girlie jones (girliejones) wrote,
girlie jones

Rock the Ditmar Vote: Category Novels

Okay, so I think this is often the hardest category to feel qualified to vote in simply because ... novels are long and there are often a lot that are eligible in each year. And only a few of us could ever get the voting ballot when it comes out and then go and read the selection in order to feel informed enough to vote.

Here's the thing though: How many people out there equally favour all three subgenres - fantasy, science fiction and horror? Me, I am a hard core science fiction fan but I do like the odd fantasy or horror novel. It's fair to say though that there would be many fantasy quest trilogies out there that would not be my cup of tea. And it would be unlikely that I would really need to read something like that in order to feel qualified to select my favourite novel from the short list.

So this is where reviews come in handy. And a targeted, strategic approach to the ballot in order to vote for what *you* liked the most and thought was the best read.

Therefore, in a three part series, here is the first - the Science Fiction Novels. Below is the list of sf novels considered by the Aurealis Awards. If you come across something that is not here, please let me know and we will add it to the list (the AAs list is what was nominated and entered for consideration. There may be some discrepancies). Additionally, I know several of these books are still out for review over at ASif! so I will repeat this post later on with additional reviews links.

If you're a science fiction reader, how 'bout adding a few that appeal to your Christmas holidays reading pile?

Adrian Bedford, Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait (EDGE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY PUBLISHING)
John Birmingham Without Warning (PAN MACMILLAN)
Jack Dann The Economy of Light (PS PUBLISHING (GREAT BRITAIN))
Laney Cairo Running the Nullarbor: Book 1 of the The Australis Liminus Series (TORQUERE PRESS)
Marianne De Pierres Chaos Space (HACHETTE LIVRE AUSTRALIA)
Sabrina Desouze The Catarbie Conspiracy: Book 1 of the Houkura Series (SABRINA DESOUZA)
Greg Egan Incandescence (HACHETTE LIVRE AUSTRALIA)
Dirk Flinthart Angel Rising (TWELFTH PLANET PRESS)
Simon Haynes Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch (FREMANTLE PRESS)
Sylvia Kelso Amberlight (JUNO BOOKS)
Val Maudson 10 000 Years (TEMPLE HOUSE/SID HARTA)
Karen Miller Stargate SG 1: Do NO Harm (FANDEMONIUM BOOKS)
Jeff Pages The Mind of the Dolphins (ZEUS PUBLICATIONS)
K E Perrott Infinity 48 (KE PERROTT)
Matthew Reilly The Six Sacred Stones (PAN MACMILLAN)
Graham Sharp Paul The Battle of the Hammer Worlds (Helfort's War: BOOK 2) (DEL REY)
Sean Williams Star Wars: The Force Unleased (TITAN BOOKS)
Sean Williams Earth Ascendent (HACHETTE LIVRE AUSTRALIA)

NB: The Aurealis Awards do not have a category for novellas and so the two novellas above are eligible in the novels category. The Ditmars have a novella category so it is likely that Angel Rising and The Economy of Light would be considered in that category and not the novel.
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