Each year members of the National SF Convention vote on the Best Australian SF/F/H work for the previous year. Before the final vote, however, “natural persons active in fandom, and … full or supporting members of the national convention of the year of the award” nominate those works they think are worthy of consideration. Those with the highest number of nominations go on the shortlist, from which winners will be chosen by vote of members of the current and previous National SF Conventions.
This year’s Natcon, Swancon 40, takes place in Perth on 2 – 6 April 2015, where the Ditmar Awards will be voted upon and presented. Eligible stories were published in 2014.
Last year I was privileged to win the Ditmar Award for Best Novel for Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead. This year I have nothing so massive to offer up for consideration, though a list of my eligible, and of course slightly less massive, works — should you wish to nominate any of them — appear below.
I put them up for your convenience, not to pressure anyone. It just makes the process easier.
- “The Shark God Covenant” in Dimension6 Speculative Fiction e-zine, Issue 3, 2014 and in a full volume of the year’s Dimension6 stories, Dimension6 Annual 2014. If you haven’t read this story, and would like to, it is available free in either ipub or mobi format from this site.
- “Flying Death”, a Rocketeer novella, in The Rocketeer: Jet-Pack Adventures, edited by Jeff Connor and Tom Waltz, IDW Publishing, Sept 2014. Available in print only from online stores.
SHORT STORY CATEGORY
- “Dark Mechanics of the Game” in COSMOS Magazine: The Science of Everything, Issue 56, April/May 2014. Available to be read online from the COSMOS site or in the printed magazine.
Whether you vote for them or not, I hope you read them — particularly as two of them are available for free. The Rocketeer: Jet-Pack Adventures is worth getting hold of and reading for the sheer pulp awesomeness of the stories, based as they are (with approval of the estate of original creator, writer and illustrator Dave Stevens). I had a great time writing that one, which is, I must say, rather out there (as they say) in its storyline.
Otherwise, please, if you are a member of Australian fandom, nominate ANY eligible work you have enjoyed in 2014. The more people who get involved, the better the award. You can nominate online here: http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2015/nominations.html.