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Paul Collins

Paul Collins is a prolific author who has written over 150 books, mostly for younger readers through to young adults. He is best known for his fantasy and science fiction titles, including the The Jelindel Chronicles. Paul has won the Inaugural Peter McNamara and the A Bertram Chandler awards, both of which were for lifetime achievement in science fiction, and the Aurealis and William Atheling awards.

Paul Collins has a black belt in both ju jitsu and taekwondo and was a kick boxer trained by then Australian Heavyweight Kickboxing champion, Dana Goodson. He puts his martial arts experience into many of his books including The Jelindel Chronicles and The Maximus Black Files. He lives in Melbourne with fellow writer Meredith Costain, two pups, two kits, two chickens and two fish. He likes even numbers. 


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1980s — 2000s a handful of nominations for Best Editor and Best Short Fiction in the Australian SF Achievement Awards.

1999 — Winner William Atheling Award for editing The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy and shortlisted for the Aurealis Convenors’ Award.

2000 — The Dog King, Notable Book Children’s Book Council; Shortlisted for the Clayton’s Award.

2001— Winner of the Aurealis Convenors’ Award (With Co-editor Meredith Costain) for Spinouts Bronze published by Pearson Education. Joint winner was Shaun Tan for The Lost Thing.

2002 — Winner of the inaugural Peter McNamara Award for lifetime achievement in SF.

2004 — Home Run (Illustrated by Connah Brecon), Notable Book, Children’s Book Council.

2009 — Morgassa’s Folly (in collaboration with Danny Willis), shortlisted for the Chronos Award.

2010 — The Slightly Skewed Life of Toby Chrysler, shortlisted for The Speech Pathology Award.

2010 — Slaves of Quentaris, shortlisted for the WAYRBA awards.

2011— The Glasshouse (illustrated by Jo Thompson) chosen by international IBBY as an Outstanding Book; shortlisted for the CBC’s Crichton Award.

2011— Awarded the A Bertram Chandler Award for Lifetime Achievement in Australian Science Fiction.

2013 — The Only Game in the Galaxy, shortlisted in the Ditmar awards.

2015 — The Beckoning, shortlisted for both the Ditmar and Chronos awards.