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Wow! The A. Bertram Chandler Award!

Posted by richardharland on June 14, 2012

I couldn’t believe it on Sunday night, when I got a text from Jack Dann saying he’d just presented me with the A. Bertram Chandler Award for 2012 at the Melbourne Natcon – only I wasn’t there. I felt bad not to have accepted in person, though I’m sure Jonathan Strahan did a great job accepting on my behalf – but what an occasion to miss. It’s the first Melbourne Con or Natcon I’ve missed in ages.

Of course, I had no idea I might win anything, let alone the A. Bertram Chandler Award, which is an overall award for making a major contribution to Australian SF and spec fiction. I look over the list of previous recipients and think, wow, do I really belong in that company? It’s a huge honour, and I feel kind of humbled.

The actual prizes arrived today – a massive decorative plate, a lovely little engraved glass plinth, and a framed citation certificate. I took a photo –

Hmm, not sure if that shows up very well. I did my best!
I wasn’t the only RORee winner on the night – but since I wasn’t there, I’ll leave Tansy to report …

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5 Responses to “Wow! The A. Bertram Chandler Award!”

  1. jenwillis said

    What a wonderful surprise—congratulations!

  2. Wow, congratulations Richard.

    Pity they didn’t whisper something in your ear to make sure you attended the con.

  3. We were instructed to give you stick for it for the next decade( not being there that is). We spent the prize money at the Bar too.

  4. Louise Curtis said

    I’m so delighted for you, Richard! It couldn’t happen to a better-dressed man.

    Louise Curtis

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