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Aurealis Awards 2018 finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 Aurealis Awards, presented for science fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia, have been announced.

The finalists are:

Best science fiction novel

  • Scales of Empire (Kylie Chan, Voyager)
  • Obsidio (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • Lifel1k3 (Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • Dyschronia (Jennifer Mills, Picador)
  • A Superior Spectre (Angela Meyer, Ventura Press)
  • The Second Cure (Margaret Morgan, Vintage)

Best fantasy novel

  • Devouring Dark (Alan Baxter, Grey Matter Press)
  • Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit (Alison Goodman, HarperCollins)
  • City of Lies (Sam Hawke, Bantam)
  • Lightning Tracks (Alethea Kinsela, Plainspeak Publishing)
  • The Witch Who Courted Death (Maria Lewis, Piatkus)
  • We Ride the Storm (Devin Madson, self-published)

Best horror novel

  • The Bus on Thursday (Shirley Barrett, A&U)
  • Years of the Wolf (Craig Cormick, IFWG Publishing Australia)
  • Tide of Stone (Kaaron Warren, Omnium Gatherum)

Best graphic novel/illustrated work

Best children’s fiction

Best young adult novel

  • Small Spaces (Sarah Epstein, Walker)
  • Lifel1k3 (Jay Kristoff, A&U)
  • Catching Teller Crow (Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina, A&U)
  • His Name was Walter (Emily Rodda, HarperCollins)
  • A Curse of Ash and Embers (Jo Spurrier, Voyager)
  • Impostors (Scott Westerfeld, A&U)

Best collection

  • Not Quite the End of the World Just Yet (Peter M Ball, Brain Jar Press)
  • Phantom Limbs (Margo Lanagan, PS Publishing)
  • Tales from The Inner City (Shaun Tan, A&U)
  • Exploring Dark Short Fiction #2: A Primer to Kaaron Warren (Kaaron Warren, Dark Moon Books)

Best anthology

  • Sword and Sonnet (Aiden Doyle, Rachael K Jones & E Catherine Tobler, Ate Bit Bear)
  • Aurum (Russell B Farr, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • Mother of Invention (Rivqa Rafael & Tansy Rayner Roberts, Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Infinity’s End (Jonathan Strahan, Solaris)
  • The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year (Jonathan Strahan, Solaris)

Best science fiction novella

  • ‘I Almost Went To The Library Last Night’ (Joanne Anderton, Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • The Starling Requiem (Jodi Cleghorn, eMergent Publishing)
  • Icefall (Stephanie Gunn, Twelfth Planet Press)
  • ‘Pinion’ (Stephanie Gunn, Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • ‘Singles’ Day’ (Samantha Murray, Interzone #277, TTA Press)
  • Static Ruin (Corey J White,

Best science fiction short story

  • ‘The Sixes, The Wisdom and the Wasp’ (E J Delaney, Escape Pod)
  • ‘The Fallen’ (Pamela Jeffs, Red Hour, Four Ink Press)
  • ‘On the Consequences of Clinically-Inhibited Maturation in the Common Sydney Octopus’ (Simon Petrie & Edwina Harvey, A Hand of Knaves, CSFG)
  • ‘A Fair Wind off Baracoa’ (Robert Porteous, A Hand of Knaves, CSFG)
  • ‘The Astronaut’ (Jen White, Aurealis)

Best fantasy novella

  • ‘This Side of the Wall’ (Michael Gardner, Metaphorosis Magazine, January 2018)
  • ‘Beautiful’ (Juliet Marillier, Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • ‘The Staff in the Stone’ (Garth Nix, The Book of Magic, Voyager)
  • Merry Happy Valkyrie (Tansy Rayner Roberts, Twelfth Planet Press)
  • ‘The Dressmaker and the Colonel’s Coat’ (David Versace, Mnemo’s Memory and Other Fantastic Tales, self-published)
  • The Dragon’s Child (Janeen Webb, PS Publishing)

Best fantasy short story

  • ‘Crying Demon’ (Alan Baxter, Suspended in Dusk 2, Grey Matter Press)
  • ‘Army Men’ (Juliet Marillier, Of Gods and Globes, Lancelot Schaubert)
  • ‘The Further Shore’ (J Ashley Smith, Bourbon Penn #15)
  • ‘Child of the Emptyness’ (Amanda J Spedding, Grimdark Magazine #17)
  • ‘A Moment’s Peace’ (Dave Versace, A Hand of Knaves, CSFG Publishing)
  • ‘Heartwood, Sapwood, Spring’ (Suzanne J Willis, Sword and Sonnet, Ate Bit Bear)

Best horror novella

  • ‘Andromeda Ascends’ (Matthew R Davis, Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep, Things In The Well)
  • ‘Kopura Rising’ (David Kuraria, Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud, IFWG Publishing Australia)
  • ‘The Black Sea’ (Chris Mason, Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep, Things In The Well)
  • Triquetra (Kirstyn McDermott,
  • ‘With This Needle I Thee Thread’ (Angela Rega, Aurum, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • Crisis Apparition (Kaaron Warren, Dark Moon Books)

Best horror short story

  • ‘The Offering’ (Michael Gardner, Aurealis #112)
  • ‘Slither’ (Jason Nahrung, Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2, IFWG Publishing Australia)
  • ‘By Kindle Light’ (Jessica Nelson-Tyers, Antipodean SF #235)
  • ‘Hit and Rot’ (Jessica Nelson-Tyers, Breach #08)
  • ‘Sub-Urban’ (Alfie Simpson, Breach #07)
  • ‘The Further Shore’ (J Ashley Smith, Bourbon Penn #15)

Best young adult short story

  • ‘A Robot Like Me’ (Lee Cope, Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press)
  • ‘The Moon Collector’ (D K Mok, Under the Full Moon’s Light, Owl Hollow Press)
  • ‘The Sea-Maker of Darmid Bay’ (Shauna O’Meara, Interzone #277, TTA Press)
  • ‘Eight-Step Koan’ (Anya Ow, Sword and Sonnet, Ate Bit Bear)
  • ‘For Weirdless Days and Weary Nights’ (Deborah Sheldon, Breach #08).

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 4 May in Melbourne.

To see the winners of last year’s Aurealis Awards, click here.



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