While the publisher has been relocating (again – second move this year, but hopefully the last for a goodly long while!), there have been some cool things said about our books around the place. I’ve been putting links to reviews on our new FableCroft Books in Review page, and it’s been really exciting to see the books getting talked about in places like Locus Online, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, as well as by fantastic book bloggers and reviews website!
It was with great pleasure we published “Flower and Weed” by Margo Lanagan on Kindle a little while ago. This short story was first available in audio from Coeur de Lion, but this is the first time it’s seen “print”. It is set in Margo’s Sea Hearts (Brides of Rollrock Island) world, and gives you a taste of what was left out so the book could be classifed as YA! Just 99 cents from your Kindle store.
Another groovy thing that I saw last week was Rabia Gale and Joanne Anderton (writers of “Sand and Seawater” in One Small Step) blogging about collaboration – separately! If you’re interested in how they did it, their posts are worth a read (Rabia / Joanne). I wonder if Lisa Hannett and Angela Slatter would also like to blog about their OSS collaboration…
And while things have been delayed slightly by the intervention of the move, I promise the ebooks for One Small Step and The Bone Chime Song will both be available soon!
As part of the year of doing all the things here at FableCroft, we’ve just republished the very excellent collaborative anthology* Canterbury 2100: pilgrimages in a new world edited by Dirk Flinthart.
Originally published by Agog! in 2008, Canterbury 2100 sold out its print edition some time ago, and we decided (in consultation with the editor, previous publisher, and the authors) that it was too good a book to disappear. It’s with great pleasure we bring Canterbury 2100 back to the world with an ebook edition (currently only on Kindle, but more options to follow).
FableCroft would like to thank the editor, Dirk Flinthart, the orignal publisher, Cat Sparks at Agog!, the authors, and the cover artist Nick Stathopoulos, for agreeing to be part of the project again.
You want to know more?
Six hundred years ago, a group of pilgrims made their way to Canterbury, and Geoffrey Chaucer created one of the great works of English literature. A hundred years from now, a nuclear-powered steam train is stopped by a massive storm on its journey to Canterbury, the new capital of an England struggling to rise from the ashes of the twenty-first century. As the waters rise with the storm’s fury, the weird and wonderful passengers tell the stories of a new age…
18 original short stories interwoven with a narrative thread that twines together the pieces to depict a fictional future exploring the stories that the people of that future tell each other.
Introduction (Dirk Flinthart)
The Tingler’s Tale (Geoffrey Maloney)
The Nun’s Tale (Angela Slatter)
The Dead Priest’s Tale (Martin Livings)
The Veteran’s Tale (Stephen Dedman)
The Miner’s Tale (Laura E Goodin)
The Sky-Chief’s Tale (Sue Isle)
The Census-Taker’s Tale (Kaaron Warren)
The Mathematician’s Tale (Durand Welsh)
The Doctor’s Tale (Ben Bastian)
The Hunter’s Tale (Grant Watson)
The Peat-Digger’s Tale (Thoraiya Dyer)
The Metawhore’s Tale (Lee Battersby)
The Janus’s Tale (Penelope Love)
The Lighterman’s Tale (Trent Jamieson)
The Carbon-Knitter’s Tale (Rita de Heer)
The Evangelist’s Tale (L L Hannett)
The Gnomologist’s Tale (Matthew Chrulew)
The Conductor’s Tale (Lyn Battersby)
Afterword (Dirk Flinthart)
* I just made that phrase up – read the book and you’ll know why!
As we look ahead to the launch of The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories and One Small Step with Publishers Weekly reviews of both, we also get to look back at the year that was, with a Awards ballots!
The Ditmars have been kind to FableCroft and our authors, and I’m also chuffed to be on the ballot for fan works too! If you were a member of last year’s Natcon in Melbourne, or this year’s in Canberra, you can (and SHOULD!) vote! Congratulations to everyone who is on the ballot – look forward to the announcements at Conflux!
The 2013 ballot is as follows:
* Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
* Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth (Random House Australia)
* Suited (The Veiled Worlds 2), Jo Anderton (Angry Robot)
* Salvage, Jason Nahrung (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Perfections, Kirstyn McDermott (Xoum)
* The Corpse-Rat King, Lee Battersby (Angry Robot)
Best Novella or Novelette
* “Flight 404”, Simon Petrie, in Flight 404/The Hunt for Red Leicester (Peggy Bright Books)
* “Significant Dust”, Margo Lanagan, in Cracklescape (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “Sky”, Kaaron Warren, in Through Splintered Walls (Twelfth Planet Press)
Best Short Story
* “Sanaa’s Army”, Joanne Anderton, in Bloodstones (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “The Wisdom of Ants”, Thoraiya Dyer, in Clarkesworld 75
* “The Bone Chime Song”, Joanne Anderton, in Light Touch Paper Stand Clear (Peggy Bright Books)
* “Oracle’s Tower”, Faith Mudge, in To Spin a Darker Stair (FableCroft Publishing)
Best Collected Work
* Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Epilogue, edited by Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)
* Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)
* Midnight and Moonshine by Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter, edited by Russell B. Farr (Ticonderoga Publications)
* The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)
* Cover art, Nick Stathopoulos, for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 56 (ASIM Collective)
* Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for Midnight and Moonshine (Ticonderoga Publications)
* Illustrations, Adam Browne, for Pyrotechnicon (Coeur de Lion Publishing)
* Cover art and illustrations, Kathleen Jennings, for To Spin a Darker Stair (FableCroft Publishing)
* Cover art, Les Petersen, for Light Touch Paper Stand Clear (Peggy Bright Books)
Best Fan Writer
* Alex Pierce, for body of work including reviews in Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus
* Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work including reviews in Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth
* Grant Watson, for body of work including the “Who50” series in The Angriest
* Sean Wright, for body of work including reviews in Adventures of a Bookonaut
Best Fan Artist
* Kathleen Jennings, for body of work including “The Dalek Game” and “The Tamsyn Webb Sketchbook”
Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
* The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
* Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Alex Pierce
* Antipodean SF, Ion Newcombe
* The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
* Snapshot 2012, Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Ian Mond, Jason Nahrung et. al. (et. al. would include me! And Alex Pierce and Sean Wright and Tansy Rayner Roberts)
* Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus, Alisa Krasnostein, Tehani Wessely, et. al.
* Galactic Chat, Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Sean Wright
Best New Talent
* David McDonald
* Faith Mudge
* Steve Cameron
* Stacey Larner
William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
* Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, David McDonald, and Tehani Wessely, for review of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh, in ASIF
* Tansy Rayner Roberts, for “Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let’s Unpack That.”, in tor.com
* David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Tehani Wessely, for the “New Who in Conversation” series
* Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, for “The Year in Review”, in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011
* Rjurik Davidson, for “An Illusion in the Game for Survival”, a review of Reamde by Neal Stephenson, in The Age
There’s nothing like having books printed a month in advance of release to make you feel like a good publisher! As it was a busy beginning to the year, and because we were trying out a new printing process, we made sure we got things ready well in advance of release, in case of problems. And then we didn’t have any problems! Which means we already have stock in hand for our two April releases, which is very exciting. The authors will be getting their copies early, and any pre-orders placed before March 31st will go out in the first week in April, as a special treat! (Pre-order special available here!)
The books will officially launch and go on sale on April 26 at Conflux!
We sometimes like to keep things under our hats here at FableCroft. This year we have a couple of very cool projects in the works, which we’re keeping secret until we can make big announcements. Like this one!
Tansy Rayner Roberts has been a FableCroft author since our first book, Worlds Next Door, and it’s with great pleasure we celebrate the re-release of her very first novel (first published in 1998), Splashdance Silver (book 1 of the Mocklore Chronicles)!
This is very exciting for us, as not only is the book fantastic fun to read, but it is the first step in a new direction for FableCroft. We look forward to sharing more of our projects with you!
You can read more about Splashdance Silver at Tansy’s blog here.
You can get your copy of Splashdance Silver for just $3.99 (USD) from Amazon, Wizard’s Tower Books or Weightless Books.
So, you want to know what you’ll be getting in The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton? Check out this TOC!
Introduction — Kaaron Warren
The Bone Chime Song
Mah Song (original to the collection)
Shadow of Drought
From the Dry Heart to the Sea
Always a Price
Out Hunting for Teeth
Flowers in the shadow of the Garden
A Memory Trapped in Light
Trail of Dead
Fence Lines (original to the collection)
Tied to the Waste
Look good? You can pre-order it here!
It’s pre-order special time! We like to offer early birds extra special prices for pre-ordering, so get in early and save money on One Small Step and The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories (both released at Conflux in late April). Buy both and save even more.
Offer open until March 31, 2013. Pricing extended until the Conflux launch! The first batch of pre-orders will be sent in early April – yep, before the books are officially released!
(ebooks will be available at a later date, but this offer is for print books only – postage anywhere!)
I’m delighted to exercise my right as a boutique publisher (who has the flexibility to do these sort of things), and announce an excellent addition to the Table of Contents to One Small Step, an anthology of discoveries! We’re very pleased that One Small Step will include an original Cat Sparks story, “Daughters of Battendown”. The TOC now shapes up as:
“Sand and Seawater” by Joanne Anderton & Rabia Gale
“Indigo Gold” by Deborah Biancotti
“Firefly Epilogue” by Jodi Cleghorn
“The Ways of the Wyrding Women” by Rowena Cory Daniells
“The ships of Culwinna” by Thoraiya Dyer
“Shadows” by Kate Gordon
“By Blood and Incantation” by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter
“Ella and the Flame” by Kathleen Jennings
“Original” by Penny Love
“Always Greener” by Michelle Marquardt
“Morning Star” by DK Mok
“Winter’s Heart” by Faith Mudge
“Cold White Daughter” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
“Baby Steps” by Barbara Robson
“Number 73 Glad Avenue” by Suzanne J Willis
“Daughters of Battendown” by Cat Sparks
I look forward to sharing these stories with you!