In Uncategorized on August 7, 2014 at 7:46 am
Stephanie Gunn interviewed me as part of the 2014 Snapshot of Australian Speculative Fiction. You can find my interview on Stephanie’s blog, alongside several others and links to a bazillion more on other interviewers’ blogs. Mine starts thusly:
1. Your first collection, Angel Dust, is due out from Ticonderoga Publications this year. How has it been putting together your first collection, and what can readers expect to see in it?
Erm, intermittent? Life has been getting in the way a bit for both Russell and I. I expect most of the stories will be drawn from my publications in places like Asimov’s, BCS and the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies. Russell’s picked one original story so far and he’s having a look at another four. So not sure yet what the final shape will be, or whether we’ll choose stories for a particular theme. One loose theme Russell’s suggested is ‘encounters with the other’, which broadly speaking can cover a lot of my stories. Another thread that runs through a lot (but far from all) of my stories is how men fail at being men – and the ways I’m afraid of failing as a man. Whether anyone wants to read an entire book about men failing, though, I have my doubts.
In Uncategorized on July 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm
My story “Red Dirt” is the ‘from the archives’ story featured in the current issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Check it out here:
In Uncategorized on July 29, 2014 at 10:08 am
My story “Remembering Zheng He” has been published in Indian fiction magazine The Affair and is free to read online at their website. (Which means I’m all out of forthcoming stories! Eep!)
This story was inspired by an essay I read during my undergraduate degree, called “Remembering Pearl Harbour” by Phyllis Turnbull, a professor at the University of Hawaii. The ideas put forward in the essay stuck with me and, because of it, I kept the book it was in on my shelf years after I’d finished my degree and thrown out my other old texts. Turnbull uses a discussion of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbour to challenge the naturalised assumptions of the “American-ness” of Hawaii and delve into the story of the US annexation of the islands and US behaviour as an imperial power. Of course, as stories do, this one took on a life of it’s own and, in the writing, became as much about the love and differences between a father and son as about that political narrative.