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Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel

The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and WASFF to published works in order to "recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror writers".[2] To qualify, a work must have been first published by an Australian citizen or permanent resident between 1 January and 31 December of the corresponding year;[3] the presentation ceremony is held the following year. It has grown from a small function of around 20 people to a two-day event attended by over 200 people.[4]

Aurealis Award for best science fiction novel
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The Aurealis Award design is often placed on the winning book's cover as a promotional tool.[1]
Awarded forExcellence in science fiction novels
CountryAustralia
Presented byChimaera Publications,
Continuum Foundation
First awarded1995
Currently held byJay Kristoff
WebsiteOfficial site

Since their creation in 1995, awards have been given in various categories of speculative fiction. Categories currently include science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative young adult fiction—with separate awards for novels and short fiction—collections, anthologies, illustrative works or graphic novels, children's books, and an award for excellence in speculative fiction.[2] The awards have attracted the attention of publishers by setting down a benchmark in science fiction and fantasy. The continued sponsorship by publishers such as HarperCollins and Orbit has identified the award as an honour to be taken seriously.[5]

The results are decided by a panel of judges from a list of submitted nominees; the long-list of nominees is reduced to a short-list of finalists.[2] The judges are selected from a public application process by the Award's management team.[6]

This article lists all the short-list nominees and winners in the best science fiction novel category, as well as novels that have received honourable mentions. Since 2003, honourable mentions have been awarded intermittently. Damien Broderick and Jay Kristoff have won the award three times, while five have won it twice – K. A. Bedford, Greg Egan, Amie Kaufman, Sean McMullen, and Sean Williams. Williams holds the record for most nominations with 14. Rory Barnes, James Bradley, Simon Brown, Sara Creasy, Nina D'Aleo, Joel Shepherd, Meagan Spooner, Graham Storrs, and Tess Williams share the record for most nominations without winning, each having been nominated twice.

Contents

Winners and nomineesEdit

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the book's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees on the short-list.

  *   Winners and joint winners
  *   Nominees on the shortlist

Year Author(s) Novel Publisher Ref
1995 Greg Egan* Distress Millennium [7]
1995 Sean McMullen Mirrorsun Rising Aphelion Publications [7]
1995 Kate Orman Set Piece Virgin Books [7]
1995 Sean Williams & Shane Dix The Unknown Soldier Aphelion Publications [7]
1996 Sean Williams* Metal Fatigue HarperCollins [8]
1996 Simon Brown Privateer HarperCollins [8]
1996 Tess Williams Map of Power Arrow Books [8]
1997 Damien Broderick* The White Abacus Avon Eos [9]
1997 Damien Broderick & Rory Barnes Zones Moonstone [9]
1997 Simon Brown Winter HarperCollins [9]
1997 Greg Egan Diaspora Millennium [9]
1997 Richard Harland The Dark Edge Pan Macmillan [9]
1998 Sean McMullen* The Centurion's Empire Tor Books [10]
1998 Alison Goodman Singing the Dogstar Blues HarperCollins [10]
1998 John Marsden The Night Is for Hunting Pan Macmillan [10]
1998 Kate Orman The New Adventures: Walking to Babylon Virgin Books [10]
1998 Sean Williams The Resurrected Man Voyager Books [10]
1999 Greg Egan* Teranesia Gollancz [11]
1999 Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman Doctor Who: Unnatural History BBC Books [11]
1999 Damien Broderick & Rory Barnes The Book of Revelation HarperCollins [11]
1999 Andrew Masterson The Letter Girl Picador [11]
1999 Sally Rogers-Davidson Spare Parts Penguin Books [11]
2000 Sean McMullen* The Miocene Arrow Tor Books [12]
2000 James Bradley The Deep Field Sceptre [12]
2000 Sean Williams & Shane Dix The Dying Light Voyager Books [12]
2000 Tess Williams Sea as Mirror Voyager Books [12]
2001 Sean Williams & Shane Dix* The Dark Imbalance Voyager Books [13]
2001 Peter McAllister Cosmonaut Penguin Books [13]
2001 Sean McMullen Eyes of the Calculor Tor Books [13]
2001 Joel Shepherd Crossover Voyager Books [13]
2002 Damien Broderick* Transcension Tor Books [14]
2002 Michelle Marquardt Blue Silence Bantam Books [14]
2002 Sean Williams & Shane Dix Echoes of Earth Voyager Books [14]
2003 Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman* Fallen Gods Telos Publishing [15]
2003 Jay Caselberg Wyrmhole Roc Books [15]
2003 Ian Irvine Terminator Gene Simon & Schuster [15]
2003 Kate Orman Blue Box BBC Worldwide [15]
2003 Sean Williams & Shane Dix Orphans of Earth Voyager Books [15]
2004 Maxine McArthur* Less Than Human Warner Aspect [16]
2004 K. A. Bedford Orbital Burn Edge Publishing [16]
2004 Jack Dann The Rebel Flamingo [16]
2004 Marianne de Pierres Nylon Angel Orbit Books [16]
2004 Sean Williams & Shane Dix Heirs of Earth Voyager Books [16]
2005 K. A. Bedford* Eclipse Edge Publishing [17]
2005 John Birmingham Designated Targets Pan Macmillan [17]
2005 Marianne de Pierres Crash Deluxe Orbit Books [17]
2005 Sean Williams & Shane Dix Ascent Voyager Books [17]
2006 Damien Broderick* K-Machines Avalon Publishing Group [18]
2006 K. A. Bedford Hydrogen Steel Edge Publishing [18]
2006 Andrew McGahan Underground Allen & Unwin [18]
2006 Sean Williams & Shane Dix Descent Voyager Books [18]
2007 David Kowalski* The Company of the Dead Pan Macmillan [19]
2007 Marianne de Pierres Dark Space Orbit Books [19]
2007 Jack Heath Remote Control Pan Macmillan [19]
2007 Sean Williams Saturn Returns Orbit Books [19]
2008 K. A. Bedford* Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait Edge Publishing [20]
2008 Marianne de Pierres Chaos Space Orbit Books [20]
2008 Kim Westwood The Daughters of Moab HarperVoyager [20]
2008 Sean Williams Earth Ascendant Orbit Books [20]
2008 Simon Haynes Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch Fremantle Press [20]
2009 Andrew McGahan* Wonders of a Godless World Allen & Unwin [21]
2009 Sean Williams The Grand Conjunction Orbit Books [21]
2010 Marianne de Pierres* Transformation Space Orbit Books [22]
2010 Sara Creasy Song of Scarabaeus EOS Books [23]
2010 Marianne de Pierres Mirror Space Orbit Books [23]
2011 Kim Westwood* The Courier's New Bicycle HarperVoyager [24]
2011 Max Barry Machine Man Scribe Publications [25]
2011 Sara Creasy Children of Scarabaeus HarperVoyager [25]
2011 Peter Docker The Waterboys Fremantle Press [25]
2011 Meg Mundell Black Glass Scribe Publications [25]
2012 Daniel O'Malley* The Rook HarperCollins [26]
2012 Jo Anderton Suited Angry Robot Books [27]
2012 Nina D'Aleo The Last City Momentum [27]
2012 Andrea K. Höst And All the Stars Andrea K. Hosth [27]
2012 Ambelin Kwaymullina The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf Walker Books [27]
2012 Garth Nix A Confusion of Princes Allen & Unwin [27]
2013 Max Barry* Lexicon Hachette [28][29]
2013 Andrew Macrae Trucksong Twelfth Planet Press [28]
2013 Jane Rawson A Wrong Turn At The Office Of Unmade Lists Transit Lounge [28]
2013 Graham Storrs True Path Momentum [28]
2013 Nike Sulway Rupetta Tartarus Press [28]
2014 Marianne de Pierres* Peacemaker Angry Robot [30]
2014 Amanda Bridgeman Aurora: Meridian Momentum [31]
2014 LynC Nil By Mouth Satalyte Publishing [31]
2014 Nina D'Aleo The White List Momentum [31]
2014 Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner Their Shattered World Allen & Unwin [31]
2014 Graham Storrs Foresight Momentum [31]
2015 Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff* Illuminae Allen & Unwin [32]
2015 Evelyn Blackwell Crossed (self-published) [33]
2015 James Bradley Clade Penguin [33]
2015 Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Their Fractured Light Allen & Unwin [33]
2015 Joel Shepherd Renegade Kindle Direct [33]
2015 Sean Williams Twinmaker: Fall Allen & Unwin [33]
2016 Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff* Gemima: The Illuminae Files 2 Allen & Unwin [34]
2016 Jane Abbott Watershed Penguin Random House [35]
2016 S. K. Dunstall Confluence Ace Books [35]
2016 D. K. Mok Squid's Grief (self-published) [35]
2016 Daniel O'Malley Stiletto HarperCollins Publishers [35]
2016 Rebekah Turner Threader Harlequin Australia [35]
2017 Jane Rawson* From the Wreck Transit Lounge [36][37]
2017 Sally Abbott Closing Down Hachette Australia [36]
2017 Claire G. Coleman Terra Nullius Hachette Australia [36]
2017 Daniel Findlay Year of the Orphan Penguin Random House Australia [36]
2017 Krissy Kneen An Uncertain Grace Text Publishing [36]
2017 Cat Sparks Lotus Blue Skyhorse [36]
2018 Jay Kristoff* Lifel1k3 Allen & Unwin [38][39]
2018 Kylie Chan Scales of Empire HarperCollins Publishers [38]
2018 Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Obsidio Allen & Unwin [38]
2018 Jennifer Mills Dyschronia Picador Australia [38]
2018 Angela Meyer A Superior Spectre Ventura Press [38]
2018 Margaret Morgan The Second Cure Penguin Random House Australia [38]

Honourable mentionsEdit

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the book's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article.

Year Author Novel Publisher Ref
2003 Paul Collins The Earthborn Tor Books [40]
2007 Rose Michael The Asking Game Transit Lounge [40]

See alsoEdit

  • Ditmar Award, an Australian science fiction award established in 1969

ReferencesEdit

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