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
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
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
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
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
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 yearas 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
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.