I won two Australian Shadows Awards! Soon they will be sitting at the front door to scare off unwelcome visitors and greet those who pass my rigourous tests of entry.
Huge congrats also to Kirstyn McDermott, who won Best Novel for Perfections (well deserved; I’ve read it) and to Martin Livings, Best Short Story for “Birthday Suit”, from Living With the Dead. I wrote the intro to this collection, and can vouch for the book and the story.
Also, my story “River of Memory”, from Robots vs Zombies (Women on War) will appear in the Ticonderoga Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, edited by Talie Helene. Talie is quite an astonishing editor, finding gems of stories others may have missed. Thrilled to be appearing in this book!
Conflux, this year’s Australian National Science Fiction Convention, begins tomorrow. Already people are tweeting and facebooking, annoucing their arrival in Canberra. It’s a glorious day; brisk, bright, clean, showing my city off in a good light. Nights are bloody freezing, though, so we’ll have to either drink plenty of vodka and not leave the hotel or drink plenty of wine and not leave the hotel. We shall see!
I’m on panels, I’m launching three amazing books and attending the launches of more wonderful books, and I’m giving a presentation about my personal history and geography, as seen in my stories. I’ve been gathering photos for this for some time and found it to be rather an interesting exercise, representing myself and my stories pictorially. Hope to see lots there! Program is here.
I’ll be doing three readings. 3.30 Friday, as part of Nicole Murphy’s In Fabula Divino anthology, 5pm Friday as part of the Ticonderoga authors group, and 11am Saturday, where I think I’ll read my Dickensian story “The Pickwick Syndrome“. I call it a love story; I’ll be interested to know if others agree.