Ditmar voting – go on you know you want to

Voting in the Ditmars 2012, Australian speculative fiction’s premier voted awards, is still open. Like any awards determined by popular ballot, the more people who vote the better. Voting is open to anyone who is going to the 2012 Natcon (Continuum 8) or went to the 2011 Natcon (Swancon Thirty Six) . If you can’t make it to Melbourne you can purchase a supporting membership to Continuum 8 for $35, which makes you eligible to vote.

I used derivations of the word ‘vote’ too many times in the previous paragraph.

I haven’t read everything on the ballot, but looking through the list I realised that I have reviewed (directly or indirectly) a fair number of the nominations. So, for convenience I thought I’d list out links to my relevant reviews on one handy page.

Note (with one glaring exception) none of what follows should be interpreted as particular support for any story, publication or person. It just happens to be the stuff I’ve looked at.

Best Novel

I’m currently reading The Shattered City by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Mistification by Kaaron Warren. If I finish either before voting closes I will update this blog entry.

Sadly I don’t think I’m going to get to Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres by the time the voting closes.

Best Novella or Novelette

  • “The Sleeping and the Dead”, Cat Sparks, in Ishtar (Gilgamesh Press)
  • “Above”, Stephanie Campisi, in Above/Below (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt”, Paul Haines, in The Last Days of Kali Yuga (Brimstone Press)
  • “And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living”, Deborah Biancotti, in Ishtar (Gilgamesh Press)
  • “Julia Agrippina’s Secret Family Bestiary”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • “Below”, Ben Peek, in Above/Below (Twelfth Planet Press)

I note Ben Peek’s impassioned attempt to climb to the top of the “times nominated but never won” category. It’s too bad really – I liked Below!

Best Short Story

  • Alchemy“, Lucy Sussex, in Thief of Lives (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Bad Power“, Deborah Biancotti, in Bad Power (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • The Patrician“, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Collected Work

  • The Last Days of Kali Yuga by Paul Haines, edited by Angela Challis (Brimstone Press)
  • Nightsiders by Sue Isle, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Bad Power by Deborah Biancotti, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Ishtar, edited by Amanda Pillar and K. V. Taylor (Gilgamesh Press)

Best Fan Writer

OK, strictly speaking I haven’t actually reviewed anything in this category but I’m going to mention Sean Wright, for body of work including “Authors and Social Media” series in Adventures of a Bookonaut. I’ve really enjoyed Sean’s writing over the last 12 months.

Of course, everyone else in the category is excellent too. But, you know, go Sean.

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

While I haven’t done any formal reviews as such, I do describe the podcasts I listen to on my Podcasts page. It includes very brief commentary about the four podcasts on the ballot (The Writer and the Critic, The Coode Street Podcast, Galactic Chat and Galactic Suburbia)