In other matters arising

7 04 2015

Life goes on, even in the midst of a Hugo nominations maelstrom, and here in the Antipodes, the synchronised Australian and NZ natcons — neither of which I was able to attend — have seen the parcelling out of Ditmar, Sir Julius Vogel, and other awards, under considerably less contentious circumstances than have attended the Hugo noms.  The Ditmar summary can be seen here, and the SJVs here. (Yes, I know the ‘Ditmar’ link isn’t to an official results page, but it’s a source I trust, in the apparent absence of the official page at this time.)

Hearty congratulations to all the winners — I’m especially pleased to see, on the NZ side, SJVs go to Paul Mannering for his marvellously daffy novel Engines of Empathy (thoroughly recommended), to Lee Murray for her short story ‘Inside Ferndale’, and to A J Fitzwater for her well-deserved Best New Talent award. (A J has a novella — the cover story, in fact, in the upcoming ASIM 61, which has been upcoming for so long that I’m sure it’s starting to seem like the Cathedral of Chalesm. But the issue is, honestly, almost complete …) And there’s a long list of good names on the Ditmar sheet as well, but I’d like to single out the hardworking and multi-talented Donna Maree Hanson who has claimed the A Bertram Chandler award this year.

A signal boost

19 07 2013

A group of my colleagues at SpecFicNZ, spearheaded by the energetic and talented Dan Rabarts (and with editorial backup from the delightful Lee Murray), have put together an anthology called Baby Teeth, a collection of horror stories inspired by the creepy things kids say.


They’re setting up to sell the anthology (in both print and e-formats) as a fundraiser for New Zealand’s ‘Duffy Books In Homes‘ child literacy programme, and they’re running a PledgeMe campaign to raise $1000 (NZD) to cover costs for an initial print run. You can pledge as little as $5, and a pledge of $10 suffices to get you a copy of the e-book. (Some of the incentives / rewards are available only in NZ, but the e-book offer is certainly international.)

If you’re wavering, the authors represented are:

Jake Bible, Anna Caro, Debbie Cowens, Matt Cowens, Morgan Davie, Elizabeth Gatens, Jean Gilbert, Jan Goldie, JC Hart, Alan Lindsay, Kevin G MacLean, Paul Mannering, Sally McLennan, Piper Mejia, Lewis Morgan, Celine Murray, Lee Murray, Jack Newhouse, Michael J Parry, Alicia Ponder, Dan Rabarts, Jenni Sands, Darian Smith, Matthew Sanborn Smith, Grant Stone, and M Darusha Wehm.

I’m familiar with enough of those names to convince me that this is going to be a very classy collection, and it’s in a very good cause. Please get behind it!