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Aurealis Award Shortlist

Well, the Aurealis Award Shortlist is out. I've put it behind a cut because the formating in the email I received has made it a bitch to read (not to mention long). Anyhow, I had a plan to snag the short fiction from the three adult sections and do a critique through here, in a local sort of blog stunt. That would require me, however, getting the stories sent to me, though I'll probably not need the online ones, so it means hassle authors or editors for them to email me. I've no idea how that'll go down, given the ever so popular nature of this blog.

Still, it shouldn't be a problem, I don't think. The real question, however, is how many of you want to read critiques of this stuff? Usually, opinions don't make of a difference to what I blog about, but I'm a bit 'eh' on it, so if you guys have got no interest, we'll let it go.

Poll #633856 Awards

Do You Want to Read Critiques of Aurealis Award Finalists?

What the Fuck Do I Care?
Aren't There More Interesting Things to Blog About?

(If you've no livejournal account and can't fill in the poll, just leave a comment or email me.)

2005 Aurealis Awards Finalists’ Shortlists


Science Fiction Novels Finalists

John Birmingham
Designated Targets

KA Bedford

Marianne de Pierres
Crash Deluxe

Sean Williams and Shane Dix
Geodesica: Ascent 1
Harper Collins

Science Fiction Short Stories Finalists

Rjurik Davidson
“The Interminable Sufferings of Mysterious Mr Woo”
Aurealis #33, 34, 35

Leanne Frahm
“Skein Dogs”
Fables and Reflections

Trent Jamieson
“Slow and Ache”
Aurealis #36

Lynn Triffit
“The Memory of Breathing”
ASIM #17

Kim Westwood
“Terning tha Weel”
Aurealis #36

Science Fiction Short Story Highly Commended

Tess Williams
“How Green Was Their Love”
Borderlands 4


Fantasy Novel Finalists

Sara Douglass
Darkwitch Rising: The Troy Game Book 3
Harper Collins

Anthony Eaton

Sonya Hartnett

Juliet Marillier
Blade of Fortriu: Book II The Bridei Chronicles
Pan Macmillan Australia

Karen Miller
The Innocent Mage: Kingmaker Kingbreaker Book I
Harper Collins

Fantasy Novel Highly Commended

Trudi Canavan
Priestess of the White
Harper Collins

Fantasy Short Story Finalists

Adam Browne
“Heart of Saturday Night”
Lenox Avenue Ezine www.lexonavemag.com Issue #4

Terry Dartnell
“Ones and Zeros”
Neverary, Issue 8

Dirk Flinthart
“The Red Priest's Homecoming”
ASIM, Issue 17

Richard Harland
“The Greater Death of Saito Saku”

Rosaleen Love
“Once Giants Roamed the Earth”
The Traveling Tide and Daikaiju!


Horror Novel Finalists

Nil nominated

Horror Novel Highly Commended

JC Burke
Nine Letters Long
Random House

Horror Short Story Finalists

Lee Battersby
Shadowed Realms #3

Chuck McKenzie
“Eight-Beat Bar”
Aurealis #33, 34,35

Paul Haines
“Doof, Doof, Doof”
Dark Animus #7

James Cain
“The Ride”
Dark Krypt May/June 05

Cat Sparks
“Macciato Lane”
Tinconderoga Online

Horror Short Stories Highly Commended

Peter Barber
Aurealis #33, 34,35


Young Adult Novel Finalists

Anthony Eaton

Justine Larbalestier
Magic or Madness

Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld:
Simon & Schuster

Young Adult Novel Highly Commended

Kerry Greenwoood
The Rat and the Raven

Penni Russon
Random House

Scott Westerfeld
Simon & Schuster

Young Adult Short Story Finalists

Dirk Flinthart
“The Red Priest's Homecoming”
ASIM, Issue 17

Garth Nix
“Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case”
Across the Wall


Children’s Long Fiction Finalists

Isobel Carmody
Little Fur: The Legend Of Little Fur

Morris Gleitzman
Worm Story

Richard Harland
Sassycat: The Night of the Dead
Omnibus Books

Garth Nix
Drowned Wednesday
Allen and Unwin

Children’s Long Fiction Highly Commended

Carole Wilkinson
Garden Of The Purple Dragon
Black Dog Books

John Flanagan
The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice 3)
Random House

Children’s Short Fiction Finalists

Goldie Alexander
“The Space Gypsies"
The School Magazine # 7

Stephen Axelsen
"Piccolo & Annabel 2: The Disastrous Party"
Random House

Stephen Axelsen
"Piccolo & Annabel 3:The Stinky Cheese Gypsies"
Random House

Gary Crew & Jeremy Geddes
"The Mystery of Eilean Mor"


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Dec. 14th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
That email was an interesting exercise in formatting, wasn't it. You may also want to correct the names in the sf novel category - it should be Shane Dix.

Would love to see the critique.
Dec. 15th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
we'll see about the critiques. i'm thinking i'll break them down into three large posts: sf, fantasy, horror, rather than have fifteen individual critiques. i don't think anyone will enjoy that many--and i think there's a bit of interest in looking at the whole.

it's a very unsurprising selection, i thought.

i'll fix up shane's name.
Dec. 15th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
Dec. 15th, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
heh. i didn't even know that was going on in the comments. how much of a word length space would i have?
Dec. 15th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
As much as you need, though if you get past 2000 words or so the proofreaders may start to grumble at me slightly. Give it some thought, anyway; I liked your appreciation of 'Jailwise' a lot.
Dec. 15th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
cool. i sent you an email about it. i actually think doing it through you guys might be taking it to an audience that is more interested, rather than forcing it on those who don't want it or care about it here.
Dec. 16th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
Hmm, I don't seem to have an email. What address did you use? The lj email forwarding may still be messed up, if you used coalescent@livejournal. Try resending to myfirstname.lastname@gmail.com instead.
Dec. 16th, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
sent. hopefully it'll work.
Dec. 21st, 2005 11:38 am (UTC)
and there's some more HC for horror shorts
so, um, please update your list, cos I wanna be more famous than I already am. fuck, is that too obvious. Yeah, maybe it is.
Dec. 21st, 2005 11:45 am (UTC)
Re: and there's some more HC for horror shorts

if you're talking about the honourable mentions, fuck that noise. they're useless. five finalists and five people who could have been finalists. it's stupid.
Dec. 21st, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: and there's some more HC for horror shorts
Of course it's stupid, but in a world of no advertising/recognition for any of this shit, any publicty is good publicity, yeah? fucking oath, Mr Peek, fucking oath! Have you guessed which egotist this is?
Dec. 21st, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: and there's some more HC for horror shorts
i'm figuring it's haines, yes.
Dec. 22nd, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
Re: and there's some more HC for horror shorts
good figuring. I mean, who else was going to swear back?
Dec. 23rd, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: and there's some more HC for horror shorts

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