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Australian WorldCon Nominees
In the slew of awards to be presented at TorCon 3, Justine Larbalestier's The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction has been nominated for Best Related Book in the 2003 Hugos—a first for an Australian since the category replaced Best Non-Fiction Book in 1999—and Greg Egan's Schild's Ladder is up for Best Novel in the Prometheus Awards.
(29/04/03)

Nicholls on SBS
The long-awaited "The What If Man: The Science Fictional Life of Peter Nicholls" will be televised for the first time on SBS's About Us at 8:30pm on Friday, 02-May-03.
(29/04/03)

Awards at Swancon 2003
In a record haul for a non-WorldCon in Australia, the awards presented at last night's Ceremony at the 2003 Australian National SF Convention—Perth's Swancon 2003—included the Ditmars, the Peter McNamara Award, the A. Bertram Chandler Award and two sets of Tin Ducks.

The 2003 Australian National SF ("Ditmar") Award:

BEST NOVEL:
Echoes of Earth, Sean Williams & Shane Dix

BEST SHORT FICTION:
"King of All and The Metal Sentinel", Deborah Biancotti

BEST COLLECTED WORK:
Agog! Fantastic Fiction, ed. Cat Sparks (Agog! Press)

BEST ARTWORK:
Passing Strange cover, Cat Sparks

BEST FAN WRITER:
Robin Pen

BEST FAN ARTIST:
Cat Sparks

BEST NEW TALENT:
Lee Battersby

BEST FANZINE:
Fables & Reflections, ed. Lily Chrywenstrom

BEST PRODUCTION:
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Launch

BEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT:
Jonathan Strahan

BEST FAN ACHIEVEMENT:
Borderlands: That which scares us..., ed. Simon Oxwell, Grant Watson and Anna Hepworth

The William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review was won by Jonathan Strahan.

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation's A. Bertram Chandler Award, given for services to and achievements in the genre in Australia, was presented to Lucy Sussex—coincidentally by her partner Julian Warner. The Peter McNamara Award ("The Mac"), similarly presented for significant and ongoing achievement in Australian SF, was awarded to Stephanie Smith, Senior Editor for HarperCollins Australia's Voyager imprint.

Two sets of "Tin Duck" Awards for achievements in SF by Western Australians—the 2003 Awards and the trophies for the 2002 Awards—were presented at the ceremony.

The 2003 Western Australian SF Achievement ("Tin Duck") Awards:

BEST WA PROFESSIONAL WRITER:
Stephen Dedman

BEST WA NON-PROFESSIONAL WRITER:
Shay Telfer

BEST WA PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION IN ANY MEDIUM:
Borderlands: That which scares us..., ed. Grant Watson, Simon Oxwell & Anna Hepworth

BEST WA NON-PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION IN ANY MEDIUM:
Borderlands: That Which Scares Us (convention), convened by Grant Watson, Simon Oxwell & Anna Hepworth

BEST WA VISUAL ARTWORK:
"Muppet Quilt", Davina Watson

BEST WA PROFESSIONAL WRITTEN WORK, NON FICTION:
"Space Opera's Relationship to Science Fiction", Cathy Cupitt

BEST WA NON-PROFESSIONAL WRITTEN WORK, NON FICTION:
"What Scares Us In Harry Potter Novels: Class", Emma Hawkes

The smoothly-run Ceremony held in the main ballroom of the Kings Perth Hotel also included the awarding of Art Show prizes and the presentation by WASFF of commemorative badges to four members who each had attended at least 20 Swancons.

(21/04/03)

New WA Anthology Open
PerMutations, a new anthology of speculative short fiction with a Western Australian focus, is open for submissions until 30-September-03.

Editors Cathy Cupitt and Matt Chrulew are inviting short fiction submissions to their new anthology, to be launched at Swancon 2004. Described as "an imaginative exploration of the past, future, and alternate realities that can be read into the Western Australian landscape" the stories must be explicitly linked to West Australian mythos, culture, history or environs.

The editors welcome stories in all speculative genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror and associated slipstream fiction, between 1,000 and 6,000 words. Submissions should be emailed in Word or Rich Text Format, or posted to:

The Editors, PerMutations
PO Box 915
Nedlands WA 6909

Detailed guidelines are available on the PerMutations website.

(07/04/03)

Vale John Foyster
Adelaide critic, editor and long-time fan John Foyster died of cancer at 9.30pm AET tonight.

Foyster both chaired and was honoured as a guest at Australian National SF Conventions in the sixties and seventies, and is regarded as instrumental in reviving the Australian Natcon tradition after it lapsed in the late '50s.

Widely published as a literary critic, Foyster co-edited both Australian Science Fiction Review's first and second series, published a single Ditmar-winning novella as John Ossian and produced fanzines including the Ditmar-winning Chunder and The Journal of Omphalistic Epistemology, and more recently eFNAC. He also founded long-term Melbourne discussion group The Nova Mob and later Adelaide's Critical Mass, and was involved in all three Australian World SF Conventions (1975, 1985 and 1999).

Foyster's condition came to light after a stroke in September 2001, and his death came eight days short of his sixty-second birthday. He is survived by partner Yvonne Rousseau and daughter Miranda.

06-Apr-03: A funeral service will be held at 3.30pm on Wednesday 09-April at Berry Funerals, 190-208 Magill Road, Norwood. It is requested that money not be spent on flowers, but instead donated to:

Andrew Ollie Memorial Trust
Northern Medical Research Foundation
Level 4, Vindin
Royal North Shore Hospital
St Leonards NSW 2065

(05/04/03)

The AAs for 2002
The 2002 Aurealis Awards were presented at a ceremony in South Carlton, VIC on Friday 28-March, 2003.

The full results of the awards, which recognise professional achievement in genre writing by Australians, are as follows:

Division A: Science Fiction

Best Novel
Transcension by Damien Broderick (Tor)

Best Short Story
"Walk to the Full Moon" by Sean McMullen (Fantasy and Science Fiction, Dec 02)

Division B: Fantasy

Best Novel
The Storm Weaver and the Sand by Sean Williams (HarperCollins)

Best Short Story
No Award

Division C: Horror

Best Novel
The White Body of Evening by A L McCann (Flamingo/ HarperCollins)

Best Short Story
"Oracle" by Kim Westwood (Redsine 9)

Division D: Young Adult

Best Novel
The Hand of Glory by Sophie Masson (Hodder Headline)

Best Short Story
No Award

Division E: Children's (8-12 years)

Best Long Fiction
The Garden of Empress Cassia by Gabrielle Wang (Puffin)

Best Short Fiction
"Tashi and the Haunted House" by Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble (Allen & Unwin)

Peter McNamara Convenors' Award for Excellence

Robbie Matthews for his important contribution to local genre publishing both with the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

The organisers recently announced the judging panels for the 2003 Aurealis Awards. The panelists are:

Division A: Science Fiction
  • Rob Hood (Convenor)
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Ben Payne
  • Maxine McArthur
Division B: Fantasy
  • Rowena Cory Daniels (Convenor)
  • Dirk Strasser
  • Bill Congreve
  • Jason Bleckly
Division C: Horror
  • Dianne De Bellis (Convenor)
  • Michael Pryor
  • Helen Patrice
Division D: Young Adult
  • Katherine Phelps (Convenor)
  • Mike Slusher
  • Alice Mills
Division E: Children's (8-12 years)
  • Sophie Masson (Convenor)
  • Wendy James
  • Kristal Yee
Full details of the 2003 Awards, including judges' addresses and timelines for submitting material, can be found on the Aurealis website.

(01/04/03)

Old Timelords in Sydney
Whovention 2003 will open at 6pm on 04-April with the showing of two "classic episodes" of Dr Who on the Powerhouse Museum's big screen.

The first episode of Troughton's "The Seeds of Death" and Davidson's "Resurrection of the Daleks" will be followed by a chat session with actors Wendy Padbury (Zoe) and Janet Fielding (Tegan), who feature in the episodes.

The Powerhouse Museum is located at 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney. Admission is $6 per person (free for Whovention members with badges; convention registration opens at 5pm), and the episodes will be shown again on Sunday 13-April at 10.30am and 4.30pm.

(01/04/03)




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