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2012 Aurealis Award announcement

2012 Aurealis Awards announcement

SpecFaction NSW is pleased to announce exciting news for this year’s Aurealis Awards gala ceremony, Saturday 18 May 2013 at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney.

Scott Westerfeld has kindly agreed to be our Master of Ceremonies. Scott is the author of eighteen novels, including several very popular YA series such as Leviathan, Uglies and Midnighters. We are very excited to have him with us this year.

In addition, this year the ceremony will include a special screening of a short film by well-known artist Nick Stathopoulos and director Ryan Cauchi, "It Grows". A work inspired by love of the creature feature genre and featuring miniatures and puppetry made with Nick's superb artistry and design work, the 7-minute live-action film took Nick and Ryan over a year to make. Don’t miss it!

On a sadder note, we are sorry to say that 2013 will be the last year of running the Aurealis Awards for SpecFaction NSW. Our connection with the Awards will conclude with the ceremony in May. This may be the last time the event is held in Sydney for some years, so please join us for one last gala night at The Independent!

Book tickets here.
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Aurealis Awards finalists

Congratulations to all the finalists! Everyone, come and see the winners announced at the ceremony on Saturday 18 May.

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Random House Australia)
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (Tor UK)
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier (HarperVoyager)

“Sanaa’s Army” by Joanne Anderton (Bloodstones, Ticonderoga Publications)
“The Stone Witch” by Isobelle Carmody (Under My Hat, Random House)
“First They Came” by Deborah Kalin (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 55)
“Bajazzle” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)
“The Isles of the Sun” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)

Suited by Jo Anderton (Angry Robot)
The Last City by Nina D’Aleo (Momentum)
And All The Stars by Andrea K Host (self-published)
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)
Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (Harper Collins)

“Visitors” by James Bradley (Review of Australian Fiction)
“Significant Dust” by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)
“Beyond Winter's Shadow” by Greg Mellor (Wild Chrome, Ticonderoga Publications)
“The Trouble with Memes” by Greg Mellor (Wild Chrome, Ticonderoga Publications)
“The Lighthouse Keepers' Club” by Kaaron Warren (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing)

Bloody Waters by Jason Franks (Possible Press)
Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott (Xoum)
Blood and Dust by Jason Nahrung (Xoum)
Salvage by Jason Nahrung (Twelfth Planet Press)

“Sanaa's Army” by Joanne Anderton (Bloodstones, Ticonderoga Publications)
“Elyora” by Jodi Cleghorn (Rabbit Hole Special Issue, Review of Australian Fiction)
“To Wish Upon a Clockwork Heart” by Felicity Dowker (Bread and Circuses, Ticonderoga Publications)
“Escena de un Asesinato" by Robert Hood (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing)
“Sky” by Kaaron Warren (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)

Dead, Actually by Kaz Delaney (Allen & Unwin)
And All The Stars by Andrea K. Host (self-published)
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Amberlin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
Into That Forest by Louis Nowra (Allen & Unwin)

“Stilled Lifes x 11” by Justin D’Ath (Trust Me Too, Ford Street Publishing)
“The Wisdom of the Ants” by Thoraiya Dyer (Clarkesworld)
“Rats” by Jack Heath (Trust Me Too, Ford Street Publishing)
“The Statues of Melbourne” by Jack Nicholls (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 56)
“The Worry Man” by Adrienne Tam (self-published)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through words)
Brotherband: The Hunters by John Flanagan (Random House Australia)
Princess Betony and the Unicorn by Pamela Freeman (Walker Books)
The Silver Door by Emily Rodda (Scholastic)
Irina the Wolf Queen by Leah Swann (Xoum Publishing)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)
Little Elephants by Graeme Base (author and illustrator) (Viking Penguin)
The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree by Gary Crew (author) and Ross Watkins (illustrator) (Penguin Group Australia)
In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew (author) and Den Scheer (illustrator) (Ford Street Publishing)
Inside the World of Tom Roberts by Mark Wilson (author and illustrator) (Lothian Children’s Books)

Blue by Pat Grant (author and illustrator) (Top Shelf Comix)
It Shines and Shakes and Laughs by Tim Molloy (author and illustrator) (Milk Shadow Books)
Changing Ways #2 by Justin Randall (author and illustrator) (Gestalt Publishing)

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011 edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)
Bloodstones edited by Amanda Pillar (Ticonderoga Publications)
The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume 6 edited by Jonathan Strahan (Night Shade Books)
Under My Hat edited by Jonathan Strahan (Random House)
Edge of Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan (Solaris Books)

That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote by K. J. Bishop (self-published)
Metro Winds by Isobelle Carmody (Allen & Unwin)
Midnight and Moonshine by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter (Ticonderoga Publications)
Living With the Dead by Martin Livings (Dark Prints Press)
Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren (Twelfth Planet Press)
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City to Surf

I did it! I ran the City to Surf! In one hour 40 minutes, which is about the time I expected. Actually I hoped to do it in about one hour 30, but a toilet stop, drink stations and negotiating the crowd added another 10 minutes or so. Apart from that, I ran the entire distance, including all the way up Heartbreak Hill, which wasn't quite as formidable as I feared; it's not especially steep, just very looonnngg.

It's very pleasing to succeed in this little goal I set for myself at the beginning of the year, to go from barely being able to run a kilometre to running this famous 14km event.

And now: rest. And beer!
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I just ran 10.3km! First time I've cracked the 10km mark. Took me one hour and nine minutes, which is pretty slow, but good enough for me. I'm starting to believe I will actually manage to run the City to Surf this year.
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Winter Camp

For those who wondered what I got up to over the June long weekend - and be honest, you did wonder, didn't you? - I was in the Blue Mountains near Black Springs for the annual 17th century Winter Camp. A true test of one's winter clothing! It was several degrees below zero on Friday and Saturday nights, though Sunday was a little less cold. No snow, alas. We marched around with pikes, did some archery and musketry, ate a lot of good food.... oh, and drank plenty of ale and mead and vodka.

It being so cold, I'm glad I made a new woollen overcoat (called a delia) for my Polish kit, as did Andy Brew; the fox fur collar was nice and cosy.

Chris and Andy

Chris, Quarf, Benjamin, Vic and Andy
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Aurealis Awards winners

The full list of the 2011 Aurealis Award winners:

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through words)

City of Lies by Lian Tanner (Allen & Unwin)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)

Sounds Spooky by Christopher Cheng (author) and Sarah Davis (illustrator) (Random House Australia)


“Nation of the Night” by Sue Isle (Nightsiders, Twelfth Planet Press)


Only Ever Always by Penni Russon (Allen & Unwin)


Hidden by Mirranda Burton (author and illustrator) (Black Pepper)

The Deep: Here be Dragons by Tom Taylor (author) and James Brouwer (illustrator) (Gestalt Publishing)


Bluegrass Symphony by Lisa L. Hannett (Ticonderoga Publications)


Ghosts by Gaslight edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers (Harper Voyager)


"The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt" by Paul Haines (The Last Days of Kali Yuga, Brimstone Press)

"The Short Go: a Future in Eight Seconds" by Lisa L. Hannett (Bluegrass Symphony, Ticonderoga Publications)




“Fruit of the Pipal Tree” by Thoraiya Dyer (After the Rain, FableCroft Publishing)


Ember and Ash by Pamela Freeman (Hachette)


“Rains of la Strange” by Robert N Stephenson (Anywhere but Earth, Coeur de Lion)


The Courier’s New Bicycle by Kim Westwood (HarperCollins)


Galactic Suburbia podcast – Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Andrew Finch (producer)


Emily Craven of Adelaide

Media release here:

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Aurealis Awards

A big thank you to everyone who came to the Aurealis Awards last night. It was a great success and I am pleased and proud to have helped organise the event. Congratulations again to all finalists and winners!

There are still final administration jobs to do, and bill-paying, and then perhaps a brief pause before planning next year's event. That said, the ball is already rolling for the 2012 AAs - judges are being selected, funding ideas are percolating.... watch this space, dear readers!
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Aurealis Awards

Only four days to go before this year's Aurealis Awards ceremony! It's this Saturday 12 May at the Independent Theatre in North Sydney. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8.00 start. Don't miss out!
Tickets are $35 and can be bought here. There'll be a party afterwards too at a nearby venue.

If you've already booked, thank you! If not, please come along; we'd love to have your company and your support of the Awards. Please feel free to spread the word far and wide.

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Foolishness leads to inconvenience and expense - who knew??

I went for a run this morning, got home again, showered and changed and headed out for a massage - a run and massage is becoming a Sunday morning thing for me - and immediately realised I'd locked my keys inside the flat. So I was locked out. Isn't it great how you always realise these things the moment AFTER it's too late to fix it? Bugger. Bugger. Bugger!

Luckily I had my phone and called a locksmith, who arrived within an hour and unlocked the door with little fuss. $140 callout fee. Sigh. At least I still had my massage.
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Running log

8km, 51m04s, 9.4km/h. Late dusk to darkness. Overall a smooth run. Feet got a bit sore after several km; apart from that, and needing to take a dump, I felt like I could have managed another 1 or 2 km.