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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Kaaron Warren Wins the 2019 Peter McNamara Achievement Award

Kaaron Warren – Photo by Cat Sparks

The 2019 Peter McNamara Achievement Award, judged this year by Kirstyn McDermott, was presented to speculative fiction author Kaaron Warren at Continuum 15.

Congratulations to Kaaron, who has won numerous speculative fiction awards for her writing. Kaaron’s most recent novel is “Tide of Stone”.

The Peter McNamara Achievement Award, formally The Peter (the ‘Mac’) McNamara Award [for] Lifetime Achievement and Contribution towards Australian Speculative Fiction, is an award presented in honour of the late Peter NcNamara at the Australian National SF Convention awards ceremony. The award was inaugurated by Robert N. Stephenson, and is made and named for the year in which it is presented.

Bruce Gillespie Receives The “Eternity” Award

Bruce Gillespie, Helena & Merv Binns (Photo by Cat Sparks)

Bruce Gillespie (pictured) received the Continuum Foundation’s “Eternity” Award 2019 on Friday June 7 at the opening ceremony of Continuum 15, Natcon 58. This extraordinary award, featuring an hourglass trophy, recognises those who do a huge amount of work for SF fandom over an impossibly long period of time — in this case more than fifty years.

Bruce Gillespie thanked all of the people who helped to get “SF Commentary” off the ground in January 1969, including Lee Harding, John Foyster, John Bangsund, Leigh Edmonds, George Turner, and Tony Thomas in particular.

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Continuum Foundation Awards a “Gunny” for 2019

Photo by Cat Sparks

The Continuum Foundation announced joint winners, Julian Warner and Lucy Sussex of the special, rarely-given, Ian Gunn Memorial Award at Continuum 15, Natcon 58, at the opening ceremony on Friday June 7.

The Ian Gunn Memorial Award, or “Gunny”, is an irregular Victorian award, only given out on years when someone suitably deserving is put forward to the Continuum Foundation committee.

It recognises the ‘unsung heroes’ of fandom — people who consistently work in the background for no other reason than the work needs doing, and who never expect any recognition of their efforts.

Ian Gunn was good at noticing such people.

The trophy, designed by Lewis Morley, incorporated a plastic spaceman in memory of the many plastic spacemen hidden in other fans’ homes by Ian Gunn and Karen Pender-Gunn.

Congratulations Julian and Lucy!

 

 

Ditmar Award Winners 2019

Ditmar Winners 2019 – photo by Kat Clay via Cat Sparks’ Flickr Stream

Winners of the 2019 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF were announced at Continuum 15 (Natcon 58, the Aussie Natcon), on Saturday June 8, during the awards ceremony.

Best Novel

WINNER: City of Lies, Sam Hawke (Tor)
Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter)
The Subjugate, Amanda Bridgeman (Angry Robot)
Faerie Apocalypse, Jason Franks (IFWG Australia)
The Beast’s Heart, Leife Shallcross (Hodder & Stoughton)
Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum)

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2019 Norma K. Hemming Award Winners

The 2019 Norma K Hemming Award for excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in speculative fiction published in 2018, was presented on Saturday 8 June, 2019 at a ceremony at the Continuum convention in Melbourne.

In an exciting development, there was a tie in the Long Work category, with Sam Hawke’s City of Lies (Transworld / Tor) and Mother of Invention edited by Rivqa Rafael and Tansy Rayner Roberts (Twelfth Planet Press) shared the top honour.

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