Ditmar Awards finalists announced
Finalists for the 2010 Ditmar Awards for Australian Science Fiction have been announced.
Finalists for Best Novel include World Shaker (Allen & Unwin), by Richard Harland; Liar (Bloomsbury), by Justine Larbalestier; Life through Cellophane (Eneit), by Gillian Polack; Slights (Angry Robot), by Kaaron Warren; and Leviathan (Penguin), by Scott Westerfeld.
Best Novella or Novelette finalists are Horn (Twelfth Planet), by Peter M. Ball; “Black Water: (Jupiter), by David Conyers; “After the World: Gravesend” (Black House Comics), by Jason Fischer; “Wives” (X6), by Paul Haines; and “Siren Beat” (Roadkill/Siren Beat), by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
In the Best Short Story category, the finalists are “Six Suicides” (A Book of Endings), by Deborah Biancotti; “Prosperine When it Sizzles” (New Ceres Nights), by Tansy Rayner Roberts; “The Piece of Ice in Ms Windermere’s Heart” (New Ceres Nights), by Angela Slatter; “Seventeen” (Masques), by Cat Sparks; “Tontine Mary” (New Ceres Nights), by Kaaron Warren; and “Black Peter” (Festive Fear), by Marty Young.
For Best Collected Work, finalists include A Book of Endings (Twelfth Planet), Deborah Biancotti, Alisa Krasnostein and Ben Payne, editors; Slice of Life (The Mayne Press), by Paul Haines; New Ceres Nights (Twelfth Planet), Alisa Krasnostein and Tehani Wessely, editors; Eclipse Three (Night Shade), Jonathan Strahan, editor; and The New Space Opera 2 (HarperCollins), Jonathan Strahan and Gardner Dozois, editors.
Other categories to be awarded include Best Artwork; Best Fan Writer; Best Fan Artist; Best Fan Publication in Any Medium; Best Achievement, for book trailers, convention programming, book launches, and so forth; and Best New Talent.
The Ditmar Awards, which recognize excellence in science fiction by Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia, will be awarded at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention (“NatCon”) in Melbourne, Australia, on the weekend of 2 – 6 September 2010.
Also to be awarded at the convention, but not a Ditmar Award, is the William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review. William Atheling Jr is the pseudonym used by writer James Blish for his critical writing.
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