Photos from Readercon

From Readercon 20 (2009)

Right now I’m still severely depleted from Readercon, so an in-depth review of my time there will be forthcoming.  In the meantime, here are some photos from the con.  It really was a wonderful time, and I think perhaps my favorite Readercon to date.  It was so great to see everyone and just be surrounded by such creativity.  I know I will be inspired for a long time to come.

The photos.

Cat Sparks’ “Sammarynda Deep” nominated for Ditmar Award

From Ellen Datlow’s blog, I have just discovered that Cat Sparks’ “Sammarynda Deep,” published in Paper Cities, has just been nominated for a Ditmar Award.

“The Ditmar sub-committee has released the Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards finalists for 2009. This ballot honours the best works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror published by Australians in 2008 as nominated by members of Australian fandom.”

Best Short Story

* “Pale Dark Soldier”, Deborah Biancotti (Midnight Echo #1)
* “This Is Not My Story”, Dirk Flinthart (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #37)
* “The Goosle”, Margo Lanagan (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction, ed. Ellen Datlow)
* “Her Collection of Intimacy”, Paul Haines (Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine #2)
* “Moments of Dying”, Robert Hood (Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine #1)
* “Sammarynda Deep”, Cat Sparks (Paper Cities, ed. Ekaterina Sedia)
* “Ass-Hat Magic Spider”, Scott Westerfeld (The Starry Rift, ed. Jonathan Strahan)

Congratulations Cat!

The full list is available here.

Paper Cities’ story by Cat Sparks wins Aurealis Award

I am very pleased to announce that Cat Sparks’ short story, “Sammarynda Deep,” which was published in Paper Cities, has won the Aurealis Award for the Best Fantasy Short Story of 2008. Congratulations Cat!

A full list of winners is here.

UPDATE: Mercurio D. Rivera was gracious enough to point out these comments from the judges’ report:

“Long after reading, this is a story that returns to haunt the reader. From the very first word, ‘Sammarynda Deep’ drags you into a world both wonderfully exotic and strange, yet undeniably familiar in the emotions and ambitions that drive its inhabitants.”