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.
Last Saturday The Independent Theatre in North Sydney played host to the 17th Annual Aurealis Awards*. Harper Voyager Australia again sponsored the awards along with Galaxy Bookshop.
We’re super-proud to announce that The Courier’s New Bicycle by Kim Westwood (HarperVoyagerAU) won best Sci-Fi Novel and Ghosts by Gaslight (HarperVoyagerUS) edited by Jack Dann & Nick Gevers won best Anthology! Creature Court author Tansy Rayner Roberts’ podcast Galactic Suburbia also won the Peter McNamara award.
Congratulations to our shortlisted authors as well – The Undivided by Jennifer Fallon(VoyagerAU), The Shattered City by Tansy Rayner Roberts (VoyagerAU) & Stormlord’s Exile by Glenda Larke (VoyagerAU) for the Best Fantasy Novel of 2011, and Children of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy (VoyagerUS) for Best Sci-Fi Novel of 2011.
Susan Wardle, co-convenor of the awards, said that with approximately 700 entries across the thirteen categories, the judges had a challenging task. “The winners represent the best of Australian fantasy, horror and science fiction writing in 2011 as judged by a pannel of their peers. This year’s winners join the likes of Sara Douglass, Garth Nix, Isonelle Carmody, Trudi Canavan, Shaun Tan and Sean Williams, all of whom are multiple Aurealis Award Winners.”
Congratulations again to all our winners!
*The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis magazine, to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.
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.