Everyone is gearing up for the Aurealis Awards tomorrow night. I caught a sneak peak of the program yesterday, and it is lush. If you can’t make it down to Judy in person, get your live updates at the Aurealis Awards website, or just listen for the tweets. And best of luck to all the writers nominated – what an incredible range of talent represented at the AA this year.
Speaking of talented speculative fiction writers, a bunch of them are in Brisbane for Clarion South, as well as reading about town. Yes, it’s shaping up as a good Australia Day weekend for fans of the genre.
Lastly, more lists of novels everyone must read, but this time no one needs to glance guiltily at the high-brow section while pining for their genre faves. The Guardian’s ‘1000 novels everyone must read’ includes a fantastic (literally) selection of spec fic titles. From gothic romance to eco-thriller, from 1532 AD to the recent noughties, this comprehensive three-part list offers insight into how spec fic writers use science and fantasy to produce texts that play a crucial role in interpreting and challenging our world.