Voting, Forthcomings and Pre-orders
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.