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Nightflier:
Voleo bih da jos neko postavi svoje liste favorita za proslu godinu, a i za ovu - zasto da ne...

Nightflier:
Buduci da se na srpskom knjizevnom trzistu najvise trosi americka roba, dosetio sam se da dam kakav-takav pregled zanrovskih autora iz drugih zemalja. Pocecu od australijske fantastike, najvise stoga sto je Boban pre izvesnog vremena jedan broj Znaka Sagite (poslednji objavljeni) posvetio upravo Australijskoj zanrovskoj knjizevnosti. Inace, ova lista bice posvecena iskljucivo epskoj fantastici i srodnim podzanrovima (kasnije cu postovati za SF), a i razlikovace se malo po formi od prethodnih.


Nightflier’s BEST OV DE BEST Australians Part One:

1.   The Etched City, K.J. Bishop (Spectra)

Obrazloženje: Najpre Kirsten Bisop je jedan od najmladjih pisaca fantastike za koje znam. Rodjena je tek 1972. godine, sto je cini prakticno dojecentom. Sem toga, zahvaljujuci urednickom uticaju Zorana Zivkovica, Moc knjige je pre nekoliko godina objavila njen roman-prvenac u istoj ediciji kao i Mjevilovu Stanicu Perdido, te se moze citati i na nasem jeziku. The Etched City je dark fentezi i puno me podseca na prve tri knjige Kingove Mracne kule – na najbolji nacin. Potpuno je dekadentan, antiherojski nastrojen i iscasen. Prava knjiga da oraspolozi coveka kada je snuzden. Inace, roman je 2004. nominovan za World Fantasy Award.

2.   The Black Magician Trilogy, Trudi Canavan (Eos)

Obrazloženje: Jos jedna relativno mlada spisateljica (1969. godiste), Trudi Kanavan takodje moze da se cita na srpskom jeziku, a u izdanju Alnarija. Sem trilogije Black Magician, Kanavanova  je napisala i trilogiju The Age of the Five, koja ce se takodje pojaviti na nasem jeziku, a u blizoj buducnosti. Kanavanova je zanatski dobor potkovan pisac, mada ne donosi bogzna sta novo u zanr. Uglavnom se bavi sukobom sa autoritetima  i licnim sazrevanjem.

3.   The Bitterbynde Trilogy, Cecilia Dart-Thornton  (Tor)
Obrazloženje: Pored ove trilogije, Dart-Torntonova ima jos i The Crowthistle Chronicles. Pise krajnje lirskim stilom, zahtevnim za citaoca i sluzi se konstrukcijom nalik na pregrimovske evropske bajke, kako recenicnom, tako i kada je rec o strukturi romana. Iako su njena dela teska za citanje, vrede ulozenog truda.

4.   The Wayfarer Redemption, Sara Douglass (Tor)
Obrazloženje: Daglasovu najvise volim zbog Rojovih ilustracija. To je zakljucak do kojeg sam dosao nakon zavrsenog poslednjeg romana u ovom sestoknjizju. Daglasova pricu pocinje sjajno, medjutim primetan je pad kvaliteta pripovedanja nakon trece knjige. Kao i kod vecine australijskih autora (valjda je to zbog vode koju piju), svet kroz koji se protagonisti romana Sare Daglas krecu bizaran je i cudnovat.

5.   The Hythrun Chronicles, Jennifer Fallon (Tor)
Obrazloženje: Jos jedna nesvakidasnja epska fantastika, koja se odlikuje brojnim motivima tzv. dark fentezija, ali ipak ne prevaze na tu stranu. Zanimljiv pisac, cije romane valja procitati. Iako nije medju mojim omiljenim autorima, daleko je zanimljivija od – recimo – Trudi Kanavan. Sem Hitrinskih letopisa, Falonova je napisala i trilogiju The Second Sons

6.   The Witches of Eileanan, Kate Forsyth (Roc)
Obrazloženje: Moja miljenica kada je rec o australijskim piscima epske fantastike. Zanatski valjano potkovana, sjajno se sluzi motivima preuzetim iz irskog i velskog folklora, a sve da bi izatkala sjajnu potku i ispripovedala izvanrednu pricu. Uzivanje je citati njene romane.

Nightflier:
Cisto da najavim, tek cu sutra postaviti ostatak teksta. Potom slede BotB Kanadjani i Paranormal Romances.

Nightflier:
Nightflier’s BEST OV DE BEST Australians Part Two:


1.   The Quickening Thrilogy, Fiona Mcintosh (Eos)

Obrazlozenje: Mada ima jos objavljenih naslova, ova trilogija je svakako Makintoskino najpoznatije socinjenije, koje ju je i prosavilo na americkom trzistu – sto znaci i svetskom. Po mom misljenju, Fiona Makintos je jedan od zapostavljenih fentezi autora. Odnosno, iz ko zna kojih razloga, nije joj poslo za rukom da dosegne slavu Trudi Kanavan ili Garta Niksa, mada to svakako zasluzuje.

2.   The Moonworlds Saga, Sean Mcmullen (Tor)

Obrazlozenje: Makmalen je daleko poznatiji po svojim SF naslovima, ali svakako zasluzuje da se pomene i kao jedan od najvecih “mladih” fentezi talenata koje australijska, pa i svetska epska fantastika ima. Na Makmalenovom primeru najbolje se vidi zasto su americke izdavacke kuce pribegle masovnoj regrutaciji australijskih pisaca.

3.   The Seventh Tower, Garth Nix (Scholastic)

Obrazlozenje: Svakako najbolji australijski pisac fentezija. Na srpskom jeziku moze da se cita u izdanju Narodne knjige. Naravno, rec je o njegovoj trilogiji Abhorsen. Veoma inovativan pisac, divnog stila, u svojim romanima prevashodno se obraca mladjoj publici. Ovo je autor koji zasluzuje da ga zadesi sve ono sto je zadesilo Roulingovu – ali verovatno nece, posto je mnogo bolji pisac.

4.   Giants of the Frost, Kim Wilkins (Grand Central Publishing)

Obrazlozenje: Nezasluzeno nezapazena spisateljica. Imala je zlehudu srecu da se njena americka premijera zadesi istovremeno sa pravom navalom romana vec etabliranih autora. U Australiji je velika zvezda, ali nije joj poslo za rukom da taj status stekne i u SAD. Razlog tome pre treba traziti u njenom americkom izdavacu, nego li u njenom pisanju.

5.   Books of the Cataclysm, Sean Williams (Pyr)

Obrazlozenje: Vilijams je daleko poznatiji po svojim SF romanima, pa cu ga detaljnije predstaviti kada se budem pozabavio listom SF autora, ali vredi ga pomenuti i ovde, ako ni zbog ceg drugog, a ono stoga da bi se pokazalo koliko su australijski pisci svestrani – i nastrani. Nikako se ne sme propustiti i zasluzuje mesto na polici svakog ljubitelja zanra.


Zakljucak: Iako sam sve ove naslove manje-vise citao po nekoliko puta, ni sam nisam bio svestan bogatstva australijske fantastike, dok nisam sastavio ovaj spisak. Ostaje mi samo da svima preporucim da makar prelistaju nesto od ovde pomenutih naslova – kao i poslednji broj Znaka Sagite, koji se bavi australijskom fantastikom.

Goran Skrobonja:
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2008 Hugo Nomination List

Best Novel

The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate)
Brasyl by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor; Analog Oct. 2006-Jan/Feb. 2007)
The Last Colony by John Scalzi (Tor)
Halting State by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit)

Best Novella

"Fountains of Age" by Nancy Kress (Asimov's July 2007)
"Recovering Apollo 8" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov's Feb. 2007)
"Stars Seen Through Stone" by Lucius Shepard (F&SF July 2007)
"All Seated on the Ground" by Connie Willis (Asimov's Dec. 2007; Subterranean Press)
"Memorare" by Gene Wolfe (F&SF April 2007)

Best Novelette

"The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairytale of Economics" by Daniel Abraham (Logorrhea ed. by John Klima, Bantam)
"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" by Ted Chiang (F&SF Sept. 2007)
"Dark Integers" by Greg Egan (Asimov's Oct./Nov. 2007)
"Glory" by Greg Egan (The New Space Opera, ed. by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, HarperCollins/Eos)
"Finisterra" by David Moles (F&SF Dec. 2007)

Best Short Story

"Last Contact" by Stephen Baxter (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, ed. by George Mann, Solaris Books)
"Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov's June 2007)
"Who's Afraid of Wolf 359?" by Ken MacLeod (The New Space Opera, ed. by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, HarperCollins/Eos)
"Distant Replay" by Mike Resnick (Asimov's May-June 2007)
"A Small Room in Koboldtown" by Michael Swanwick (Asimov's May-June 2007; The Dog Said Bow-Wow,Tachyon Publications)

Best Related Book

The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community by Diana Glyer; appendix by David Bratman (Kent State University Press)
Breakfast in the Ruins: Science Fiction in the Last Millennium by Barry Malzberg (Baen)
Emshwiller: Infinity x Two by Luis Ortiz, intro. by Carol Emshwiller, fwd. by Alex Eisenstien (Nonstop)
Brave New Words: the Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher (Oxford University Press)
The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Enchanted Written by Bill Kelly, Directed by Kevin Lima (Walt Disney Pictures)
The Golden Compass Written by Chris Weitz, Based on the novel by Philip Pullman, Directed by Chris Weitz (New Line Cinema)
Heroes, Season 1, Created by Tim Kring (NBC Universal Television and Tailwind Productions Written by Tim Kring, Jeff Loeb, Bryan Fuller, Michael Green, Natalie Chaidez, Jesse Alexander, Adam Armus, Aron Eli Coleite, Joe Pokaski, Christopher Zatta, Chuck Kim, Directed by David Semel, Allan Arkush, Greg Beeman, Ernest R. Dickerson, Paul Shapiro, Donna Deitch, Paul A. Edwards, John Badham, Terrence O'Hara, Jeannot Szwarc, Roxann Dawson, Kevin Bray, Adam Kane
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Written by Michael Goldenberg, Based on the novel by J.K. Rowling, Directed by David Yates (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Stardust Written by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Paramount Pictures)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Battlestar Galactica "Razor" written by Michael Taylor, directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá and Wayne Rose (Sci Fi Channel) (televised version, not DVD)
Dr. Who "Blink" written by Stephen Moffat, directed by Hettie Macdonald (BBC)
Dr. Who "Human Nature" / "Family of Blood" written by Paul Cornell, directed by Charles Palmer (BBC)
Star Trek New Voyages "World Enough and Time" written by Michael Reaves & Marc Scott Zicree, directed by Marc Scott Zicree (Cawley Entertainment Co. and The Magic Time Co.)
Torchwood "Captain Jack Harkness" written by Catherine Tregenna, directed by Ashley Way (BBC Wales)

Best Professional Editor, Short Form

Ellen Datlow (The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin's), Coyote Road (Viking), Inferno (Tor))
Stanley Schmidt (Analog)
Jonathan Strahan (The New Space Opera (Eos/HarperCollins), The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 1 (Night Shade), Eclipse One (NightShade)
Gordon Van Gelder (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
Sheila Williams (Asimov's Science Fiction)

Best Professional Editor, Long Form

Lou Anders (Pyr)
Ginjer Buchanan (Ace/Roc)
David G. Hartwell (Senior Editor, Tor/Forge)
Beth Meacham (Tor)
Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor)

Best Professional Artist

Bob Eggleton (Covers: To Outlive Eternity and Other Stories (Baen), Ivory (Pyr), & The Taint and Other Stories (Subterranean))
Phil Foglio (Covers: Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures, Vol. 2 (Meisha Merlin), What's New (Dragon Magazine Aug. 2007, Girl Genius Vol. 6-Agatha Heterodyne & the Golden Trilobite (Airship Entertainment))
John Harris (Covers: Spindrift (Ace), Horizons (Tor), The Last Colony (Tor))
Stephan Martiniere (Covers: Brasyl (Pyr), Mainspring (Tor), Dragons of Babel (Tor))
John Picacio (Covers: Fast Forward 2 (Pyr), Time's Child (HarperCollins/Eos), A Thousand Deaths (Golden Gryphon))
Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine

Ansible edited by David Langford
Helix edited by William Sanders and Lawrence Watt-Evans
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi
The New York Review of Science Fiction, edited by Kathryn Cramer, Kristine Dikeman, David Hartwell & Kevin J. Maroney

Best Fanzine

Argentus edited by Steven H Silver
Challenger edited by Guy Lillian III
Drink Tank edited by Chris Garcia
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
PLOKTA edited by Alison Scott, Steve Davies, & Mike Scott

Best Fan Writer

Chris Garcia
David Langford
Cheryl Morgan
John Scalzi
Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist

Brad Foster
Teddy Harvia
Sue Mason
Steve Stiles
Taral Wayne

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Writer

An award for the best new writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy appeared during 2006 or 2007 in a professional publication. Sponsored by Dell Magazines.

Joe Abercrombie (2nd year of eligibility)
Jon Armstrong (1st year of eligibility)
David Anthony Durham (1st year of eligibility)
David Louis Edelman (2nd year of eligibility)
Mary Robinette Kowal (2nd year of eligibility)
Scott Lynch (2nd year of eligibility)

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