And the Sir Julius Vogel Award Goes To…

Ripley Patton!

That’s right. I am just back from Au Contraire in Wellington and I’ve managed to bring home one of the coveted, sharp, green trophies made by The Weta Workshop. Thanks to all of you who nominated and voted for Corrigan’s Exchange (the winner) and Over the Rim.

I tied with Grant Stone, good friend and last year’s winner, for the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Award for best short story.

I went up to the platform stunned, said some gibberish, and then sat down and promptly impaled my hand on the tip of my trophy. Yes, they are as sharp as they look.

But, at least forensically, there will never be any doubt whose trophy this is.

I was privileged to be in a long list of the following amazing 2010 SJV winners.

  • Best Novel: Beyond The Wall Of Time, Russell Kirkpatrick
  • Best YA Novel: Brainjack, Brian Falkner
  • Best Novella / Novellete: Wives, Paul Haines
  • Best Short Story (tie): “Corrigan’s Exchange,” Ripley Patton; “The Living Dead Boy,” Grant Stone
  • Best Collected Work: Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand, Mark Pirie and Tim Jones
  • Best Artwork: The Test, Serena Kearns
  • Best Dramatic Presentation: Under The Mountain
  • Best Professional Publication: Semaphore Magazine, edited by Marie Hodgkinson
  • Best New Talent: Simon Petrie
  • Best Fan Writing: Simon Litten for SJV Watch and SFFANZ Reviews
  • Best Fan Production: Coals to Newcastle (Short Film), Yvonne Harrison
  • Fan Publication (tie): Phoenixine, John & Lynelle Howell; Time Space Visualiser, Adam McGechan
  • Services to Fandom: David Lee Smith, the founder of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club
  • Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Philip Mann

Congratulations to you all, fine writers.

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Ripley Patton lives in a 22-foot camper in the woods of Southern Illinois with a cat named Lemmy. Her two young adult children, a daughter and a son, are her favorite people. When Ripley's not out exploring nature and getting her hands dirty, she's usually reading or writing a book.

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