Haul & News – 2 August 2014


I’ve decided that each weekend shall be the time I take to discuss books I’ve received to review and/or books I’ve bought the week before, and any news that particular caught my interest.

Books Received:

  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (bought)

So I may have gone a little crazy – I pre-ordered Helen’s book on my kindle, on my iPad, and ordered a hardcover copy also :D I first got to see snatches of it at the end of 2011 (and H would have been writing so much earlier than that, of course, if that’s just when she sent me the word doc!), and now in mid 2014, the book is actually here. No matter how much I see of the publishing process it always astounds me how long it all takes.

You can read an excellent interview with Helen, here. 

No other review books for now – I’ve requested a few on NetGalley but haven’t been approved/denied on titles even going back until July 7th – bit odd. Still, I currently have five ARCs awaiting reading/reviewing, so I’m glad for the chance to catch up!



You may have noticed dozens of interviews going up around the place! This best-kind-of-spam happens every two years as a group of bloggers takes a ‘snapshot’ of what Spec Fic is currently like in Australia. We ask five questions of the subject, vaguely in the same direction (past, present, future work, etc). Information can be found here, and a large index post once we’re done shall be posted at SF Signal once we’re done!


Tansy Rayner Roberts is one of my favourite authors. She is currently releasing a weekly web-serial that shall run for the next year and a half, called Musketeer Space – a gender-swapped retelling of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, set in space.

To find out more about this, please click here to see Tansy’s blog entry.

Though this project shall be available for free, there’s also the option to become a patreon for as little as $1 a month. To see more about supporting the project, please click here.


For listeners of the podcast Galactic Suburbia, you can now patreon them per episode, and get a bunch of cool incentives along the way! Recently having hit 100 episodes and proud winners and nominees of multiple awards, they’re easily my favourite podcast.

Haven’t listened to the podcast yet? You can do so here, as well as in iTunes.

To see more information about becoming a patreon, please click here.


  • Tor.com have announced the fantastic news that Holly Black will be writing a Doctor Who short for the 12/12 anthology!
  • themarysue have what we hope is leaked footage from what could become an actually excellent Deadpool movie
  • Did you guys hear how the very lovely Laura Lam has found a new publishing home? The first is called False Hearts and is a near-future thriller set in San Francisco!
  • Laura Lam has also posted a very interesting breakdown for how her self-publishing of short stories has been going

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