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Angels, Reporters and Awards!

The two big Australian SFF awards released their shortlists within a day of each other this year… and I’m on both!

First the Aurealis Awards, based on a selection of juries that cover each category.

I’m delighted to announce that I have work on four of the shortlists! Girl Reporter, my superhero novella from the Book Smugglers, is up for Best YA Short Story, and Best SF Novella.

My mini short story collection, Please Look After This Angel (and other winged stories) is up for Best Collection, and my story from that book, “The Curse Has Come Upon Me, Cried,” is up for Best Fantasy Short Story.

I’ve reduced the price of this book to 99cents on Amazon and Smashwords, if anyone wants to read it before the awards are announced at Easter!

Girl Reporter has also made an appearance on the Best Novella shortlist for the Ditmars, which is our fan-nominated and voted awards connected to the National SF Convention. Galactic Suburbia got nominated for a Ditmar too!

Over in the William Atheling Jr shortlist, one of my favourite awards (for a piece of SF criticism/review), Twelfth Planet Press has two nominations: for Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E Butler; and also for Ambelin Kwaymullina’s essay for Mother of Invention: “Reflecting on Indigenous Worlds, Indigenous Futurisms and Artificial Intelligence.”

Sunday Links is not Friday Links

KingJoffreyStatueIt was the Aurealis Awards last night! Congrats to all the winners, and to Nicole Murphy and her team for putting on what sounded like a great night. Here’s a Storify of how it all looked on social media, thanks to Sean the Blogonaut.

The Mary Sue reports on the King Joffrey statue that has been erected in New Zealand, which will be slowly toppled via social media hashtags. Does anyone else think it is SUPER CREEPY to be publicly desecrating the image of a real live teenage boy in public to promote a TV show? I don’t mean Joffrey – like anyone else who has read the books and watched the show up to this point, I am happy to see the kid bumped off as gruesomely as possible. But the statue depicts an ACTUAL teen actor, and surely he has enough trouble walking down the street without having rocks thrown at him without literally being destroyed in effigy in a public square.

Justine Larbalestier and Kate Elliott began their new book club, discussing bestselling fiction by women from other eras. First up: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. (I read it for the first time in my early twenties after finding it in the uni library and was startled to discover it wasn’t an H Rider Haggard style lost world epic but a grim tale of failed glamour and pill-popping in Hollywood.)

Nisi Shawl writes about Reviewing the Other, with some fascinating insights into the ways that reviewers can help promote diversity but also the limitations placed upon them.

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It’s always exciting when the Aurealis Awards shortlists come out! Every separate category is judged by a different panel of industry professionals and volunteers – editors, writers, librarians, reviewers, etc. So there’s lots of diversity and often quite a few surprises. This year it’s definitely worth noting the number of small press and self-published works among the novels – usually the bigger publishers dominate the novel category, and it’s only a year or two ago that these shortlists included their first EVER self-published title.

I’m very proud to see Fablecroft and Twelfth Planet so strongly represented, a massive shout out to Jo Anderton for having a year of Many Nominations (they don’t come along every year!), and I can’t say I’m not delighted to have my own Ink Black Magic right there on the Fantasy Novel shortlist.

More info about the awards can be found at www.aurealisawards.com

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2012 Aurealis Awards (and having “too many” wins)

For the last couple of years I have attended the Sydney-hosted Aurealis Awards weekend, which is always a blast. Sadly I was reining back on travel this year and couldn’t make it – but it sounds like those who were there had a great time! Check in on the #AurealisAwards hashtag on Twitter to see some of the commentary on the night from those who were there. Sean the Blogonaut also Storified the event which provides the highlights in Tweets and Twitpicks.

Some great results here, and congratulations to all the winners! Special congratulations to Margo Lanagan who had a great night, taking out four awards (each chosen by separate juries!) for Sea Hearts, “Bajazzle” and “Significant Dust.”

I have to say, I found it pretty tiring that so many people (including tons that I love and respect) started trotting out the jokes so early about Margo winning so many awards, or as the jokes implied, TOO many awards. (Note: the jokes started before her first win) It reminds me of the recent commentary about Hilary Mantel in the UK winning “all” the awards and not leaving any for anything else. The jokes might all have been intended as good-natured joshing, but it’s a disappointing aspect of Australian culture in particular that there is such a low ceiling to people (even friends) celebrating your success, before they turn around and start suggesting (in jest or otherwise) that it’s something you should be ashamed of.

Chances are pretty high that Margo found it as funny as anyone else there last night, but as an onlooker on the proceedings the sheer weight and number of those jokes flying thick and fast across Twitter did make me a bit uncomfortable.

Sometimes, as I tweeted last night, an author has a really spectacular year, and awards reflect that. Margo Lanagan is one of our best authors, who happens to have put out a fantastic novel AND a brilliant original collection in the same year, and I know she wasn’t taking those wins for granted.

Margo is aces & I love her as a person as well as for her writing, and I doubt very much she will ever have a night where she goes home with four trophies again, so let her enjoy it, eh?

This might be a good time to link to the article that reworks Helen Garner’s speech for the Stella Prize recently – about how awards can mess with your head as a writer, regardless of whether you win or don’t win.

And now, the Aurealis Award winners! A great range of works being honoured here, very much worthy of a ‘To Read’ list. Too many of the winners are my actual friends so I’ll just say congratulations to EVERYONE. Worth noting that there’s quite a spread of publishers being covered here, from old hands HarperCollins and Allen&Unwin to new kids on the block digital-only publisher Xoum and some Aussies published overseas with NightShade and Clarkesworld. Twelfth Planet Press flew the flag for Australian indie presses with three short stories honoured from two Twelve Planets collections, Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren and Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan. There was even a self-published winner with KJ Bishop’s collection – so, variety!

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2012 Aurealis Awards Shortlists

I’m excited by this year’s shortlists – so many of my most-beloved works from last year are being honoured here! Especially delighted that Sea Hearts and Bitter Greens, my two favourite fantasy novels from 2012 are going head to head in the fantasy novel section, and also that Jason Nahrung and Kirstyn McDermott’s novels from Xoum appear here despite being published right at the end of 2012. There’s some dedicated judges in that category this year!

Also very excited to see lots of TPP stuff across the board including various stories from Margo and Kaaron’s collections, and Jason’s excellent Salvage.

2012 Aurealis Awards finalists announced!

Winners of the 2012 Aurealis Awards and the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony, on the evening of Saturday 18 May at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney. The event is proudly supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. Details of the evening and a link to the online booking website are available at www.aurealisawards.org

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Galactic Suburbia 60: In Which, Cake

The new episode is up! Grab it from our site, or download it from iTunes!

In which we celebrate our 60th episode and Peter McNamara Award for Excellence win with cake, yarn and superheroes. For best results, consume this podcast with fabulous cake and/or sock yarn.


Nebula Awards

Aurealis Awards:

Sturgeon shortlist

2012 Mythopoeic Awards

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Stephanie Smith, Kim Westwood & TansyRR

It was a lovely weekend, involving much catching with distant friends in person, a rare treat for me. It did mean that I fell down somewhat on my social media duties, but I don’t think I was the only one! I not only barely tweeted the whole time I was away, but I only took one picture on my phone (of strawberries, not of PEOPLE) and despite sharing a suite with Alex and Alisa entirely failed to record anything for Galactic Suburbia.

Instead, we mostly took part in that classic social medium of talking each other’s ears off before, during and after the awards ceremony, and then again over the longest breakfast in the world with many friends and colleagues the next morning. Bliss!

Some good updates I have seen are from Zena (who I met while lurking outside the theatre waiting to be let in!) and from Sean the Blogonaut, who proved that the best event reporting can come from someone who wasn’t even there.

Apologies for lack of tweetage and podcasting! It’s not that I forgot you all, I was just giddy with child-freedom and the lack of oxygen to my feet after walking in my heels to the theatre…

While I gracefully lost to three very talented women (Sue Isle, Pamela Freeman and Lisa Hannett, hard to argue with that!) in my categories, I was delighted at so many of the wins (including several works/authors I have championed over the last year) that it felt like a very successful night. No one will be surprised at how delighted I was to see The Courier’s New Bicycle honoured. And of course there was the one that hadn’t been mentioned on the shortlist at all…

Galactic Suburbia won the Peter McNamara Convenor’s Award! We are very grateful and happy about that, it was lovely to be able to acknowledge our little podcast’s success on a literal stage in front of our peers. Plus we won actual cash money thanks to the CAL copyright fund, one of the sponsors. We haven’t decided yet what to do with the money once we’ve covered a year or two’s podcast hosting costs (WISCON FUND!) but look forward to wrangling about that decision, possibly even on air.

In the meantime, congratulations to all the other winners, and three cheers for Spec Faction who worked tirelessly to put on another great night for the Australian spec fic community. I am very grateful for their efforts!

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Flappers With Swords Blog Tour: First Edition

And we’re off!

First, I turned up at Lynne M Thomas’ Confessions of a Curator blog. Lynne is a big comics reader like I am and so I wrote her a piece based on some ideas that have been churning around in my head lately, as to whether I write epic fantasy, and whether you can have epic fantasy that doesn’t travel anywhere… and I decided that Batman and the near-destruction of Gotham City has a lot to teach epic fantasy about how to do exactly this:

“Everything happens in cities. Some of the best sieges, invasions, tragic love stories and disasters have occurred in urban environments, going right back to the Trojan War. The only reason that fantasy writers generally get hung up about all that mountain trekking is because of being imprinted with Tolkien at an early age. And I’m not saying that wading through all the bracken with your questing party of dwarves is an invalid approach…

But CITIES. Where you can have your crazy magical invasions, your prophets of doom, your dark lords and battles and deadly, world-coming-to-an-end high stakes, and still be able to order dumplings at 2 in the morning.”

Then, over at Karen Healey’s place, she asked me to write about Classics Nerdery in honour of the heroine of her novel Guardian of the Dead, and funnily enough that was something I was perfectly capable of rolling out!

I also bounced with merriment at Karen’s intro to the piece, because I love pretty much everything about her blogging voice.

“We all have favourite historical characters, right? You hear about them in some book, or see a great TV show or movie and start getting interested in the real person, and somehow they take hold of your brain, and you start shipping them with other historical characters, and maybe there’s fanfic, and you have Opinions about, for instance, that person who killed them, or divorced them, or whatever.”

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Galactic Suburbia Episode 57 Show Notes

You can check out the new Galactic Suburbia episode on our website or at iTunes. You’ll notice we were really subtle about the Hugo nomination, because we didn’t want to be tacky.

In which this Hugo nominated podcast is Hugo nominated and discusses the Hugo nominations while being Hugo nominated. Also, the internet is full of things. Some of those things discuss gender, feminism and equality, some have wide ranging implications for the future of SF awards, and some of them are nominated for Hugos.


Hunger Games Hunger Games Hunger Games

Build up to make a hit
The reviews are in:
Topless Robot
Our Alisa

But in the real world, the character Katniss Everdeen faces an even greater challenge: Proving that pop culture will embrace a heroine capable of holding her own with the big boys.
It’s a battle fought on two fronts. First, The Hunger Games must bring in the kind of box office numbers that prove to Hollywood that a film led by a young female heroine who’s not cast as a sex symbol can bring in audiences. And second, for Katniss to truly triumph, she must embody the type of female heroine — smart, tough, compassionate — that has been sorely lacking in the popular culture landscape for so very long.

The Clarke Award Shortlist:
Christopher Priest’s original post
Cat Valente responds:
“Because let’s be honest, I couldn’t get away with it. If I posted that shit? I’d never hear the end of what a bitch I am.”
And further she responds

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Aurealis Award Goodness

I am delighted to see that The Shattered City has been shortlisted for Best Fantasy Novel in the Aurealis Awards – and that Love and Romanpunk and “The Patrician” have also been shortlisted for Best Collection & Best YA Short Story, respectively.

Congratulations to all the nominees! I am honoured to be in the company of so many excellent friends & colleagues. I’m planning to be at the ceremony – had so much fun last time. Hope to see many of you there for our night of nights! (ooh, clothes shopping!)

Winners of the 2011 Aurealis Awards and the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony, on the evening of Saturday 12 May at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney. Details of the evening and a link to the online booking website are available at www.aurealisawards.org

An after party will be held at Rydges, North Sydney, following the awards presentations. Accommodation is available at Rydges for $149 (room only) or $174 (including full buffet breakfast). To take advantage of these rates please use the code ‘Aurealis’ when making your booking.

For further information about the awards please contact the convenors at convenors@aurealisawards.com

The 2011 Aurealis Awards are sponsored by HarperVoyager and Cosmos Magazine and proudly supported by Galaxy Bookshop.