Winner of “Stories” giveaway competition

July 22nd, 2010 at 2:19 pm (Competitions)

Congratulations to Nicole Murphy, who has won a copy of Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. Nicole’s comment, telling us that Sean Williams’ Broken Lands novels were her favourite Australian books, was randomly selected from some great Aussie story recommendations! Thanks to everyone who entered. Look for another giveaway soon!

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Worlds Next Door Book Launch

July 22nd, 2010 at 5:39 am (Books, worlds next door)

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE WORLDS NEXT DOOR BOOK LAUNCH!

Date: Thursday, 19 August 2010
Time: 17:30 – 19:00
Location: Rockingham Community Library, Dixon Road, Rockingham

Worlds Next Door is an Australian anthology of speculative fiction stories for 9-13 year olds. Published by FableCroft Publishing and edited by Tehani Wessely, Worlds Next Door contains stories by 25 Australian authors, each illustrated by Australian artists. Many of the authors in the pages are award-winning and well-known writers of children’s fiction, and the anthology is compiled to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, with an accompanying website containing free teaching materials, story downloads, podcasts, guest blogs and more. worldsnextdoor.wordpress.com

Teachers, librarians, children, families, friends and interested persons are invited to celebrate the launch of Worlds Next Door, the flagship book from Rockingham publishing house FableCroft. Drinks and nibblies for all ages will be provided, and there will be lots of prizes to win!

Hosted by Perth author Simon Haynes (of Hal Spacejock fame) with participation by the editor/publisher and local authors. Come along and join the fun!

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Submissions Call: After the Rain

July 16th, 2010 at 3:39 pm (After the Rain)

AFTER THE RAIN (open July 19, 2010)

FableCroft Publishing seeks original speculative fiction stories between 2000-10000 words on the theme “After the Rain”. The interpretation of the phrase is multi-faceted and may be literal or figurative, but stories must contain some speculative element – science fiction, fantasy and horror, and all sub-strands of these, are welcome.

The After the Rain anthology is intended for adult readers, but the editor is not looking for overt erotica or gratuitous violence that does not advance the story in some way.

Submissions are open to Australian citizens or residents. Please submit stories as rtf file, adhering to usual manuscript formatting guidelines, to fablecroft at gmail dot com. Submissions close October 31, 2010. The anthology will be released at Swancon36/Natcon50 in Perth on the Easter weekend, 2011.

Payment will be AUD$50.00 plus one contributor copy.

Please inquire before sending reprints, simultaneous or multiple submissions.

http://fablecroft.com.au/submissions

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Australis Imaginarium revealed!

July 11th, 2010 at 5:59 am (Australis Imaginarium)

The very awesome Amanda Rainey has worked her magic once again, this time with artwork by illustrious Shaun Tan, creating the cover for Australis Imaginarium. It is beautiful and I love it.

Australis Imaginarium will go to print tomorrow, and, interestingly, because we’re using a different printer this time, will probably arrive the same week as Worlds Next Door! Will post a preorder special real soon!

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FableCroft ReviewCast

July 11th, 2010 at 1:40 am (podcasts, Reviews)

Subscribe to the FableCroft ReviewCast at iTunes!

Episode 1, in which I discuss:

“Stormlord Rising” by Glenda Larke

“Wizard Squared” by KE Mills

“Earth to Hell” by Kylie Chan

“The Griffin’s Flight” by KJ Taylor

Episode 2, talking about Young Adult books:

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Fire by Kristin Cashore

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

How to ditch your fairy by Justine Larbalestier

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Book Giveaway Competition: Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

July 6th, 2010 at 1:01 am (Australis Imaginarium, Books, Competitions)

Last week I received the advance print copies of Worlds Next Door (and it looks beautiful!). This week, I finalised the lineup for Australis Imaginarium and am delighted to announce it!

“Once a Month, on a Sunday” by Ian McHugh
“Night Heron’s Curse” by Thoraiya Dyer
“Hunter of Darkness, Hunter of Light” by Michael Pryor
“A Pig’s Whisper” by Margo Lanagan
“Stealing Free” by Deborah Biancotti
“Suffer the Little Children” by  Rowena Cory Daniells
“Virgin Jackson” by Marianne de Pierres
“The Claws of Native Ghosts” by Lee Battersby
“The Jacaranda Wife” by Angela Slatter
“The Dark Under the Skin” by Dirk Strasser
“Red Ochre” by Lucy Sussex
“Passing the Bone” by Sean Williams

I’m sure you’ll agree it’s an intriguing and totally awesome lineup :)

To celebrate Australis Imaginarium being (almost) ready to go to print, we’re giving away another book!

This time, it’s an original anthology of imaginative short fiction edited by bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio – Stories is pretty to look at and packed with awesome authors and their work.

Publisher’s Weekly says: “This collection of 27 never-before published stories from an impressive cast — Roddy Doyle, Joyce Carol Oates, and Stuart O’Nan, among others — sets out to shift genre paradigms. The overarching theme is fantastic fiction, or fiction of the imagination, with fantasy being used in the most broad-sweeping sense rather than signaling the familiar commercial staples of elves, ghouls, and robots.”

Interested? Want a chance to win? Here’s how! We’re celebrating Australian stories in Australis Imaginarium, so in the comments here, simply tell me your favourite Australian novel or short story (or both!) and why you love it. It doesn’t have to be speculative fiction, simply Australian in some way. And yes, it is somewhat ironic that I’m celebrating Australian fiction with the reward of a non-Australian book – I can if I wanna! :)

Open to all (happy to post internationally if needs be), winner to be chosen at random from eligible entries. Entries close Sunday July 18, 2010.

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