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New Fantasy Anthology From HarperCollins
Literary agent Selwa Anthony has sold fantasy anthology Mystery, Magic, Voodoo and the Holy Grail to HarperCollins Australia for a June 2000 publication. The book, which will carry no editorial credit, was assembled by Anthony and features stories by agency clients Louise Cusack, Louise Catz, Beverley Harper, Ian Irvine, Traci Harding, Caseal Mor, Kim Wilkins, and Tess Williams.

New Novelist Sells Trilogy to HarperCollins
First time novelist Jennifer Fallon, has sold the Demonchild fantasy trilogy to HarperCollins Australia via agent Lynn Tranter. The first book in the series, Medalon, is due in June 2000, with Treason Keep and Harshini to follow later.

Hoa Pham Sells to Hodder
Hoa Pham, author of young adult fantasy novel Quicksilver, has sold new adult fantasy/magic realist novel Vixen, to Hodder Headline Australia for an October 2000 publication.

Luckett Armouring Book Delivered
Dave Luckett has delivered a new non-fiction book on armouring to Omnibus for an early 2000 publication. The book, tentatively titled The Armoury, is illustrated by Tenebran trilogy cover artist Joe Bond.

Harland Fantasy Novel for Penguin
Richard Harland has delivered fantasy novel Ferren and the Angel to Penguin for a June 200 publication. Harland, who is currently working on The Black Crusade (sequel to The Vicar of Morbing Vyle), described it as young adult/adult crossover that takes place during "a cosmic war between Heaven and Earth, and involves Cherubim, Seraphim, the sinister Humen [sic] and the primitive Residuals".

Roberts Awarded Grant
Tansy Rayner Roberts has been awarded a $A3,500 grant by Arts Tasmania to write new novel The Troubleshooter's Café, a "quirky crime novel set in Hobart, the only SF in it being the occasional 'strange invention'." The book has not been offered to a publisher, but should be completed in early 2001. Soapy Ballads, the third volume in Roberts' Mocklore Chronicles, is due to be published by Random House Australia in late 2000.

Daniells Last T'En Sells in Germany
Cory Daniells has sold German language rights to the T'En trilogy to Goldman Verlag. The first book in the trilogy, published as The Last T'En by Random House Australia and as Broken Vows by Bantam in the US, is a finalist for the 1999 Sapphire Awards for SF romances. Book 2 in the series, Dark Dreams, will be published in Australia in June 2000. For more information see the author's website.

McNamara Steps Aside
Chimera Publications has announced Aurealis Awards convenor Peter McNamara has withdrawn from the deliberations on the annual Convenor's Award. This is the final year that McNamara will be acting as Awards convenor, and Chimera Publications are expected to announce a replacement soon.

Spectrum Gold Award for Tan's The Rabbits
Shaun Tan's painting "They came by water", cover to his Children's Book Council Award winner The Rabbits, has been awarded the Gold Award for Book Illustration by prestigious sf art annual Spectrum, an award presented in previous years to work by Dean Morrissey, John Jude Palencar and Dave McKean. "They came by water" is one of three paintings from The Rabbits to be featured in this year's Spectrum annual.

Dann's "Marilyn" Adapted for Audio
Jack Dann's radio play Marilyn or the Monster, was released on the Internet by the Seeing Ear Theatre, part of US cable channel The Sci-Fi Channel. Marilyn or the Monster, an adaptation of Dann's original story "Marilyn" which has been sold to Eidolon and will be reprinted in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, was co-authored with Brian Smith and features actor John Heard. Part 1 of the play can be downloaded now, with Part 2 to follow on 17 December 1999.

Ezine Publishes Print Anthology
Australian SF webzine Antipodean SF has released print anthology Antipodean 1. Edited by Ion Newcombe, the anthology features over fifty 500 word short stories originally published on the website, including work by Rob Bleckly, Simon Brown, Brendan Carson, Edwina Harvey, Geoff Maloney, Tony Plank, Rob Riel , Robert N. Stephenson and others. The anthology can be ordered direct from Antipodean SF.

New Spinouts
Paul Collins and Meredith Costain have sold a second series of Spinouts short anthologies to Pearson Education. The Spinouts "Bronze" series will be published in 2000, and includes Damien Broderick's "Serf", Simon Brown's "Leech Forest" and "The New Species", Marianne de Pierres' "Mig's Choosing", Robert Hood's "Max's Little Friend", Sophie Masson's "The Three Builders", Sean McMullen's "Heavy" and Catherine S. McMullen's "Mind Scones" amongst others. For more information see the author's website.

Masson Delivers The Green Prince
Sophie Masson has delivered YA fantasy novel The Green Prince to Hodder Headline Australia for a 2000 publication. Sophie has also sold short story "Bells Underwater" to Paul Collins for his Tales from the Wasteland anthology. US reprint rights to three YA fantasy novels Carabas, Cold Iron, and Clementine have been sold to St. Mary's Press. For further information, check the author's website here.

Robert Hood Sells to Hodder and Collins
Robert Hood has sold four novels in the young adult horror-fantasy Shades series to Hodder Headline. The books are yet-to-be-written, and it is expected the first will appear in 2001. Hood has also sold short story "That Old Black Graffiti" to Paul Collins for the anthology Tales From the Wasteland.

New Douglass Website
Sara Douglass has launched a new website at, which includes news and information on her work.

Local Council Gives SF Writers Grant
The Blackwood Writers Group has received a $A1000 grant from the Mitcham Town Council to assist with publishing a yet-to-be-titled science fiction anthology. The anthology, which will be edited by Robert N. Stephenson, will be published by Altair Publishing in May 2000, and will include fiction by Jason Bleckly, Miri Bleckly, Robert Bleckly, Brendan Carson, Andrew Collings, Robert N Stephenson, Kurt von Trojan and others.

McMullen Publishing News
Sean McMullen has new novel The Miocene Arrow scheduled to appear from Tor in August 2000. He also has short YA fantasy novel Moko's Earrings written with Paul Collins due in mid-2000. Recent short fiction sales include "Reviving Artorius" to the forthcoming Grail Quest anthology, "Unthinkable" to Analog, and "Colours of the Soul to Interzone.

Kim Wilkins Moves to HarperCollins
Kim Wilkins has sold two new novels to HarperCollins Australia. The first, The Resurrectionists, is a new horror novel that Wilkins has delivered to HarperCollins for an August 2000 publication. The second, Bloodlace, is an as-yet-unwritten young adult novel about psychic teenage detective Gina Champion. It's due in late 2001. Wilkins first two novels, The Infernal and Grimoire, were published by Random Australia.

Editorial Change at Pan Macmillan
Pan Macmillan fiction editor Anna McFarlane has been promoted to Commissioning Editor of Pan's children's book lines. McFarlane, formerly a fiction editor for HarperCollins, starts in her new position in January 2000.

US Edition of The Lottery
US publisher Scholastic will reprint Lucy Sussex's 1993 anthology The Lottery in December. The anthology, one of the few Australian anthologies to be reprinted in the US, has been retitled as Altered Voices and features fiction by Sussex, Gary Crew, Rick Kennett, Isobelle Carmody, Sean McMullen, and Mustafa Zahirovic. Order it from

More Changes at HarperCollins
Angelo Loukakis, long-time publisher/commissioning editor at HarperCollins Australia has left the company to join Simon & Schuster. This announcement follow the recent appointment of Shona Martyn as Publishing Director at HarperCollins.

Faster-Than-Light Goes National
Grant Stone's long-running radio show, The Faster Than Light Radio Show, goes national on Friday 12 November at 6.00pm (EST). The radio show, which has been broadcast for over 15 years, will be part of the regular programming on COMRADSAT.

Dreaming Down-Under Wins World Fantasy Award
Jack Dann and Janeen Webb became the first Australian recipients of the World Fantasy Award, when the Awards were presented in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday 7 November. Dann and Webb's Dreaming Down-Under won in the Best Anthology category. For full results see here. For Eidolon: SF Online's review of Dreaming Down-Under, see here.

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