Sara Douglass' Troy Game
Sara Douglass has sold The Troy Game, a new four-book
series of fantasy novels which follow the fortunes of the
Troy Game from the times of the ancient Temple Labyrinth
of Crete to Britain to its final enactment during the Blitz
of World War Two, to HarperCollins Australia. The first
volume is scheduled to appear in 2003.
Paul Kidd featured in The Australian
Perth-based writer Paul Kidd was the subject of a two-page article in July 14–15 2001
The Australian magazine, discussing his
animated film project Petal Storm.
Kidd reports that Californian company Cornerstone Animation
is currently raising funds for the production of the
film—a political drama set in a world of
anime-style bee-people—that Toy Story
character artist Dan Haskett
is producing concept drawings and that US animation director
Scott Frazier is also on board.
Paul's next book (October) is a novelisation of the classic
Dungeons&Dragons game module Queen of the
Borderlands Short Story Comp
The Borderlands committee have announced a short story
competition to be run in association with the
The organisers are asking for science fiction, fantasy
and horror short stories between 1,000 and 4,000 words,
based on the general theme of "the world within" and
offer cash prizes of $100 (winner) and $50 (shortlisted
entries.) The competition closes October 12th 2001.
The recently-posted Borderlands website
describes a two-day convention intending to "approach
speculative fiction from a new perspective: The World
Within" and focus on "Genetics, immunology, psychology,
nanotechnology and bionics [...]", "restricted to 130
members (mostly due to space)" with memberships at $55
($45 concession). Further details are available from
WA's Vagabond Theatre company will present a new
adaptation of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four at Rechabites Hall in
Northbridge, Perth in a two-and-a-half week Tues-Sat
season beginning 6-September. Tickets $18/$15 through
(8 9484 1133).
Irvine Sells Second Series OS
Orbit in the UK have bought Ian Irvine's new fantasy trilogy
The Well of Echoes, set "a couple of hundred years"
into the future of the world featured in his successful
The View from the Mirror books.
The Well of Echoes, subtitled "A Tale of The Three
Worlds" like the earlier series, will debut locally with
Geomancer (Viking/Penguin) in September and
Tetrarch to follow. Orbit will begin its reprints
The View from the Mirror now has over 200,000 copies in
print in Australia and overseas. The third book Dark is
the Moon has just been republished in the UK, with the
final, The Way Between the Worlds due in December.
The first, A Shadow on the Glass, will shortly enter
its fifth printing in the UK, and has just appeared from
Warner Books in the US. Unusually, overseas editions are
using the original covers and book designs by Australians,
artist Mark Sofilas and Penguin Books designer Cathy Larsen.
Australians in Greece
Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, will host a
conference entitled "Biotechnological and Medical Themes
in Science Fiction" from 18-21 October 2001, and several
Australian genre authors will be in attendance.
The event will focus on science fiction's exploration of bioethical issues such
as cloning, genetic engineering and other new or
postulated reproductive technologies, and guests include
authors Greg Bear and Joan Slonczewski, and American
academic Susan M. Squier (author of Babies in Bottles:
Twentieth-Century Visions of Reproductive Technology).
Russell Blackford will deliver a paper entitled
"Beyond the Frankenscientist" which considers
whether sf has contributed to the current moral
panic about reproductive technology, and other Australians
planning to attend the conference include Janeen Webb and
AntiSF Hits 40
This month's 40th AntipodeanSF features five
short-shorts by Australians from a total of seven stories, including an mp3-audio
version of one of the stories read by its author.
The Australian stories in Issue #40 are:
Ion Newcombe's "Ionospherics" editorial
discusses changes to AntiSF's distribution system and
the inclusion of the audio version of
Garry Dean's story.
Did Life Come From Mars?
Physicist Paul Davies will present a lecture on the
subject of the possible Martian origins of terrestrial
life on Wednesday, 11 July at Macquarie University
Scientists seeking to understand how life originated
on Earth have suggested locations ranging from Charles
Darwin's "warm little pond" to the superheated waters
at deep sea hydrothermal vents. But have they been
looking on the wrong planet? Studies of meteorites show
that material is often transferred from Mars to Earth.
Is it possible that living organisms could have hitched
a ride on such a meteorite? Did life originate on the
red planet, then find its way to Earth? Are we all
The lecture, presented by the Australian Museum Society
in collaboration with the Australian Centre for
Astrobiology, will begin at 6:30pm at the Macquarie
Theatre, Macquarie University. Entry is $11.00
for students or members of The Australian Museum Society
and $16.50 otherwise; bookings and inquiries can be made
through The Australian Museum Society's Events
Administrator Kathryn Davis on (02) 9320 6225.
Young Novelists of the Year
Hoa Pham, author of Vixen (Hodder Headline), and Sonya Hartnett, author of the 2000 Aurealis Award's Best Young Adult Novel Thursday's Child (Penguin), have
been honoured by the Sydney Morning Herald
as two of three Young Novelists of the Year.
The awards, presented in conjunction with the recent Sydney
Writers' Festival, recognises writers under the age of 35. The other winner, from a selection of 16, was Malcolm Knox.
28-Jun-01: story corrected
Genre Book Design Recognised
The eighteenth annual Australian Publisher's Association
Design Awards for the first time this year included a
category for fantasy and science fiction books.
The Best Designed Fantasy & Science Fiction Book for 2001
was Richard Harland's Ferren and the Angel,
designed by David Altheim. The other nominated books
were Hoa Pham's Vixen (Hodder),
and Sophie Masson's The Green Prince (Hodder).
The $1,000 prize sponsored by Galaxy Bookshop was
presented at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre in
Sydney on Wednesday 20 June 2001, as part of the APA
Australian Book Fair.
Sara Douglass Sells
Sara Douglass' short fantasy "St Uncumber" appears in
the June 2001 issue of Australian Women's Weekly.
The "routine fantasy story" is set in medieval London
where a religious icon assists downtrodden women, and follows
the magazine's October 2000 publication of "Field of Thorns".
As well, Douglass' agent Jim Frenkel has sold her Crucible
series (HarperCollins Australia) to Tor in the US for a
New Shillitoe Fantasy Series
Altair Australia Literary Agency reports their recent sale
of Tony Shillitoe's new Fantasy series Ashuak Chronicles
to HarperCollins' Voyager Australia. Blood, the first book in
the series, has been tentatively scheduled for a March 2002
Robert Hood Site Update
Robert Hood has announced a major update to his official website and a move to new domain name www.roberthood.net. The updated site is designed by 2001 Best New Talent "Ditmar" Award winner Deborah Biancotti, and features material on Robert's recent YA series Shades.
Genre Theatre in WA
Two small Perth theatre companies are producing
heart-of-the-genre work on stage in June.
The Vagabond Theatre Company's production of Dirk,
a play based on Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and featuring
the sets from the original Oxford Theatre production
enhanced by the local crew, can be seen at
The Rechabites' Hall in Northbridge from June 14–30 from 8:00pm.
Tickets are $18 ($15 concession); call 8 9227 7005.
At the same time, The Hayman Theatre Company are producing C S Lewis' classic
childrens' fantasy The Lion the Witch and the
Wardrobe at the Hayman Theatre in Curtin Uni.
Performances are June 14–15 and June 18–22
at 9:30am and 12:30pm and Saturdays June 16 and 23
at 2:00pm and 7:30pm; call 8 9226 2383.
Short Fiction Reviewed
Controversial fanzine editor Marc Ortlieb has published and
distributed the second issue of his Dropping the Shorts
short fiction reviewzine.
Dropping the Shorts #2 (June 2001) covers the stories in
Altair's final issue,
the #6/7 double, as well as Margo Lanagan's critically acclaimed YA
collection White Time and AntipodeanSF #35,
Stephen Dedman's "Ravens", Garth Nix's "Under the Lake" and
A Bertram Chandler's "Lost Thing Found" (1960). The issue
also includes letters, an editorial and a list of Australian
Short Fiction published between January and May, 2001.
Copies can be had for "trade, contribution or letter of comment [...] at
editorial whim" or for $2.00 a copy (although not by subscription). Contact
Marc Ortlieb, PO
Box 215 FOREST HILL VIC 3131 for further information.
More Flash Fiction
AntipodeanSF issue 39 is now online,
and features five new genre short shorts by Australians.
The five Australian stories of the seven in the issue are:
Ion Newcombe's regular editorial "Ionospherics" is notably absent from Issue 39.
Redsine's Final Online Issue
Redsine Issue 6, its last as a webzine, is now online.
As of Issue 7 Redsine, which published its first issue
online in August 2000, will appear as a print
publication through Cosmos Books.
The sixth issue features American brothers Jeffrey and Scott Thomas, and
its 14 short stories include three by Australians:
and Robert Stephenson's A Quick Look at Books review column includes Jack Dann's
and Traci Harding's Tablet of Destinies.
According to their recent press release fiction editor Trent Jamieson
"is now on the lookout for Dark Fantasy stories up to 5000 words in length."
"We’re after first serial rights, with the rights to return to the author
once the story has been published.
"The kind of writing I am looking for is moody, dark and vivid.
"Dark fables, fairy tales, out and out horror, all are acceptable. I'm not
going to turn back science fiction either, but it has a better chance if
it's more "Who Goes there?" than "Foundation" (or "Alien" rather than "Star
"Some of the authors I like are Fritz Leiber, Geoffrey Maloney, D.F.Lewis,
Jeff Vandermeer, Poppy Z. Brite, Michael Shea and Neil Gaiman.
"In the past we have received too many tales of the hack and slash variety.
Stories that consist of a character going insane and then embarking on a
killing rampage are unlikely to get a look in. They have been done to death,
if you'll excuse the pun. I want the fiction in Redsine to haunt our
readers. Be visceral, be confronting, but remember stories should react with
the reader on an emotional level.
"If you're into edgy, powerful prose then you're the kind of writer we're
Redsine is now open for submissions, to:
PO Box 1287
TOOWONG QLD 4066
The preferred manuscript format is double-spaced with author details, title,
word count etc. on the cover page, and name, title and page number on the
top right hand corner of each page and font size between 11 and 14. All manuscripts should be disposable and payment is currently
made in contributors' copies.
Submissions should be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope and one IRC,
and email submissions must be preceded by an inquiry. Multiple submissions will not be accepted.
Redsine will read in three periods each year:
Stories submitted outside these times will be returned.
Email queries to Garry Nurrish or Trent Jamieson.
To join the Redsine announcement list, send a blank email to
- 1st June – 31st August
- 1st October – 31st December
- 1st February – 30th April
Potato Monkey #1
Editor Benjamin Payne has announced the release of Potato Monkey,
a small press magazine of Australian sf.
Issue #1 is 80 pages and costs $5.00 (Australian);
subscriptions are $20 for four issues.
The contents of the 80-page first issue are:
Subscriptions are $20 for four issues. More detail is available from
Editor Ben Payne via:
- "Into the Mist" by Robert N. Stephenson
- "Psychology" by Robbie Matthews
- "Calapaya" by Trent Jamieson
- "Sleight of Hand" by Simon Haynes
- "Generation Next, the Real Thing" by Shane Griffin
- "Akira and the Dolphin Children" by Alison Venugoban
- "The Snail Street Sweeper" by Carlton Mellick III
- "The Lawn Citizens" by Carlton Mellick III
- "Reflection" by Lida Broadhurst
- "Sleep" by Lida Broadhurst
P.O. Box 84
DARLING HEIGHTS QLD 4350
"Oracle": Year's Best SF?
Gardner Dozois has bought rights to the Hugo-nominated
novella "Oracle" for his Year's Best Science Fiction:
Eighteenth Annual Collection (due in July 2001), rounding
out a string of Australian sales to the international
annual reprint anthologies (see 1 and 2).
More Awards for Tan's Lost Thing
Shaun Tan has again featured in the international
Spectrum SF Art Awards with the cover for his The Lost Thing
winning a Silver in the Book category for 2001.
The jury of the eighth annual Spectrum competition
"gave special recognition for superior achievement
to the following artists in each of seven categories:"
Gold Award: Kinuko Y. Craft ("Das Rheingold"/client: The Dallas Opera)
Silver Award: Matthew Stawicki ("The Invasion 1"/client: Wizards of the Coast)
Gold Award: David Bowers (cover to When the King Comes Home by Caroline
Stevermer/client: Tor Books)
Silver Award: Shaun Tan (cover to The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan/client:
Gold Award: Dave McKean ("Attack", cover to The Dreaming #59/client: DC
Silver Award: Phil Hale (cover to Flinch #11/client DC Comics)
Gold Award: Jean-Louis Crinon ("The Haunted Box")
Silver Award: Joel Harlow ("Necronomicon")
Gold Award: Donato Giancola ("2001, Hello"/client: Playboy Magazine)
Silver Award: James Gurney ("Sea Monster"/client: The Magazine of Fantasy &
Gold Award: George Pratt ("Entropy 1"/client: self-promotion)
Silver Award: Justin Sweet ("Icewind Dale"/client: Black Isle Studio)
Gold Award: Jason Nobriga ("King of a Little Kingdom")
Silver Award: Gregory Manchess ("Nightcrossing")
GRAND MASTER AWARD
Winners receive a Spectrum Award sculpted by Joseph DeVito,
which rests on a base sculpted by Tom Banwell, with either a gold or
silver engraved plate bearing the recipient's name. The awards
jury consisted of Gregory Manchess [artist], Brom [artist], Guy Giunta
[artist], John Jude Palencar [artist], Irene Gallo [art director/Tor
Books], and Harlan Ellison [writer/art director]. All of the art selected
by the judges will be included in Spectrum 8: The Best in Contemporary
Fantastic Art (Cathy and Arnie Fenner, Eds.) to be published by
Underwood Books in October, 2001.