Things are going well for me back home and I am happy.
Today is the official pub date of Magic’s Child in Australia and New Zealand. First person to send me photographic evidence gets a signed copy. Why should the North Americans get all the prizes?
Yay Magic’s Child! What now exists on two continents!
If that weren’t enough I just found out I’m up for not one, but two Ditmars for Daughers of Earth. Wow.
- Professional Achievement
- Angelia Challis for establishing Brimstone Press as a mass market publisher
- Bill Congreve for Mirrordanse Press and 2 issues of the Australian Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Russell B Farr for Ticonderoga Publications
- Gary Kemble for work on ABC’s Articulate and promoting the genre through radio and other mediums
- Alisa Krasnostein for providing new paying markets for readers and writers of both fiction and non-fiction, art as well as forums for reviews and interviews within the speculative fiction genre, enhancing the profile of Australian speculative fiction
- Justine Larbalestier, for editing Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century
I’m really honoured to be part of that list. What fabulous achievements! But, um, spot the odd one out: You know, the nominee who put one measly book together (and whinged about it a lot) and did bugger all to enhance the profile of Australia. *Cough* *Cough*.
And then I’m also up for
- The William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
- Miranda Siemienowicz for her review of Paraspheres appearing in Horrorscope
- Justine Larbalestier for Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century
- Robert Hood for “Man and Super-Monster: A History of Daikaiju Eiga and its Metaphorical Undercurrents” Borderlands #7
- Grant Watson for “Bad Film Diaries – Sink or Swim: The Truth Behind Waterworld” Borderlands #8
- Kathryn Linge for her review Through Soft Air ASif
William Atheling was the penname for James Blish’s critical writing. This is the second time I’ve been up for this award. Yay! It’s a real honour and not just because Blish was a hell of a critical writer. It’s wonderful to be recognised by the Australian science fiction community. Thank you!
There are lots of fabulous nominees in all categories this year, but selfishly the one I’m most excited about is Cat Spark’s nomination for best artwork for her unbelievably fantastic cover for Daughters of Earth. I’ve had a lot of wonderful covers for my books, but this is my favourite. Thank you, Cat! I really really really hope you win!