Category Archives: Australia

That Aussie Snapshot Interview

Mine can be found here.

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The Australian Spec Fic Snapshot

Every few years our Australian friends get into a frenzy of interviewing, aiming to highlight as many of their fine writers as possible. It is a fine tradition started by Ben Peek and known as the The Australian Spec Fic … Continue reading

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New Dimension 6

Issue #2 of the free Australian speculative fiction magazine, Dimension 6, is now available. You can download it as a DRM-free epub or mobi, from the publisher’s website. This issue contains stories from Dirk Strasser, Alan Baxter and Robert N … Continue reading

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OK Australia, This Means War

Forget the cricket. That’s just sport, after all. And us Poms seem to rather enjoy losing (though we much prefer losing to West Indies). No, this is something much more serious: whisky. Last week an Australian whisky was named the … Continue reading

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Aurealis Awards Finalists

Still on the subject of awards, Australia’s juried Aurealis Awards have announced their finalists (PDF). We have a lot of the books in the store. Congratulations first to Fablecroft who have several books up for prizes: One Small Step – … Continue reading

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Australia Does Fan Film

If you thought that the special effects for Iron Sky were good, just take a look at this trailer for the forthcoming Star Wars Downunder. Star Wars Downunder Trailer from Michael Cox on Vimeo. Just wait until you see the … Continue reading

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The Guardian Goes Down Under

I’ve been noting a lot of Australian political news on the Guardian website of late, presumably heralding a big push into that market. And now they have made a play for that culture that David Gower jokingly suggested that they … Continue reading

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Aurealis Awards Winners

Australia’s juried awards were announced at a ceremony in Sydney today. Based on their Twitter feed, here are the winners. Children’s Fiction (mainly words): Brotherband: The Hunters by John Flanagan (Random House Australia) Children’s Fiction (mainly pictures): Little Elephants by … Continue reading

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Ditmar Winners

The Ditmar Award winners were announced at the Australian Natcon yesterday evening. I can’t see an official announcement yet, but based on Twitter reports the winners are as follows: Novel: Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin) Novella or Novelette: … Continue reading

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GUFF Deadline Approaches

James Shields reminds me that the deadline for voting in the current GUFF race is midnight on Monday. Details of the race are here, along with instructions on how to vote. Personally I’d love to see Mihaela win, but I … Continue reading

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New Aussie Podcast

Thanks to Kirstyn and Mondy of The Writer & The Critic I have been altered to a new podcast by prolific Australian blogger, Sean Wright. The podcast is named after his blog, Adventures of a Bookonaut, and Episode 1 is … Continue reading

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Europe Goes For GUFF

Here’s me going on about European fandom again. GUFF, the fan fund ostensibly operating between Europe and Australasia, often ends up actually operating between the UK and Australia. There are been a couple of non-UK winners from the European end, … Continue reading

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New From Twelfth Planet

And speaking of fabulous Australians, as we just were, here is something else to be thankful for today. I have not one, not two, but three new books for you from Twelfth Planet Press. Worth a squee? Just wait until … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Tansy!

The winner of the Washington SF Association’s Small Press Award was announced at Capclave yesterday. I’m delighted to see that the award went to Tansy Rayner Roberts for her story, “The Patrician”. That story is, of course, from her collection … Continue reading

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Bicycle Shopping

Tansy Rayner Roberts tweeted to let me know that you can buy a copy of The Courier’s New Bicycle cheap, and with free international shipping, from Fishpondworld. The site may ask you to enter an email address before you can … Continue reading

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Eastercon – Sunday

Another day survived, and this one was a lot better. I spent a couple of hours following the Australian awards ceremony from Swancon. I was astonished at the number of women winning awards. They dominated in all categories, but particularly … Continue reading

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SF Library in WA Needs Funds

I got a press release today from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Apparently they have discovered a large collection of SF&F-related material in a basement. It dates back over 30 years and comprises “rare books, comics, fanzines, t-shirts and personal … Continue reading

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Good News From Queensland

Those of you following the news from Australia may be wondering what is happening to our friends Jean Weber and Eric Lindsay, who live near Townsville, right in the path of the cyclone. I am much relieved to report that … Continue reading

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Cultural Difference (Stereotyping)

The Adelaide Oval cricket ground has built some large new stands recently. When the test match took place there last year the English commentators on Sky and the BBC were in full flow whingeing about how the look of the … Continue reading

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A Melbourne Mystery

The Ashes resumed today in one of the world’s great sporting events: the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Tens of thousands of holidaying Aussies had packed into the famous ground to see the old enemy ground into … Continue reading

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