Nuke Chats With SciFi Film Festival’s Simon Foster

Here’s an interview with Simon Foster the Program Director of the Sydney SciFi Film Festival 2018.

Get along and see Johan Lurf’s ★. It’s a modern mashup of film from 550 different movies featuring starry depictions of our cosmos, blended with genre sound.

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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!