Extra! another Crit Mass on May 20th

After a discussion with Adam, we agreed that it might be a good idea to have another online meeting for Critical Mass each month. We thought we’d repeat last year’s experiment of reading and ctitiquing all the novellae nominated for Hugo awards this year. there are six in all, so we thought we’d spen some time discussing two each month.

So for the meeting on may 20th, we ask you to read these two novellae

  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (Saga Press; Jo Fletcher Books)

after the tea break, we invite you to share something interesting you’ve found in SF&F during your isolation: book, game, film, TV, comic, audio drama, website, fanzine or whatever!

Details of the May 20th zoom meeting of crit mass:

Join Crit Mass Zoom Meeting May 20, 2020 7:00 PM Adelaide
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75768909497?pwd=b09CUndHbzlZTE5pdytiS2dnY2Ntdz09

Meeting ID: 757 6890 9497
Password: 7fXx7M
Critical Mass, Part2  May 20, 2020 07:50 PM Adelaide

https://us04web.zoom.u/j/78193278157?pwd=OXRFb2xzV0RMaXlQSmxyRm4wNmlQUT09

Meeting ID: 781 9327 8157
Password: 7fXx7M

Nebula Awards finalists

Novel

  • Marque of Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey; Jo Fletcher)
  • Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
  • A Song for a New Day, Sarah Pinsker (Berkley)

Novella

  • “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom”, Ted Chiang (Exhalation)
  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015, P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Saga)
  • Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water, Vylar Kaftan (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Deep, Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes (Saga)
  • Catfish Lullaby, A.C. Wise (Broken Eye)

see tor.com for full lists

2020 Hugo Award Finalists

2020 Hugo Award Finalists

Best Novel

  • The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)
  • Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)

Best Novella

  • “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom”, by Ted Chiang (Exhalation (Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf; Picador)
  • The Deep, by Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes (Saga Press/Gallery)
  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015, by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
  • In an Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (Saga Press; Jo Fletcher Books)
  • To Be Taught, If Fortunate, by Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager; Hodder & Stoughton)

— full list of all categories at tor.com

Crit Mass, May 6th: Jane Routley

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Our guest speaker for the May meeting is Melbourne Fantasy and Science Fiction writer Jane Routley. Her 7th book, Shadow in the Empire of Light, is due out in epub this August.  She has published 6 books, 5 as herself and one as Rebecca Locksley, and won two Aurealis Awards for Best Fantasy Novel for her novels Fire Angels and Aramaya.  Her short stories have been widely anthologized and read on the ABC.

Jane was a judge for the recent Australian Role Playing Industry Awards. She has had a variety of careers, including fruit picker and occult librarian and she lived in Germany and Denmark for a decade. Now she works on the railways in Melbourne and is a keen climate activist.

ShadowThe meeting will be held by zoom, at 7pm May 6th, Adelaide time. In the first half, Jane will talk about her work and answer questions. At 7:40 we will have a short (10 min) tea-break, reconvening at 7:50pm for a discussion of what’s new and interesting in SF & F.

 

Join Crit Mass Zoom Meeting, 7pm May 6th:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78026195446?pwd=SmQraE1jbXJxaitxMXhuOHpIN08zQT09

Meeting ID: 780 2619 5446
Password: 7fXx7M

Join Zoom Meeting, Critical Mass, Adelaide, part 2, May 6th, 7:50 PM Adelaide
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76738664461?pwd=Tk83eGh3SFJIMTdjazVyL0QyMlJwdz09

Meeting ID: 767 3866 4461
Password: 7fXx7M

[Note that we are also holding a second meeting, on May 20th, to discuss novellae, and chat in general]

2019 Aurealis Awards shortlist

from the Aurealis Awards blog

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We all need a bit of joy in our lives right now, so it is with great pleasure we present the Aurealis Awards finalists for 2019. Congratulations to all the finalists, and a huge thanks to our panelists who have persevered through fire, flood and plague to deliver these shortlists, which contain a glorious diversity of work for your delectation. It’s a really important time to support your local creators, so if you are able, go hunt down some great reads today! — Tehani

 

BEST FANTASY NOVEL
Angel Mage, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)
Darkdawn, Jay Kristoff (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Wailing Woman, Maria Lewis (Little, Brown Book Group)
The Harp of Kings, Juliet Marillier (Macmillan Australia)
The Darkest Bloom,  P M Freestone (Scholastic)
Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town, Michael Pryor (Allen & Unwin)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
The Subjects, Sarah Hopkins (Text Publishing)
Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (UQP)
The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG Publishing Australia)
The Glad Shout, Alice Robinson (Affirm Press)
Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan Wilson (Allen & Unwin)

 

More details in other categories here: 

 

Crit Mass goes online April 1st!

For obvious reasons, Critical Mass will conduct the next few meetings online, via Zoom (which can be used on desktop, laptop or smart phone).

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Our special guest for the April 1st Meeting is Karen J Carlisle, local author of The Adventures of Viola Stewart, The Aunt Enid Mysteries and The Department of Curiosities series. Hopefully, she’ll treat us with details of her latest work.

 

The meeting will start at 7pm (Adelaide time, 30 mins later in Melbourne ), run for 40 mins, then take a 10-minute tea/coffee/G&T break and re-convene at 7:50 (Adelaide time) for the final half hour.

To join the meeting, you will need to provide the following information to zoom*:
Join Zoom Meeting at 7pm:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/242593495
Meeting ID: 242 593 495

Join meeting at 7:50pm:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/130077258
Meeting ID: 130 077 258

Please note the different meeting ID for part 2 of the meeting

*If you need some guidance in using zoom, here’s a useful video on joining meetings:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting 

Last and First Men

One the most emotional world premieres at the upcoming 2020 Berlin International Film Festival is bound to be “Last and First Men,” the directorial feature debut of the late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.[…]

Jóhannsson’s only directorial feature, “Last and First Men” is an adaptation of his touring multimedia project of the same name. The movie — shot on 16mm black-and-white film with “Victoria” and “Rams” cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen — played in concert halls, accompanied by Jóhannsson’s score with a live orchestra. The feature film playing at Berlin includes the composer’s original score and narration from Tilda Swinton….

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— from Mike Glyer’s file770.com

Crit Mass Mar 4th: the Night Watch series

This month, Roman looks at the novels in the best-selling russian series by Sergei Lukyanenko. What started as a trilogy is now a hexology, but he’s just looking a the setup in the first two novels: Night Watch and Day Watch. Some of you might recall the movies based on the novels…

It’s 6:45 Wed 4th March for a 7pm start at kappy’s tea & coffee merchants,
22 Compton St,Adelaide.
Come along and tell us about your favourite stand-alone fantasy story!