The preliminary ballot for the Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards for 2018 has been made available for comment and correction before becoming final.
The nominees are award-eligible works and persons first nominated by fans and members of the Australian NatCon which have been compiled into a ballot by a sub-committee elected at the previous National SF Convention business meeting.
The Ditmars will be presented at the 2018 Australian National SF Convention, (Swancon 43) in Perth, March 29 – April 2, 2018.
- Corpselight, Angela Slatter, Hachette Australia.
- Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer, Tor.
- How to Bee, Bren McDibble, Allen & Unwin.
- In the Dark Spaces, Cally Black, Hardie Grant Egmont.
- Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks, Skyhorse Publishing.
Best Novella or Novelette
- “Island Green”, Shauna O’Meara, in Ecopunk! Ticonderoga Publications.
- “Girl Reporter”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Girl Reporter, Book Smugglers Publishing.
- “Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body”, Simon Petrie, in Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, Peggy Bright Books.
- “Monkey Business”, Janeen Webb, in Ecopunk!, Ticonderoga Publications.
- “My Sister’s Ghost”, Kate Forsyth and Kim Wilkins, in The Silver Well, Ticonderoga Publications.
Best Short Story
- “A Harem of Six Legs”, Edwina Harvey, in An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, Peggy Bright Books.
- “Mr Mycelium”, Claire McKenna, in Ecopunk!, Ticonderoga Publications.
- “A Pearl Beyond Price”, Janeen Webb in Cthulhu Deep Down-Under Vol 1, IFWG Publishing Australia.
- “Prayers to Broken Stone”, Cat Sparks, in Kaleidotrope, Spring 2017.
- “Trivalent” by Rivqa Rafael, in Ecopunk!, Ticonderoga Publications.
Best Collected Work
- An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things by Edwina Harvey, Peggy Bright Books.
- Ecopunk!, Cat Sparks and Liz Grzyb, Ticonderoga Publications.
- The Silver Well, Kate Forsyth and Kim Wilkins, Ticonderoga Publications.
- Singing My Sister Down and other stories by Margo Lanagan, Allen & Unwin.
- cover art, Lewis Morley, for Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, Peggy Bright Books.
- The Grief Hole Illustrated: An Artist’s Sketchbook Companion to Kaaron Warren’s Supernatural Thriller, Keely Van Order, IFWG Publishing Australia.
Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
- Earl Grey Editing (blog), Elizabeth Fitzgerald.
- Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts.
- No Award (blog), Liz Barr and Stephanie Lai.
- SF Commentary, edited by Bruce Gillespie.
- The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond.
Best Fan Writer
- Liz Barr, for writing at No Award.
- Leigh Edmonds, for writing in iOTA.
- Elizabeth Fitzgerald, for writing at Earl Grey Editing.
- Stephanie Lai, for writing at No Award.
Best Fan Artist
- Shauna O’Meara, for “How to Bee” (based on the novel by Bren MacDibble).
Best New Talent
- Clarie G. Coleman
- Stephanie Lai
William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
- Liz Barr, for Star Trek: Discovery reviews, in No Award.
- Russell Blackford, for Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination, Springer.
- Ambelin Kwaymullina, for “Reflecting on Indigenous Worlds, Indigenous Futurisms and Artificial Intelligence”, Twelfth Planet Press.
- Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal, for Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, Twelfth Planet Press.
- Cat Sparks, for “Science fiction and climate fiction: contemporary literatures of purpose”, in Ecopunk! Speculative tales of radical futures, Ticonderoga Publications.
[Via Locus Online.]