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This is the Australian Shadows Award. As you can see by this statue, it's very classy, and very intelligent.

In fact, it's so classy and so intelligent, that it's nomination list includes a story published in 1985, 1986, and 1995, and which won a Ditmar Award for short fiction in 1986. That story, you ask? Why it's 'The Bullet that Grows in the Gun', by Terry Dowling, and which was reprinted in Basic Black in 2006. A classy, intelligent award, like I said.


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Feb. 23rd, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
I feel like if you're waving a sword, you should at least open your eyes.
Feb. 23rd, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
but then you might wonder where your pants went.
Feb. 23rd, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
And sometimes it's better not to know.
Feb. 23rd, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
Must... fight... overwhelming urge... to knit her a nice cardigan...
Feb. 23rd, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
A good warrior angel would know, you *always* check to make sure no enemy knights have slipped down your top...
Feb. 23rd, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
It's an Angel of Cleavage and Thong Underwear! How can you object?
Feb. 23rd, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Very classy!
Feb. 23rd, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
It's like one of those resin models I see advertised in the Science Fiction Book Club inserts!

Also, she seems fascinated by her own boobs. You go, girl!
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
It is, actually. It's a statue created by acclaimed dark fantasy master Brom and originally sold by The Franklin Mint. 9500 manufactured. Sold out.
Feb. 23rd, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
yeah, i knew the brom thing. wouldn't it be cool if it were bought from a science fiction book club insert?
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
I don't really know why, but in spite of the fact this girl with the miles of legs floated out of a 13-year-old's D&D wet dream, I would personally still prefer to win an EVA 00...
Feb. 23rd, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oooh yes! Much better class of Angel :-)
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Those EVA units are hot!
One day, the Gods of Elegant Plaques and Stately Engravings will answer my pleas for a life-size totoro bed calligraphically signed by Miyazaki Hayao, or signed Hideaki Anno scripts of NGE, or, even, something cool with Yoshitaka Amano and Neil Gaiman (though that's already done, and I already kind of own a copy...)
Feb. 23rd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Those EVA units are hot!
you women, you're so picky :P
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the Dowling thing is embarrasing.

Feb. 23rd, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Feb. 23rd, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
except I think that Brom's really quite neat, you see, and am even considering making a circus show based around his most recent book...

Though yeah, try explaining why that's on the mantle.. hah.
Feb. 24th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
i actually like brom's art. i think some of it is really neat. but some of it, y'know, isn't what should be made into an award for literature excellent...
Feb. 26th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Oh hush, it's hilarious! I am almost inspired to learn how to write fiction just so I can try and win that award. Can you imagine bringing it home to your mother? I'm sure she'd be so proud!
Feb. 26th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
why is it that everyone keeps saying this to me ;P
Feb. 26th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
You have a far better vocabulary than I do, I'm sure. What's the word for when something is too fantastic to be true but then it is anyway?
Feb. 26th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
unbelievable :P
Feb. 23rd, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
It all seems pretty clear to me. She has had to fashion a dress out of a cloak due to being imprisoned somewhere and then escaping. In the process, because the clothing is jury-rigged, she's not sure if her breasts are going to spring out or not, and thus she is looking down at them to make sure. It is a classic heroic pose. The male equivalent Brom statue has a warrior looking down to see if his fly is undone or not.

Feb. 24th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
you think they've got that male equivalent hanging round for when a straight female or gay male wins it?
Feb. 23rd, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
It's ironic, right? Right? Tell me it's ironic:)
Feb. 23rd, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
Having not seen the Dowling book, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that it was an honest mistake...

I must admit I find the idea of comparing novels with shorts kinda odd...

Feb. 23rd, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
Well any attempt on the award's part to secure some form of legitimacy have kind of gone out the window for this year. Unless you're allowed to nominate old works, in which case I think Stephen Dedman's "Never Seen by Waking Eyes" should win.
Feb. 24th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC)
i dunno, man, this is the kind of thing that could easily be checked with a bit of basic research. i believe the publisher website even listed the original stuff. maybe the judges were just newbs--in which case, hey, probably shouldn't be doing it. but whatever, it's all funny to me.

i don't like the comparing thing either, but other awards do it. the tiptree, for example.
Feb. 24th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
That statue would look good with my brother-in-law's little soldier collection she can lead them into war (or what ever)

So a story re-printed counts? Thats crazy you coulod just keep re-printing until you won.
Feb. 24th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
Re: Hmm
So a story re-printed counts? Thats crazy you coulod just keep re-printing until you won.

ohmygod. imagine it.
Feb. 24th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
The She-Ra Award For Happy Light Fiction
Feb. 26th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)

You win.
Feb. 24th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
The Moistened Bint has lost her lake!

But back on topic... I think a lot of people who submit stories to awards don't read the guidelines. An American friend of mine picked up an Honorable Mention in the Aurealis Awards 2005, and this year a pile of overseas writers' stories went off to the poor volunteers to give them a bit more work to do.

It may pay to make writers declare their nationality/residential status (we residents are Aussies too when it suits us) the year the thing was first published and where etc, when the story is nominated, so that the stories match the intentions of the awards.

I don't think it's up to the poor volunteers to know everything off the tops of their heads.
Feb. 24th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's up to the poor volunteers to know everything off the tops of their heads.

well, no, actually, i'll disagree. if you don't know this kind of thing, you really shouldn't be part of the judging panel of an award. it shows that you simply don't have the background for it.
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