Monthly Archives: June 2009

Reflecting on ASIM #37

After the delight of seeing Dirk Flinthart’s "This Is Not My Story" tie for Best Short Story at the Ditmars on the weekend, I was contemplating my final issue of ASIM. I am very proud of the issue, and feel it was the best magazine I did with Andromeda Spaceways. Partly this was the benefit of experience, and of a wide circle of author and artist associates I could call on to submit for me. I worked very hard to make ASIM 37 reflect the ideals that Andromeda Spaceways started out with (Australian content, humour, giving new authors a publishing opportunity, among other things), and while slush machine breakdowns around the time I was selecting stories meant that not all the stories in the issue came from the very excellent slush-o-matic system, many did (including three of the most recognised). I’ve always thought the issue turned out pretty well, and it’s very gratifying to see my authors and their wonderful words recognised as being pretty darn good by others as well.

While I’ve not found many reviews of the issue, those that are out there have been positive. The Fix Online said very nice things about the stories and the issue as a whole, concluding with: An excellent issue, worth a thorough reading.

Dirk’s story from the issue made the ASIF! 2008 Recommended Reading List, and was frequently listed in the various Last Short Story Recommended Reading lists for 2008, including their overall Best of the Best list.

"This Is Not My Story" was also shortlisted for the Young Adult category of the Aurealis Awards and shortlisted for the Best Short Story category of the Ditmars, sharing the winning of the Ditmar with Margo Lanagan (good company!).

The novella length story "Night Heron’s Curse", by Thoraiya Dyer, was also shortlisted for both awards, in the Fantasy Short Story category of the Aurealis Awards, and the Novella category of the Ditmars.

We gained another win with Grant Stone’s "Under Waves and Over", which took out the Best Short Story at the New Zealand Sir Julius Vogel Awards last weekend. We also made the shortlist of the Australian Shadows Awards, with Jason Fischer’s "Rick Gets a Job", and the Tin Ducks, for Best WA Professional Production.

In all, I think I’ve got a right to be proud of my last effort as ASIM. It’s pretty, it’s a great read, and I’m not the only one who thinks so, so that makes me really happy. I know this issue was a hundred times better than my first issue with ASIM (#4, way back in 2002/2003), and I hope I can keep learning and getting better at what I do in my future projects. Cos I love doing it, and I love it when other people love what I bring them too.

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Most special mentions of the Ditmars

I was absolutely delighted to see Dirk Flinthart’s "This is not my story" from Andromeda Spaceways #37, my last issue with ASIM, tie (with Margo Lanagan’s "The Goosle", also a brilliant story!) for the Best Short Story category of the Ditmars. It was even more delightful to have Dirk ring me from the awards, on a high, and thank me for publishing the story.  , it was my absolute pleasure, and I’m so pleased to see the story get the recognition it deserves.

And while not strictly a Ditmar, it was awesome to see Sean William recognised for the Peter McNamara Award. Well done  !

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Ditmar results!

With thanks to the liveblogging of Cheryl Morgan and the marvel that is technology!!

A. Bertram Chandler Award
Rosaleen Love

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism and Review
Kim Wilkins, an article about Australian fantasy fiction in the Journal of Australian Studies

Best New Talent
Felicity Dowker

Best Professional Achievement
Angela Challis, for Black, the Australian Dark Culture Magazine

Best Fan Production
ASif!, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Gene Melzack

Best Fan Artist
Cat Sparks for Scary Food, Paul Haines Cancer is a C*NT fundraiser!

Best Fan Writer
Rob Hood, for Undead Backbrain

Best Professional Artwork
Shaun Tan, for Tales from Outer Suburbia

Best Collected Work
Dreaming Again, edited by Jack Dann

Best Short Story
Tie between Margo Lanagan "The Goosle" and Dirk Flinthart "This is not my story" (ASIM #37)

Best Novella/Novelette
"Painlessness" by Kirstyn McDermott

Best Novel

"Tender Morsels" by Margo Lanagan

Peter McNamara Award
Sean Williams

Cheryl Morgan:  After a quick look around the audience, I hereby pronounce the winner of the Emerald City Best Dressed Award to be Kirstyn McDermott
[Please note that the last award is not an official Ditmar awards :)]

Thanks again Cheryl! This coverage was brought to you with commentary from those who could not be there,  ,  ,  ,  ,  and Rob!

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Hot off the press!

Natcon 2011 will be in Perth (swancon 36)!

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Real Estate Agents are lying bastards

I don’t think I have any on my flist – if I do, I apologise because naturally I don’t mean YOU! But the real estate agent we’ve had to deal with for the new property is an absolute tosser, and I’m starting to wonder if he’s not a little split personality, because the two phone calls I had with him this afternoon were like dealing with two completely different people! 

I then had a lovely phone call with the very sane conveyancing solicitor (REALLY glad I went with the solicitor now, and not the straight conveyancer). Hopefully all will be well for settlement Friday. Think the RE Agent is playing games, although have no idea why (well, we think he might be related to the tenants in the house, but who knows).

But seriously, if you knew, as the agent, that the property managers were dragging their feet and that there was even the SLIGHTEST chance that settlement would be delayed when you KNEW the new owners HAD to be out of their current rental by the day BEFORE that delayed date, wouldn’t you let the new owners know?


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