Last night the glitterati of the Australian science fiction and fantasy scene gathered at the Independent Theatre in Sydney for the annual Aurealis Awards shindig.Â Unfortunately many of us couldn’t be there, so informal gatherings happened around the country, frequently referring to Twitter for updates.
We had a small group of friends over for champagne and gossip while we watched and waited for “our” category (Best Anthology) to roll around. Last year was a great one here in Western Australia and Alisa (for her excellent Sprawl), Marianne and I (for Wings of Fire) , and just me solo (for Godlike Machines) were all up for Best Anthology.Â which I think in itself was one of the best things about the awards.Â As it turned out Marianne and I were delighted to hear that Wings of Fire had been given the award. We worked hard on the book, and it was especially pleasing to win an award with Marianne.
Other friends won during the evening – Tansy, Helen, Margo, and Kirstyn among many. Congratulations to them all! More than one person pointed out how similar the results were to the recent Ditmar Awards, and how good it was to see a convergence of popular and critical opinion looking back at last year’s Australian SF/F scene.
And, since I’ve not seen it online elswhere, the full list of winners:
Kris Hembury Encouragement Award: Jodie Cleghorn
Peter McNamara Convenorsâ€™ Award: Helen Merrick
Best Science Fiction Novel: Transformation Space, Marianne de Pierres
Best Science Fiction Short Story: The Heart of a Mouse, K.J. Bishop
Best Fantasy Novel: Power and Majesty, Tansy Rayner Roberts
Best Fantasy Short Story: The February Dragon, LL Hannett & Angela Slatter (joint winners) Yowie, Thoraiya Dyer
Best Horror Novel: Madigan Mine, Kirstyn McDermott
Best Horror Short Story: The Fear, Richard Harland
Best Anthology: Wings of Fire, Edited by Jonathan Strahan and Marianne S. Jablon
Best Collection: The Girl With No Hands, Angela Slatter
Best Illustrated Book / Graphic Novel: Changing Ways: Book 1, Justin Randall
Best Young Adult Novel: Guardian of the Dead, Karen Healey
Best Young Adult Short Story: A Thousand Flowers, Margo Lanagan
Best Childrenâ€™s Fiction(told primarily through pictures): The Boy and the Toy, Sonya Hartnett (writer) & Lucia Masciullo (illustrator)
Best Childrenâ€™s Fiction (told primarily through words): The Keepers, Lian Tanner