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Aurealis Award Nominations, 2006

Below are the 2006 Aurealis Nominations, as released a moment ago by Ben Payne (benpayne).

For those of you curious, I will, again, be doing a review of the short fiction nominations across science fiction, fantasy, horror, and this year, young adult, sections. It'll be published over at ASif, since I think that's a more fitting venue for it, and I'll have more space, so I'll be able to give more time and swords to doing a critical piece of writing, which was my intention last year, but I never quite figured how big it would need to be to do it properly. Still, all up, the first time was all a bit too much fun, really, and you can't just do the fun things once.

Anyhow, for all of you who are curious, or haven't seen it, I give you:



Hydrogen Steel… K. A. Bedford (Edge)
K-Machines… Damien Broderick (Avalon)
Underground… Andrew McGahan (Allen & Unwin)
Geodesica: Descent… Sean Williams with Shane Dix (Harper Collins)

Short Stories

Dark Ages… Lee Battersby (Through Soft Air)
Aftermath… David Conyers (Agog! Ripping Reads)
Down to the Tethys Sea… Stephen Dedman (Science Fiction Chronicle #266)
The Seventh Letter… Sean Williams (Bulletin Summer Reading Edition)



The Silver Road… Grace Dugan (Penguin)
Heart of the Mirage… Glenda Larke (Harper Collins)
Wildwood Dancing… Juliet Marillier (Pan MacMillan)
Voidfarer… Sean McMullen (Tor)
Blaze of Glory… Michael Pryor (Random House)

Honourable Mentions:
White Tiger… Kylie Chan (Harper Collins)
Harsh Cry of the Heron… Lian Hearn (Hachette Livre)

Short Stories

Dark Ages… Lee Battersby (Through Soft Air)
Why the Balloon Man Floats Away… Stephanie Campisi (Fantasy Magazine #4)
A Fine Magic… Margo Lanagan (Eidolon I)
The Revenant… Lucy Sussex (Eidolon I)
See Here, See There… Anna Tambour (Agog! Ripping Reads)

Honourable Mentions:
Ghosts of 1930… Lily Chrywenstrom (Borderlands #6)
The Bridal Bier… Carol Ryles (Eidolon I)



The Pilo Family Circus… Will Elliott (ABC Books)
Prismatic… Edwina Grey (Lothian)
Carnies… Martin Livings (Lothian)
The Mother… Brett McBean (Lothian)

Short Stories

Dead of Winter… Stephen Dedman (Weird Tales #339)
Winkie… Margo Lanagan (Red Spikes)
Hieronymous Boche… Chris Lawson (Eidolon I)
Dead Sea Fruit… Kaaron Warren (Fantasy Magazine #4)
Woman Train… Kaaron Warren (The Outcast)

Honourable Mentions:
Love Affair… Jacinta Butterworth (C0ck)
One Night Stand… Dirk Flinthart (Agog! Ripping Reads)
Under Hell, Over Heaven… Margo Lanagan (Red Spikes)
Mosquito Story…A.M. Muffaz (Fantasy Magazine #4)

Young Adult


Monster Blood Tattoo: Book One. Foundling… D.M. Cornish (Omnibus)
The King’s Fool… Amanda Holohan (ABC Books)
Magic Lessons… Justine Larbalestier (Penguin)
Wildwood Dancing… Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan)
The Last Days… Scott Westerfeld (Penguin)

Short Stories

The Dying Light… Deborah Biancotti (Eidolon I)
Leviathan… Simon Brown (Eidolon I)
A Feather in the Breast of God… Margo Lanagan (Red Spikes)
Baby Jane… Margo Lanagan (Red Spikes)
Forever Upward… Margo Lanagan (Red Spikes)
The Arrival… Shaun Tan (Lothian)



To follow

Short Stories

The True Story of Mary Who Wanted to Stand on Her Head… Jane Godwin (Allen & Unwin)
Woolvs in the Sitee… Margaret Wild, Anne Spudvilas (Penguin)
The Magic Violin… Victor Kelleher, Stephen Michael King (Penguin)

Details of the Award ceremony are available at the website:



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Dec. 20th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Dude, did the cover get changed on Black Sheep? Amazon's got something up that's not as creepy (just differently creepy?) than what I remembered.
Dec. 20th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
nah. that was the cover that wallace stuck on it for the trade magazine or something? the one that advertises, and goes round much earlier than the book's actual release. so it's just an early version.

i might link it up here for kicks, along with another earlier version, at some stage.
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Dec. 20th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
wuss :P
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Where'd this come from? I've been poking the Aurealis site, and their finalists page keeps giving me the 2005 list.
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Clearly, I am blind. I missed the opening of this post. *facepalm*
Dec. 20th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
heh. yeah, it's all who you know, really. websites are a ridiculously slow way of getting information.
Dec. 20th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
WTF is The Arrival doing in a Short Story category? Or are we talking about a written version that I don't know about? Meaning: It should win, but I don't want it to take MY prize - tee-hee! Margo.
Dec. 20th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
no, it's the graphic novel. i don't know why it's there either. stupidity?
Dec. 20th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
There is a sort-of precedent: Warren Ellis's Ministry of Space won the Sidewise Short Form award a couple of years ago, beating regular prose fiction in the process.
Dec. 20th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
it's not a good precedent, however. comparing prose and sequential story telling forms is just--well, there just isn't a comparable way to do it. it's really just ridiculous to do it.

however, having read THE ARRIVAL, it's really not a short form piece. it's a hundred and twenty pages, and quite large in its scope and vision. it's a graphic novel, really, silent, and worn, like an old series of postcards. beautiful all the way through. but clearly not a short story, in any shape or form.
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
The Arrival
The problem is that in past years picture books just didn't have a hope in the children's and young adult divisions of the Aurealis, because they didn't have enough substance to compete against lengthier literary works. The picture books could be works of high storytelling value, but it was a situation of comparing apples and watermelons. At least by placing picture books in the short story division judges were comparing peaches and nectarines.

The awards conveners are doing their best to be accommodating of the diversity of literary and storytelling expression, but not everything fits neatly into the boxes. Another difficulty that frequently comes up is judging a book from a trilogy against books that are complete in themselves. Judges have to trust that loose-ends are going to be tied up in the later works of the series in order to award anything other than only the last book.
Jan. 7th, 2007 10:00 am (UTC)
Re: The Arrival
and who would you be, oh anoymous person? one of the judges, perhaps?
Dec. 21st, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
Hey, Ben, what's this about a graphic novel ccalled The Arrival? Does it have anything to do with the movie...what?

Dec. 21st, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
Re: arrival?
nah, man, it's the latest book by shaun tan. it's about an immigrant moving to a strange and odd new city. very beautiful, as all tan's work is, and so far--i've read half of it--completely silent. it's being sold as a kids picture book, which i think might mean a lot of people will miss it, but still.
Dec. 21st, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
the Arrival
Huh. Must not be out here yet. Thanks.
Dec. 21st, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: the Arrival
it's only recently come out here--probably here first because tan is australian. i heard march for the states.
Dec. 22nd, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Aurealis nominations
- just wanted to say I was disappointed not to see your story 'The Souls of Dead Soldiers' nominated this year. It's a matter of taste of course - if I want my predilections to be reflected in the nominations, all I have to do is volunteer to be a judge - but I really admired that story - so memorable and atmospheric.

Adam Browne
Dec. 22nd, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Aurealis nominations
thanks, adam. however, in all fairness, i have to say that i told payne i didn't want anything to do with the awards, fiction wise, this year, so my stuff wasn't given to the judges. in all liklihood, i imagine very few of the judges have read any of my stuff this year, so i guess i'm to blame for that one.

the sentiment is most appreciated, however.
Dec. 30th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Aurealis nominations
I sympathise. Awards are always fraught with subjectivity, but when stories like Brendan Duffy's 'World's Wackiest Upper Atmosphere Re-entry Disasters Dating Game' (jagged, sea-urchin/Swiss-Army-Knife of a story -- silly and brilliant and fucking fizzing with ideas) receive no recognition, I begin to lost faith in the process.


ps -- sorry for the belated reply -- got a young baby, gotta use what time I have to work on my own stuff.
Dec. 31st, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: Aurealis nominations
awards are like that, you ask me. nothing but subjectiveness run through. by their nature they sort of hug a middle ground, and every year, a lot of interesting and worthwhile work slides by unnoticed. just the way it is. i don't worry about it, myself--but then awards don't mean much to me. just a way to sell books, if you got 'em.

(that's cool on the baby. i understand how it is.)
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