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!

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, editingĀ Mother of InventionĀ (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-launchedĀ 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