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The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (affectionately known as the Foundation) was formally established in 1976, partially to carry on the work of the 1975 Aussiecon, the first Australian World Science Fiction Convention. The Foundation was the nucleus for the successful Aussiecon II bid and its members worked, along with many others, to run the 1985 Worldcon in Melbourne. In March 1988, the Foundation became an incorporated association.
Its main purpose is to sponsor and encourage the creation and appreciation of science fiction in Australia through a variety of activities:
- Awards the A Bertram Chandler Award, which has been presented since 1992 to an Australian person for “Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction”. Since its inception it has garnered much prestige and is now considered one of the premier awards for Australian Science Fiction, whether that be literary based or other relevant work within the Australian SF community. The ASFF administers the award and donates a prodigious trophy. Nominations for the Chandler are always open: please check the ASFF website for instructions on how to nominate a person.
- Awards the Norma K. Hemming Award, which marks excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in science fiction produced either in Australia or by Australian citizens. First awarded in 2010, the Norma K. Hemming has been garnering increased awareness and prestige especially from publishers as it is a juried award. The ASFF administers the award and donates a prodigious trophy.
- Sponsors the Amateur SF Competition, conducted by the Australian National Science Fiction Convention.
- Lends seed money to Australian National Science Fiction Conventions (Natcons) to cover their start-up costs providing Natcons with some cash flow before the memberships start rolling in.
- Provides banking facilities to the Australian Fan Funds. Being unincorporated entities, the Fan Funds found it difficult to establish bank accounts in the fund’s name. The ASFF provides the funds with a bank account which can be operated by the current fan fund administrator; bank fees and other costs are not passed on to the Fund thus preserving all the donations for the purposes they were given.
- Produces a newsletter, Instrumentality, an essential information source for Australian SF&F events and news.
- Operates as a resource centre for everyone involved in Science Fiction in Australia. Clearing House operations ensure that the myriad of enquiries received are connected to the right person or organisation.
The Foundation relies on membership subscriptions and donations to fund its ongoing activities.
The 2019 Norma K Hemming Awards will be presented during the Continuum Awards ceremony on Saturday 8 June, 2019. Continuum is Melbourne’s annual fan run speculative fiction and pop culture convention. In 2019 the convention will be held over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend in June at Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. The Awards … Read more
Here they are, the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards, announced in Los Angeles at the SFWA Awards conference in May 2019. This is yet another recommended reading, and more, list. Novel WINNER: The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor) The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK) Blackfish City, Sam J. … Read more
The Aurealis Awards administrators are seeking expressions of interest from Australian residents who would like to judge for the 2019 Aurealis Awards. Judges are volunteers drawn from the Australian speculative fiction community, from diverse professions and backgrounds, including academics, booksellers, librarians, published authors, publishing industry professionals, reviewers and enthusiasts. The only qualification necessary is a … Read more
The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2019 Locus Awards. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 28-30, 2019; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. These selections form a good basis for a selected quality SF reading list from … Read more
The Aurealis Awards 2018 were announced on May 4 2019 in Melbourne. If nothing else this is a great suggested reading list of great speculative fiction. Every Aussie SF fan is urged to read these books and stories, all published in 2018: BEST CHILDREN’S FICTION The Endsister, Penni Russon (Allen & Unwin) BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL … Read more