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Historically, the section was divided into two awards: Best Novel and Best Short Story. In 2016, convenors announced a splitting of the short-fiction award, making three individual awards: Best Short Story, Best Novella, and Best Novel.


2019 winner (Novella) 'Scapes Made Diamond Shauna O'Meara , 2019 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Interzone , no. 280 2019; (p. 56-75)

'Twenty-seven years after his failure to save the telepathic Tulina, Graeyan returns to witness the death of the herd leader and try to reconcile with the man he once loved.'

Source: Rocket Stack Rank ( (Sighted: 2/4/2020)

2019 winner (Short Story) Wreck Diving Joanne Anderton , 2019 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Aurealis , no. 123 2019;
2019 winner (Novel) y separately published work icon Aurora Rising Jay Kristoff , Amie Kaufman , Sydney : Random House Australia , 2019 14936140 2019 single work novel young adult science fiction

'The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch . . .

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates 
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem–that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.


Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 winner (Novel) y separately published work icon Lifel1k3 LIFEL1K3 Jay Kristoff , Crows Nest : Voyager , 2018 12914267 2018 single work novel science fiction young adult

'On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn't looking for trouble-she's too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she's on the local gangster's wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she's discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it. If she's ever had a worse day, Eve can't remember it.

'The problem is, Eve has had a worse day -- one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel -- called a "Lifelike" because they resemble humans -- will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie.

'With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves ... and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.' (Publication Summary)

2018 winner (Novella) y separately published work icon Icefall Stephanie Gunn , Yokine : Twelfth Planet Press , 2018 12719641 2018 single work novella science fiction

'The Mountain on the planet of Icefall holds the mystery to a lost colony and an irresistible, fatal allure to the climbers of the universe. Maggie is determined to be the first to make the summit. Aisha, injured in a climbing incident herself, has always supported her wife, trusting Maggie would return from her adventures. But no one ever returns from the Mountain.'

Source: Press release ( (Sighted: 18/01/2018)

2018 winner (Short Story) The Astronaut Jen White , 2018 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Aurealis , no. 108 2018;
2017 winner (Novel) y separately published work icon From the Wreck Jane Rawson , Yarraville : Transit Lounge , 2017 10409268 2017 single work novel science fiction

'From the Wreck tells the remarkable story of George Hills, who survived the sinking of the steamship Admella off the South Australian coast in 1859. Haunted by his memories and the disappearance of a fellow survivor, George’s fractured life is intertwined with that of a woman from another dimension, seeking refuge on Earth. This is a novel imbued with beauty and feeling, filled both with existential loneliness and a deep awareness that all life is interdependent.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 winner (Novella) y separately published work icon Girl Reporter Tansy Rayner Roberts , United States of America (USA) : Book Smugglers Publishing , 2017 12890563 2017 single work novella science fiction young adult

 From the award-winning author of Cookie Cutter Superhero and Kid Dark Against the Machine comes a brand new novella about girl reporters, superheroes, and interdimensional travel

'In a world of superheroes, supervillains, and a machine that can create them all, millennial vlogger and girl reporter Friday Valentina has no shortage of material to cover. Every lottery cycle, a new superhero is created and quite literally steps into the shoes of the hero before them--displacing the previous hero. While Fry may not be super-powered herself, she understands the power of legacy: her mother is none other than the infamous reporter Tina Valentina, renowned worldwide for her legendary interviews with the True Blue Aussie Beaut Superheroes and her tendency to go to extraordinary lengths to get her story.

This time, Tina Valentina may have ventured too far.

'Alongside Australia's greatest superheroes--including the powerful Astra, dazzling Solar, and The Dark in his full brooding glory--Friday will go to another dimension in the hopes of finding her mother, saving the day, maybe even getting the story of a lifetime out of the adventure. (And possibly a new girlfriend, too.)'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 winner (Short Story) Conversations with an Armory Garth Nix , 2017 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Infinity Wars 2017; (p. 213-222)
2016 winner (Novel) y separately published work icon Gemina Amie Kaufman , Jay Kristoff , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 10439050 2016 single work novel science fiction young adult

'The exhilarating sequel to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning Illuminae.

'Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

'The saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while they are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed to Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

'When an elite BeiTech team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the crew one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum may be ripped in two before dinner. Soon, Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia - and possibly in the known universe - is in their hands.

'But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

'Featuring guest journal illustrations by bestselling author Marie Lu.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner (Novella) Salto Mortal Nick T. Chan , 2016 2016 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: io9 2008-; Lightspeed , June no. 73 2016; (p. 26-42)
A Mexican woman, a refugee of the visitacion that destroyed Mexico, is trapped in an abusive marriage. When she attempts to get to a woman's shelter, she instead stumbles across one of the nagual, the mysterious creatures who are said to have destroyed Mexico.
2016 winner (Short Story) Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart Samantha Murray , 2016 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Clarkesworld , November no. 122 2016;
2015 winner (Novella) By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers Garth Nix , 2015 single work short story
— Appears in: Old Venus 2015; (p. 310-357)
2015 winner (Novel) y separately published work icon Illuminae Jay Kristoff , Amie Kaufman , Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 2015 8195253 2015 single work novel science fiction young adult

'This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

'This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

'The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

'But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again!

'Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2015 winner (Short Story) All the Wrong Places Sean Williams , 2015 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Meeting Infinity 2015; (p. 271-293)
2014 winner (Best Short Story) Wine, Women, and Stars Thoraiya Dyer , 2014 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Analog , January-February vol. 134 no. 1-2 2014; (p. 61-69) Focus 2014 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2015;

'Felicia de Martino wants to go to Mars, but someone stands in her way, her best friend's daughter, Bridget. When they took the extensive tests for the mission, Bridget came out number one. Now, through a convenient quirk of fate, Felicia is the one operating on her, removing her internal organs to be replaced by nanobots, required for the mission. Just one mistake would disqualify Bridget for the mission. Felicia reflects on her past and Bridget's as she removes organs one after the other.'

Source: SFRevu ( (Sighted: 3/3/2015)

2014 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon Peacemaker Marianne de Pierres , Oxford : Angry Robot , 2014 7315264 2014 single work novel fantasy

'Virgin Jackson is the senior ranger in Birrimun Park - the world's last natural landscape, overshadowed though it is by a sprawling coastal megacity. She maintains public safety and order in the park, but her bosses have brought out a hotshot cowboy to help her catch some drug runners who are affecting tourism. She senses the company is holding something back from her, and she's not keen on working with an outsider like Nate Sixkiller. When an imaginary animal from her troubled teenage years reappears, Virgin takes it to mean one of two things: a breakdown (hers!) or a warning. When the dead bodies start piling up around her and Nate, she decides on the latter. Something terrible is about to happen in the park and Virgin and her new partner are standing in its path. ' (Publication summary)

2013 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon Lexicon Max Barry , United Kingdom (UK) : Hachette , 2013 5983688 2013 single work novel fantasy science fiction 'Two years ago, something terrible was unleashed in an Australian mining town called Broken Hill. Thousands died. Few people know what really happened. Emily Ruff is one of them. She belongs to an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will. She was one of their most promising recruits until she made a catastrophic mistake: she fell in love. Wil Parke knows the truth too, only he doesn't remember it. And he doesn't know why he's immune to the poets' powers. But he knows he needs to run. As their stories converge, the past is revealed, and the race is on for a deadly weapon: a word. Because the poets know that words can kill...' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 winner (Best Short Story) Air, Water and the Grove Kaaron Warren , 2013 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: The Lowest Heaven 2013; (p. 213-228) Focus 2013 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2014;
2012 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon The Rook : A Novel Daniel O'Malley , New York (City) : Little, Brown , 2012 Z1837642 2012 single work novel thriller fantasy

'"The body you are wearing used to be mine."

'So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions in a series of letters her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

'She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of an MI5ish secret organisation called the Checquy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain (who knew?). She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

'In her quest to uncover which member of the Checquy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters such wacky folk as a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children with bizarre traits are transformed into Checquy operatives, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 winner (Best Short Story) Significant Dust Margo Lanagan , 2012 single work short story horror science fiction
— Appears in: Cracklescape 2012; (p. 71-104) The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year : Volume Seven 2013; (p. 589-608) Focus 2012 : Highlights of Australian Short Fiction 2013;

A young woman who, in a playful accident years earlier, paralysed her sister takes her grief and regret out to a roadhouse on the Nullarbor Plain, where she encounters a man who, impossibly, sloughs black dust from his body.

2011 winner (Best Short Story) Rains of La Strange Robert N. Stephenson , 2011 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Anywhere but Earth : New Tales of Outer Space 2011; (p. 133-177) Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , October no. 55 2012; The Clever Nature of Wool 2019; (p. 80-112)
2011 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon The Courier's New Bicycle Kim Westwood , Pymble : Voyager , 2011 Z1797363 2011 single work novel science fiction fantasy

'Salisbury Forth is a courier of contraband in the alleyways of inner Melbourne, a city of fuel rationing, rolling power outages and curfews.

'It′s a stressful life, post-pandemic. A vaccine dispensed Australia-wide is causing mass infertility, and the government has banned all remedies except prayer.

'Vigilantes prowl for transgressors while the pious gather like moths under the streetlights at dusk. Then someone starts trading tainted hormones on the boss's patch. Salisbury must find whoever is trying to destroy the business before everything goes belly up ...' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 winner (Best Short Story) The Heart of a Mouse Kirsten Bishop , 2010 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Subterranean Online , Winter 2010;
2010 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon Transformation Space Marianne de Pierres , London : Orbit , 2010 Z1754750 2010 single work novel science fiction Mira's pregnancy seems to be proceeding at an inhuman pace and the sedate acceptance of this state of affairs by her biozoon, Insigna, is as much an irritation as it is comfort. It seems clear that the extropists' procedures have had an unforeseen effect - but will her child be more than human?
2009 winner (Best Short Story) Clockwork, Patchwork and Ravens Peter M. Ball , 2009 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Descended From Darkness : Apex Magazine Vol. I 2009; (p. 245-263)

In a part of the city called the Downside, Randal and Jackson live as far as they can from the Corvidae, the mutated crow-gangs who roam the streets. Jackson is a patchworker, able to fix badly injured people by adding clockwork appendages. Randal is one of the men he helped: now with a clockwork heart, a copper mask, and metal limbs, he is devoted to Jackson but anxious about his own humanity. When a young girl brutalised by the Corvidae lands on their doorstep, Jackson is determined to help her, despite the danger if the gangs find out that she's still alive.

2009 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon Wonders of a Godless World Andrew McGahan , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1604642 2009 single work novel (taught in 7 units) 'On an unnamed island, in a Gothic hospital sitting in the shadow of a volcano, a wordless orphan girl works on the wards housing the insane and the incapable. When a silent, unmoving and unnerving new patient - a foreigner - arrives at the hospital, strange phenomena occur, bizarre murders take place, and the lives of the patients and the island's inhabitants are thrown into turmoil. What happens between them is an extraordinary exploration of consciousness, reality and madness.' (Provided by the publisher.)
2008 winner (Best Short Story) The Empire Simon Brown , 2008 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Dreaming Again 2008; (p. 200-221) Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Fifth Annual Volume 2010; (p. 350-372)
2008 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait K. A. Bedford , Calgary : Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy , 2008 Z1548974 2008 single work novel science fiction

'For now, Spider must be content with repairing broken time machines, rebuilding his life and avoiding the lunatic antics of his boss, Dickhead McMahon.

'Spider's life is status quo until he discovers inside a broken second-hand time machine, the corpse of a brutally murdered woman from the future. The Department of Time and Space steps in to manage the situation - leaving Spider asking a lot of questions that only lead to more questions; unsettling evidence, brewing trouble, and the knowledge that Spider himself might be involved in an epic battle for control of time itself.

'Will his knowing the future be a curse or a blessing? and will Spider Webb really find out how things turn out before they happen? With his new found knowledge, who can Spider trust?

'One thing is certain: it will all happen before the End of Time!' (Publisher's blurb)

2007 winner (Best Short Story) Hollywood Roadkill Cat Sparks , 2007 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: On Spec , Summer vol. 19 no. 2 2007; The Bride Price 2013; (p. 191-200)
2007 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon The Company of the Dead David Kowalski , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2007 Z1409300 2007 single work novel science fiction

'Conspiracies linking events as disparate as the sinking of the Titanic and the assassination of JFK have played themselves out in dark and unforeseen ways.

'The Cold War between Greater Germany and Imperial Japan is drawing to a close. America, divided and scarred, will be the final battleground in a world distinctly different, yet disturbingly familiar to our own.

'Six people have the means to avert the apocalypse. Welcome to the secret history of the twentieth century.' (Publisher's blurb)

2006 winner (Story Story) The Seventh Letter Sean Williams , 2006-2007 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 19 December-9 January vol. 124 no. 6551 2006-2007; (p. 54-57) The Best Australian Stories 2007 2007; (p. 285-293) Magic Dirt : The Best of Sean Williams 2008; (p. 141-148) Tales for Canterbury : Survival, Hope, Future 2011;
2006 winner (Novel) y separately published work icon K-Machines Damien Broderick , New York (City) : Thunder's Mouth Press , 2006 Z1289765 2006 single work novel science fiction

'A twenty-something student from a world not quite the same as ours, August Seebeck tumbled into a vastly larger universe, and learned that he and his turbulent siblings, and the breathtaking Lune and others still stranger, are Players in the Contest of Worlds. They are mysteriously transformed humans whose ancient task is an enigmatic battle with the dread, passionate K-Machines. Now crisis deepens. Empowered with a potent killing device of his own, August finds himself flung from world to world in a brutal and baffling game, with entire universes at stake and very little idea of the rules. Only two things are clear: his beloved Lune is not who she seemed, and August's pivotal role is no chance accident.'

(Source: Publisher's blurb.)

2005 winner (Short Story) Slow and Ache Trent Jamieson , 2005 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction , no. 36 2005; (p. 33-43)
2005 winner (Novel) y separately published work icon Eclipse K. A. Bedford , Calgary : Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy , 2005 Z1247787 2005 single work novel science fiction
2004 winner (Short Story) Come to Daddy Brendan Duffy , 2004 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Agog! Smashing Stories : New Australian Speculative Fiction 2004; (p. 259-284)
2004 winner (Novel) y separately published work icon Less Than Human Maxine McArthur , New York (City) : Aspect , 2004 Z1157288 2004 single work novel science fiction mystery thriller

'When a factory worker is mysteriously killed by a robot, cybernetics engineer Eleanor McGuire is unwilling to call the incident "human error." In a different part of Osaka, four teenagers are electrocuted in an apparent group suicide, and Police Inspector Ishihara isn't convinced it was self-inflicted. When their investigations cross paths, the foreign scientist and the ageing cop find a trail that will lead them to more murders, corporate crime, and a strange online cult led by a secretive guru who promises immortality to his followers if they help him destroy civilization. But how can McGuire and Ishihara stop this psychopath if he doesn't seem to exist?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2003 winner (Short Story) Louder Echo Brendan Duffy , 2003 single work novella science fiction fantasy
— Appears in: Agog! Terrific Tales : New Australian Speculative Fiction 2003; (p. 57-79) Agog! Terrific Tales : New Australian Speculative Fiction 2006; (p. 51-73)
2003 winner (Novel) y separately published work icon Fallen Gods Jonathan Blum , Kate Orman , Surrey : Telos , 2003 Z1115182 2003 single work novella science fiction

'In ancient Akrotiri, a young girl is learning mysteries from a tutor who, quite literally, fell from the skies. With his encouragement, she can fly and surf the timestreams and see something of the future. But then the demons come. Death and disaster are meted out by the gods of her land. Perhaps retribution for some heinous crime... or something far more sinister?'

Source: Doctor Who Guide ( Sighted: 5/8/2011

Featuring the Eighth Doctor.

2002 winner (Best Short Story) Walk to the Full Moon Sean McMullen , 2002 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Fantasy and Science Fiction , December vol. 103 no. 6 2002; (p. 5-30) The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF 2013; (p. 18-44)
2002 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon Transcension Damien Broderick , New York (State) : Tor , 2002 Z979500 2002 single work novel science fiction

'Starting with Vernor Vinge's concept of the Technological Singularity (the moment when machines begin to evolve without human assistance or restraint), Broderick takes three people at the end of this century toward the technological/biological apocalypse, beginning with Abdel-Malik, a Lebanese-born judge. In 2004, Malik is murdered, reanimated about 70 years later, and now rules on the fate of humans in an era when the race has given control of its destiny to the Aleph, a godlike, continuously evolving AI. Amanda, a near-thirtysomething adolescent who plays a great violin, can hack into any communications system and was caught breaking into a mag-lev freighter terminal with her boyfriend Vik as part of a failed attempt to hitch a ride on these superfast underground trains. Malik confines her to her home, takes away her communications and Mall visitation privileges, but Amanda hacks through and, using robot bees, gets the attention of Mathewmark, a product of a severely isolated, kind of latter-day–Mennonite compound in which all technology is banned. Mathewmark agrees to help Amanda and Vik sneak down a mag-lev ventilator shaft inside the compound, but ends up almost dying when their plans go awry. Malik rules that Amanda must take care of Mathewmark, whose brain is now rebuilt of computer circuitry and has extraordinary abilities that lead them to discover the apocalyptic event the Aleph has planned to take everyone to the next evolutionary step.'

Source: Kirkus Reviews ( (Sighted: 23/6/2014)

2001 winner (Best Short Story) The Weatherboard Spaceship Adam Browne , 2001 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 27-28 2001; (p. 103-110)
2001 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon The Dark Imbalance Sean Williams , Shane Dix , Pymble : Voyager , 2001 Z797717 2001 single work novel science fiction

'In the Sol System, Earth is no more. But aboard the various starships and space stations orbiting the still-burning sun live the remnants of mankind - unaware of the danger they're in from an army of genetically enhanced warriors determined to destroy all humanity... Renegade intelligence agent Morgan Roche has been charged by the High Humans to protect mankind from the threat of the cloned warriors. Pursuing one such warrior into the Sol System, she strives to learn the true identity of the enemy - and how to defeat them. It is here, in the light of the star called Sol, that Morgan will learn the truth - about the artificial intelligence known as The Box, about the man who calls himself Adoni Cane, about the High Humans ... and about her destiny.' (Publication abstract)

2000 winner (Best Short Story) Infinite Monkey Damien Broderick , 2000 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Eidolon : The Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy , Autumn no. 29/30 2000; (p. 92-99) The Qualia Engine : Science Fiction Stories 2011; (p. 10-20)
2000 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon The Miocene Arrow Sean McMullen , New York (City) : Tor , 2000 Z346525 2000 single work novel science fiction

'In a fortieth-century America of ancient kingdoms with opulent courts, hereditary engineering guilds, and rigid class distinction in warfare, a centuries-old balance of power is shattered by a few dozen Australian infiltrators. Against a rich backdrop of war, chivalry, conspiracy, and a diesel-powered arms race, a dangerous secret alliance has formed. Now the unlikely trio of an airlord, an abbess, and a fugitive are joined together in a desperate race against time to stop the ultimate doomsday machine from being launched.'

Source: Publisher's Blurb

1999 winner (Best Short Story) Written in Blood Chris Lawson , 1999 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Centaurus : The Best of Australian Science Fiction 1999; (p. 102-115) Year's Best SF 5 2000; (p. 186-203) Written in Blood 2003; (p. 137-151)

— Appears in: Galaxies , March no. 20 2001; (p. 85-98)
1999 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon Teranesia Greg Egan , London : Gollancz , 1999 Z855220 1999 single work novel science fiction

'Discover the mystery of the island of Teranesia, where peculiar biological evolution has created a world both beautiful and deadly. On the small uninhabited island of Teranesia, Prabir and his younger sister Madhusree live with their biologist parents, who are there to study the strange signs of evolutionary mutation in the island's butterfly population. But their peaceful time on Teranesia is cut short when a civil war breaks out in Indonesia, forcing Prabir and his family to flee. Twenty years pass, and Madhusree is now studying biology. She wishes to follow in the path of her parents, hoping to pick up where their research had been halted. Prabir, still feeling a great responsibility over his sister, highly advises her not to go back to Teranesia. But the mutations that happened during their time on the island overpower Madhusree's curiosity, and she goes against her brother's wishes. Struck with overwhelming feelings of responsibility, Prabir finds it as his duty to follow his sister, and travels back to Teranesia for the first time in twenty years. Not knowing what to expect, Prabir discovers the island to be more enchanting, and dangerous, than he could have ever imagined' (Publication summary)

1998 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon The Centurion's Empire Sean McMullen , 1990-1999 (Manuscript version)x402104 Z1663104 1990 single work novel science fiction 'In the year that Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii, Vitellan set off for the twenty-first century as Imperial Rome's last human time machine. He killed an unfaithful lover by just letting her grow old, but her hate pursued him across seven centuries. Later in 1358 he stood with a few dozen knights against an army of nine thousand to defend the life of a beautiful countess...and earned a love that would conquer death. Vitellan has awakened in the twenty-first century, a bewildered fugitive, betrayed and hunted in a world where minds and bodies are swapped and memories are bought, sold, and read like books. But worst of all, a deadly enemy from the fourteenth century is still very much alive - and closing in.' - from Libraries Australia
1998 winner (Short Story) The Truth About Weena David J. Lake , 1998 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Dreaming Down-Under 1998; (p. 161-192) Dreaming Down-Under : Book Two 2000; (p. 154-205) The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF 2013; (p. 45-82)
1997 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon The White Abacus Damien Broderick , New York (City) : Avon Books , 1997 Z516730 1997 single work novel science fiction

'Long before William Shakespeare, tales were told of the Dane Ameleth whose noble father was murdered by the uncle who swiftly weds new widow Gerutha. Must Ameleth repay this crime by killing his uncle? The White Abacus dares to reconfigure the best known version of the classic tale, Shakespeare's Hamlet, to create a futuristic revenge drama with an entirely different outcome. Telmah is an inventive genius. Ophelia is no sobbing suicide but rather the impressive Warrior Rose, who shockingly revises the fate of her lover.

'In this exotic future history, the galaxy is open to anyone who passes through a hex gate, whether hu (augmented human) or ai (artificial mind). Telmah's close friend is the ai Ratio, newly embodied to the Real. Like all members of his asteroid tribe, Telmah is forbidden to use the hex transport system, since that would doom his rebirth.

'Out of this agonizing dilemma comes a feverish pursuit of truth and duty, love and near-madness, in an endlessly startling future where nothing turns out the way you expect.

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1997 winner (Short Story) Niagara Falling Janeen Webb , Jack Dann , 1997 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Black Mist and Other Japanese Futures 1997; The Year's Best : Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy : Volume 2 1998; (p. 119-153) Wonder Years : The Ten Best Stories From a Decade Past 2003; (p. 235-260) The Best Australian Science Fiction Writing : A Fifty Year Collection 2004; (p. 452-474) Death at the Blue Elephant 2014;
1996 winner (Best Short Story) Borderline Leanne Frahm , 1996 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Borderline 1996; (p. 70-113)

— Appears in: Centaurus : The Best of Australian Science Fiction 1999; (p. 234-271)
1996 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon Metal Fatigue Sean Williams , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 1996 Z93760 1996 single work novel crime science fiction After a deadly nuclear war, the American city of Kennedy walled itself away from the decline of the USA. Determined to continue as a functioning metropolis, Kennedy strictly patrolled its boundaries and struggled to maintain the semblance of a modern city. (Publisher's blurb).
1995 winner (Best Short Story) y separately published work icon Luminous Greg Egan , 1995 single work short story
— Appears in: Asimov's Science Fiction , September 1995; (p. 20-56) Luminous 1998; (p. 52-88) Dark Integers and Other Stories 2008; (p. 13-50)
1995 winner (Best Novel) y separately published work icon Distress Greg Egan , London : Millennium , 1995 Z381122 1995 single work novel science fiction

Distress is 'set in 2055 when the centre of Sydney is virtually deserted, as most work and entertainment is conducted at home via broadband optical fibre networks. Egan's main character, science journalist Andrew Worth, is sent to 'Stateless', a bioengineered Pacific coral island to interview a South African Nobel Prize winner who is intending to reveal a major breakthrough in human comprehension techniques. Various competing interests, however, descend on the island and Worth becomes an unwitting agent of change. Biotechnology implants, quantum physics, voluntary autism and mutant cholera are just some of the ingredients mixed into the mystery of who wishes to kill the Nobel Laureate, and for what purpose' (Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77, p.54).