Saturday, August 14, 2010

Voting, Forthcomings and Pre-orders

Busy busy at work, so I've not been able to look into the Ditmar voting properly until now.

Seems that it's not enough to have shelled out a huge wedge of cash to attend Worldcon - if you want to vote for these awards, you have to pay for a secondary convention membership too. Compared to the hundreds of dollars Worldcon were asking, Dudcon membership is reasonably cheap (AUS$10), but I can't see that you're paying for much more than the right to exercise your preferences, which seems a little boorish - not least because there's the whiff of "buying votes" about it. All the same, anyone interested can check out membership here. and e-voting here.

Meanwhile, the table of contents has been announced for an upcoming issue of the Andromeda Spaceways In-flight Magazine, which just so happens to have one of my stories in it. It's issue 46, on sale in time for Worldcon, and the line-up is:

The Laughing Girl from Bora Fanong: A Tale of Colonial Venus by John Dixon & Adam Browne

Linger by Christopher Green

The School Bus by Jason Fischer

Nightmare’s Cradle by Amanda J Spedding

The Clockwork Kid by K S Conlon

Metal Dragon by Patty Jansen

Must’ve Been While You Were Kissing Me by Simon Petrie

Charlie by Felicity Dowker

Dead Air by Grant Stone

How Galligaskins Sloughed the Scourge by Anna Tambour

Brave Face by Pete Kempshall

A Tale of The Interferers: A Hunger For Forbidden Flesh by Paul Haines

That's a top-notch gathering if ever I saw one, but special mentions to Chris Green and Amanda Spedding (both members of my AHWA Crit group, both great), Felicity Dowker and Paul Haines (both in Scenes From the Second Storey, both fabulous writers) and Simon Petrie, who's also up for the Best New Talent Ditmar, so 'nuff said! Ordering details will be up shortly at the ASIM website.

There are also a number of pre-ordering sites that have gone live in the last couple of weeks. You can order Scenes From the Second Storey from the Morrigan site and Sprawl (containing my story Signature Walk) from Twelfth Planet right now. Or if you're the type who likes to meet the contributors, you can buy both at Worldcon. No details on specific launch events yet, but I'll let you know when things are firmed up.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to clarify: Dudcon 3 is the Australian National Science Fiction Convention this year. It is a separate entity from the Worldcon although it obviously made the most sense to hold them in the same venue at the same time. Its costs (for example, actually creating the Ditmar awards to hand out) are not a function of the World Science Fiction Convention and are therefore not covered by the Worldcon membership fee. Therefore, I don't think it's unreasonable for it to charge a membership fee.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Pete Kempshall said...

Thanks for clearing that up (I assume you're on the Dudcon board, yes?). As far as I was aware (and bear in mind I'm very new to this convention business), in the past it was the big convention that granted you the votes, so this seemed kind of odd.

Anyway, thanks again for the correction - I'm always happy to be set straight if I'm talking balls!

4:33 PM  

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