First awarded in 1994, the first year in which the awards had distinguished between 'professional' and 'fan' art.
Recipients of this award are only included if they fall within AustLit's scope (for example, they have worked as book illustrators).
This award was not offered in 2002.
'An ambitious anthology from award-winning Australian publishing house Twelfth Planet Press, Mother of Invention will feature diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics.
'From Pygmalion and Galatea to Frankenstein, Ex Machina and Person of Interest, the fictional landscape so often frames cisgender men as the creators of artificial life, leading to the same kinds of stories being told over and over. We want to bring some genuine revolution to the way that artificial intelligence stories are told, and how they intersect with gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, war, and the future of our species. How can we interrogate the gendered assumptions around the making of robots compared with the making of babies? Can computers learn to speak in a code beyond the (gender) binary?
'If necessity is the mother of invention, what exciting AI might come to exist in the hands of a more diverse range of innovators?'
Source: Publisher's blurb.Likhain, for cover illustration.