I’ve sold my story “Monsters Exist” to podcast magazine Pseudopod. I’ve had a handful of reprint stories at the Escape Artists podcasts but this is my first original. Yay!
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Gardner Dozois is including my story “The Baby Eaters”, published in Asimov’s back in January, in The Year’s Best Science-Fiction for 2016. Or, rather: GARDNER DOZOIS IS PUTTING MY STORY IN HIS YEAR’S BEST! HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT!
Added bonus: one of my Clarion West classmates and one of our CW teachers, Gord Sellar and Ian R. MacLeod, respectively, are also on the TOC (here).
Excellent way to finish off the year.
I just sold another story to Asimov’s magazine. Woot! This one’s about recreating neanderthals and mammoths and its title is “Triceratops”.
A while back, my son handed me this picture and told me to write a story about it:
“They’re called Weird Things, Dad” he explained. “The blue thing is ice element. It has no neck and no tail. It eats meat. Ice is bad. The orange thing is fire element. It has no neck but a long tail for whipping and it breathes fire. It protects stuff from ice.”
The story is called “Seraph”, and it’ll be appearing in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly in May 2017.
I had a chat this week with fellow shaved-head enthusiast, top bloke and author of (among other things) the Alex Caine Series of dark fantasy novels, Alan Baxter.
The Alex Caine books were first published by HarperVoyager in 2014, but have just been re-released in paperback and e-book with the spanky new covers you see below, and international editions are on their way from Ragnarok Publications, starting with Bound in December this year. I interviewed Alan just ahead of Bound‘s original launch in 2014, so with the re-launch last week – and having now read all three books myself – I thought it timely to follow up.
So, Alan, when I interviewed you just before Bound came out, I asked if you squeed like a schoolgirl when you sold the books. We quickly established that (ahem) neither of us squee. Ever. You must have made loud manly noises of excitement to have the re-editions happening in Australia and NZ (what seems like) so quickly, not to mention having US editions starting from the end of the year. Fairly happy with your agent at this point?
My agent is the bomb. Like, multiple megatons of awesome. It’s funny, because it doesn’t seem so quick to me, as it’s been two years since the original release of Bound. But to have all three out now in Aus and NZ with those fantastic new covers, and the US (and rest of the world) release starting in December, it certainly does feel like things are moving along at a decent pace now. It’s all very exciting.
Two years? Crikey. Seems like only yesterday. You’ve put in a lot of work in that time promoting the books all around the country, haven’t you? I know you have a beautifully timed guest of honour spot coming up at the Conflux convention in September. Anything else coming up for the new editions? Are you going to be heading over to launch the US editions next year? Read the rest of this entry »
My story “Boumee and the Apes”, which originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, is now available as a standalone e-book from Digital SF (for USD 99c).
(For e-book officianados, Digital Fiction Publishing are well worth checking out – they have fantasy and horror imprints, as well as SF, all of which published standalone stories that are then later anthologised.)
My fractured fairy tale, “Sleeping Beauty”, is free to read online at Holdfast Magazine (2015 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine).
Part of a series run by Leife Shallcross – see here.
A couple of weekend workshops at the ACT Writers Centre:
The 24-hour Story Challenge (9-10 April 2016)
An intensive masterclass aimed at giving participants tools and developing their skills for turning out stories quickly. This is an important skill to develop as your writing practice matures, in order to submit successfully to themed anthologies or contests, or to respond to requests for stories.
Writing Science Fiction (2 July 2016)
A one day workshop covering the nuts and bolts of SF storytelling, including world-building, creating alien creatures and characters, alternative and future technologies, and creating and developing stories in SF worlds.
I’ll be teaching a couple of writing courses at Canberra Institute of Technology in the first half of this year:
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
6.30-8.30pm on Wednesdays, from 17 February – 23 March 2016
The Fiction Writer’s Toolkit
6.30-8.30pm on Wednesdays, from 11 May – 16 June 2016
Details and links to the booking site here.