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January 24, 2005

Midnighters Down Under

Many congratulations to my pal Scott Westerfeld, whose most excellent YA novel Midnighters: The Secret Hour picked up the 2004 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel. The Aurealis Awards, according to the site, "were established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis Magazine, to recognize the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers," and Scott is Australian on his wife's side and currently avoiding winter by living down there, the bastard (it's currently 21 degrees Fahrenheit here, which wouldn't be so bad if the wind chill wasn't making it feel like single digits). The book was also written in Australia, in an earlier flight from cold weather. See, this is what eternal summer gets you.

You can get more details of Scott's award winning ways here, via Justine Larbalestier, Scott's spouse (whose own YA is mere months away). Justine's entry here also details a most amusing projectile vomit story, so even if you're not awards-minded, it's worth a visit.

Posted by john at January 24, 2005 12:25 PM

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Jon Hansen | January 24, 2005 01:53 PM

Scalzi sayz, "Justine's entry here also details a most amusing projectile vomit story, so even if you're not awards-minded, it's worth a visit."

Sounds like a man who knows his audience.

John Scalzi | January 24, 2005 02:02 PM

Awards or vomit. One or the other will appeal.

Justine Larbalestier | January 24, 2005 04:57 PM

Thanks for the link Scalzi, my boy. Wait till you read the sequel to Magic or Madness, it's full of vomit. I'm all class, me.

A correction: Scott's Australian because he's officially gone through the hell of immigrating here (a gruelling more than two-year process). He's now working towards citizenship.

Scott moved here in 2001 and lived here uninterruptedly for almost two years. After that we've been living here in Sydney half the time, and come November, we'll be back living here the vast majority of the time. We're both very committed to this country and to the sf community here.

Australia's wonderful. You should all move here. No snow in Sydney ever.

John Scalzi | January 24, 2005 05:27 PM

Justine wrote:

"Scott's Australian because he's officially gone through the hell of immigrating here..."

Oh, I know. I'm just ribbing him.

As for moving there, Krissy said to me, just today, in fact, "Let's move to Australia." So you never know.

Anonymous | January 24, 2005 06:13 PM

Friends of Justine & Scott are always welcome in Australia!

For a little while, anyhow. ;)


Justine Larbalestier | January 24, 2005 07:07 PM

Gird your loins for the hell of immigration. But truly it's worth it! And we'd love to have you three.

I did assume you were making mock, but didn't want others to think he merely hoildays there in order to pick up awards. Heaven forfend. (Whatever that means.)

Scott Westerfeld | January 25, 2005 08:41 AM

Thanks for the shout-out, dude.

I went to the awards ceremony on Saturday, even though I had a book due on the Monday after (Book 3 of Midnighters, in fact). A fabulous time was had by all, winners and loser alike. Aussies know how to throw a party. (Free alcohol seems to be key. Who knew?)

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