John Scalzi to Q&A at Conflux

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Conflux, held in Canberra later this year, reports that it will feature a Q&A session with John Scalzi hosted by Cat Sparks.

Scalzi is a former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is best known for his Old Man’s War series, three novels of which have been nominated for the Hugo Award, and for his blog Whatever, where he has written on a number of topics since 1998. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2008 based predominantly on that blog, which he has also used for several charity drives. His novel Redshirts won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He has written non-fiction books and columns on diverse topics such as finance, video games, films, astronomy, writing and politics, and served as a creative consultant for the TV series Stargate Universe.

John Scalzi is also a well-known “Twitter Machine”, and you can follow him or find out more <@scalzi>.

Conflux will be held over three days in 2019, October 5 to October 7 at the Gungahlin library in Canberra. Find out more about Conflux at <https://conflux.org.au/>.

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Hugo Awards 2019 Announced @ Dublin Worldcon

The 2019 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Sunday, August 18, 2019 at a ceremony at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland.

Doblin 2019 received 3,097 votes on the final ballot (3,089 online and 8 paper) from the members of Dublin 2019.

Best Novel

  • Winner: The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Macmillan)
  • Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)
  • Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga/Corsair)

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New Aussie SF Podcast “Two Chairs Talking”

Two Chairs Talking is an interesting new Aussie podcast from David Grigg and Perry Middlemiss with a literary and SF bent. While it’s mostly focused on speculative fiction books and stories, the hosts are not afraid to leap into entertaining discussions about other genres and media formats.

David was the chairman of the 43rd World Science Fiction Convention held in Melbourne Australia in 1985. Perry was the chairman of the 57th World Science Fiction Convention in 1999 and co-Chair of the 68th Worldcon in 2010. Two chairs, get it?

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Conflux 15 Short Story Competition Opens

The Conflux Committee has announced the 2019 CSFG / Conflux Short Story Competition.

Conflux want your stories of 4000 words or under, in any speculative fiction genre, on this year’s theme, What Lies Beneath.

The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 15. Entry is $5, unless you are a member of the CSFG or Conflux 15 or you are aged 16 or under, in which case it is free!

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