Big Changes on the Aurealis Website

As you will see there are big changes on the front page of the Aurealis website. Chimaera Publications are soon to publish a six book series of Classic Australian SF, which can be pre-ordered via the website. The most notable change will be found within the shopping cart, once you have ordered from the Aurealis website. We now accept online payment of orders only via PayPal. You can still make cheque payments (made out to Chimaera Publications) via mail.

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Sci fi and Spin offs lecture at ACMI

As if inter and intra-galactic politics weren't enough, then there was Star Wars vs Star Trek, and now we find ourselves in an era of sci-fi spin-offs, remakes, revivals and reincarnations, from small screen to silver screen, live action to 3D.

Join the voyage through the Stargates, Star Treks, Battlestars and Dr Whos with Oscar Hillerström (Empire, Rotten Tomatoes, Popcorn Taxi and 'Captain' of SCI FI Channel Australia's website), Adam Richard (comedian, TV and radio personality) and Jane Badler (famed for her role as 'Diana' in the original series of V) as they answer the questions we don't dare ask.

ACMI, Studio 1 Federation Square Melbourne, Thursday 29 July, 7pm, tickets from ACMI Full $14 Concession $11.


Sturgeon Award Winners 2010 announced

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas.

The Sturgeon Award Winners for 2010 are:
1st "Shambling Towards Hiroshima," by James Morrow
2nd (tie) "Things Undone," by John Barnes
2nd (tie) "This Wind Blowing, and This Tide," by Damien Broderick
2nd (tie) "As Women Fight," by Sara Genge

Australia's Damien Broderick's story can be found in Jonathan Strahan's The Best SF and Fantasy of the Year Vol. 4 (Night Shade Books).


Carissa's Weblog for July

ABC RN's Artworks on Nawlz, a near future sci-fi interactive online comic by Stu Campbell   

"Out among the Red Men" ABC RN's Hindsight on 19th C literary trend of lost civilisations in the centre of Australia   

TwelfthPlanetCast Ep 5 features Tansy Rayner Robert's upcoming story in Sprawl   

Writer on the Verge interview with NZ author Mary Victoria by Blake Charleton Also @VoyagerBooks   

"A different view" – MCV – Melbourne Community Voice for Gay and Lesbian Readers   

All welcome at Worlds Next Door book launch, Aug 19 in Rockingham – details here:

In July's Good Reading Magazine (@GoodReading) "Steampunk. What is it?" by Michael Pryor. And it looks like the digital edition is now iPad friendly.

Says Trent Jamieson (@trentonomicon): "Think I missed the point with my book trailer"

From Solaris Books: Rowena Cory Daniells now has a twitter account! Go follow her, make her feel welcome! @rcdaniells (via @readinasitting)

Here's Tansy Rayner Robert's Creature Court Trilogy: (via Kaaron Warren)

Melina Marchetta interviewed by her mentoree Jessica Flood for NSW Writers' Centre Also link to her class on July 24th.

Writing Graphic Novels with Chewie Chan at NSW Writers Centre, 15 August

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NSW Writers Centre workshop with Kate Forsyth

NSW Writers Centre workshop "Writing the Fantastical" with Kate Forsyth. In the course, Kate will take participants through the many sub-genres of fantasy fiction along with practical techniques for creating fantasy fiction. The one-day course runs from 10am-4pm Sunday 8 August here at the NSW Writers Centre at Balmain Rd, Rozelle and costs $140 (full price), $100 (members) and $85 (concession members).