Every year, the Australian speculative fiction (that is, science fiction, fantasy, and horror) community comes together for the Aurealis Awards. This year, Leviathan was nominated in the YA category, and won!
My speech was a bit shambolic, but here’s everyone I should have thanked:
- My lovely agent Jill Grinberg, who (among many other things) makes sure that my Australian rights are kept separate, allowing me local publication.
- My wonderful publisher here, Laura Harris of Penguin Australia.
- Keith Thompson, of course.
- All my editors (US, UK, and Oz) and the US production team, for making Leviathan the best book it could be, and an awesome physical object as well.
- The great people at Fantastic Queensland, who’ve hosted the awards the last six years.
- Everyone else in the Oz SpecFic community—writers, readers, booksellers—who have become my friends and allies.
- And of course Justine, who gave me a reason to make a life 10,000 miles away.
Congrats to all the other winners and nominees (click here for a list), especially Cat Sparks, who won the YA short story category for her story “Seventeen.”
The award itself made of curved glass, and so is fiendishly hard to photograph. I’ve been trying and failing all afternoon. So here’s the picture I took with my phone on the night, lit by tiny lightsabers (long story), and showing the audience for the ceremony filing out in the background. It’s more interesting than anything I’ve done under controlled circumstances.
For those of you in Adelaide, I’ll be appearing virtually at the Royal Institution of Australia’s Science Exchange Book Club this week. If you’ve read Leviathan, come and join in the discussion. I’ll drop in through iChat or skype, so I can’t sign books, I’m afraid. But I’ll try to answer any questions generated by the discussion.
Leviathan at the Science Exchange
Wednesday, 27 January, 2010
55 Exchange Pl
Adelaide SA 5000
Admission is free, but book ahead.