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Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Ditmar Awards 2015 - The Short List!

Good grief, how did I forget to post this?

Listed below are this year's shortlisted books for the Ditmar Awards. Unlike the Aurealises, these are nominated and voted for by readers. For readers outside Australia, the Ditmars are our answer to the Hugo Awards. I read on Twitter this morning that the biting period has been extended by a week, so if you're a member of this year's Natcon or have a voting membership, you still have a few days to send your vote. There is a voting form here:  

There's an interesting analysis of the list on Michelle Goldsmith's web site, here:

While assuring her readers that this is a reader thing and they have nominated stuff they love, she points out, as a bookseller, that it's more likely to end up on the shortlist if a lot of people had the chance to read it, so distribution...

Anyway, have a look and do vote if you can.

Best Novel

The Lascar's Dagger, Glenda Larke (Hachette)
Bound (Alex Caine 1), Alan Baxter (Voyager)
Clariel, Garth Nix (HarperCollins)
Thief's Magic (Millennium's Rule 1), Trudi Canavan (Hachette Australia)
The Godless (Children 1), Ben Peek (Tor UK)

Best Novella or Novelette

"The Ghost of Hephaestus", Charlotte Nash, in Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
"The Legend Trap", Sean Williams, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)
"The Darkness in Clara", Alan Baxter, in SQ Mag 14 (IFWG Publishing Australia)
"St Dymphna's School for Poison Girls", Angela Slatter, in Review of Australian Fiction, Volume 9, Issue 3 (Review of Australian Fiction)
"The Female Factory", Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter, in The Female Factory (Twelfth Planet Press)
"Escapement", Stephanie Gunn, in Kisses by Clockwork (Ticonderoga Publications)

Best Short Story

"Bahamut", Thoraiya Dyer, in Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
"Vanilla", Dirk Flinthart, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)
"Cookie Cutter Superhero", Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)
"The Seventh Relic", Cat Sparks, in Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
"Signature", Faith Mudge, in Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Collected Work

Kaleidoscope, Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios (Twelfth Planet Press)
The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)
Phantazein, Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)

Best Artwork

Illustrations, Kathleen Jennings, in Black-Winged Angels (Ticonderoga Publications)
Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, of Phantazein (FableCroft Publishing)
Illustrations, Kathleen Jennings, in The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings (Tartarus Press)

Kethleen Jennings is a terrific artist, but I have to admit to being disappointed, here, that the wonderful Eleanor Clarke cover for ASIM 60 didn't make it to the shortlist. 

Best Fan Writer

Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work
Tsana Dolichva, for body of work
Bruce Gillespie, for body of work
Katharine Stubbs, for body of work
Alexandra Pierce for body of work
Grant Watson, for body of work
Sean Wright, for body of work

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