SW + SD = Star Wars
Sean Williams and Shane Dix have sold US publisher
Del Rey a trilogy of Star Wars New Jedi Order novels.
None of the detail of the novels has been settled, and
Williams will visit Star Wars producer/director George
Lucas' Skywalker Ranch this month to brainstorm titles
"There's a chance we could be writing the last three
books in the series," says Williams. "If that means we
get to kill anyone off, I don't know (after all, they've
already topped poor old Chewie); we can only keep our
Delivery of the novels overlaps the completion of both
the Williams/Dix Orphans trilogy (which is to be retitled) and Williams' solo
Marillier Sells New Series
Juliet Marillier has sold world rights to two
as-yet-unwritten and untitled novels in The Byrgisey
Saga—a new fantasy series set during Viking times—to
Pan Macmillan Australia. The first book is due to be
delivered at the end of 2001, for an early 2002
Ditmar 2001 Update
Nominations for the 2001 National Science Fiction
and Fantasy Awards can now be made via
the Swancon website, or via email, before the closing date of March 3rd. Additional
information is contained in an earlier news item.
Short "Fan Film" Festival in WA
The Swancon short "fan film" festival will be held at the
Ken Hall lecture theatre (the venue used for JAFWA
screenings) at Curtin University in Western
Australia at 7pm on Saturday, 03-March 2001. Local and
international "fan created" (non-professional) films
will be screened. Cost is $10 per person, or
$7 concession, with all proceeds to Swancon 2001, the
Australian National SF&F Convention. Enquiries to Sarah
Locksley at email@example.com or (08) 9386 7760.
2000 Year's Bests Update
Since our news item of 28-January, Australians have made
three further sales to the international Year's Best reprint
anthologies. Karthryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell have
bought Simon Brown and Alison Tokley's "A Serpent in Eden"
(Eidolon 29/30) and Terry Dowling has sold
"The Saltimbanques" (Blackwater Days) to both
the Kramer/Hartwell book and the fourteenth Datlow/Windling
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, bringing the
total to six sales for the year.
Canberra SF Guild Announces Award
In association with Jack Dann's speculative writing
workshop in Canberra in April 2001, the Canberra Speculative
Fiction Guild has announced the Gregor Samsa Award.
Named for the chitinous central character in Kafka's
Metamorphosis, the Award promises two prizes
of $50 discounts from the cost of the workshop. The judges
Geoffrey Maloney and Michael Barry will be looking for
high quality short fiction, and the Award's press release states:
For further information about the awards, contact Award judge
- The submission should be a work of speculative fiction: that is,
involving character, setting or other elements that could not have occurred
to the present day in the world as we know it.
- We expect that you know what speculative fiction is, however, the judges
are easily bored and will be impressed by imagination and attempts to extend
the boundaries of genre and expectation.
- There is no entry fee, and no minimum or maximum word limit. However, a
thousand-page fantasy epic may not be appropriate for the Gregor Samsa
Prizes for Short Fiction. Nor is a story that has previously been published
at a professional or semi-professional level.
- The fictional work should feature an 'ordinary,' unremarkable, viewpoint
character. Such characters typically have a clear motivation for being
involved in the story: for example, because a bizarre occurrence has
disrupted their everyday life (as for Gregor in Metamorphosis) or because a
mundane job that they have to do in their everyday life starts to go wrong
(as for Rik in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, but not for Harrison
Ford in Bladerunner who fits the super competent model—see below).
- Superhuman or super-competent characters (eg Superman, Kimball Kinnison
from E.E. 'Doc' Smith's Lensman series, or Jack Ryan from the novels of Tom
Clancy) will not attract or keep the judges' interest to any degree at all.
We want to see real people struggling, failing, and perhaps even succeeding.
- Email submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than
16 March 2001. Those submitting by hard copy, should address their entries to:
Gregor Samsa Prizes
and have them postmarked no later than the 16 March 2001.
80A Groom St
Hughes ACT 2605
- Submissions will not be returned. Submissions should include an evening
telephone number or email address, and must be professionally presented
(editing, proofing and layout), as if being submitted for magazine
publication. Examples of submission guidelines may be found at
- The winners' and runner-up certificates will be awarded at the CSFG
meeting of 21 March 2001, with the declared winner eligible to claim $50 on
presentation of a receipt for the 7 April 2001 SF writing course from the
ACT Writers' Centre. Payments and certificates may be claimed at any time
from the 21 March CSFG meeting, up to the completion of the SF writing
course on 7 April 2001. The judges may also award runner-up certificates.
Those unable to attend the meeting will be notified by email or in writing
- Prizes are not transferable and cannot be converted into cash. The judges
also reserve the right to grant no prize if they consider submissions to be
of insufficient quality. The judges will not enter into correspondence
unless it is accompanied by return postage and a considerable cash
Jack Dann's Canberra SF workshop
Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy & Magical Realism with Jack Dann
is the title of a five-hour writing workshop, scheduled for Saturday
7 April at the ACT Writers' Centre in Canberra.
The workshop will take place at the centre in Ainslie Ave., Braddon in two sessions
from 10am-1pm and from 2pm-4pm. From the press release:
In this course bestselling author Jack Dann will cover: technical and
thematic aspects of fantastic fiction, including science fiction, fantasy,
horror, and magical realism; how to write in the various genres; history of
the genres; essentials of writing cutting edge fiction; science fiction and
historical fiction; Australian and British and American markets; the nature
of creativity; how to tap into yourself to produce the stuff of fiction; how
to get an agent (if and when you need an agent); how to submit a manuscript;
how to determine the best market for a particular novel or story; how to
prepare a manuscript, write a cover letter, and handle postage; do's and
Jack is a multiple award-winning author who has written or edited 55 books,
including The Memory Cathedral (an international bestseller about Leonardo
Da Vinci, published in 10 languages). His awards include the Nebula award,
the Australian Aurealis Award (twice), the Ditmar award (twice) and the
World Fantasy Award. He lives in Melbourne and 'commutes' back and forth to
Los Angeles and New York.
Cost: $66 members/conc, $110 others.
The ACT Writers' Centre will also host an evening panel session with
experts in the genre on Saturday 7 April from 5pm in the Bogong Theatre,
Gorman House. For further information about the workshop or panel session, contact
AntiSF #36 unleashed
That ever-reliable source of quality short-shorts
Antipodean SF has published its
The five Australian stories featured in issue 36 are:
Ion Newcombe's editorial Ionospherics
includes a snapshot of a foggy sunrise from his Whip Mountain home.
Australian Fan History on Tape
ScreenSound Australia have accepted a donation of
original film stock for the fan-produced short
films Antifan and Antifan Strikes Back,
used to promote the Australian WorldCon bids of
1975 and 1983; they will make copies of the film
available for private sale in several formats.
The process of mastering the films to digital betacam will take
several months, during which time the film stock, described as
being in "pretty good shape", will be stored in a low-temperature
film vault. ScreenSound Australia are "confident" that the copies
they will be able to make from the new master will be higher quality
than the earlier video copies made available by US fan jan howard finder.
Digital betacam copies will cost around $270, and VHS copies
for domestic use will be available for around $10.50 each.
Anyone who wants a copy in either format should contact
PO Box 181, Campbell ACT 2612.
New International Horror "Best Of"
UK-based Cosmos Books
will publish reprint anthology Dark Fantasy:
The Best of 2000, a "huge new dark-fantasy annual anthology", edited
by author Steve Savile.
As reported in UK ezine The
Paper Snarl, Dark Fantasy: The Best of 2000 is set to compete with the
Datlow/Windling Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and Stephen Jones's
Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, which Savile describes as "staid".
"Dark Fantasy is a subgenre that inhabits the less graphic and violent
territories out there," according to the editor, who believes that the new book
will have a positive effect on the genre as a whole.
The anthology is scheduled for June or July 2001. Authors
with relevant stories published during 2000 (web publication is OK)
should send a query to Steve at
Jack Dann, early 2001
The early part of the year will see author, editor
and raconteur Jack Dann flitting across the country
from conference to workshop to book-reading and back.
Catch up with all the details on Jack's recently
updated eidolon.net homesite.
Ditmar 2001 Nominations Open
Official nomination forms for the 2001 Ditmar Awards
have been distributed with the National Convention's
latest Progress Report, and made available
in pdf format.
The 2001 committee have for the first time adopted the full
twelve categories in new
rules, which now officially include the William Atheling Jr. Award
for Criticism of Review and add Best New
Talent, Best Professional Achievement and Best Fan Achievement
to last year's nomination categories.
Nominations are open to members of the 2001
National Convention and "natural persons active in fandom", and the form—which
incorporates the Western Australian SF Achievement Awards ("Tin Ducks") 2001
nomination form and bylaws—must be turned to the committee by 3rd March 2001.
Nomination forms are to be returned to the following address (which is not printed on the form):
Attention Mark Bivens
and many eligible works are listed on Marc Ortlieb's 2000 Australian Science Fiction page.
PO Box 162
NEDLANDS WA 6909
Max Harris Literary Awards
The 2001 Max Harris Literary Award, a Short Fiction and Poetry
Competition associated with the Penola (SA) Festival, will
accept entries in Open and Youth (under 18 at 01-Jan-01) categories, plus a special
category for work relating to the South East of South Australia,
until 3 April 2001.
Six medals plus cash prizes ranging from $150 to $300 are on offer for unpublished
short stories under 3000 words (one entry per person, $8.00 fee)
and poems of under 100 lines (three entries per person, $4.00 fee per poem).
Interested writers are advised to send an SASE requesting the official entry
form, which includes additional rules, to:
Max Harris Literary Awards
Old Penola Estate
PENOLA SA 5277
This year's festival, which runs from 18-21 May, features genre young adult author John Marsden as main session leader.
Nick Stathopoulos Exhibits
"Icarus", an exhibition of Nick's recent work, will open at Mura Clay, 49-51 King Street, Newtown NSW, at 6.30pm, Friday, February 16. Work on display will include a series of images
inspired by the Icarus myth plus a variety of other material including a massive (3.5m) portrait of Paul Capsis.
Redsine is Four
Elegantly-designed bimonthly webzine Redsine has
published its fourth issue, featuring fiction from
Rick Kennett and Geoffrey Maloney, reviews, digital
art and a (UK author) Brian Stableford feature.
The complete contents of Issue #4 (February 2001) are:
Short stories by:
- RICK KENNETT
- FORREST AGUIRRE
- PHILIP LOYD
- S.A. VICINANZA
- DAVID SHTOGRYN
- D. HARLAN WILSON
- DIRK FLINTHEART
- D.J. TYRER
- DEREK SMITH
- GEOFFREY MALONEY
Digital Artwork by:
- COLONIES #4 reviewed
- MONAS HIEROGLYPHICA #11 and MARGINALIA reviewed
- PENNY DREADFUL #13 reviewed
Issue #4 showcases Brian Stableford as featured author, including
four of his stories and an interview by Jeff Vandermeer.
- GAK (BlastZone; Cover Art)
- ASTRA ZERO
- DANIEL LONG
- KEVIN CONVERSE
- NIK SEIZURE
- RUSSELL DICKERSON
Simon Brown's Inheritance published
HarperCollins Australia has released Simon Brown's high
fantasy novel Inheritance through their Voyager line. An
extract and Carol McLean-Carr's cover art can be seen on
Aurealis Awards 2000 Update
The Aurealis Award convenors have announced the SF short story shortlist—missing from the initial PR—and are currently advertising for next year's Panel.
The new shortlist information for the 2000 AAs is:
Division A: Science Fiction
Best Short Story
(Judges: Marian Foster, Peter McNamara, Helen Patrice)
- "Infinite Monkey" by Damien Broderick (Eidolon #29/30)
- "Schrödinger's Catamaran" by Adam Browne (Orb #1)
- "The Devotee" by Stephen Dedman (Eidolon #29/30)
- "White Time" Margo Lanagan (White Time, Allen & Unwin)
- "The Land Itself" by Sean Williams (Eidolon #29/30)
The 2000 convenors are currently calling for expressions of interest for positions on the Convenor's Panel for 2001's Aurealis Awards. The Convenors' Panel administers the awards, selects the judges who in turn decide the winners (it is possible to be both a Convenor and a Judge in the same year) and presents its own Convenors' Award. Interested persons are advised to contact Dirk Strasser to be considered for the Panel.
Australian places in SFWoE
Local author Nathan Burrage has placed third in the 19th annual
International Science Fiction Writers of Earth Short Story
The SFWOE's is an
international competition for unpublished writers, judged
by author Ed Bryant. The full results for 2000 are:
SFWoE SF/F SHORT STORY CONTEST RESULTS:
Details and entry forms for the 2001 competition are available in Australia through
Picaro Press, PO Box 853, Warners Bay, NSW, 2282, and will be posted on the
- FIRST PRIZE: "Annie" by Larry Taylor (USD$200)
- SECOND PRIZE: "Hyacinth" by Theodora Gross (USD$100)
- THIRD PRIZE: "Snowstorm" by Nathan Burrage (USD$50)
- FIRST HONOR: "Cerealogy" by Jillian Staik (USD$25)
- SECOND HONOR: "The Corn Bear" by Michael Penncavage (2001 entry fee paid)
Millennium Freecon Announced
The Millennium Freecon will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 & 25 2001, at the Discovery Centre
meeting room of The Australian Museum, Sydney.
Freecons are free mini-conventions funded through committee and
membership donations. This year will see a number of SF&F writers
and artists from NSW and the ACT, including Patricia Bernard,
Bill Congreve, Rob Riel, Rob Hood, Maxine McArthur, Chuck McKenzie,
Robbie Mathews, Marco Nero, Carol Nomarhas, Les Petersen, Cat Sparks,
Alison Venugoban and Richard Womack, reading and discussing their
work during the morning and afternoon sessions of both
Saturday and Sunday.
The press release stressed the importance of sending in a completed
application form, as the venue will only seat sixty, and last year latecomers
were turned away. The only seats available on the Saturday will be from
late cancellations, and the committee recommends attending the Sunday
session to guarantee a place. Application forms will be available at SF&F
book shops or by sending an SSAE to the freecon address (below).
For further information see the website, contact The Freecon Committee,
PO Box 2, Bexley North NSW 2207 or
email (or call on 02 9718 5827 after 7pm local time) 2001 Convenor Garry Dalrymple.
The convenor asks that interested people not contact The Australian Museum
or the Museum Society (TAMS) for details of Freecon.
New Fan Fund Opens
NAFF is the National Australian Fan Fund, designed to assist
in trans-Australian travel to attend the National Science
Fiction Convention (NAFF provides funds to cover transport
costs and convention membership).
NAFF's first Press Release continues:
This year’s Natcon will take place in Perth, Western Australia over the
Easter weekend. Fans residing in all states and territories except Western
Australia are eligible to be nominated to be the recipient of this year’s
NAFF. Preference will be given to those who have a) not attended a Natcon
and/or b) have not attended a convention in the state/territory of [the] current
Each nominated fan is required to provide a 200 (max.) word description
indicating what they could bring to interstate fans and a brief description
of their fannish history. It is expected that the winner will produce a
report of their trip and will engage in fundraising to support future NAFF
As this is the very first NAFF, the final decision will be made by the
committee. The committee currently consists of Grant Watson (Western
Australia) and Sue Ann Barber (Victoria). Future NAFF races may involve
voting by the fan community.
To be eligible for consideration for NAFF, your nomination must be received
by 26th February 2001. Nominations may be received by email to
email@example.com, by snail mail
to PO Box 238, Brunswick East, 3057 or handed personally to either
Sue Ann Barber or Grant Watson. Nominations received after the deadline will
not be considered.
Terry Dowling Updated
"The Lagan Fishers" has been sold to Ellen Datlow at
Scifiction—which pays one of the best
rates for short fiction in the world at 20 US cents
per word—and is due online in April 2001.
Datlow has also bought "Basic Black" from Blackwater
Days for The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 14,
making it the third section of Dowling's linked
novel to appear in the Datlow/Windling Year's Best
anthologies. His computer game Schizm:
Mysterious Journey is due for February,
although the date is still tentative, and a new website includes
full details of the project. Finally, in order to make
himself more accessible, Terry has announced a public
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
31-Jan-01: Terry Windling has now bought "The Saltimbanques" to join "Basic Black" in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 14, placing Terry Dowling amongst the few authors ever to be represented in one of the US Year's Best anthologies by two stories.
01-Feb-01: Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell have bought "The Saltimbanques" for their new anthology Year's Best Fantasy 1, to be published by HarperCollins in the US in July. Year's Best Fantasy is a new companion to David Hartwell's successful Year's Best SF series. The book should be distributed in this country by HarperCollins Australia.
Terry has sold new horror story "The Bone Ship" to Jack Dann for anthology Gathering the Bones. Gathering the Bones is an original horror anthology edited by Ramsey Campbell, Jack Dann and Dennis Etchison, featuring fiction from England, Australia and the United States, due from Tor Books and HarperCollins.