Simon Petrie

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Simon Petrie
Born New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand, Australia
Genre Speculative fiction
Notable awards Sir Julius Vogel Award
Children Tycho Petrie (Son)
Website
simonpetrie.wordpress.com

Simon Petrie is a New Zealand-born speculative fiction writer now based in Canberra, Australia. He is predominantly recognised as a writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres.[1] Petrie's stories have appeared in a number of Australian publications including Borderlands, Aurealis and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine,[2] in New Zealand publications such as Semaphore Magazine and several Random Static anthologies, and in magazines elsewhere in the English-speaking world such as Redstone Science Fiction, Murky Depths and Sybil's Garage. He is a former member of the Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine collective and has edited five issues of the magazine.

Petrie's work has seen several nominations for Australian and New Zealand speculative fiction awards and he has twice won the Sir Julius Vogel Award (New Zealand SF Award): in 2010 for Best New Talent,[3] and in 2013 for Best Novella or Novelette.[4] He is best known for two series of stories: his 'Gordon Mamon' stories ("Murder on the Zenith Express", "Single Handed", "The Fall Guy", The Hunt For Red Leicester, "A Night To Remember" and "Elevator Pitch") centred around the exploits of a space-elevator operative who doubles as a reluctant detective and his 'Titan' stories ("Storm in a T-Suit", "Hatchway", "Broadwing", "Emptying Roesler", "Lakeside on the Via Australis", "CREVjack", "Fixing a Hole" and Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body) exploring human colonization of the Saturnian satellite.

Bibliography[edit]

Collected short fiction

  • Rare Unsigned Copy: tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude, and Giant Mutant Vegetables (2010, Peggy Bright Books)
  • Difficult Second Album (2014, Peggy Bright Books)

Novellas

  • Flight 404/The Hunt for Red Leicester (2012, Peggy Bright Books)
  • Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body (2017, Peggy Bright Books)

Anthologies—as editor or coeditor

  • Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issues 35, 40, 51, 54, 61 (2008—2015, Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Co-operative)
  • Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear (2012, Peggy Bright Books, coeditor with Edwina Harvey)
  • Next (2013, CSFG Publishing, coeditor with Robert Porteous)
  • Use Only As Directed (2014, Peggy Bright Books, coeditor with Edwina Harvey)

Awards and nominations[edit]

In the following table, entries with a blue background won the award; those with a white background were the nominees on the short-list.

  *   Award winner
  *   Nominee on the shortlist

Year Work Award Category Ref
2008 "Murder on the Zenith Express" Sir Julius Vogel Award Best Short Story [5]
2008 (body of work) Sir Julius Vogel Award Best New Talent [5]
2010 (body of work) Ditmar Award Best New Talent [6]
2010 "Single Handed" Sir Julius Vogel Award Best Novella or Novelette [7]
2010 "Downdraft" Sir Julius Vogel Award Best Short Story [7]
2010 (body of work) Sir Julius Vogel Award Best New Talent [8]
2011 Rare Unsigned Copy Sir Julius Vogel Award Best Collected Work [9]
2013 Flight 404 Ditmar Award Best Novella or Novelette [10]
2013 Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear Ditmar Award Best Collected Work [10]
2013 Flight 404 Sir Julius Vogel Award Best Novella or Novelette [11]
2013 The Hunt For Red Leicester Sir Julius Vogel Award Best Novella or Novelette [12]
2014 Difficult Second Album Aurealis Award Best Collection [13]
2016 "All the Colours of the Tomato" Aurealis Award Best Science Fiction Novella [14]
2017 "All the Colours of the Tomato" Ditmar Award Best Novella or Novelette [15]

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