Congratulations to the 2021 Ditmar Award Winners: Best Novel The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix, Allen & Unwin Best Novella or Novelette ‘Flyaway’, Kathleen Jennings, Pan Macmillan Australia Best Short Story ‘The Calenture’, Kaaron Warren, in Of Gods and Globes 2 Best Collected Work Dark Harvest, Cat Sparks, NewCon Press Best Artwork Illustrations, Kathleen Jennings, for Mother Thorn and other tales of courage and kindness, Serenity Press Best Fan Writer Bruce Gillespie, for writing in SF Commentary Best Fan Artist Lyss Wickramasinghe, for fanart on Tumblr including Elsie, Hold On, The Gem and the Other and Vesuvia Pride Best Fan Publication in Any Medium The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe Best New Talent Nikky Lee William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review Terry Frost, for reviews in Terry Talks Movies, YouTube.
The IPCC’s top climate scientists have released a report warning time is running out for humanity. The world is heating faster than we feared. If we don’t make substantial changes, such as ditching fossil fuel dependance across the 5 years, we will pass irreversible tipping points that will lead to drastic changes in ecosystems with devastating effects for all life on this Earth. To quote Christiana Figueres: “We are going to have to pull out, from deep within ourselves, extraordinary strength and endurance now. We have to go far beyond what we think we can achieve, at speed.”
Spent a week camping in Gunbower National Park, Victoria, with a group of writerly types. OK, by camping I actually mean glamping in a well tricked out hired camper van, but that’s a pretty good effort for a city slicker like me. Big thanks to the fabulous Steve Gleeson for making it happen. Photos here.