The Continuum Foundation (ConFound) has announced this year’s finalists for the 2018 Aurealis Awards. Two books from Tor.com Publishing, Corey J. White’s Static Ruin and Kirstyn McDermott’s Triquetra, have been nominated, as well as Sam Hawke’s City of Lies, which was published by Tor Books in the U.S., and Penguin Random House in Australia. The winners of the 2018 Aurealis Awards, Sara Douglass Book Series Award, and the Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony, which will be held in Melbourne on Saturday May 4, 2019.
BEST FANTASY NOVEL
- Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter Press)
- Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins Publishers)
- City of Lies, Sam Hawke (Penguin Random House)
- Lightning Tracks, Alethea Kinsela (Plainspeak Publishing)
- The Witch Who Courted Death, Maria Lewis (Hachette Australia)
- We Ride the Storm, Devin Madson (self-published)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
- Scales of Empire, Kylie Chan (HarperCollins Publishers)
- Obsidio, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
- Lifel1k3, Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
- Dyschronia, Jennifer Mills (Picador Australia)
- A Superior Spectre, Angela Meyer (Ventura Press)
- The Second Cure, Margaret Morgan (Penguin Random House)
Head over to The Aurealis Awards site for more information and details of the other categories!
Andrew leads off our discussion of last year’s winner of the Hugo for best Novella, All Systems Red, by Martha Wells.
I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels on the company satellites. It had been well over 35,000 hours or so since then, with still not much murdering, but probably, I don’t know, a little under 35,000 hours of movies, serials, books, plays and music consumed. As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.
— opening paragraph of chapter one of All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Please read the novella, and come along ready to contribute to our discussion of the work. As usual, 6:45 for a 7pm start at Kappys, 22 Compton St, Adelaide.
2019 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced — January 12, 2019
The judges of the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust, are pleased to announce the six nominated works that comprise the final ballot for the award:
- TIME WAS by Ian McDonald (Tor.com)
- THE BODY LIBRARY by Jeff Noon (Angry Robot)
- 84K by Claire North (Orbit)
- ALIEN VIRUS LOVE DISASTER: STORIES by Abbey Mei Otis (Small Beer Press)
- THEORY OF BASTARDS by Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions)
- AMBIGUITY MACHINES AND OTHER STORIES by Vandana Singh (Small Beer Press)
First prize and any special citations will be announced on Friday, April 19, 2019 at Norwescon 42 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, SeaTac, Washington.
The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States during the previous calendar year.
The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society.
The 2018 judges are Madeline Ashby, Brian Attebery, Christopher Brown, Rosemary Edghill, and Jason Hough (chair).
One of the bedrocks of the sf magazines was the short story. At the february meeting (7pm Wed feb 6th, at Kappys, 22 Compton St, Adelaide) we’re going to discuss some recent short stories published by tor.com on their website.
We invite you to read (at least) two of the following, and come prepared to talk about them.
These include stories by Australian authors, new authors and old favourites:
Tor regularly publishes short fiction on their tor.com website.
Here are some recent entries of interest…
- The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir /
Life on the transdimensional ship Skidbladnir is a strange one. The new janitor, Saga, finds herself in the company of an officious steward-bird, a surly and mysterious engineer, and the shadowy Captain.
- The Word of Flesh and Soul /
Fantasy || The language of the originators defines reality, every word warping the world to fit its meaning…
- Bread and Milk and Salt / Sarah Gailey
Not all things are built to obey… Reprinting Sarah Gailey’s “Bread and Milk and Salt,” originally published in Robots Vs. Fairies (Saga Press, 2018).
- Fitting In /
A Wild Cards story.
A failed contestant of the superhero reality TV show, American Hero, Robin Ruttiger now works as a high school guidance counselor to reluctant students. Things change, however,…
- AI and the Trolley Problem / Pat Cadigan
Science Fiction || A provocative story about the relationship between the humans on a British airbase and the AI security system that guards that base.
- Nine Last Days on Planet Earth /
Science Fiction || When the seeds rained down from deep space, it may have been the first stage of an alien invasion—or something else entirely.
- Triquetra /
Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tales and Folklore || After marrying the prince and having her own child, Snow White visits her stepmother—promising to kill her in ever more horrible ways, at the same time attempting to stay away from the mirror that started it all.
Critical Mass traditionally takes a break over summer. Our last meeting this year is the traditional dinner gathering, to be held this year on Sat, December 8th.
If you’re interested in coming along, contact Roman (websmith @ internode.on.net) to get the details and give us accurate numbers for the restaurant booking.
We’ll return to our regular monthly meetings at Kappy’s on the first Wed of the month on February 6th, 2019.