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The Australian Specfic in Focus reviews website is now closed – no new reviews will be posted on this site.

If you love our reviewers and will miss their work, you might like to check out their individual blogs, or perhaps follow them on Goodreads!

Alisa and the team once again would like to thank those who have volunteered their time, financially supported the project or supplied us with review materials. Thank you to everyone for the support and encouragement along the way.

It’s taken me a long time – about a year – of soul searching to finally come to this place. But it’s time. I’ve decided to close ASif! at the end of this year. This is a project that I have felt passionate about from conception and over the last 8 years. I’ve enjoyed working with everyone who has ever been involved and I’ve met so many people and formed many firm, life long friendships through ASif!

In 2004, we set out to build a review website to focus on and highlight Australian speculative fiction and to offer a place of honest critical review to support our local scene. ASif! achieved these goals. After 8 years, the principals of this project are now looking to direct our energies into other activities in continue to build and grow the Australian SF/F scene. And for this, we walk away proud of what we created.

ASif! will close as of 31/12/2012, with old reviews remaining available for now. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time, financially supported the project or supplied us with review materials. Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement along the way. I encourage anyone interested in discovering our scene, or in meeting Australian writers, editors, publishers and publicists, or in learning how to start up a publishing venture to consider starting their own critical project. For now, it’s time for ASif! to step off the Australian stage.

Farewell. And thank you.

Alisa Krasnostein

Executive Director, ASif! Australian Specfic in Focus!

The Aurealis Awards are on this weekend, and there are some marvellous Australian works on the shortlists. Here are some reviews to tempt you…

The Undivided by Jennifer Fallon

Ember and Ash by Pamela Freeman

Stormlord’s Exile by Glenda Larke

The Shattered City by Tansy Rayner Roberts

The Courier’s New Bicycle by Kim Westwood

The Waterboys by Peter Docker

The Shattering by Karen Healey

The Last Days of Kali Yuga by Paul Haines

Bluegrass Symphony by Lisa L Hannett

Nightsiders by Sue Isle

Bad Power by Deborah Biancotti

Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts

The full Aurealis Awards shortlists can be found here. Winners are announced at the Awards ceremony in Sydney on Saturday 12 May – tickets are still available!

After the nominations round and the voting, we have a winner! It was a very tight contest and the lead switched many times until in the end, there was only one! The winner of the inaugural Best Australian Fantasy Series is:

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