Mother of all award ceremonies

(Yes, I am going to beat that pun into a dead mixed metaphor.)

This week I returned from Continuum 15, where I had the usual fabulous time of attending and presenting on panels, and hanging out in the bar with friends. The undeniable highlight, however, was Mother of Invention taking out three awards:

  • the Norma K. Hemming Award for excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in speculative fiction (long work category, jointly with Sam Hawke’s City of Lies)
  • the Ditmar Award for Best Collected Work
  • our amazing cover artist Likhain took home the Ditmar Award for Best Artwork for the cover

My brilliant co-editor Tansy Rayner Roberts also won Best Novella or Novelette for the very lovely Cabaret of Monsters, so it was a great night all round.

As far as the convention itself went, I live tweeted: Lyrical and Poetic speculative fiction; Kate Elliott’s presentation on Narrative Structure and Expectations; Ken Liu’s guest of honour interview, conducted by Likhain; and Polyamory in Speculative Fiction.

I can’t find a livetweet of the Linguistic Worldbuilding panel I moderated, but A.C. Buchanan and Adeline Teoh both kindly recorded the philosophy and ethics of personhood panel I spoke on, entitled Who Am We.

As usual, Cat Sparks’ photos capture some of the magic.

As if that weren’t enough excitement, my bioethical thriller “Best For Baby” is out in the most recent issue of GlitterShip. (Kindle version is here, and podcast to come).

I did not win a Woollahra Digital Literary Award, but I enjoyed the ceremony and its aftermath, and was pleased that Stephen Pham, who judged my category, mentioned “The Day Girl” to highlight the importance of podcast fiction for accessibility.

Next on the horizon is Conflux and GenreCon, plus some unannounced projects, and, of course, writing. I recently hit 50,000 words (and halfway) in my novel, and I always have more shorts in the mix. Phew, I think that might be it!

The obligatory award eligibility post

First, let’s get the easy stuff out of the way. I had just one story of my own published in 2018, ‘To Rain Upon One City’ in Resist Fascism (psst, have you seen this gorgeous cover by Geneva B?) It’s eligible for the short story categories of the Locus, Hugo, and Ditmar awards. I was deeply honoured that my editors Bart Leib and Kay Holt saw fit to open the anthology with my far-future, Jewish refugee jiu-jitsu story of community and kindness.

Mother of Invention has already garnered some great reviews and nominations, including being listed on the 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List and being shortlisted for an Aurealis Award (additional congratulations are in order for Lee Cope, whose story ‘A Robot Like Me’ is shortlisted in the best YA short story category). Reviews are up at Tor.com, Books and Publishing, and elsewhere.

Things get a little more involved for Mother of Invention eligibility, so I’ve included more detail below, including voting eligibility and deadlines. Thank you to anyone who considers voting for my writing and editing work, and for getting through this labyrinth.

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Recently, and soon

Re-interred convict and early white settler graves in the Jewish section of Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart; many of the stars represent child and infant deaths.

I’ve had a busy few months year, editing Mother of Invention (it’s with the printer now!), writing, and taking on the gothest side gig ever: doing admin and proofreading gravestones for a monumental stonemason.

Belated writing news… My Ecopunk story, “Trivalent”, was shortlisted for a Ditmar Award, and my Defying Doomsday short, “Two Somebodies Go Hunting”, has been shortlisted for a Norma K. Hemming Award.

I just got back from the US, where among other things, I pre-launched Mother of Invention at WisCon (my livetweets are here; I had a fantastic time on the two panels I was on, plus the others I attended and elsewhere). While I was there, Strange Horizons interviewed me about my writing and editing work, and it was great fun to chat to them about what keeps me writing. Continue reading

Making Contact

Author with award

Here I am with my first ever award, for Best New Talent in the Ditmar Awards. Photo by me.

Last night I returned home from Contact, the 55th annual Australian speculative fiction convention held in Brisbane.

As I usually do, I had a wonderful time catching up with friends from around the country (and outside of it), learning and live tweeting up a storm (the least terrible of these are immortalised on Storify), and adding to the ever-toppling Mt. TBR.

I was also chuffed to win a Ditmar Award for Best New Talent! Like I said on the night (hopefully coherently, right after I dropped my pin on stage) I very much appreciate the support of my family, the Australian speculative fiction community and specifically my mentor, Cat Sparks.

I am Ditmar nominated!

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve been nominated as ‘best new talent’ in the Ditmar awards. The full preliminary ballot is available on the Ditmars wiki. Any member of Contact 2016 or last year’s Swancon can vote online (for me or any of my worthy opponents).

This year, I was also a judge for the Aurealis Awards, for science fiction short stories. At final count, I believe we read 128 stories, and it was a fantastic learning experience. The full shortlist was released a little while ago, and the the winners of both awards will be announced at Contact, in Brisbane over the Easter long weekend. It’s going to be a great con!