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Some Stories Are Forever
Jack's "The Diamond Pit" (F&SF cover story, June 2001) has been nominated in a swag of Australian and International awards including the Hugo, and on June 8th it shared the 2002 Ditmar Award for Best Short Fiction.

"The Diamond Pit" (extract) won jointly with Lucy Sussex's "Absolute Uncertainty". Jack's collection Jubilee, which includes "The Diamond Pit", was nominated in the Best Collected Work category of the awards.

The story was nominated in two categories (Short Fantasy and Short Science Fiction) in the 2001 Aurealis Awards, and Jubilee was short-listed for the Aurealis Convenors' Award for Excellence. "The Diamond Pit" also made the Preliminary Ballot for the 2001 Nebula Award and has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novella.


Dann in the Hugos
Jack Dann's novella "The Diamond Pit" has been nominated in the 2002 Hugo Awards.

The Hugo Awards are the most prestigious popularly voted award in science fiction, with voting open to members of the World Science Fiction Convention. The nominations for work from 2001 were released last week and can be seen on the Locus website.

Dann's "The Diamond Pit" has also been nominated for the Nebula Award this year. This is Jack's first Hugo nomination.


The Paper Chase
In a busy couple of months, Jack has seen his Bad Medicine (HarperCollins Australia) republished in hardcover by TOR in the US as Counting Coup, has delivered the MagicTales anthology Future Sports (co-edited with Gardner Dozois) to Ace Books and closed the Australian portion of international horror anthology Bones which he's co-editing with Ramsey Campbell and Dennis Etchison.

Formerly Gathering the Bones, Bones is an original anthology to be published by HarperCollins in Australia and Great Britain and TOR in the US, which should see print in 2002.

Jack reports he's currently working on the next volume in the MagicTales series, Beyond Flesh, as well as an invitation-only original anthology entitled Kabbalah: The Magic of Solomon with Edward Kramer, which will come packaged with a unique Tarot deck designed for the project.


Dann & Silverberg to Launch Broderick Anthology
The redoubtable schtick of Jack Dann and the suave persuasiveness of Bob Silverberg will tag-team the first showing of a new UWA Press book Earth is But a Star: Excursions Through Science Fiction to the Far Future, edited by Damien Broderick, at this month's National Convention in Perth.

Produced in a format similar to the earlier UWA Press anthology Women of Other Worlds, which Broderick credits with breaking the trail, the 466-page book includes 31 individual pieces, a mix of reprint fiction and commentary.

According to the editor, "the fiction ranges from classic dying earth stuff, including some from before Jack Vance invented the term, to recent work by Steve Baxter and a new piece by Rosaleen Love", and most of the essay material was commissioned specifically for the volume.


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 don'ts.

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 Geoff Maloney.


What's Happening, early 2001?
The early part of the year finds Jack working on a variety of projects. "I've just put together a preface and afterword for my forthcoming short story collection Jubilee, to be published by HarperCollins Australia in April," he reports. "The book will have a gorgeous cover by Nick Stathopoulos and an introduction by John Kessel. It will weigh in at somewhere around 170,000 words. As Gardner Dozois would say: 'A bugcrusher.'"

Jack is also editing an international dark fantasy/horror anthology with Dennis Etchison and Ramsey Campbell called Gathering the Bones, to be published by HarperCollins in Australia and Great Britain and TOR in the US. Each editor will choose 50,000 words of original fiction from the best writers working in his respective country for the volume.

TOR's US hardcover edition of Janeen Webb and Jack's critically successful original anthology Dreaming Down-Under was published in January 2001, and has already attracted a starred review in Publisher's Weekly, which described the stories as "strong throughout", the book as "a potent package", and promised "even readers skeptical of all the hype wont be disappointed." TOR have also contracted to publish Jack's road novel Counting Coup (originally published as Bad Medicine by HarperCollins in Australia).

The cover story for the June 2001 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction will be Jack's novella "The Diamond Pit", and his story "Marilyn," published in both Eidolon and F&SF, has been picked up by Ellen Datlow for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection and shortlisted for the Aurealis Award.

Jack's 2001 Calendar shows his appearance schedule for the year—as far as it can be known, of course.


Australians in the 2000 Year's Bests
Three Australian short stories published in 2000 will be reprinted in the big US-based international Year's Best anthologies. The 14th Edition of Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling's The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror will reprint Jack Dann's "Marilyn" (Eidolon #29/30) and Terry Dowling's "Basic Black" (Blackwater Days), and David Hartwell has picked up Stephen Dedman's "The Devotee" (Eidolon #29/30) for Year's Best Science Fiction #6.

Jack Dann Update
With HarperCollins Australia set to publish his collection Jubilee: the Essential Jack Dann, recent reprints of novels The Silent, Nebula and Aurealis award-winning The Memory Cathedral and Bad Medicine (aka Counting Coup) and recent short fiction sales to publishers such as Fantasy and Science Fiction's Gordon Van Gelder, author and editor Jack Dann, who settled in Melbourne in the mid-'90s, is currently one of Australian sf's big names. Catch up with Jack through his recently updated official website.

Somebody in Heaven
The Avram Davidson anthology co-edited by Jack Dann and Grania Davis is now available. Everybody Has Somebody in Heaven: Essential Jewish Tales of the Spirit was published in October by Devora Publishing, an imprint of Pitspopany Press. The 285-page hardcover, which includes forewords by the editors and recollections of Davidson from authors and others including Peter S. Beagle and Barry Malzberg, includes most of Davidson's early writings from sources like Orthodox Jewish Life and Commentary as well as several of his best-known stories with Jewish themes and several previously unpublished pieces.

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