03/25/13

On a train bound for nowhere

I applied for a new passport today. The elderly can apply for a seniors’ passport, which only lasts 5 years instead of 10. I imagine the last page being already stamped with a visa, in perpetuity, for heaven or hell, strike out word which does not apply.

03/22/13

Aurealis Awards finalists

The finalists for the 2012 Aurealis Awards have been announced, and I’m delighted and honoured to find that That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote has made the Collections shortlist. Congratulations to all the finalists! Winners will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony on the 18th May at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney.

FANTASY NOVEL
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Random House Australia)
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (Tor UK)
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier (HarperVoyager)

FANTASY SHORT STORY
‘Sanaa’s Army’ by Joanne Anderton (Bloodstones, Ticonderoga Publications)
‘The Stone Witch’ by Isobelle Carmody (Under My Hat, Random House)
‘First They Came’ by Deborah Kalin (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 55)
‘Bajazzle’ by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)
‘The Isles of the Sun’ by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
Suited by Jo Anderton (Angry Robot)
The Last City by Nina D’Aleo (Momentum)
And All The Stars by Andrea K Host (self-published)
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)
Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (Harper Collins)

SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY
‘Visitors’ by James Bradley (Review of Australian Fiction)
‘Significant Dust’ by Margo Lanagan (Cracklescape, Twelfth Planet Press)
‘Beyond Winter’s Shadow’ by Greg Mellor (Wild Chrome, Ticonderoga Publications)
‘The Trouble with Memes’ by Greg Mellor (Wild Chrome, Ticonderoga Publications)
‘The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club’ by Kaaron Warren (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing)

HORROR NOVEL
Bloody Waters by Jason Franks (Possible Press)
Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott (Xoum)
Blood and Dust by Jason Nahrung (Xoum)
Salvage by Jason Nahrung (Twelfth Planet Press)

HORROR SHORT STORY
‘Sanaa’s Army’ by Joanne Anderton (Bloodstones, Ticonderoga Publications)
‘Elyora’ by Jodi Cleghorn (Rabbit Hole Special Issue, Review of Australian Fiction)
‘To Wish Upon a Clockwork Heart’ by Felicity Dowker (Bread and Circuses, Ticonderoga Publications)
‘Escena de un Asesinato’ by Robert Hood (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing)
‘Sky’ by Kaaron Warren (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press)

YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Dead, Actually by Kaz Delaney (Allen & Unwin)
And All The Stars by Andrea K. Host (self-published)
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Amberlin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
Into That Forest by Louis Nowra (Allen & Unwin)

YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY
‘Stilled Lifes x 11’ by Justin D’Ath (Trust Me Too, Ford Street Publishing)
‘The Wisdom of the Ants’ by Thoraiya Dyer (Clarkesworld)
‘Rats’ by Jack Heath (Trust Me Too, Ford Street Publishing)
‘The Statues of Melbourne’ by Jack Nicholls (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 56)
‘The Worry Man’ by Adrienne Tam (self-published)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through words)
Brotherband: The Hunters by John Flanagan (Random House Australia)
Princess Betony and the Unicorn by Pamela Freeman (Walker Books)
The Silver Door by Emily Rodda (Scholastic)
Irina the Wolf Queen by Leah Swann (Xoum Publishing)

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)
Little Elephants by Graeme Base (author and illustrator) (Viking Penguin)
The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree by Gary Crew (author) and Ross Watkins (illustrator) (Penguin Group Australia)
In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew (author) and Den Scheer (illustrator) (Ford Street Publishing)
Inside the World of Tom Roberts by Mark Wilson (author and illustrator) (Lothian Children’s Books)

ILLUSTRATED BOOK/GRAPHIC NOVEL
Blue by Pat Grant (author and illustrator) (Top Shelf Comix)
It Shines and Shakes and Laughs by Tim Molloy (author and illustrator) (Milk Shadow Books)
Changing Ways #2 by Justin Randall (author and illustrator) (Gestalt Publishing)

ANTHOLOGY
The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011 edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)
Bloodstones edited by Amanda Pillar (Ticonderoga Publications)
The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume 6 edited by Jonathan Strahan (Night Shade Books)
Under My Hat edited by Jonathan Strahan (Random House)
Edge of Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan (Solaris Books)

COLLECTION
That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote by K. J. Bishop (self-published)
Metro Winds by Isobelle Carmody (Allen & Unwin)
Midnight and Moonshine by Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter (Ticonderoga Publications)
Living With the Dead by Martin Livings (Dark Prints Press)
Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren (Twelfth Planet Press)

 

03/12/13

Mad Ancestor trade paperback

Well folks, the trade paperback of my story collection That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote is finished. It’s available at CreateSpace now, and will be on Amazon in a few days. I get more money from CreateSpace sales, so if you’d like to buy it, please consider purchasing it there.

It’s nice to be finished. On to the next thing.

 

03/8/13

Conversation with Sofia Samatar

The delightful and very talented Sofia Samatar and I recently had a conversation about writing, which Sofia has posted on her blog. I would also urge readers of this blog to check out the chapbook of Sofia’s forthcoming novel A Stranger in Olondria. There’s a wondrous world in them thar words.

Also: Thanks to Sofia I now want a Marquis de Sade cocktail stick.

 

03/1/13

Pink and green moths

This one spotted on Tumblr. Originally from here, I think. It looks like a relative of the luna moth, but I couldn’t find any identifing info. When searching for pink-green moth I found the one below it, the adorable Rosy Maple Moth from North America, via Synapse Science Magazine. On the same page there’s an amazing technicolour tree.

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