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2010 Ditmar Awards Finalists

The 2010 Ditmar Award shortlist, for Australian SF, has been announced:

Best Novel

  • World Shaker, Richard Harland (Allen & Unwin)
  • Liar, Justine Larbalestier (Bloomsbury)
  • Life Through Cellophane, Gillian Polack (Eneit)
  • Slights, Kaaron Warren (Angry Robot)
  • Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Penguin)

Best Novella or Novelette

  • Horn, Peter M. Ball (Twelfth Planet)
  • “Black Water”, David Conyers (Jupiter)
  • “After the World: Gravesend”, Jason Fischer (Black House Comics)
  • “Wives”, Paul Haines (X6)
  • “Siren Beat”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Roadkill/Siren Beat)

Best Short Story

  • “Six Suicides”, Deborah Biancotti (A Book of Endings)
  • “Prosperine When it Sizzles”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (New Ceres Nights)
  • “The Piece of Ice in Ms Windermere’s Heart”, Angela Slatter (New Ceres Nights)
  • “Seventeen”, Cat Sparks (Masques)
  • “Tontine Mary”, Kaaron Warren (New Ceres Nights)
  • “Black Peter”, Marty Young (Festive Fear)

Best Collected Work

  • A Book of Endings, Deborah Biancotti, Alisa Krasnostein & Ben Payne, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
  • Slice Of Life, Paul Haines (The Mayne Press)
  • New Ceres Nights, Alisa Krasnostein & Tehani Wessely, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
  • Eclipse Three, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)
  • The New Space Opera 2, Jonathan Strahan & Gardner Dozois, eds. (HarperCollins)

Best Artwork

  • Cover art, Masques (CSFG), Mik Bennett
  • Cover art, The Whale’s Tale (Peggy Bright), Eleanor Clarke
  • Cover art, Horn (Twelfth Planet), Dion Hamill
  • Cover art, New Ceres Nights (Twelfth Planet), Dion Hamill
  • Cover art and illustrations, Shards: Short Sharp Tales (Brimstone), Andrew J. McKiernan
  • Cover art, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #42, Lewis Morley

Best Fan Writer

  • Bruce Gillespie, for work in Steam Engine Time
  • Robert Hood, for Undead Backbrain (
  • Chuck McKenzie, for work in Horrorscope
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work
  • Tehani Wessely, for body of work

Best Fan Artist

  • Kathleen Jennings, for body of work
  • Dick Jenssen, for body of work
  • Dave Schembri, for work in Midnight Echo

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

  • Steam Engine Time, Bruce Gillespie & Janine Stinson, eds.
  • Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet (, Edwina Harvey & Ted Scribner, eds.
  • ASif! (, Alisa Krasnostein, Gene Melzack et al, eds.
  • A Writer Goes on a Journey (, Nyssa Pascoe et al, eds.
  • Interstellar Ramjet Scoop, Bill Wright, ed.

Best Achievement

  • H. Gibbens, for the Gamers’ Quest CGI-animated book trailer
  • Ruth Jenkins and Cathy Jenkins-Rutherford, for the children’s program at Conjecture
  • Alisa Krasnostein, Liz Grzyb, Tehani Wessely, Cat Sparks & Kate Williams, for the New Ceres Nights book launch
  • Gillian Polack et al., for the Southern Gothic banquet at Conflux
  • Amanda Rainey, for the cover design of Siren Beat/Roadkill (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best New Talent

  • Peter M. Ball
  • Thoraiya Dyer
  • Jason Fischer
  • Christopher Green
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • Pete Kempshall
  • Simon Petrie

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

  • Chuck McKenzie, for “The Dead Walk! … Into a Bookstore Near You” (Eye of Fire #1)
  • Helen Merrick, for The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms (Aqueduct)
  • Ian Mond, for reviews on his blog (
  • Grant Watson, for reviews and articles for Eiga: Asian Cinema (

The Ditmar Awards will be announced at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention (“NatCon-Dudcon III”), to be held in Melbourne, Australia, September 2-6 2010.


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