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Trudi Canavan wins 2009 Aurealis Award

Trudi Canavan wins 2009 Aurealis Award

Trudi Canavan, australian author of the Black Magician Trilogy and the Age of the Five series, has won the 2009 Best Fantasy Aurealis Award for her new novel "Magicians Apprentice".

Her previous novels have all been nominated for both Aurealis and Ditmar awards and have entered the Australian SF bestsellers list.

Other 2009 Aurealis award winners include Andrew McGahan winning best science fiction novel for "Wonders of a Godless World" and Honey Brown winning best Horror novel for her book "Red Queen".

You can see a full list of the winners here:

Peter Mcnamara convenors' award...

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written by Ant on Sunday 31st January 2010
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Free SF limericks from Peter Salisbury

Free SF limericks from Peter Salisbury

The author of the rather excellent novel Passengers to Sentience has written some very amusing Scifi and Robot rich family friendly Limericks, all contained in a collection called the "Completely Electronic Robot and Science Fiction Limerick Book" available completely free as an ebook from Smashwords.

Peter Salisbury has also confirmed he is busy 5 new stories although it is not currently known if any of these are set in the same universe as passengers.

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written by Ant on Saturday 30th January 2010
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2009 Philip K Dick Award nominations

2009 Philip K Dick Award nominations

The final nominations for the 2009 Philip K Dick awards have been announced. The nominations include established author Ian MacDonald for his latest novel Cyberbad Days, along with some previously unkown (to us anyway) authors.

The winner will be announced on Friday 2nd April 2010 at The "Pacific Northwest's Premier Science Fiction and Fantasy ConventionSeaTac" (Norwescon) which is held at the Doubletree Seattle Airport Hotel, SeaTac in Washington, USA.

The nominations are:

Cyberabad Days by Ian Mcdonald Bitter Angels...

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written by Ant on Monday 25th January 2010
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Exclusive! Rob Grant to write new novels

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Science fiction and fantasy can exclusively reveal that the acclaimed British comedy author, scriptwriter, producer and stand up comedian, Rob Grant has confirmed that new novels are on the horizon.

Revealed to a trusted source privately on the social networking site Twitter, he confirmed that he has been busy doing stand up comedy, which all series Red Dwarfers would already be ware of, since he announced that on the official Red Dwarf website back in September 09.

His most recent novel was the hilarious "Fat" which was released in 2007. Rob has confirmed that he is writing a sequel to the ex...

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written by Ant on Friday 22nd January 2010
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Knighttime, new online audio book website

Knighttime is a new website featuring a serial fantasy story published in audio format. Based in the Kingdom of Udenland which is populated by strange creatures and "unique" characters, the protagonists are the adventurous Knights "Sir Cottington" and "Sir Bratwurst".

Knighttime

Created by a group called "the Hazardous Players", every other week a new audio episode is uploaded and continues the story of the 2 knights as they travel the kingdom and stumble their way through various quests. The website also features guides to the series, original artwork and lots of useful background information about the Kingdom.

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written by Ant on Tuesday 19th January 2010
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2009 Aurealis award finalists

British Fantasy awards 2009

The finalists of the 2009 Aurealis awards have been announced. The Aurealis awards were created in 1995 to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Designed to compliment the Australian annual science fiction convention Ditmar awards and the Australian Children's book council awards, neither of which distinguish between the different categories of speculative fiction.

The Winners will be announced on Saturday 23rd January 2010 at the Judith Wright centre for contemporary Arts in Brisbane.

The Finalists

Best Science Fiction Novel

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written by Ant on Thursday 14th January 2010