Norma K Hemming Award Calling For Submissions

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) is pleased to welcome entries in the Norma K Hemming Award for works published in 2016 and 2017. Designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work, the Norma K Hemming Award is now open for entries. The award is open to short fiction, novellas, novels, anthologies, collections, graphic novels and stage plays, and makes allowances for serialised work.  For more information:  <https://normakhemmingaward.org/2017/11/08/entries-are-now-open-for-the-2018-norma-k-hemming-award/>.
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A Bertram Chandler Award – Call For Nominations

So why is a person awarded this honour? It’s because the recipient has demonstrated over many years untiring commitment and selfless work within Australian fandom or the Aussie SF scene in general. Work such as convention running, local club activities, publishing, writing of merit in the genre whether that be blogs, fanzines, short stories or novels, artistic endeavours such painting, graphics or other such forms. The criteria is not limited to any one activity; but mostly it is for activities that are visible and evident to the Aussie SF community.

So, do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to Australian science fiction and/ or Australian fandom, not just over the last year, but year in, year out? Feel that they should be honoured / recognised for this work? Then why not nominate them for the A Bertram Chandler Award. It is really easy to do: just write to the ASFF and outline why you think that the person is deserving of the award. No forms to fill out, no entrance fee, nothing but a simple few paragraphs outlining the person’s achievements.

More information can be found on the ASFF A Bertram Chandler Award Page.

This information is from the ASFF journal Instrumentality October 2017. Please consider joining the ASFF to support Aussie SF and for access to the full journal.

Dr. Alan Finkel Spruiks The Benefits of SF

Take a listen to Dr. Alan Finkel, Australia’s chief scientist on Radio National’s “Big Ideas” with Paul Barclay, who sums up Finkel’s speech in the following way:

“Our future leaders and policy makers should read more science fiction…scifi can be useful for the building of a good society.”

Just one quote here from Dr Finkel’s speech:

“Take Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game published in 1985. He envisaged a world where students used flat touchscreen computers in class, where citizens could access the ‘nets’ for worldwide digital communication, and where anyone could comment on politics while hidden behind a digital identity. And today we call these tablets, the internet, and social media. It’s a reminder that every great human advance is preceded by a leap in imagination.”

You can find the program audio here: <http://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgM7rLEl26>, originally broadcast on ABC Radio National on Tuesday September 19 2017.

New Website Manager – Ion “Nuke” Newcombe

The editor of AntipodeanSF, Ion Newcombe, has been appointed as the new ASFF webmaster. “Nuke” has been a zealous reader and occasional writer of science fiction since his childhood. He welcomes all comments, news, and views from within and without the ASFF, and aims to make the website a valuable resource for all.

The Instrumentality, 7 May 2017

Norma K Hemming Award

Regretfully there will be No Award for the Norma K Hemming Award in 2017. The Norma K Hemming Award for 2018 (for works published in the 2017 calendar year) will open later this year and there will be some changes on how to enter the Award.

Big Issue Short Story Competition

Details how to enter here: http://www.thebigissue.org.au/blog/2017/03/09/fiction-submissions-open/ Entries close 5 June.

The Instrumentality, 7 May 2017