2002 Ditmar Nominees Announced
The nominees for the Australian Science Fiction Awards
for 2002 have been announced, and full details of the
nominations have been made available.
The complete nomination list, as published by the Ditmar Subcommittee
Marc Ortlieb, is as follows:
BEST AUSTRALIAN NOVEL
(25 nominees, 50 nominations)
BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FICTION
- Eyes of the Calculor Sean McMullen (Tor)
- Lirael Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)
- The Year of the Intelligent Tigers Kate Orman (BBC)
(20 nominees, 54 nominations)
As in previous years, there was confusion over this category and, due to a misunderstanding, the Best Novella/Novelette category was left off the nomination form distributed by the convention. This pre-empted what would have been the sub-committee's decision, to combine the two categories, as there were, as it happened, insufficient nominees in the Best Novella/Novelette area to make it a separate category.
- "Absolute Uncertainty" Lucy Sussex F&SF April 2001
- "The Boneyard" Kyla Ward Gothic.Net September 2001
- "The Diamond Pit" Jack Dann Jubilee Harper Collins
- "Rotten Times" Robert Hood Aurealis 27/28
- "Tower of Wings" Sean McMullen Analog December 2001
- "Whispers" Rick Kennett & Paul Collins Stalking Midnight Cosmos Books
BEST AUSTRALIAN COLLECTED WORK
(9 nominees, 30 nominations)
BEST FAN WRITER
- Earth is But a Star, Damien Broderick (UWA Press)
- Jubilee, Jack Dann (HarperCollins)
- Orb #2, Sarah Endacott
- Stalking Midnight, Paul Collins (Cosmos Books)
(15 nominees, 23 nominations)
(Adrian Gaetano was nominated but withdrew from the ballot.)
- Geoff Allshorn
- Deb Biancotti
- Bill Wright
- Bruce Gillespie
BEST FAN ARTIST
(10 nominees, 30 nominations)
BEST AUSTRALIAN FAN PRODUCTION - Fanzine
- Miriam English
- Dick Jenssen
- Cat Sparks
(21 nominees, 42 nominations)
BEST AUSTRALIAN FAN PRODUCTION - Other
- Diverse Universe, Geoff & Miriam
- Fables and Reflections, Lily Chrywenstrom
- Interstellar Ram Jet Scoop, Bill Wright
- SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie
- Solar Spectrum, Geoff & Miriam
(10 nominees, 30 nominations)
BEST AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT
- Consensual, Stephen Dedman et al
- JB Resurrection, Garth Thomas
- Mitch? 2 Tarts of the New Millennium, Anthony Mitchell
- Spaced Out website
- Tabula-Rasa, David Carroll & Kyla Ward
(8 nominees, 19 nominations)
BEST AUSTRALIAN FAN ACHIEVEMENT
- Meredith Costain & Paul Collins for Editing
- Robert Hood for the Young Adult Series Shades Hodder Headline
- Dirk Strasser & Stephen Higgins for editing and production of Aurealis over so many years
(5 nominees, 12 nominations)
There was one nomination in this category but, after e-mail
correspondence with the nominee, it was moved into the Best Fan
BEST NEW TALENT
(2 nominees, 10 nominations)
Neither the Best Australian Artwork nor the William Atheling Jr
Award for Criticism or Review received enough nominations to
appear on the final ballot.
The Awards will be voted on by members of ConVergence,
the 2002 Australian National Science Fiction Convention and
presented at the convention in June.
Episode II to Premiere at Fan Screening
George Lucas' fifth Star Wars feature film opens in Australia on May
16th with a special Multiverse
screening in Melbourne.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones,
filmed in Sydney's Fox Studios, opens internationally on May 16th. Fans of
the popular saga in Melbourne will have the opportunity to see the film at
midnight when local science fiction group Multiverse (in association with Starwalking Inc.) present a special opening session. Fan groups in other
cities may be frustrated by a Lucasfilm ban on group bookings during the
film's first couple of weeks.
Episode II, set 10 years after the events of 1999's The Phantom
Menace, features an all-out war in the galaxy when separatists
threaten to secede from the republic.
The Multiverse screening will take place at the Hoyts Cinema Centre,
140 Bourke St Melbourne. Tickets are $12.50 per person. For more
information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
[27-April-02] In Perth "Outer Rim Inc.", the Star Wars Fan Club of WA, have also organised a May 16 midnight group booking for ATTACK OF THE CLONES, at the Greater Union cinemas in Innaloo.
More Con-linked Small Press Activity
As has become traditional in recent years, Swancon 27's Easter
Long Weekend played host to the launch of several collections
of fiction and essays, including the third Mitch? collection,
the second issue of fanzine Fables and Reflections and
the Swancon 2001 Academic Proceedings.
Mitch?3 Hacks to the Max is a collection of
short fiction edited and designed by
Cat Sparks and published by
Melbourne fan "Mitch?". It includes writing by Grant Watson, Scot
Snow, Robin Pen, Adrian Calear, Ian Mond, Robert Hood, Deborah Biancotti,
Kirsty Brooks, Cat Sparks, Sean Williams, Claire McKenna, Chris Stronach,
Russell B Farr, Benne Harrison, Danny Heap, David Yeates, and Martin Livings,
with cover art by Shaun Tan. The Mitch? launch featured a short play by
Robin Pen, and anthology themed t-shirts designed by the publisher.
Fables and Reflections is the second issue of the popular
WA fanzine edited by Lily Chrywenstrom. This issue includes fiction
by Tess Williams, Claire McKenna, Kirsten Phillips, Edwina Harvey,
Robbie Matthews, Sue Isle, Stephen Dedman, Stuart Barrow, Marianne de
Pierres, and Robert Hood. It also includes art by Sarah Xu, Alicia
Smith, and cover art by Les Petersen. Other articles include Emma
Hawkes on Harry Potter, Scot Snow on fantasy film and David Cake on
comic writer/artist Dave Sim. Fables can be obtained from the editor
directly for $4 from:
Fables and Reflections
or from the bookshops that stock it (The Arcane Bookshop, The Coop
Bookshop at the University of Western Australia, Empire Memorabilia,
Mills Records Fremantle, Quality Comics, 78s Records, Supernova,
Tactics and Valhalla in Perth, Slow Glass Books in Melbourne and
Infinitas Bookshop in Parramatta).
PO BOX 99
Claremont WA 6910
Masquerade Swancon 2001 Academic Proceedings was edited by
Cathy Cupitt, and contained articles based on presentations made at
Swancon 2001 academic stream, including work by Russell
Blackford, Rosaleen Love, Matt Chrulew, Cathy Cupitt, Andew Williams,
and Tess Williams. Some articles were originally published elsewhere.
Enquiries should be addressed care of WASFF, GPO Box G429, Perth,
Western Australia, 6948.
Awards at Swancon
The annual awards ceremony of WA's 27th annual State genre convention Swancon 2002 on the 31st of March presented the Tin Duck awards for West Australian achievements in science fiction and fantasy, and the Marg Hughes Award. Perth's Grant Watson and Simon Oxwell swept the awards, being part of four out of the six winners between them.
The West Australian Achievement Awards ('Tin Ducks') are awarded to
recognise specifically West Australian achievement in science fiction
The awards for achievement in 2001 went to:
The Marg Hughes Award, formerly known as the Mumfan Award, is awarded
for services to fandom that have not otherwise been recognised, and
is generally awarded for 'behind the scenes' efforts. The 2002 award was presented to Simon Oxwell.
- Best WA Professional Writer: Stephen Dedman
- Best WA Non-Professional Writer: Grant Watson
- Best WA Non-Professional Artist: Colin Sharpe
- Best WA Collected Work (Editing): The Borderlands Souvenir Book (Anna Hepworth, Simon Oxwell, and Grant Watson)
- Best WA Production: “Raw Cordial” (Grant Watson and Simon Oxwell)
The Tin Duck awards themselves incorporated origami dragons by Tin Duck nominated artist Tom Edge and were administered by Eidolon’s
own Jeremy Byrne.
The convention took place over the five days of Easter. The convention
theme was 'Dragons of the World' and the venue was the Kings Perth Hotel
in central Perth. Guests included International Guest David Zindell,
Australian Guests Kate Forsyth and Kim Wilkins, Local Guest Lee Battersby
and Fan Guest John McDouall, with special guest slash author James Walkswithwind
"attending" via internet text-chat.
As usual, Swancon was an enjoyable and well attended event. Unusually,
the convenor Susan Ackermann was not present at all during the
convention; she delivered twins Matthew and Katherine by Caesarian
section on the Saturday morning of the convention. Highlights of the
convention included a Masquerade Ball on Saturday night, the award
winning 'Raw Cordial' late night variety show, and a very successful
Documentary filming in Melbourne
The Doctor Who Club of Australia and Reeltime Pictures are
collaborating on a new Doctor Who-based documentary to be
recorded in Melbourne, and local fans have the chance to participate.
Katy Manning Down Under is a low budget video documentary based around actress Katy Manning, who played companion Jo Grant in the BBC's Doctor Who from 1971 to 1974.
Doctor Who fans are invited to attend a special event that includes guest appearances and interviews both with and by Katy Manning. The day's proceedings will be recorded and incorporated into the video release.
The event will run from 11:00am to 6:00pm on Sunday April 7th, at the
Drummoyne RSL club, 162 Victoria St Drummoyne. Tickets cost
$15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children. Members of the Doctor
Who Club of Australia will receive a $3.00 discount. More information
is available from the club at email@example.com.
Reeltime Pictures have been producing documentaries on Doctor
Who for the fan market since 1984. This is their first video to be
recorded in Australia.
Australian Effects and Animation Festival
The Darling Harbour Convention Centre in Sydney
will see animators, effects specialists and media
professionals from Australia and overseas gather for
a three-day Festival from 26—28 February, 2002.
Organised by trade magazine Digital Media World, the
single-streamed convention includes the AEAF Awards
and a range of panel, workshop and presentations by
luminaries including the Animation Director and
Director of Digital Artists Production at Industrial
Light and Magic.
A full 3-day pass is $434, but day memberships and
AEAF Award-only memberships are available and can be
Tan Wins World Fantasy Award
Shaun Tan, one of Australia's most successful picture-
book and cover-artists, was announced winner of the
prestigious World Fantasy Award for Best Artist at an
Awards Banquet in Montreal on Sunday, November 4.
The complete results, as reported by Locus
Online are as follows:
- Philip José Farmer
- Frank Frazetta
- Declare, Tim Powers (Subterranean Press)
- Galveston, Sean Stewart (Ace)
- The Man on the Ceiling, Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem (American Fantasy)
- Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, Sheree R. Thomas, ed. (Warner Aspect)
SPECIAL AWARD, PROFESSIONAL
- Beluthahatchie and Other Stories, Andy Duncan (Golden Gryphon)
SPECIAL AWARD, NON-PROFESSIONAL
- Tom Shippey (for J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, HarperCollins UK)
- Bill Sheehan (for At The Foot Of The Story Tree: An Inquiry into the Fiction of Peter Straub, Subterranean Press)
Doctor Who Survey Offers Prizes
The Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA) is surveying
"current and past fans" of the vintage UK series,
offering video and DVD prizes to encourage participation.
According to their recent press release, "Doctor Who fandom in
Australia ... started with a protest outside the ABC
Headquarters in Sydney" 25 years ago, and this survey
is part of the DWCA's celebration
of that anniversary.
First Prize will be three items, Second Prize will be
two items and Third Prize will be one item, selected
by the winners from a pool of 20 Roadshow videos and
DVDs. The survey closes on December 31st 2001, and
winners will be announced "in early January".
New CSFG Anthology Opens
The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, who published
Nor of Human... in April 2001, have opened submissions for their next project,
Machinations... an Anthology of Ingenious Devices.
Unlike the first book, submissions are being sought from
beyond the Guild, although non-members may submit only one
story and preference is given to those who live or have
lived in or around Canberra. Submissions will close on
31 January 2002 and if the submission
guidelines don't answer your questions, you can contact Robbie Matthews
for further information.
The University of Tasmania will present a one-day symposium entitled
Antipodean Utopias in Hobart on Friday, 7 December 2001.
The symposium aims to "gather together critics and creative
writers working within or interested in the area of 'Antipodean
Utopias'," and although it will focus on "Australasian sf,
fantasy and utopian writing", it will also include "broader
interpretations of the theme, especially those addressing the
wider meaning of 'antipodes' as 'a place diametrically opposite
Speakers will include Van Ikin, Janeen Webb, Lucy Sussex and
Ian Irvine. For information beyond that on the Symposium's
webpage, contact Dr Elizabeth Leane.
Write (C)on Cancelled
Organiser Edwina Harvey, having earlier flagged limited bookings as a potential problem for the Kensington, NSW based Write (C)on, has now announced that the writers' convention,
originally scheduled for January 2002, has been abandoned and that all cheques are to be returned.
North Sydney Freecon
A free two-day free mini-convention will take place on the
Federal Election weekend of November 10–11 2001.
As noted in an earlier article,
Freecon will be held at Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney.
The Saturday program will consist of "fannish science fiction and fantasy
discussions" and the Sunday program of half-hour author readings, with
programming running from 10am to 4.55pm each day. Authors reading on
Sunday include Kate Orman, Robert Hood, Felicity Pulman, Maxine McArthur, Richard
Harland, Joel Shepherd, Chuck McKenzie, Ben Peek, and Deborah Biancotti.
Entry is free, although registration on arrival is encouraged. For
more information, contact Garry
P Dalrymple 02 9718 5827 (after 7 pm), Chuck
McKenzie (for writer-related inquiries) or write to Freecon Committee, PO Box 2,
Bexley North NSW 2207.
Convergence Price Rise & Art Show
The full membership rate for the 2002 Australian
National SF Convention is set to jump by $35 on
November 1st 2001.
Lay-by payments will be accepted, and can secure you the current rate of $130 without paying out in full. Anyone buying a full membership before 31 December 2001 will receive a poster designed by fan artists Cat Sparks and Dick (Ditmar) Jenssen.
Convergence has also recently announced an Art Show, sponsored by Dreamstone, "open to both
fannish and professional artists" and welcoming "all sorts of two
dimensional and three dimensional fantasy, science fiction and horror
artwork." Ideally entries should address the convention's theme "The
Possibilities are Infinite—Celebrating the Past, Present and Future".
Van Ikin's Science Fiction online
Long-running Perth based Critzine Science Fiction
finally has a web presence.
Geoff Markley, the man behind Kate Forsyth's official website, got in touch with Science Fiction editor
Van Ikin after searching fruitlessly for information about the magazine online. The website, which includes coverscans and full contents lists for issues 1 through 43, is the result of that contact.Markley has also posted smaller pages for news and review zine Thyme and
Normal Talbot's Babel Handbooks.
Nominations for the 2002 National Australian Fan Fund
race will close on 31-October 2001.
Inaugurated in 2001 (see earlier
article), NAFF aims to cover part of costs associated with travelling
to attend an Australian National Convention. This year's contest
is open to residents of all states and territories except Victoria,
and will assist in travel to Convergence in Melbourne.
The press release explains that to reach the final ballot "each
interested fan must be nominated by three fans from their own
state/territory and provide a bond of $20. In addition, each
nominated fan is required to provide a 100 (max.) word
description indicating what they could bring to interstate fans and a
brief description of their fannish history."
To be eligible for consideration for NAFF, your nomination must be
received by 31st October, 2001. Nominations may be received by snail
mail at PO Box 249, Pascoe Vale South, VIC 3044 or handed personally
to either Sue Ann Barber (VIC) or Grant Watson (WA). Cheques should
be payable to Sue Ann Barber,
who can be contacted for further information.
Voting will commence early in November 2001 and winners will be
expected to produce a "trip report" and engage in fundraising to
support future NAFF races.
John Foyster Suffers "Stroke"
Respected critic, fanzine editor and convention organiser
John Foyster suffered what appeared to be a minor stroke on Friday, 28-September
and is recovering in Royal Adelaide Hospital.
According to recent mailing-list postings from Melbourne-based Bruce Gillespie, CAT scans indicate that Foyster's most significant damage may be an incidental injury to his lungs. As of 29-September Foyster was "conscious and communicating" and, although he is on a respirator, that could be removed within hours.
30-Sep-01: Foyster's condition continues to improve, although he is still ventilated and sedated.
02-Oct-01: Foyster is recovering well and is now breathing unassisted; his sedation has been reduced, his heart and lungs appear healthy and issues relating to mild encephalitis are now being investigated.
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In a statement entitled “The Search for Foyster’s Brain Continues”, Foyster
himself announced that “things are looking up”, and that it appeared he'd had “one of the new and technologically advanced illnesses that generates
kidney failure and lung failure, and simulates some aspects of stroke,
without actually being any of these things”. Foyster expects to be out of hospital
within weeks and expressed thanks “to all of our friends for their well wishing”.