Introducing: Aurora Australis

AuroraAustralis

Join Alexandra Pierce for publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand. Southerners of the Anglosphere get a bit overlooked; if you have to ship books overseas, the cost certainly goes up, and sending copies for judges to consider gets prohibitive. But ebooks and online content make that less of an excuse these days… so this column is going to be all about sharing Aussie’s smug little secrets so that more people get to enjoy them.

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Haul & News – 23 August 2014

HnN 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:

  • Fearsome Magics anthology, edited by Jonathan Strahan (review)
  • The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3) by Brent Weeks (review)
  • The Scriptlings by Sorin Suciu (review)
  • Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress (review)
  • The Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura, #1) by Martha Wells (gift from my amazing boss Tehani)

This is a friendly warning to everyone – don’t start reading The Cloud Roads unless you have the next few hours or a day or two to yourself because you won’t be able to put it down. Tehani said this to me but I had a glance at the first few pages anyway – even though I have books I really need to read and review, and books I need to read for judging Aurealis… and boom. I’m done. Aaaargh. Consider yourself warned!

News:

musketeerspace

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.

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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.

Haul & News – 16 August 2014

HnN 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:

  • Aftermath of Armageddon (#2 FirstWorld Saga) by Christopher Jackson-Ash (Aurealis Judging)
  • The Shadow’s Heart (#3 The Risen Sun) by K. J. Taylor (Aurealis Judging)
  • Inside Out by Will Elliot (Aurealis Judging)
  • The Eternity Gate (#2 The Timekeepers) by Traci Harding (Aurealis Judging)
  • Wall of Spears (#3 Empire of Bones) by Duncan Lay (Aurealis Judging)
  • North Star Guide Me Home (#3 Children of the Black Sun) by Jo Spurrier (Aurealis Judging)
  • Demon Child (#2 Celestial Battle) by Kylie Chan (Aurealis Judging)
  • Bound (#1 Alex Caine) by Alan Baxter (Aurealis Judging)
  • Obsidian (#2 Alex Caine) by Alan Baxter (Aurealis Judging)
  • The Sorcerer’s Spell by Dani Kristoff (Aurealis Judging)

News:

musketeerspace

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.

GSicon

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.

 Links: 

  • As we can expect, John Scalzi has written up a well-rounded, interesting post of the Amazon email that went out last week. The tl;dr version is: ‘Amazon is not our friend’.
  • The Galactic Suburbia Podcast episode 106 has a very interesting discussion on how social media has changed. Are we witnessing the death of blogs as we use twitter/facebook now for the everyday chat, and blogs are now for hosting other types of posts instead? You can listed here!

Haul & News – 9 August 2014

HnN 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:

  • Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St. John Brown (review) from NetGalley
  • The Tarot Reader by Laura Lam (bought)
  • Doctor Who: Engines of War by George Mann (review) from NetGalley
  • Kaleidoscope (anthology) edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios (bought)
  • Blood of Innocents (Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, #2) by Mitchell Hogan (Aurealis Judging)
  • The Other Tree by D. K. Mok (Aurealis Judging)
  • Blood Work (Night Call, #1) by L. J. Hayward (Aurealis Judging)
  • Talon by Julie Kagawa (review) from NetGalley

Well Aurealis judging has kicked off, and already three books have arrived (the joys of judging a fantasy award that allows electronic entries!)

For more information about the fantastic Kaleidoscope anthology, you can read about it more on Scalzi’s blog in one of his ‘The Big Idea’ posts.

 

News: SnaphotLogo2014

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!

musketeerspace

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.

GSicon

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.

 Links: 

  • Set between the second and third books in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, we have a scene, though beware!

    A WARNING FROM BRANDON: This scene gives major spoilers for Words of Radiance. Please don’t continue unless you’ve finished that book. This is a very short sequence of Jasnah’s backstory I’ve been reading at signings. It’s not a polished draft. I often read very rough (and potentially continuity-error filled) sequences at signings as a special treat to people who attend. This scene is even rougher than most—first draft, and shouldn’t be taken as canon quite yet, as I haven’t firmed up or fixed all the terminology or Shadesmar interactions.

  • If you still wish to continue reading, you can do so here, at Tor.com.

Haul & News – 2 August 2014

HnN

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!

News:

SnaphotLogo2014

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!

musketeerspace

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.

GSicon

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.

 Links: 

  • 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