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Readers might remember the Australian Shadows Award from February: it came with a classy award statue and a nomination for a story some twenty-two years ago. In fact, here's the statue again:

The winner was recently announced it was the Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliot. Yes, the clown novel. The same book won the Golden Aurealis (which I hear now comes with a cash prize--I could be changing my opinion right round for cash, I mean, the respect of my peers), so I guess its got something going for it for some people. I have a mental block on clowns though, and it stops me from taking any kind of book with them seriously, and yeah, that's what I thought when I read a bit of it in the store. But Rob Hood, who was the guest judge who awarded the prize, is a well read, well thought out author when it comes to dark/horror fiction, so no doubt if you dig clowns, this book might do it for you.

At any rate, this post is being made because one of the judges, Miranda Siemenowicz mentioned 'Under the Red Sun' in her write up for the year:

"Three works from Fantasy Magazine were stand-outs - the lyrical and culture-infused "The Mosquito Story" (A. M. Muffaz), the wonderfully surreal and moody "Why The Balloon Man Floats Away" (Stephanie Campisi) and Ben Peek's "Under the Red Sun", darkly exotic with great characterisation."

I bet she had doubts when she wrote that--but don't worry, Miranda, all is forgiven! Unless you're those other two guys who didn't mention me, in which case, I still think you're under read and shouldn't be judging awards!


Oh, come on, have a laugh. Everyone knows I only keep the readership on this blog happy by making jokes at the expense of awards. At least I didn't call the Golden Aurealis the Golden Shower...



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Mar. 16th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
I think it lends itself to a more nipple-related reference, but I can't pick up the tail end of that joke.
Mar. 16th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
there's just another award in australia called the golden aurealis--it's an award given to the best of the best, which is kind of ridiculous. why bother giving a bunch of awards to other books if you can pick a best, you know?

anyhow, golden aurealis just reminds me of golden showers, which is a sexual fetish for being pissed on.

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Mar. 16th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
you so moody.
Mar. 16th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
I reckon every five years they should give out the Platinum Aurealis, the award given for the best thing out of five previous Golden Aurealis winners. The Best of the Best of the Best, if you will.

If there's one thing we don't have enough of in Australian SF, it's awards.
Mar. 16th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Should probably have added a : ) or ; ) to that to make sure people knew I was taking the piss...
Mar. 16th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
i can't imagine how anyone would fail to see the funny side of that on this blog ;)
Mar. 16th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
aside from which, I actually think that'sa great idea!
Mar. 16th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
haha. you're so wrong.
Mar. 16th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
man who wouldn't want the Platinum Aurealis
Mar. 16th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
will it have a cash prize?
Mar. 16th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
maybe it just won't have a golden shower?
Mar. 16th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
but what will turn me on?
Mar. 16th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
the tasteful pose?
Mar. 16th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
...oh, yes. that.
Mar. 16th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
It's Australian SF awards. They suck out the moisture of humour into their cold, dry husks of stress and tension.
Mar. 16th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
All our awards should be named after bizarre fetishes...

Mar. 16th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
are you suggesting the scat award?
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