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January 19th, 2003

Ditmar Nominations.

copied from an email:

"Greetings all,

The Ditmar and Tin Duck Nominations are upon us again!

This year we have several ways for you to lodge your nominations. They are:

- Online at www.swancon.com (Tin Ducks comming very soon!)
- Downloadable .pdf document at www.swancon.com
- Swancon 2003 Progress Report 2 (due out next week)
- Writing to Swancon 2003, GPO Box G429, Perth WA 6841 and will mail
you a nomination form.

If you need help with what to nominate, Eidolon.net is a fantastic
source of information pertaining to Australian Science Fiction.
Comprehensive lists of 2002 publications have been assembled for
book-length (http://eidolon.net/yearinprint/) and short fiction
(http://eidolon.net/yearinprintshort/) works.

The nomination period for both the Ditmars and the Tin Ducks is from 1st
January 2003 until 14th Feburary 2003. Nominations received by post
must be post-marked no later than 14th Feburary 2003 to be considered.

The voting period for the Ditmars will be from 1st March 2003 until 4th
April 2003 and will be done in a similar fashion to the nomination
process. There will be no voting at the convention, but remember that
you only need a Supporting Membership to Swancon 2003 ($20, upgradable -
see www.swancon.com to purchase online!) to be able to vote!

The voting period for the Tin Ducks will be from 1st March 2003 until
18th April 2003, and will be done in a similar fashion to the nomination
process. You will be able to vote at the convention on the Thursday and
Friday until 8:00pm.

Please feel free to pass this email onto other lists within the
Australian SF community so that we can reach as many fans as possible.

Remember that nominators are winners too as you ultimately help decide
who wins the awards - if they are not nominated, they can't win!

I look forward to your nominations.

Thank you.

Brett Griggs
Swancon 2003 Committee
Awards Sub-committee Chair"

Books and Stories.

yes, i put up the link for ditmar awards. why not? it's probably the only award i know where a classroom for 1st grade children could band together and completely throw everything out of context. though unless you're an aging 70's rock star, those 1st graders are never around to be useful.

in 2002 i appeared in two anthologies, the first being Passing Strange edited by bill congreve (the story was called 'Cigarettes and Roses') and the second in Agog! Fantastic Fiction edited by cat sparks (the story was called 'Scratches in the Sky'.)

MirrorDanse published the first, and their link is http://www.tabula-rasa.info/MirrorDanse/

Agog! published the second, and the link is http://www.catsparks.net/agog press/

follow the rockets, as they say in countries being bombed.

a small story titled 'Antique Spaceman' appeared on the webzine Antipodean SF which can be found at http://antipodean-sf.com

and an even smaller story (fifty words) appeared in AureliasXpress. it was called 'Camel'. i was told it was published in December, but i never actually saw the thing, so i'll just go on faith.

i had a bi-monthly column called 'Sydney Before 2am' at the website http://www.popmatters.com (Popmatters being its name), and even though the column has ended, they're still archived.

i also wrote an essay at http://www.theprogram.net.au entitled 'Fame, Fortune, and a Fatwa'. check the archive again. it was fun to write.

and, to wrap the recount of 2002 up:

'Cigarettes and Roses' from Passing Strange is getting an honourable mention in ellen datlow and terri windling's Years Best Fantasy and Horror 2002 which is a nice thing to happen.

anyhow, i'm sure the suspicious and cynical of you will note how i put this after the ditmar nomination form. good. i seem to have misplaced my 1st graders, you see.

even if decide not to vote for my work (which is reasonable, in its own way) you can still vote for Chris Mowbray as Best New Talent.

just 'cause.