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Saturday, May 30th, 2009
6:07 pm
Announcing the Chronos Awards

The Continuum Foundation is proud to announce the Chronos Awards for excellence in Victorian SF, fantasy and horror for works published in 2008. The Awards will be presented at Continuum 5 - Galaxies By Gaslight in August.

Full rules are available here, and nominations close on 28 June 2009.

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, May 18th, 2009
10:26 pm
Holiday Inn bonus
Those who book to stay at the con may be able to get a nice bonus of a free night at any IC hotel from 3 Jul – 26 Dec for every 2 paid nights. In theory, this promo only works if you sign up for it before making bookings, but it appears that Priority Club's computer system is sometimes granting the free nights anyhow.
Saturday, May 9th, 2009
6:50 am
Ditmar Voting Now Open
 The Ditmar sub-committee is very pleased to release the Australian SF ("Ditmar") Awards ballot for 2009, and declare voting open. Only members of the 2008 Natcon (Swancon) and 2009 Natcon (Conjecture) are eligible to vote.

       Postal ballots will be distributed by post in the near future. Voting may also take place directly via email to ditmars@conjecture2009.org, and an online voting form will be made available as soon as we can.
       The Ditmar Rules can be found online at http://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules
       Voting is an optional preferential ballot in all categories. Information on this form of voting can be found athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optional_Preferential_Voting
       Any correspondence on the Ditmars may be addressed to ditmars@conjecture2009.org

       David Cake
       Sub-committee Chair

       This years Ditmar ballot is:

Best Novel
Fivefold, Nathan Burrage
Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch, Simon Haynes
Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan
How to Ditch Your Fair, Justine Larbaliester
Daughter of Moab, Kim Westwood
Earth Ascendant, Sean Wiliams

Best Novella
Soft Viscosity, David Conyers
Night Heron's Curse, Thoraiya Dyer
Angel Rising, Dirk Flintheart
Creeping in Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood
Painlessness, Kirstyn McDermott

Best Short Story
Pale Dark Soldier, Deb Biancotti
This Is Not My Story, Dirk Flinthart
The Goosle, Margo Lanagan
Her Collection of Intimacy, Paul Haines
Moments of Dying, Rob Hood
Sammarynda Deep, Cat Sparks
Ass-Hat Magic Spider, Scott Westerfeld

Best Collected Work
Dreaming Again, edited Jack Dann
Canterbury 2100, edited Dirk Flinthart
2012, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Ben Payne
Midnight Echo, edited by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine, edited Angela Challis
Creeping In Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood
The Starry Rift, edited Jonathon Strahan

Best Artwork
Aurealis #40 cover, Adam Duncan
The Last Realm, Book 1 - Dragonscarpe, Michael Dutkiewics
gallery in  Black Box, Andrew McKiernan
Creeping In Reptile Flesh cover, Cat Sparks
Cover of 2012, Cat Sparks
Tales from Outer Suburbia, Shaun Tan

Best Fan Writer
Craig Bezant for Horrorscope
Edwina Harvey  for Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet
Rob Hood for Undead Backbrain
Chnck McKenzie for Horrorscope
Mark Smith-Briggs for Horrorscopy
Brenton Tonlinson, Horrorscope

Best Fan Artist
Rachel Holkner, for Gumble Soft toy and other works
Nancy Lorenz for body of work
Andrew McKiernan for body of work
Tansy Rayner Roberts for Daleks are a girl's best friend
David Schembri for body of work
Cat Sparks for Scary Food Cookbook
Anna Tambor, Box of Noses and other works

Best Fan Publication
Horrorscope, Brimstone Press
Scary Food Cookbook, edited by Cat Sparks
Asif! (Australian Speculative Fiction In Focus)
Australian SF Bullsheet

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
Dark Suspense: The End of the Line by Shane Jiraiya Cummings (in Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine #3)
George A. Romero: Master of the Living Dead by Robert Hood (in Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine #2)
Bad Film Diaries - Sometimes the Brand Burns: Tim Burton and the Planet of the Apes, Grant Watson (in Borderlands #10)
"Popular genres and the Australian literary community: the case of fantasy fiction," Journal of Australian Studies, Kim Wilkins

Best Achievement
Angela Challis for Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine and Brimstone Press.
Marty Young and the AHWA Committe for promoting horror through the Australian Horror Writers Association
Talie Helene for her work as AHWA News Editor
Steve Clark for Tasmaniac Productions
Damien Broderick for fiction editing in Cosmos Magazine
James Doig for preserving colonial Australian horror fiction and his anthologies Australian Gothic and Australian Nightmares.
The Gunny Project: A tribute to Ian Gunn 1959-1998, Jocko and K'Rin, presented MSFC

Best New Talent
Peter M. Ball
Felicity Dowker
Jason Fischer
Gary Kemble
Amanda Pillar

Friday, October 10th, 2008
2:57 pm
Mailing list
There's now a mailing list, for low-traffic chitchat about the convention. It's a bit old-skool, but that's how some of us roll. You can subscribe at http://lists.conjecture2009.org/listinfo.cgi/talk-conjecture2009.org
Thursday, October 9th, 2008
7:16 pm
Art show
I'm wondering: juried art show yes/no? or sole-artist retrospective? or something else?

We have a somewhat... interesting space available at the venue.
6:54 pm
facebook group
There's a facebook group over at

While I have started a couple of topics there, that should not dissuade people from posting/commenting here.

I'll copy the posts here in a few minutes.
Monday, September 8th, 2008
9:21 pm
website slowly coming together
The official con website is http://conjecture2009.org/ ; I'm slowly getting stuff together to go up there.

In the meantime, do please feel free to post here to ask questions or explore ideas.

For example, longlists of work that may be eligible for the Ditmars might be interesting...
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
5:28 pm
Last Chance for Art That Scares You fundraising auction
Just one more day to get your bids in for the millions of items up in the </a></font></b></a>artscaresyou fundraising auction for Paul Haines. Make sure you check on items you have already bid on too, to ensure you haven't been outbid! Items have been added as recently as today.

There's still awesome goodies up for grabs, and some lively bidding on some hotly contested pieces. Go be part of it!

You don't have to have a Live Journal account to view or bid on items. The best place to start is at the Index post... http://community.livejournal.com/artscaresyou/16168.html 
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
12:54 am
not dead
Sorry for the long break between updates. We in Adelaide are in the final stages of settling our hotel contract and getting the proper web site together: there should be more news available by the weekend.

I have a sheaf of notes about programme, but please don't hesitate to post here about things you'd like investigated, proposed, planned, discussed, or rejected. I'm very excited.

I'm sorry I can't yet say anything about our guests.

Rates will be $120 until at least the end of July.
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
12:09 pm
This community is for discussion of Conjecture, the 2009 Australian National Science Fiction Convention.

Please feel free to post requests, ideas, thoughts... whatever you would like to call to the organisers' attention.

The official website will be launched soon. Until then if you have any queries please don't hesitate to either comment or post here, or to email Damien Warman, but please note that I have limited internet access over the next few days.

If you are at Swancon 2008 you can join Conjecture for a reduced rate: just grab me in passing.
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