Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The finalists have just been announced for the 2010 Aurealis Awards, which are awards - first established in 1995 - that celebrate the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. In the past few years there has been a growing list of different categories, including awards for best short story, YA and kids book, to all the better include Australia’s prolific output in the SF, fantasy and horror genres.
I Love these awards! Some of my fav authors have won or been finalists over the years, including Juliet Marillier, Victor Kelleher, Margo Lanagan, Isobelle Carmody and Sonya Hartnett. These were the books I devoured as a kid and of course still revisit even know, and what’s even better is that they are all Australian. These books can more than hold their own in the worldwide literary landscape! To quote from the website:
This list of past winners and finalists is not only a great guide to a basic bookshelf selection of the best Australian works, it is also a useful survey of more than a decade's worth of signficant topics and themes, a who's who of the genre locally and the growth of the Australian publishing industry's commitment to the genre.”

Below are the finalists for the SF, fantasy, horror, YA and Children’s Fiction categories:

CHILDREN'S FICTION (told through words)
Grimsdon, Deborah Abela
Ranger's Apprentice #9: Halt's Peril, John Flanagan
The Vulture of Sommerset, Stephen M Giles
The Keepers, Lian Tanner
Haggis MacGregor and the Night of the Skull, Jen Storer & Gug Gordon

Merrow, Ananda Braxton-Smith
Guardian of the Dead, Karen Healey
The Midnight Zoo, Sonya Hartnett
The Life of a Teenage Body--Snatcher, Doug MacLeod
Behemoth (Leviathan Trilogy Book Two), Scott Westerfeld

(I hope Merrow wins this one – I read it last year and thought it was amazing)

After the World: Gravesend, Jason Fischer
Death Most Definite, Trent Jamieson
Madigan Mine, Kirstyn McDermott

The Silence of Medair, Andrea K Hรถst
Death Most Definite, Trent JamiesonStormlord Rising, Glenda Larke
Heart’s Blood, Juliet Marillier
Power and Majesty, Tansy Rayner Roberts

(my heart’s with Marillier on this one)

Song of Scarabaeous, Sara Creasy
Mirror Space, Marianne de Pierres
Transformation Space, Marianne de Pierres

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