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