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Story reprint

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm

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.)

New Story Out!

In Uncategorized on February 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm

My fractured fairy tale, “Sleeping Beauty”, is free to read online at Holdfast Magazine (2015 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine).

Guest post about ‘research rabbit holes’

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Part of a series run by Leife Shallcross – see here.

More 2016 workshops added!

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2016 at 9:03 pm

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.

More details here.

Writing courses for the first half of the year

In Uncategorized on January 22, 2016 at 8:27 pm

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.

 

Hooray! First new story sale for 2016!

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2016 at 9:03 am

I’ve sold a fractured fairy tale called “Sleeping Beauty” to British magazine Holdfast for their “Love, Sex, Romance” issue, due at the end of Feb. (WARNING: story contains traces of True Love and Romance.)

Nice to get off the mark for 2016. I believe it’s also my second ever sale to a British market. The other one was at Hub magazine way back in 2007, which you can read here, or listen to the audio version at Escape Pod, here. (WARNING: story contains traces of Mad Cow Disease)

Reprint sale: “Angel Dust” in audio

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

The title story of my collection, “Angel Dust”, will be featuring on the Far Fetched Fables podcast, sometime in the hopefully not-too-distant future. The story was originally published in the Clockwork Phoenix 2 anthology in 2009.

Gotta love a story that keeps on giving 🙂

New story out!

In Uncategorized on January 2, 2016 at 11:25 pm

And my name on the cover of Asimov’s again! Little happy dance.

(Of course, there’s only seven stories in this issue because one of them is a novella by Allen M. Steele, so all seven authors made the cover, but I’ll take it.)

My contribution is called “The Baby Eaters”. It’s a cross-cultural contact story, with aliens.

In Your Face

In Uncategorized on January 1, 2016 at 9:15 pm

A little while back, I got an email from Tehani Wessely at FableCroft Publishing, saying she was looking for stories for a planned anthology, called In Your Face, that were “provocative and/or confronting but with purpose – they should be pieces that perhaps make readers uncomfortable because they are a bit too hard-hitting / close to the bone, but which do so in order to interrogate these themes and ideas, and make a point about the world we live in.” She asked if I had anything that might suit.

I said, “Weeeell… I have this story that starts with the line ‘The paedophiles are protesting, again’.” The story’s called “Tolerance”, and it’s something I’ve had a bit of a bee in my bonnet about for a while – tolerance, I mean, not advocating the right to fuck children.

I think the problem with tolerance is that it’s too weak to be a foundational social value. I think it too easily becomes a cover for cowardice, or just plain laziness. You don’t have to bother understanding something if you’re just tolerating its existence, close to but separate from you.

When that happens, it’s frighteningly easy for political agendas that should never be tolerated to co-opt the language of legitimate identity movements. I picked paedophiles in the story as an extreme example to illustrate the point, but I remember a friend telling me about a conversation he had with a prominent German academic, who he asked why post-modernism had never taken off in Germany the way it did in the English and French speaking worlds. The reply was, “Ja, ve already tried ze identity politics in Germany between 1933 and 1945.” Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Donna Maree Hanson

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2015 at 12:01 am

Dragon Wine Book 1: Shatterwing by Donna Maree Hanson is free in e-book for a short time. As part of spreading the word about Shatterwing, Donna is doing a blog tour (of which this interview is part) and offering a give away of a hard copy of Shatterwing. Winners will be drawn from people who comment during the blog tour. So leave a comment to be in to win.

Dragon wine could save them. Or bring about their destruction.

Dragonwine PostcardSince the moon shattered, the once peaceful and plentiful world has become a desolate wasteland. Factions fight for ownership of the remaining resources as pieces of the broken moon rain down, bringing chaos, destruction and death.

The most precious of these resources is dragon wine – a life-giving drink made from the essence of dragons. But the making of the wine is perilous and so is undertaken by prisoners. Perhaps even more dangerous than the wine production is the Inspector, the sadistic ruler of the prison vineyard who plans to use the precious drink to rule the world.

There are only two people that stand in his way. Brill, a young royal rebel who seeks to bring about revolution, and Salinda, the prison’s best vintner and possessor of a powerful and ancient gift that she is only beginning to understand. To stop the Inspector, Salinda must learn to harness her power so that she and Brill can escape, and stop the dragon wine from falling into the wrong hands.

Dragon Wine Book 2: Skywatcher, the follow-on book, is also available in ebook and print.  Read the rest of this entry »