Hugo Award Winners 2018

The winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for the Best Young Adult Book are in from the 76th World Science Fiction Convention:

2018 Associated Awards (not Hugos)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Rebecca Roanhorse

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book

Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)

2018 Hugo Awards

Best Fan Artist
Geneva Benton

Best Fan Writer
Sarah Gailey

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Rose Mitchell: Fan Guest of Honour @ ConZealand 2020

Rose Mitchell – ASFF President

Congratulations to Rose Mitchell, ASFF President, chosen to be Fan Guest of Honour at ConZealand 2020!

Rose has been an avid fan of science fiction since young girl, but only discovered fandom and cons in the early nineties. Her involvement with science fiction fandom has concentrated on club activities, convention running and supporting Australian fan funds.

In 2017 Rose was awarded the Peter McNamara Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rose lives in Melbourne with no cats — dreadfully unfannish, apparently, but she has raised two teenagers to mid-life crisis.

Ted Chiang To Visit Melbourne

Ted Chiang, author of the collection Stories of Your Life and Others, is visiting Melbourne to take part in the Melbourne Writers Festival. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Locus awards and been translated into a dozen languages. His novella Story of Your Life was the basis of the Oscar-nominated motion picture Arrival.

The MWF theme for 2018 is “A Matter of Life and Death”. Ted’s session, The Alchemist’s Gate will explore the philosophy of time travel and speak to the question of free will.

Writer Benjamin Law will join Ted on stage at Deakin Edge on Tuesday 28 August at 8.30pm.

Bookings can be made on the MWF website: <https://mwf.com.au/program/ted-chiang-the-alchemists-gate-1406/>

Continuum 15 “New Worlds” is Natcon 2019

Continuum 15, sub-titled “New Worlds” is to be the Australian National SF Convention for 2019.  The convention will be held on June 7 to June 10, 2019, at the Jasper Hotel, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.

Continuum is Melbourne’s annual fan-run speculative fiction and pop culture convention. Continuum celebrates creativity across genres and media.  Their aim each year is to provide a regional convention where writers, artists, readers and film/TV buffs of all kinds can get together for a weekend of panel discussions, entertainment, and social fun.

Guests of honour for the event are Kate Elliott and Ken Liu.

Kate Elliott is the author of twenty-five fantasy and science fiction novels, including her new epic fantasy, Black Wolves, and a YA fantasy, Court of Fives, and more…

Ken Liu is an author of speculative fiction, as well as a translator, lawyer, and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he is the author of The Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series, and more…

Find out more and get your membership now at: <https://continuum.org.au>.

Ken Liu
Kate Elliott

 

Norma K Hemming Award Winners

The winners of the 2018 Norma K. Hemming Awards were announced June 8, 2018 at Continuum 14, in Melbourne.

Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)

  • WINNER: “Coral Bones”, Foz Meadows (Monstrous Little Voices)
  • “Induction”, Thoraiya Dyer (Bridging Infinity)
  • “The Rock in the Water”, Thoraiya Dyer (Fantasy 12/16)
  • “Braid”, Kirstyn McDermott (Review of Australian Fiction Volume 24, Issue 1)
  • “Tea Party”, Lauren E Mitchell (Defying Doomsday)
  • “Memories of Fish”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone 5/17)
  • “Two Somebodies Go Hunting”, Rivqa Rafael (Defying Doomsday)
  • “Did We Break the End of the World”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Defying Doomsday)

Long Work:

  • WINNER: Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman (Hachette)
  • The Barrier, Shankari Chandran (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Defying Doomsday, Tsana Dolichva & Holly Kench, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
  • Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer (Tor)
  • An Uncertain Grace, Krissy Kneen (Text)
  • Portable Curiosities, Julie Koh (University of Queensland)
  • How to Bee, Bren MacDibble (Allen & Unwin)
  • An Accident of Stars, Foz Meadows (Angry Robot)
  • The Grief Hole, Kaaron Warren (IFWG Australia)

The Hemming Award is presented by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) to “recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work.”

For more information see the Hemming award website.

Puffs The Play comes to Melbourne

Potter fans, this may interest you…

The record breaking smash off-Broadway hit now in its second year comes to Melbourne. The New York Times says Puffs “Exudes a jovial winking fondness for all things Harry!”

“‘Hufflepuffs’ finally get their moment in HILARIOUS Potter play, ‘PUFFS’!!” declares Mashable. For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

The play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school.

Showing in Melbourne at St Kilda’s Alex Theatre, previews from Saturday May 26, Opening Night May 31, running sessions through till June 17.

“Buy a ticket immediately” – Mugglenet

Head over to <http://www.puffstheplay.com/australia#home> for more info!

Vale Tony Plank

Tony Plank was a computer programmer, web designer, SF writer, active member of the Australian SF community and an all-round good guy.

I first got to know Tony on-line via the Eidolist where he, Ted Scribner and I would often break into puns and light banter when the serious discussion got a bit heavy.  Tony ran the Inkspillers website which (in 2010) offered over 250 listings on Spec Fic magazines, anthologies, editors, publishers, conventions, bookshops and awards. Later he ran a splinter website on the Ditmar Awards.

Inkspillers was nominated for Ditmar Awards in the “Best Fan Production” category in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Tony became interested in SF while at school and started writing SF while attending London Uni. He’d been writing on-and-off for over 40 years by then. He was inspired by a lecturer who said, “Easy reading calls for hard writing”.

During his writing career, he had many short stories published on AntipodeanSF, as well as AustrAlien Absurdities and AGOG! anthologies. His story, ‘Nine Weeks a King’ published in Aurealis #104 was possibly his last published story.

Writing as Anthony Plank, his novel ‘Rovid Moves’ about a civilization who realise their sun is dying and they have to either move their whole race to another system many light years away or perish, is (for the moment) still available through Barnes and Noble, Kindle and Kobo.

Tony wasn’t one for attending SF cons. I only met him a couple of times at Melbourne SF cons. Tony took Ted and Ros Scribner and I to lunch once where he entertained us with stories from his RAF days. I thought, “There’s a man with an interesting book in him. He should be writing all of this down.” I don’t know if he ever did or not.

Tony suffered a stroke late in 2017. I phoned his rehab ward and spoke to he and his wife, Liz last Christmas Day. Though he seemed to be recovering, he suffered another stroke a few weeks later. He passed away peacefully on 21 March, 2018, a month shy of his 82nd birthday (if my maths is correct).

A kind, fun-loving man, he contributed a lot to the Aus SF scene and will be sadly missed.

(Thanks to James Allen, Jon Swabey and Ion Newcombe for their assistance in composing this.)

Edwina Harvey