Vonnegut, J.G. Ballard, and John Barth.
(28/02/00)

Dann To Co-Edit Davidson
Jack Dann and Grania Davidson Davis has sold Everybody Has Somebody In Heaven, a collection of Avram Davidson's Jewish fantasy writing, to Pitspopony Press, based in New York and Israel for a late 2000 publication.
(18/02/00)

Kate Orman Sells to Realms of Fantasy
Kate Orman has sold new original fantasy short story, "Cactus Land", to Shawna McCarthy at Realms of Fantasy for a late 2000/early 2001 publication.
(17/02/00)

Simon Brown Sells New Fantasy to HarperCollins
Simon Brown has sold new adult fantasy novel Inheritance, the first volume in his Keys of Power trilogy, to Stephanie Smith at HarperCollins Australia for a late 2000 publication.
(10/02/00)

Luckett in German
Dave Luckett has sold German rights to his Tenebran Trilogy - A Dark Winter, A Dark Journey, and A Dark Victory - to Heyne Verlag via his publisher Omnibus.
(10/02/00)

Garth Nix to Write Fantasy Series for Scholastic & Lucasfilm
Garth Nix will write The Seventh Tower, a new children's fantasy series for Scholastic and Lucasfilm. Nix is to write the first six books in the series, and will create the overall story and characters. He has completed the first two books in the series, and the first, The Fall, will be published in June 2000.

Garth Nix to Write Fantasy Series for Scholastic and Lucasfilm


SCHOLASTIC AND LUCASFILM JOIN FORCES TO CREATE A NEW BOOK SERIES FOR YOUNG READERS

THE SEVENTH TOWER WILL BE LAUNCHED ON JUNE 5, 2000

This summer, two leaders, one in the area of children's publishing and the other in the area of fantasy and filmmaking, will combine forces to launch The Seventh Tower, a new children's book series. Scholastic, the publisher of Harry Potter and Animorphs, and Lucasfilm, the creators of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, will publish The Seventh Tower, a fantasy series under a newly-created LucasBooks imprint. The Seventh Tower, written by Garth Nix, with the first title, The Fall (Scholastic; June 2000; $4.99; Ages 8-12) will be on sale in stores on June 5, 2000. A second book will follow in September with additional titles to follow every three months thereafter.

"I'm pleased that LucasBooks, in collaboration with Scholastic, is expanding into an exciting new realm of fantasy with The Seventh Tower," said George Lucas. "I've always believed that reading encourages children of all ages to use their imagination, and I hope that the adventure that unfolds in The Seventh Tower series will take readers on a new journey of the mind."

"We are thrilled to join LucasBooks in this venture," said Barbara Marcus, president of Scholastic Books. "Lucasfilms' extraordinary ability to create new worlds, combined with Scholastic's established expertise in publishing new successful series in the children's market, make this partnership an exciting venture."

The Seventh Tower is a tale of a mountaintop fortress where light is the ultimate commodity and isolation from the outside world is complete. One day, Tal, the main character, tries to steal a precious sunstone, the only way of assuring his family's position among the Chosen people of The Seventh Tower. His desperate attempt fails, and Tal falls from the castle'straight into the unknown.

Garth Nix is an acclaimed writer for children and young adults. His novel Sabriel was an ALA Notable Book. Shade's Children, was named a 1998 Best Book for Young Adults (ALA) and a "Pick of the Lists" (ABA). A resident of Australia, he was the winner of the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Science Fiction. The Seventh Tower is Garth Nix's first book series.

To launch the series, Scholastic and LucasBooks have developed a comprehensive marketing campaign including a distinctive web site, www.seventhtower.com, launching in April, a national advertising campaign, one million special Seventh Tower teaser booklets to be distributed directly to children, a toll free number, 1-800-938-1914, will be established for readers to hear more information about The Seventh Tower.

LucasBooks is the publishing imprint of Lucasfilm Ltd. Drawing upon Lucasfilm's rich creative culture, LucasBooks appeals to readers of all ages with books, comics, and magazines based on perennials such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones as well as newly developed fiction and non-fiction material.

Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the leading film and entertainment companies in the world. Lucasfilm's businesses include George Lucas' film and television production and distribution activities as well as the business activities of the THX Group. Lucasfilm's feature films have won 17 Oscars and received 56 Academy Award nominations, and its television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards.

Scholastic Corporation is a global children's publishing and media company with a reputation for quality education and fun. Building long-term relationships with teachers, parents and children since 1920, Scholastic has the unique ability to understand what kids want and need. The Company's innovative educational materials - children's books, textbooks, professional materials, magazines and technology - give Scholastic a strong position in schools. Through its unparalleled school-based distribution - book clubs and fairs, where Scholastic is the world leader - kids purchase books and software to use at home. The Company's magazines, software, television programming, retail and direct-to-home sales further strengthen Scholastic's presence in the home. Internationally, Scholastic operates wholly-owned companies in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Hong Kong and India.

(08/02/00)


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