by Anna Hepworth
Last week’s post on the winners (and shortlisters) of the George Turner Award has prompted us to wander off to find out where any (or maybe all) of them have gone on to. To start on this exciting journey, we are starting with 1998. To refresh your memories, the list of shortlisters (in alphabetical order by lastname), were Tom Dullemond, Elaine Edwards, Narelle Harris, Edwina Harvey, Luke Kendall, Kim Matheson, Leslie Jospeph Petersen, and Joel Shepherd, with the winner being Tansy Rayner Roberts.
Of these, I personally, am aware some of what four of these people have been up to in recent years – Tansy Rayner Roberts, Narelle Harris and Joel Shepherd have published a number of books in the intervening years, with Tansy also active in reviewing activities and winning the occasional Ditmar awards, and Edwina Harvey has been reliably publishing the Australian SF Bullsheet for quite some time now as well as being involved in the Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine publishing collective. But living on the West Coast, in our parochial little fannish cocoon, I am not always aware of what is happing in the East.
And there are some interesting bits and pieces out there. For example, looking at Harris’ author site, I find a link to a review by Roberts of Harris’ new book. This appears to be Harris’ tenth book, although the counting is a little confusing, given that the two books she shortlisted for the Turner Prize have been published both separately and in an omnibus edition. Roberts herself has her eighth book coming out “soon”, according to her list of publications. Both Harris and Roberts have suffered the fate of many authors – multiple of their books are out of print. Roberts has a number of other activities of a fannish or sf professional – she is one third of the Hugo-nominated Galactic Suburbia podcast and has over 40 reviews on the ASiF! reviews site. Joel Shepherd has seven books published with the most recent in 2010, but as the ‘bio’ section of his author’s page is not working (right now), it is difficult to see what else he may have been up to.
Of the others, Harvey has published one novel, and her personal site focuses more on non-writing creative endeavours; Dullemond appears to have published 2 books (although that information is from Goodreads) and to have focused his creative endeavours on writing management software; searching for Kendall finds a professional basketball player who would have been too young to be eligible for the prize (given that he was born in 1981); searching for Edwards and Matheson bring up very little, but that may be due to the relative commonness of the names (facebook finds 5 Elaine Edwards and 3 Kim Mathesons who list Australia as their places of residence); and nothing is found for Petersen (although there are many Leslie Petersen’s, none appear to be in Australia).
Further information will be gratefully received – please tell us what you know!