The FAW Jim Hamilton Award is presented for an unpublished novel of sustained quality and distinction by an Australian author. The categories were expanded in 2013 to encompass fantasy/science fiction.
In their report, the judges, Michael Foster and Alisa Krasnostein, noted that there were an impressive number of entries for the inaugural judging of the Science Fiction/Fantasy sub-category of the FAW Jim Hamilton Award. They commented that many showed willingness to stray from norms of the genre, and it was good to see some also showing an Australian flavour – not simply for the sake of inserting some token Australians, but as an integral and considered part of the narrative. The judges chose not to award a winner, but felt that two works stood ahead of the others and deserved commendations. One of these was time slip adventure TimeStorm, Steve Harrison’s debut novel.
TimeStorm is a thrilling epic adventure story of revenge, survival and honour set in a strange new world of unfamiliar technology and equally unfathomable social norms. In the literary footsteps of Hornblower, comes Lieutenant Christopher ‘Kit’ Blaney, an old-fashioned hero, a man of honour, duty and principle. But dragged into the 21st century... literally.
TimeStorm will be published later this year by Elsewhen Press in both digital and print editions.
About Steve Harrison
Steve Harrison was born in Yorkshire, England, grew up in Lancashire, migrated to New Zealand and eventually settled in Sydney, Australia, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
As he juggled careers in shipping, insurance, online gardening and the postal service, Steve wrote short stories, sports articles and a long running newspaper humour column called HARRISCOPE: a mix of ancient wisdom and modern nonsense. In recent years he has written a number of unproduced feature screenplays, although being unproduced was not the intention, and developed projects with producers in the US and UK. His script, Sox, was nominated for an Australian Writers’ Guild ‘Awgie’ Award and he has written and produced three short films under his Pronunciation Fillums partnership.
About the Fellowship of Australian Writers
The Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Inc. is a non-profit charitable, voluntary organisation founded in 1928 which aims to bring together all those interested in writing for their mutual professional, cultural and social benefit, and to provide information and advice to them. The membership includes writers working in diverse fields. Based in Victoria, FAW is an Australia-wide organisation, with autonomous branches in all states and territories, and regional branches in country and metropolitan areas. The FAW is active on behalf of writers in areas such as government policy, literary awards, professional advice, representation of writers’ rights and the promotion of literature.
About Elsewhen Press
Elsewhen Press is an independent publisher of Speculative Fiction. Based in the UK, in the South East of England, Elsewhen Press publishes titles in English in digital and print editions, adopting a digital-first policy for most titles and a digital-only policy for some. Elsewhen Press is an imprint of Alnpete Limited.
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