Monday, 20 April 2009

Haynes wins another Duck

Simon Haynes won a WA Science Fiction Foundation award for the second year in a row at Swancon 2009. Haynes was awarded Best Professional Long Work in the Tin Duck Awards for Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch.

Tin Duck award winners are voted for by members of the WA Science Fiction Foundation and announced at the Foundation’s annual convention.

“It means a lot to me that the Hal Spacejock series has such a strong following amongst Western Australian fandom,” said Haynes who also won the 2008 Tin Duck Award for Hal Spacejock: Just Desserts.

Haynes was nominated alongside five other novelists including new Fremantle Press author Adrian Bedford whose fourth novel will be published in Australia later this year. The Canadian edition of Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait won a 2009 Aurealis Award and was shortlisted for a Philip K. Dick Award in the United States.

Bedford said it was Haynes who suggested he try Fremantle Press for an Australian edition of his work.

“As brilliant as it is to have my books available to the North American market through EDGE, the fact that they're not readily available here in Oz has always bothered me.

“I cannot wait to see Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait in local shops!” he said.

The Australian edition will be released by Fremantle Press in October 2009. Both Haynes and Bedford are hard at work on their next novels. Hal Spacejock 5 and a sequel to Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait are currently scheduled for release in 2010.

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