The Courier’s New Bicycle by Kim Westwood just keeps on attracting praise! Not only did it pick up both the Ditmar Award for Best Novel and the Best Science Fiction Novel at the Aurealis Awards, but Kim’s story of a dystopian future Melbourne has now been shortlisted for a Best First Fiction Ned Kelly Award for AND a Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for Best Fiction!
In case you needed any more convincing to go and read it, Nalini Haynes great review for The Courier’s New Bicycle for the Dark Matter Fanzine blog really should do the job!
” The Courier’s New Bicycle is a masterpiece; I haven’t felt this way about a work since Wings of Desire. Highly recommended; this is brilliant speculative fiction not to be missed. ”
Be sure to check out more great posts and reviews over at the Dark Matter fanzine blog!
Congratulations to the fabulous Anita Bell and the late, great Sara Douglass, who are the joint winners of the 2012 Norma K Hemming Award. The award is for excellence in the exploration of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in Australian speculative fiction. Anita won for her novel Hindsight and Sara for The Devil’s Diadem. This is the second time Anita has won: Diamond Eyes, the first book in her trilogy, won last year, so this is an outstanding achievement by her. And while we’re still saddened by the loss of Sara Douglass, we’re also extremely happy to see her amazing work continue to be recognised.
We are also thrilled to congratulate Kim Westwood on winning the Ditmar Award for Best Novel for The Courier’s New Bicycle. It’s another wonderful win for this fantastic novel that was also named Best Science Fiction Novel at the Aurealis Awards.
We’re feeling super proud of our Voyager stars Kim Westwood and Tansy Rayner Roberts for their nominations in the 2012 Ditmar Awards. Congratulations! Tansy Rayner Roberts’ novel The Shattered City & Kim Westwood’s The Courier’s New Bicycle are nominated in the Best Novel Category. Tansy is also up for a load of other awards too!
To see the full ballot head over to Continuum http://continuum.org.au/ditmar-awards-ballot-released/#content The 2012 Ditmar Awards recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by Australians in 2011.