About the Jurors

Jurors for the 2018 award are Stephanie Gunn, Stephanie Lai, Russell Kirkpatrick and Alexandra Pierce.

Stephanie Gunn is a Ditmar and Aurealis award nominated author of speculative fiction. In another life, she was trained as a scientist, but the development of chronic illness forced her to choose another path, and she now focuses her energy on writing and reviewing. She has served as both judge and panel convenor for the Aurealis Awards over a variety of categories, and has previously judged the Australian Shadows Awards. She lives in Perth with her family and far too many books, and can be found online at www.stephaniegunn.com.

Stephanie Lai has an extensive knowledge of and interest in speculative fiction. She has been a wide reader of speculative fiction, with specific interest in speculative fiction written by non-white authors, and authors from non-western cultural backgrounds. This reading has been done both within and without Australia. She has in particular read extensively across Australian, South-East Asian, and South Asian speculative fiction, including writers from the diaspora.

Russell Kirkpatrick is originally from New Zealand but now lives in Canberra, Australia. He has written two fantasy trilogies, published by HarperCollins in Australasia and Orbit in the UK and US markets, and is a three-time Julius Vogel award winner. His debut novel, Across The Face Of The World, was the biggest-selling debut fantasy novel in the USA in 2008. Until 2014 he was a part-time lecturer in Geography at the University of Waikato and has had a number of non-fiction titles published, including the New Zealand Historical Atlas (winner of the Montana People’s Choice award in 1998) and Contemporary Atlas New Zealand (Montana awards finalist). His latest non-fiction project, Walks to Waterfalls, was published in November 2011.

Alexandra Pierce reads, teaches, blogs, podcasts, cooks, knits, runs, eats, sleeps, and observes the stars. Not necessarily in that order of priority. She is a Christian, a feminist, and an Australian. She is the editor of Letters to Tiptree and Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E Butler. She can be found at her website, and on the Hugo-winning Galactic Suburbia podcast.

Following the 2018 award period, there will be a rotation of jurors, with at least two new jurors appointed, and no juror to serve more than four years consecutively unless a suitable replacement is not available. New jurors will be called for in a public application process.

The position description for the jury can be found here.