The finalists for the 2012 Aurealis Awards have been announced and I’m delighted to see that Edge of Infinity, Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, and The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six have been nominated for Best Anthology, alongside two fine books from Ticonderoga Publications, The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011 edited by Liz Gryb and Talie Helene, and Bloodstones edited by Amanda Pillar. I’m delighted to be nominated alongside them, and wish them every succcess on the big night!
I am especially delighted with the news because it was such a pleasure working alongside Jonathan Oliver and the Solaris Team on Edge of Infinity, with Jim Thomas and the Random House team and Sara Odedina and the Hot Key team on Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, and with Ross Lockhart and Marty Halpern on The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated, talented and hard working bunch of people there to make me look good.
I would like to acknowledge, though, that the true credit belongs to the wonderful writers who sent me stories and let me print or reprint them in my books – I’m very lucky and working with them really is enough reward in itself.
It would be remiss of me, too, to not shout out to all of my friends who are nominated in other categories — too many to name – all of whom deserve enormous congratulations!