Ditmar Awards Nominees List and ballot now available. Voting for the Ditmar Award is conducted in accordance with the rules specified at <http://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules>, and is open to members of Swancon 43 (including supporting members) and to members of Continuum 13 who were eligible to vote in the 2017 Award. Voting closes 18 March 2016 <http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2018>.
Special mention: immediate Past President Bruce Gillespie nominated for Best Fan Publication in Any Medium.
Both GUFF and DUFF have opened their races for 2018. Fan funds are a long tradition in SF fandom and a wonderful opportunity to connect with fans on the other side of the planet.
DUFF. Nominations are now open for a Down Under Fan Fund delegate from Australia or New Zealand to travel either to San Jose, California, USA for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, 16–20 August 2018, or to other major conventions in North America in 2018. <https://downunderfanfund.wordpress.com/>
GUFF Nominations are now open for the southbound race, to transport a European fan (or fans) to Continuum <http://www.continuum.org.au> Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Melbourne, Australia over the June long weekend 2018 (8 June to 11 June 2018). Normally the nominated convention would be a national SF convention but due to special circumstances the Continuum convention has been selected for 2018. <http://ozfanfunds.com/?page_id=92>.
General Committee: James Allen, Robin Johnson, David L Russell
The following Appointments were also confirmed:
Web Administrator: Ion Newcombe
Norma K Hemming Award: Tehani Croft (Administrator), Jurors: Stephanie Gunn, Stephanie Lai, Russell Kirkpatrick and Alexandra Pierce who are appointed till the conclusion of the 2018 competition (to be judged early 2019).
Interstate Agents/Reps: Gerald Smith (NSW), Van Ikin (Academic), Jean Weber & Eric Lindsay (roaming) and Gillian Polack ACT
Congratulations to all. If you feel you could contribute to the work of the Association please contact us, especially if you could take on an Agent’s role promoting the ASFF to those in your state.
Swancon 2018, the 57th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, is running a short story competition with the support of the Australian Science Fiction Foundation. Link to the entry form is at the bottom of this page.
Preferred submission format is a PDF file. Font should be 12 point Times or Times New Roman. Story can be in standard manuscript format (double spaced, hanging indent) or can have basic style formatting applied (e.g. justification, single spaced with space between paragraphs, italics and bolding).
Authors having difficulty with supplying a PDF file should contact the competition coordinators (firstname.lastname@example.org) early to discuss alternative options.
Age categories: Under 14s, Under 18s, Open. Age determined at 31 st March 2018.
Stories must be one or more of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or speculative fiction.
Transformative works, including fan fiction, are acceptable. Minimum word count of 500 words, maximum word count 7500 words.
The work must be the original work of the submitting authors. A maximum of two works per author may be submitted; multiple author works are included in this count.
Eligibility: Stories may be submitted if the author is living in Australia, is an Australian citizen regardless of current country of residence, or will be attending the convention. For multiple author works, it is sufficient for one author to meet these requirements.
Submission Deadline: Individual submissions are due by midnight (Western Australian Time) on Wednesday the 28th February. Class submissions facilitated by a teacher, are due by midnight (Western Australian time) on Friday 2nd of March.
The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) is pleased to welcome entries in the Norma K Hemming Award for works published in 2016 and 2017. Designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work, the Norma K Hemming Award is now open for entries. The award is open to short fiction, novellas, novels, anthologies, collections, graphic novels and stage plays, and makes allowances for serialised work. For more information: <https://normakhemmingaward.org/2017/11/08/entries-are-now-open-for-the-2018-norma-k-hemming-award/>.
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So why is a person awarded this honour? It’s because the recipient has demonstrated over many years untiring commitment and selfless work within Australian fandom or the Aussie SF scene in general. Work such as convention running, local club activities, publishing, writing of merit in the genre whether that be blogs, fanzines, short stories or novels, artistic endeavours such painting, graphics or other such forms. The criteria is not limited to any one activity; but mostly it is for activities that are visible and evident to the Aussie SF community.
So, do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to Australian science fiction and/ or Australian fandom, not just over the last year, but year in, year out? Feel that they should be honoured / recognised for this work? Then why not nominate them for the A Bertram Chandler Award. It is really easy to do: just write to the ASFF and outline why you think that the person is deserving of the award. No forms to fill out, no entrance fee, nothing but a simple few paragraphs outlining the person’s achievements.
Take a listen to Dr. Alan Finkel, Australia's chief scientist on Radio National's "Big Ideas" with Paul Barclay, who sums up Finkel's speech in the following way:
"Our future leaders and policy makers should read more science fiction...scifi can be useful for the building of a good society."
Just one quote here from Dr Finkel's speech:
"Take Orson Scott Card’s Ender's Game published in 1985. He envisaged a world where students used flat touchscreen computers in class, where citizens could access the 'nets' for worldwide digital communication, and where anyone could comment on politics while hidden behind a digital identity. And today we call these tablets, the internet, and social media. It’s a reminder that every great human advance is preceded by a leap in imagination.”
The editor of AntipodeanSF, Ion Newcombe, has been appointed as the new ASFF webmaster. "Nuke" has been a zealous reader and occasional writer of science fiction since his childhood. He welcomes all comments, news, and views from within and without the ASFF, and aims to make the website a valuable resource for all.