Sci-Fi

Australian Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!

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December 11, 2014

I decided it would be really cool to put together a list of great books by Australian Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror writers so people could essentially have the best Xmas shopping list of Aussie SFF and horror books ever. After drowning in an inbox full of Aussie spec fic goodness, I now have this sweet megapost of Aussie spec fic goodness. It’s far from definitive – there are loads more out there – but it’s pretty impressive nonetheless. There really is something for everyone. Have a scroll through, enjoy the covers, read the blurbs – if you like it, buy it! Links to places of purchase are right there with every book. Books are listed alphabetically by author surname. And don’t forget to buy loads of books for your family and friends for Xmas too. There’s really no better gift than a book. (Unless you need a new bodily organ or something, but you know what I mean.) Amazon allows you to gift ebooks as well, don’t forget, as do several other outlets and publishers. Have it at!

Dean J Anderson                    

Unnaturals front web small Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Unnaturals

Unnaturals tried to kill Mason Douglas and his family. Big mistake.

He became The Butcher, a cold relentless Hunter with a vendetta that took him across the world.

And now, on his return home to Australia – to mend his heart, soul and family – his destiny collides with a millennia-old struggle between strange Gods.

Their prize is Earth. Their warriors are warring races of Unnaturals: the Bloodells and the Darkells.

As an unlikely alliance forms between Natural and Unnatural – between the Douglas clan and the Darkells – Mason’s family grows in unexpected ways… not all of whom are human.

http://clandestinepress.com.au/books/sci-fi-fantasy

http://bitly.com/1Bsg3ej

*****

Jo Anderton

debris front revised Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Debris – The Veiled Worlds, Book One

In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite. She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”. Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.

http://www.booktopia.com.au/debris-jo-anderton/prod9780857661531.html

http://www.amazon.com/Debris-Veiled-Worlds-Trilogy-Anderton-ebook/dp/B005QDT91C/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1417949720&sr=8-3&keywords=jo+anderton

 

suited 150dpi Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Suited – The Veiled Words, Book Two

The bitter war between the sinister Puppet Men and the nebulous Keeper for the control of the ancient city of Movoc-under-Keeper has intensified. For Tanyana, imprisoned within her extraordinary suit and cast down as a lowly debris collector, choosing a side should be simple. But when even her own suit becomes aggressive against her, Tanyana must weigh some very personal issues against her determination to serve the greater good.

http://www.booktopia.com.au/suited-jo-anderton/prod9780857661562.html

http://www.amazon.com/Suited-Veiled-World-Trilogy-Anderton/dp/0857661574/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1417949720&sr=8-2&keywords=jo+anderton

 

Guardian Cover Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Guardian – The Veiled Worlds, Book Three

The grand city of Movoc-under-Keeper lies in ruins. The sinister puppet men have revealed their true nature, and their plan to tear down the veil between worlds. To have a chance of defeating them, Tanyana must do the impossible, and return to the world where they were created, on the other side of the veil. Her journey will force her into a terrible choice, and test just how much she is willing to sacrifice for the fate of two worlds.

http://fablecroft.com.au/about/shop

http://www.booktopia.com.au/guardian-jo-anderton/prod9780992284442.html

http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Veiled-Worlds-Jo-Anderton/dp/0992284449/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417949720&sr=8-1&keywords=jo+anderton

 

TheBoneChimeSong Cover Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories

Enter a world where terrible secrets are hidden in a wind chime’s song

Where crippled witches build magic from scrap

And the beautiful dead dance for eternity

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories collects the finest science fiction and horror short stories from award-winning writer Joanne Anderton. From mechanical spells scavenging a derelict starship to outback zombies and floating gardens of bone, these stories blur the lines between genres. A mix of freakish horror, dark visions of the future and the just plain weird, Anderton’s tales will draw you in – but never let you get comfortable.

http://fablecroft.com.au/about/shop

http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-bone-chime-song-and-other-stories-joanne-anderton/prod9780980777093.html

http://www.amazon.com/Bone-Chime-Song-Other-Stories-ebook/dp/B00CUKUKNA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417949835&sr=8-1&keywords=joanne+anderton

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Alan Baxter

bound cover large 195x300 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Bound (Alex Caine #1)

Alex Caine, a fighter by trade, is drawn into a world he never knew existed — a world he wishes he’d never found.

Download the first 3 chapters here (PDF format).

Published by HarperVoyager, 2014
ISBN: 978 0 7322 9910 1 (paperback)
ISBN: 978 1 4607 0286 4 (ebook)

Alex Caine is a martial artist fighting in illegal cage matches. His powerful secret weapon is an unnatural vision that allows him to see his opponents’ moves before they know their intentions themselves.

An enigmatic Englishman, Patrick Welby, approaches Alex after a fight and reveals, ‘I know your secret.’ Welby shows Alex how to unleash a breathtaking realm of magic and power, drawing him into a mind-bending adventure beyond his control. And control is something Alex values above all else.

A cursed grimoire binds Alex to Uthentia, a chaotic Fey godling, who leads him towards destruction and murder, an urge Alex finds harder and harder to resist. Befriended by Silhouette, a monstrous Kin beauty, Alex sets out to recover the only things that will free him – the shards of the Darak. But that powerful stone also has the potential to unleash a catastrophe which could mean the end of the world as we know it.

Paperback: http://www.booktopia.com.au/bound-alan-baxter/prod9780732299101.html (or any bookstore) – or contact me for a signed copy, sent anywhere in the world.

Ebook: AMAZON | AMAZON UK | AMAZON AUS | KOBO | iBooks US | iBooks UK | iBooks Aus | Google PLAY

Obsidian cover 196x300 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Obsidian (Alex Caine #2)

Alex Caine wishes he had a direction, but it pays to be careful what you wish for.

HarperVoyager

ISBN:  9781460702871 (ebook)

Download the first 3 chapters in PDF format here.

Alex Caine is looking for direction and trying to build a new life with his recently acquired magical talents, and Kin girlfriend, Silhouette. He is recruited by a secret organisation to head off an impending doom, foretold by Seers as already somehow linked to his destiny. Claude Darvill is desperately trying to get in touch with his father, Robert Hood. When the company, Black Diamond, reveals that Hood had gone missing after chasing Alex Caine, Darvill takes over control of Black Diamond and starts hunting Caine himself. Alex and his crew close in on three amateur mages in Britain’s north, who think they have uncovered ancient magic that will reveal great powers. But they are caught in a vortex and pulled through to a strange lost city, isolated in the void. Trapped in a place removed from everything they know, ruled by a hierarchy of monsters, Alex and his friends must find a way to escape Obsidian.

Ebook only so far, print coming soon.

AMAZON | AMAZON UK | AMAZON AUS | KOBO | iBooks US | iBooks UK | iBooks Aus | Google PLAY

 

Abduction cover 197x300 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Abduction (Alex Caine #3)

The past often catches up with you, but when it’s Alex Caine’s past the results can be deadly.

HarperVoyager

ISBN:  9781460702888 (ebook)

Download the first 3 chapters in PDF format here.

Alex Caine has been suffering the weight of the world, and some days it’s hard to even get out of bed. Alone one night, a band of Fey overwhelm him and steal him away from the mortal realm. Silhouette, desperate to save her lover, calls in Armour, but the organisation seems reluctant to help.

Claude Darvill, his fragile alliance with Alex at an end, is still searching for the remains of his father, Robert Hood. In frozen wastes of Iceland, Darvill is driven by a deep-burning grudge and a need for revenge. His efforts are backed by all the considerable resources of Black Diamond Incorporated.

Silhouette must overcome her greatest fears and use all her skills to locate Alex. But even if she can find him, that’s only the start of their problems.

In this third Alex Caine book, sequel to the bestsellers Bound and Obsidian, old enemies and new share a common goal. Alex Caine hates to be the centre of attention, but he and Silhouette need to pull together as the world is threatened once more and only Alex can save it.

Ebook only so far, print coming soon.

AMAZON | AMAZON UK | AMAZON AUS | KOBO | iBooks US | iBooks UK | iBooks Aus | Google PLAY

For all my other books, click on any cover to the left of this post.

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Greig Beck

2013 11 23 front Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!

Valkeryn 2

The wolf lives inside us all.

The future does not belong to us anymore. The mighty Wolfen of Valkeryn, descendants of the canines of the era of man, have ruled for many millennia. But now their kingdom has fallen to the monstrous hordes and the remaining Wolfen scattered.
Arnold ‘Arn’ Singer, a youth from the past and perhaps the last human being alive on the planet, finds himself cast into this maelstrom of chaos and horror. 
He seeks answers to the missing Ancients – mankind itself.
 But back in his time the world continues to destabilize. The portal through which he fell is destroying the planet. The portal must be closed. Arn holds the key, and our world and its future is at stake.
Colonel Marion Briggs leads a team of Special Operations soldiers into the distant future, fully armed and with one order – bring back Arn or his body.
But there are more dangers in this strange and beautiful world than anyone knew. More horrors dwell in the deep jungles, below the inland seas and deep below the earth. There are things that can change the shape of two worlds, tear at sanity, and stretch friendships and loves to the limit.
Valkeryn is an epic adventure that spans worlds and time itself.
… mixed in fantasy with hard, biological, and evolutionary science. Beck has yet again created fast-paced, literary escape that I just couldn’t put down.
– Frontlaven Book Reviews (Frontlaven.com)

All purchase links here: http://cohesionpress.com/our-books/valkeryn-2-the-dark-lands/

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3dSNAFU1small 150x150 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Geoff Brown & A.J. Spedding (eds.)

SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror

Cohesion Press

War is Hell…
Soldiers fight to survive.
They fight each other, and they fight the demons inside.
Sometimes, they fight real monsters.
SNAFU collects stories of ancient myths, time travellers, horrors in the old west…
And the soldiers who fight them.

Featuring some of the best writers working in the field today.

Jonathan Maberry, Weston Ochse, Greig Beck and James A Moore lead the way, with a contingent of emerging authors to back them up.

Fight or die.

Available on:

Amazon, Kobo, Nook, and as a signed limited edition from the publisher.

Amazon: http://rpbook.co.uk/B00LNXHLJG?v=amz

iTunes: http://rpbook.co.uk/9780992502379?v=apl

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/455856

Limited Edition link here: http://cohesionpress.com/snafu/

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Lindy Cameron

Feedback sm Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Feedback

Agent Capra Jane – cybercop attached to the Melbourne-City HQ of Southern Indian-Pacific Corp – trawls the mean streets of Cy-city and other cyberspace resorts.

In a climate-changed future, after the gene and borders wars of the 2060’s, and in a world governed by the Alpha-Omega Accord and its Interplanetary Exchange, Capra Jane fights a never-ending battle against crime.

Things change in unexpected ways, however, when she is teamed up with the enigmatic and beautiful Zanzibar Black of HomeWorld Security, and Decker, a returned astronaut who’s never been in

cyberspace.

http://clandestinepress.com.au/books/sci-fi-fantasy

http://amzn.to/1G7b9kX

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Ashley Capes

capes Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!City of Masks

Waking in Anaskar Prison, covered in blood and accused of murder, nobody will listen to Notch’s claims of innocence until he meets the future Protector of the Monarchy, Sofia Falco.

But Sofia has her own burdens. The first female Protector in a hundred years, her House is under threat from enemies within, the prince has made it clear he does not want her services and worst of all, she cannot communicate with her father’s sentient mask of bone, the centuries-old Argeon. Without the bone mask she cannot help anyone — not herself, and certainly not a mercenary with no powerful House to protect him.

Meanwhile, far across the western desert, Ain, a young Pathfinder, is thrust into the role of Seeker. Before winter storms close the way, he must leave his home on a quest to locate the Sea Shrine and take revenge on the people who drove his ancestors from Anaskar, the city ruled by the prince Sofia and Notch are sworn to protect, whether he wants their help or not.

http://www.amazon.com.au/City-Masks-Fantasy-Novel-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00KJVPOWO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1417686448&sr=1-1

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Greg Chapman

Vaudeville front thumb Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!

Vaudeville and Other Nightmares

The stories you are about to read showcase a wonderfully talented writer; someone with a vivid imagination and the unique ability to create stories that can just as easily shock and frighten as they can move and disturb (often all in the one story). These are serious works, not merely light entertainment designed simply to give the reader a quick jolt or a nervous chuckle, but designed to make you think and feel.

You’re about to embark on a dark and wondrous journey through the mind of a very talented young writer. Be prepared to visit strange worlds and even stranger beings. Horror and violence abounds, but there’s also time for reflection, to ponder some of life’s most important questions.
– Brett McBean, 2014

http://blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com.au/p/shop.html

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Emilie Collyer

A Clean Job sm Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!A Clean Job – and other stories

Award-winning crime and speculative fiction.

A Clean Job: In a world where the neutralisation of emotions is compulsory, an enforcement officer risks everything when she starts to succumb to her feelings.

From the Shadows: An intimate friendship between two women, one an actress and one a therapist, turns sour, resulting in an unsettling and predatory sequence of events.

The Boys: A loving father is moved to an extreme act when the safety of his family is threatened.

http://clandestinepress.com.au/books/sci-fi-fantasy

http://amzn.to/1uaHzUM

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RC Daniells

PoF cover Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Price of Fame

Where will Antonia’s search for truth lead and who will suffer?

When film and TV graduate, Antonia Carlyle sets out to make a documentary about eighties band, ‘The Tough Romantics’, she uncovers new facts surrounding the death of singer song-writer, Genevieve.

This leads her to suspect that the man arrested for her murder was not the killer.

One of the three surviving band members believes it is time to settle old ghosts but the other two have gone on to forge solo careers and don’t want Antonia to rake up the past.

One of them knows who the killer is, the other needs to hide their guilt.

A growing psychic link with the dead girl and the conviction that justice must be done, drives Antonia to face her own demons, uncover the past and confront the present.

http://clandestinepress.com.au/books/sci-fi-fantasy

http://amzn.to/1wQS8DE

*****

Rjurik Davidson

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Unwrapped Sky

Caeli-Amur: an ancient city perched on white cliffs overlooking the sea; a city ruled by three Houses, fighting internecine wars; a city which harbours ancient technology and hidden mysteries. But things are changing in Caeli-Amur. Ancient minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun. The slightly built New-Men bring their technology from their homeland. Wastelanders stream into the city hideously changed by the chemical streams to the north. Strikes break out in the factory district.

In a hideout beneath the city, a small group of seditionists debate ways to overthrow the Houses. How can they rouse the citizens of the city? Should they begin a campaign of terror? Is there a way to uncover the thaumaturgical knowledge that the Houses guard so jealously? As the Houses scramble to maintain their rule, it becomes clear that things will change forever in Caeli-Amur.

rjurik.com

http://www.amazon.com/Unwrapped-Sky-Rjurik-Davidson/dp/0765329883

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Cheryse Durrant

The Blood She Betrayed Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Blood She Betrayed

Thrust into the technology-driven Earthlands, Shahkara must find the ancient Elnara death lantern – the only thing that can save her homeworld from the heart-devouring Taloners.

She enlists the help of geeky billionaire Max McCalden, but soon finds that, as a half-Taloner herself, her blood demands what she knows she can’t have – a human heart.

Shahkara longs for love, but as deadly enemies attack at every turn, will her lust for Max destroy them both?

Or will she find the strength to free both worlds from a threat more horrific than the demons that share her blood?

http://clandestinepress.com.au/books/sci-fi-fantasy

http://amzn.to/15YTFw8

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Sarah Evans

new blood sm Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!New Blood: Tales of Fresh Prey

Vampires and other ravenous nasties satisfy their blood lust in this dark collection of horror stories.

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http://clandestinepress.com.au/books/sci-fi-fantasy

http://amzn.to/1w4uQbK

 

call of the wild sm Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Call of the Wild

Tales of mermaids and ghosts, of love and revenge.

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http://clandestinepress.com.au/books/sci-fi-fantasy

http://amzn.to/1w4uLop

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Kim Faulks

faulks Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Secrets Room

What would you do if you woke in a room filled with strangers, with no memory of how you got there, and no way out?

Morgan Drimmel wakes to find herself in the midst of this nightmare. The gouged, blood-splattered walls scream of terror and torture, and the unrelenting light that shines between the cracks in the walls fills her with dread.

When the others in the room wake, they form alliances, and Morgan finds herself drawn to rogue biker Slade Rivers. But dependence, for her, has always come with a deadly price.
Those inside the room have secrets too; dark secrets they will go to any length to keep from getting out. When evil rears its ugly head, Morgan will not only have to fight to survive—she will also have to trust.

http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Room-Horror-Suspense-Novel-ebook/dp/B00IGKREZ0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1417676923&sr=8-2&keywords=kim+faulks

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Liz Filleul

The Book Vault sm Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Book Vault

Take a look inside The Book Vault and discover award-winning crime and speculative fiction.

Not What You Think We Are: An exploited former gymnast builds a team of tiny champions after discovering a dark family secret

Crime Traveller: A time-travelling crime writer from 2040 investigates a long-gone-cold case on the Gippsland coast

Brought to Book: Four collectors of schoolgirl fiction go on the trail of vintage book thieves

The Write Place: Two would-be best-selling authors get caught up in a writing scam

The Punishment Book: A nervous new PI tracks down a missing mum via an online spanking forum

http://clandestinepress.com.au/books/sci-fi-fantasy

http://amzn.to/1zEn7jZ

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Satima Flavell

Dagger cover cropped Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Dagger of Dresnia (Book one of The Talismans)

The newly widowed Queen Ellyria just wants her sick triplet sons to live, each ruling over a third of the kingdom as their dying father decreed. When she finds herself trapped in a deadly bargain with a dark spirit, she recruits a band of young mages to help – but a terrible curse takes over.

Publisher:

http://satalyte.com.au/product/the-dagger-of-dresnia-the-talismans-book-one-by-satima-flavell/

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Dagger-Dresnia-Satima-Flavell/dp/0992460166/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1417750255&sr=1-1

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Jason Franks

BloodyWaters Cover Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Bloody Waters

(Possible Press)

Young guitar virtuoso Clarice Marnier is on the verge of success when she crosses the wrong A&R man. Suddenly, instead of being signed to the major label that’s been courting her, she finds herself blacklisted.

So Clarice makes a deal with the Devil: the soul of her greatest enemy for a record deal and a second chance.

As Clarice and her band, Bloody Waters, begin their ascent to rock stardom they are are beset by a strange array of enemies. Has-been guitar heroes, popstar succubi, spell-slinging DJs, angry divas and killer angels—every occult freak and music industry player in LA wants something from them, whether it’s a slice of their fame or a bite out of their souls.

Clearly, there’s more at stake than just a record deal—but what does the Devil really want, and how far will Clarice go to protect what’s hers?

Short listed for an Aurealis Award.

http://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Waters-Jason-Franks-ebook/dp/B009WRWIAW/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bloody-Waters-Jason-Franks-ebook/dp/B009WRWIAW/
http://www.amazon.com.au/Bloody-Waters-Jason-Franks-ebook/dp/B009WRWIAW/

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J J Gadd

Lunation Book 1 in the Lunation Series Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Lunation Series

A modern-day moon myth

The adventures of seven companions who set out to free the woman trapped in the moon, and change the world along the way.

Read a sample.

Published by HarperVoyager, 2014

Book 1, Lunation, ISBN: 9781460702932 (ebook)

Book 2, Earthshine, ISBN: 9781460702949 (ebook)

Book 3, Lunelocked, ISBN: 9781460702956 (ebook)

Book 4, Maraluna, ISBN: 9781460702963 (ebook)

Book 5, Cloudstalker, ISBN: 9781460702970 (ebook)

An exciting adventure story in the style of the classic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure series. Seven companions set out to free the woman trapped in the moon, and change the world along the way. In this exciting story that allows the reader the choice of following different characters, young, sheltered Branguin discovers that his ancestor, Marama, has been trapped in the moon, and sets out to free her. But he must first unravel the mystery of how she got there, confront and defeat the sorcerer Raul, and counter a menacing new force that’s assembling an army to attack the capital. Branguin deciphers the clues with the help of his companions, several lost relatives along the way. The Lunation Series is a modern-day moon myth about ordinary people discovering their inner strength and overcoming extraordinary challenges, in order to solve a great mystery.

Ebook: AMAZON | KOBOiBooks | Google PLAY

*****

Liz Grzyb (editor)

years best fantasy and horror v4 web Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013
edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, published by Ticonderoga Publications.

Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have compiled an impressive list of fantastic stories first published in 2013, from New Zealand’s and Australia’s finest writers.
The 28 stories selected are
• Lee Battersby, “Disciple of the Torrent”, Tales of Australia: Great Southern Land
• Deborah Biancotti, “All the Lost Ones”, Exotic Gothic 5 Vol I
• Trudi Canavan, “Camp Follower”, Fearsome Journeys
• Robert Cook, “Glasskin”, Review of Australian Fiction Vol 5 #6
• Rowena Cory Daniells, “The Ways of the Wyrding Women”, One Small Step
• Terry Dowling, “The Sleepover”, Exotic Gothic 5 Vol II
• Thoraiya Dyer, “After Hours”, Asymmetry
• Marion Halligan, “A Castle in Toorak”, Griffith Review #42
• Dmetri Kakmi, “The Boy by the Gate”, The New Gothic
• David Kernot, “Harry’s Dead Poodle”, Cover of Darkness Magazine
• Margo Lanagan, “Black Swan Event”, Griffith Review #42
• S. G. Larner, “Poppies”, Aurealis #65
• Martin Livings, “La Mort d’un Roturer”, This is How You Die
• Kirstyn McDermott, “Caution: Contains Small Parts”, Caution: Contains Small Parts
• Claire McKenna, “The Ninety Two”, Next
• C.S. McMullen, “The Nest”, Nightmare Magazine
• Juliet Marillier, “By Bone-Light “, Prickle Moon
• David Thomas Moore, “Old Souls”, The Book of the Dead
• Faith Mudge, “The Oblivion Box”, Dreaming of Djinn
• Ryan O’Neill, “Sticks and Stones”, The Great Unknown
• Angela Rega, “Almost Beautiful”, Next
• Tansy Rayner Roberts, “The Raven and Her Victory”, Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe
• Nicky Rowlands, “On the Wall”, Next
• Carol Ryles, “The Silence of Clockwork”, Conflux 9 Convention Programme
• Angela Slatter, “Flight”, Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales
• Anna Tambour, “Bowfin Island”, Caledonia Dreamin’
• Kaaron Warren, “Born and Bread”, Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales
• Janeen Webb, “Hell is Where the Heart is”, Next
In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume includes a review of 2013 and a list of highly recommended stories.
http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/193

 

kisses by clockwork web Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Kisses by Clockwork
Putting the steamy back into steampunk.

105,000 words of steampunk romance, edited by the award-winning Liz Grzyb.
Stories by:
• Marilag Angway, “Smuggler’s Deal”
• Cherith Baldry, “The Venetian Cat”
• Gio Clairval, “The Writing Cembalo”
• M L D Curelas, “Ironclad”
• Ray Dean, “Practically Perfect”
• Stephanie Gunn, “Escapement”
• Richard Harland, “The Kiss of Reba Maul”
• Rebecca Harwell, “Love in the Time of Clockwork Horses”
• Faith Mudge, “Descension”
• Nicole Murphy, “The Wild Colonial Clockwork Boy”
• Katrina Nicholson, “Lady Presto Magnifico and the Disappearing Glass Ceiling”
• Anthony Panegyres, “The Tic-Toc Boy of Constantinople”
• Amanda Pillar, “A Clockwork Heart”
• Angela Rega, “The Law of Love”
• Carol Ryles, “Siri and the Chaos-Maker”
• DC White, “South, to Glory”edited by Liz Grzyb, published by Ticonderoga Publications.

http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/164

*****

Paul Haines

doorways Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Doorways For The Dispossessed

Publisher: Prime Books

Follow murderous trails into the bloody foothills of Kathmandu; destroy yourself with obsessive sexual jealousies; disappear into the drug-hazed dust of the Baluchistan desert; and share health-conscious recipes with a gourmet cannibal. Read Paul Haines’s dark, hard-edged fantasies about real people dealing with strong emotions in impossible situations and experience the paranoia, fear and lust that lurks in the shadowy recesses of the human soul.
With an introduction by Jack Dann, this anthology contains twenty-one stories, including the Aurealis Award and Ditmar winning novella “The Last Days Of Kali Yuga”. It also includes two previously unpublished stories “Burning From The Inside” and “Mnemophonic”.

http://www.amazon.com/Doorways-Dispossessed-Paul-Haines/dp/0809557401/ref=ed_oe_p

sol front big Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Slice Of Life

Publisher: The Mayne Press

Paul Haines sliced through the Australian writing scene with his twisted and murderous black humour in 2002. he has since won many awards and praise for his dark and surreal stories that make you think twice about his sanity and good taste.

Published here together for the first time are the Ditmar winning story “The Devil In Mr Pussy”, the Aurealis Award shortlisted horror story “Doof Doof Doof” and the complete “Slice of Life” series of stories, including the previously unpublished “Slice of Life – A Spot of Liver” which also won the Aurealis Award 2009 for Best Horror Short Story.

HAINES’ SLICE OF LIFE – seventeen glistening stories, sweating with twenty first century paranoia and anxiety from the decaying mind of the winner of the 2005 Ditmar for New Talent.

http://www.themaynepress.com/books.php?isbn=9780980615906

kaliyuga Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Last Days Of Kali Yuga

Publisher: Brimstone Press

These are the last days …
Travel the blood-stained trails of Kathmandu.
Explore doorways to other worlds.
Fight for humanity’s darkening soul.
… when the powers of the Gods wane and evil walks the Earth.

The Last Days Of Kali Yuga is dark urban fantasy at its darkest. You won’t find traditional vampires or werewolves in Paul Haines’s stories. Instead, you will stare deep into the heart of the cruelest monster of all: man.

Paul Haines is one of Australia’s and New Zealand’s leading dark fiction authors. He pioneered the ‘backpacker horror’ sub-genre with stories of Westerners confronted by dark powers and corrupted souls in India and Asia. His novellas “The Last Days of Kali Yuga”, “Doorways for the Dispossessed”, and “Wives”—all of which appear in this book—have won Australia’s highest honours for speculative fiction. The Last Days of Kali Yuga is a collection of Paul Haines’ best work.

“Paul Haines knows what it is to be human, in all our cruel beauty, with all our vile dreams. His stories tear the masks off our civilised faces and expose the raw, bleeding apes beneath” – Sean Williams, New York Times Bestselling author of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and the Books of the Cataclysm series.

“Paul Haines has an unnerving sense for the softest, most secret corners of the male psyche, and in this collection dissects them excruciating skill. There is no better horror writer working in Australia today.” – Max Barry, author of Syrup and Jennifer Government.

http://www.bookdepository.com/Last-Days-Kali-Yuga-Paul-Haines/9780980567717

*****

Lisa L Hannett

bluegrass Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Bluegrass Symphony

Lisa L Hannett’s debut collection, Bluegrass Symphony, deals with cowboys and fallow fields, shapeshifters and rednecks, superstitions and realities in harsh prairie country — and a whole bunch of other things thrown in the mix.

Introduction by Ann Vandermeer.

Finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Winner of the Aurealis Award for Best Collection.

Buy link: http://ticonderogapublications.com/index.php/our-books/134-bluegrass-symphony

 

Lisa Hannett and Angela Slatter

FemaleFactory cover Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Female Factory

In The Female Factory, procreation is big business. Children are a commodity few women can afford.

Hopeful mothers-to-be try everything. Fertility clinics. Pills. Wombs for hire. Babies are no longer made in bedrooms, but engineered in boardrooms. A quirk of genetics allows lucky surrogates to carry multiple eggs, to control when they are fertilised, and by whom—but corporations market and sell the offspring. The souls of lost embryos are never wasted; captured in software, they give electronics their voice. Spirits born into the wrong bodies can brave the charged waters of a hidden billabong, and change their fate. Industrious orphans learn to manipulate scientific advances, creating mothers of their own choosing.

From Australia’s near-future all the way back in time to its convict past, these stories spin and sever the ties between parents and children.

http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/ebooks/femalefactory#sthash.V6uCVfYA.dpuf

http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/ebooks/femalefactory

 

Lisa Hannett and Angela Slatter

midnight and moonshine Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Midnight and Moonshine

The gods are dead, but will not be forgotten.

When Mymnir flees the devastation of Ragnarok, she hopes to escape all that bound her to ?sgar?r ? a heedless pantheon, a domineering brother, and her neglectful father-master, ??inn. But the white raven, a being of memory and magic, should know that the past is not so easily left behind. No matter how far she flies, she cannot evade her family?

In planting seeds of the old world in the new, Mymnir becomes queen of a land with as many problems as the one she fled. Her long-lived Fae children ignite and fan feuds that span generations; lives are lost and loves won because of their tampering. Told in thirteen parts, Midnight and Moonshine follows the Beaufort and Laveaux families, part-human, part-Fae, as they battle, thrive and survive in Mymnir’s kingdom.

Midnight and Moonshine is a collection of interconnected tales with links between them as light and strong as spider-silk. From fire giants to whispering halls, disappearing children to evening-wolves, fairy hills to bewitched cypress trees, and talking heads to moonshiners of a special sort, Midnight and Moonshine takes readers on a journey from ninth century Vinland to America?s Deep South in the present day. Hannett and Slatter have created a mosaic novel of moments, story-tiles as strange as witchwood and withywindles.

Midnight and Moonshine is a rich tapestry of dark fantasy, fairy tale and speculation.

http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=122

*****

Traci Harding

unnamed1 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Eternity Gate

One false step could undo everything the Timekeepers hope to accomplish…

Earth’s ancient past, the future of the planet Kila – the Timekeepers universe of origin, the primordial era when the Nefilim first ruled the galaxy and a timeless universe of utter darkness are all vital periods to advancing human consciousness.

After surviving Ancient Zhou, the Timekeeper’s efforts turn to rescuing Kila from its ill-fated future. But a mishap in the remote mountains of Tibet before departure provides a nemesis with the perfect opportunity to launch a time-hopping vendetta against them. There is no where in this universe to hide.

The discovery of a gate thought to lead to several universes promises more than just the means to undermine their stalker; it offers the chance to remember their lives as the Grigori, who once dwelt with the fallen Elohim in the dark universe beyond the Eternity Gate.

http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-eternity-gate-traci-harding/prod9780732292683.html

 

ZG 3 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Dreaming of Zhou Gong

Steam clouds rise off the water as a ferry approaches a jetty in ancient China. On board is Hudan, one of the mysterious Wu who reside on the sacred mountain of Li Shan.

The Wu have been living in isolation for decades, while the arrogant Shang emperor and his enchantress have ruled the land. It has been a terrible time for the common people and the noble Ji brothers – Dan and Fa – are keen to bring the emperor’s reign of terror to an end. They are told a Wu prophecy has predicted the fall of the emperor, but first they must journey to Li Shan to learn the truth.

When the Ji brothers join forces with the enigmatic Hudan and her equally mysterious tiger sister, Huxin, they begin a powerful journey of love and adventure.

But the Shang emperor is not their greatest threat. There is a dark curse that has plagued the rulers of the land for generations. The mysterious Sons of the Sky who visit Hudan in her dreams have a plan to destroy it., but can they be trusted?

Dreaming of Zhou Gong is a beautiful, evocative journey through ancient China.

http://www.booktopia.com.au/dreaming-of-zhou-gong-traci-harding/prod9780732292669.html

*****

Narrelle M Harris

Walking Shadows sm Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Walking Shadows

Lissa Wilson’s life hasn’t been quite the same since people she cared about started getting themselves killed.

By vampires.

And Lissa learnt that the opposite of life is not always death. On the plus side, she made a new friend.
Gary Hooper may be the worst best-friend a librarian could have – and easily the worst vampire ever – but he has taught Lissa the real meaning of life. Gary’s world view has also improved remarkably since meeting Lissa, but all that could be lost if she discovers what services he provides Melbourne’s undead community.
Meanwhile, as their friendship brings him closer to the humanity he lost, it also puts them both in grave danger.
And there’s a big chance that the evil stalking them could them both killed – in his case, for good this time.

http://clandestinepress.com.au/books/sci-fi-fantasy

http://amzn.to/1Bsg3ei

*****

David Henley

 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Hunt for Pierre Jnr (Book 1)

Fifty years after a second Dark Age has nearly destroyed humankind, the World Union is now confronted with a new threat that doesn’t just challenge their survival but also the nature of life and civilisation itself.

The Hunt for Pierre Jnr is the first book in a trilogy of futurist thrillers that follows the attempts of a powerful world government to track down and kill a telepathic eight-year-old boy.

ebook available from:
paperback available:
 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Manifestations (Book 2)

In Manifestations, a mysterious new threat has been unleashed that destroys an entire city. As tensions with the psis rise and political fortunes shift, the World Union appears perilously close to collapse.

From geopolitical convergence to emergent online super organisms, the future is coming. Henley’s books explore themes of technological evolution, species diversification and takes the ‘all-powerful creepy child’ theme to a scary new level.

ebook available from the iBookstoreBookworldGoogle Play,Kobo and Amazon
paperback available from BooktopiaBoomerang Books and Bookworld

*****

Robert Hood

fragments frontcover web Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead

High fantasy novel

Borgo/Wildside Press

In a land where no stars appear in the night sky, a group of strangers with ancestries reaching back to an earlier apocalyptic disaster come together to track down a resurrected corpse whose very existence portends the End of the World. Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead is an epic tale of greed, dying magic, distorted monstrosities and a motley group of heroes, with a strange and breathless climax you won’t easily forget.

“This is a tale of heroes. It includes all sorts — born of the gods, descended from ancient, magical bloodline, member of a legendary order, reincarnated, last of their tribe and way too intimate with their own sentient weapon — cycling through various degrees of reluctant and unlikely. There is a villain, of course, although he’s thoroughly sick of the whole business; dark gods, giant monsters and an ancient magical artefact. But principally it is a tale of heroes, heroism and what it means to be in such an uncomfortable position.” (Review, Kyla Ward)

http://fragmentsnovel.undeadbackbrain.com/index.php/where-to-buy/

*****

Gerry Huntman

4 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Guardian of the Sky Realms

Maree Webster is an ‘almost-emo’ from the western suburbs of Sydney.
She hates school and only has a few friends. She has an obsession with angels and fallen angel stories.
Life was boring until she one day decided to steal a famous painting from a small art gallery.
Her life will never be boring again.
She meets a stranger at the gallery who claims to know her. She stumbles into a world where cities float in the sky, and daemons roam the barren, magma-spewing crags of the land far below.
But not all is well. Maree is turning into something she loves but at the same time, fears. Most fearful of all is the prospect of losing her identity, what makes her Maree, and more importantly, human.
Guardian of the Sky Realms takes the reader on a journey through exotic fantasy lands, as well as across the globe, from Sydney to Paris, from the Himalayas to Manhattan.
It’s about transformation.
All purchase links here: http://cohesionpress.com/our-books/guardian-of-the-sky-realms/

*****

Trent Jamieson

DW4 COVER Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Memory of Death: Death Works 4

He thought he’d return from Hell a hero. But things are never easy when your business is Death.

Steven de Selby gave up his love, his life, and his lucrative position as Head of Mortmax, the corporation in charge of Death. Then he found himself banished to the briny depths of hell. But hell has never held him before …

Now Steven’s back from hell, after escaping from the cruel Death of the Water, but he’s not sure how or why, or even if. No one at Mortmax trusts him, and he’s running out of time to prove he is who he says he is.

Steven is about to discover that hell really is other people, and the worst of them may well be himself.

http://momentumbooks.com.au/product/the-memory-of-death-death-works-4/

*****

Margo Lanagan

unnamed2 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Sea Hearts (US and UK—The Brides of Rollrock Island)

On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock – the men, the women, the children – once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing?Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire and revenge, of loyalty, heartache and human weakness, and of the unforeseen consequences of all-consuming love.

Australian:
http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=397&book=9781742375052
US/UK:
http://www.bookdepository.com/Brides-Rollrock-Island-Margo-Lanagan/9780375873362
Audio:
https://www.audiobookstand.com/product.asp?TitleId=65970

*****

Ryn Lilley

Underground Season One complete Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Underground, Season One

Daniel Rolan is bored. Not your average, everyday kind-of bored. The seriously mind-blowing I’m-stuck-here-at-the-end-of-the-universe-surrounded-by-nerds kind of bored. Living on a space station might sound like an adventure straight out of a science fiction movie, but in reality – as Daniel was discovering day after boring day – it was really, well… mostly boring.

But Daniel will soon come to regret wishing for an action and adventure filled life. One seemingly innocent decision – and a catastrophe he could not have foreseen – is about to change his world forever.

It will set him on a path he never imagined, introduce him to new friends and even aliens he could not have thought up in his wildest dreams. Eventually it will even challenge his notion of where the end of the universe actually is.

Meanwhile, on the alien world of Nomassaii, the larger of the two planets through the Veil, Jacdan would love a bit of boredom. He has far more action and adventure in his life than he’d like. Sentenced to die in the arena, he’s fighting – battle by battle – to survive another day. But it’s one thing to fight for your own life – quite another to discover you are fighting for your little brother’s life, as well.

These alien worlds are about to collide, changing the lives of Daniel and Jacdan forever.

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cp_27%3ARyn+Lilley

*****

Martin Livings

2013 11 24 bright lo res half Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Carnies

The small town of Tillbrook has a secret. One that has been kept for over a hundred years.
Journalist David Hampden needs a good story to resurrect his flagging career.
His damaged brother, Paul, just needs to find some meaning for his life.
When David is alerted to a century-old carnival, the idea of a feature story is too good to pass up, so he drags Paul along to Tillbrook to act as his photographer.
What they find is darker than they could ever imagine.
Paul becomes part of the exotic world of the Dervish Carnival, est. 1899, and David must risk everything to save his brother.
Even though Paul might not want to be saved.
Come on in, and enjoy the show.
No photos allowed.
All purchase links here: http://cohesionpress.com/our-books/carnies-by-martin-livings/
*****

Andrew Macrae

Trucksong Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!TRUCKSONG

Twelfth Planet Press

In a post-apocalyptic Australian landscape dominated by free-wheeling cyborgs, a young man goes in search of his lost lover who has been kidnapped by a rogue AI truck – the Brumby King. Along the way, he teams with Sinnerman, an independent truck with its own reasons for hating the Brumby King. Before his final confrontation with the brumbies, he must learn more about the broken-down world and his own place in it, and face his worst fears.

http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/ebooks/trucksong-2

 

*****

Sophie Masson

Trinity Koldun Code cover Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!TRINITY: Book 1, KOLDUN CODE (adult)

I am in a world deeply strange and strangely deep, a world as different from my old life as it’s possible to be, and it feels completely natural.

An unexpected encounter with a handsome stranger in a Russian wood changes the life of 22-year-old traveler Helen Clement forever, catapulting her into a high-stakes world of passion, danger, and mystery. Tested in ways she could never have imagined, she must keep her own integrity in a world where dark forces threaten and ruthlessness and betrayal haunt every day.

Set against a rising tide of magic and the paranormal in a modern Russia where the terrifying past continually leaks into the turbulent present, Trinity is a unique and gripping blend of conspiracy thriller, erotically charged romance and urban fantasy, laced with a murderous dose of company politics. With its roots deep in the fertile soil of Russian myth, legend, and history, it is also a fascinating glimpse into an extraordinary, distinctive country and amazingly rich culture.

The Koldun Code is the first in the Trinity series by Sophie Masson.

Published by Momentum in ebook and paperback formats.
http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/trinity-the-koldun-code-book-1/

Crystal Heart cover Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Crystal Heart (YA)

A girl in a tower. An underground kingdom. A crystal heart split in two, symbolising true love lost . . .

When Kasper joins the elite guard watching over a dangerous prisoner in a tower, he believes he is protecting his country from a powerful witch.

Until one day he discovers the prisoner is a beautiful princess – Izolda of Night– who is condemned by a prophecy to die on her eighteenth birthday. Kasper decides to help her escape. But their hiding place won’t remain secret forever.

Will they find their happily ever after?

‘A deftly woven tale of warring kingdoms and the redeeming power of love. Another winner from Sophie Masson.’ – Juliet Marillier, author of the Shadowfell series .

Published by Random House Australia in paperback and ebook formats.

http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-crystal-heart-sophie-masson/prod9780857982070.html;jsessionid=C38D5AC5629794687F62FE18F373A7F1

*****

Tracie McBride and John Irvine (editors)

Disquiet ebook Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!disquiet

An artist’s muse does more than merely inspire…

An idyllic country retreat harbors diabolical dangers…

A simple railway station shopkeeper has a peculiar and sinister talent…

A dolphin-watching tour takes a surreal turn…

 

These and many other short stories and poems from 17 Antipodean authors will disturb and unsettle. Featuring a foreword from internationally bestselling fantasy author Ian Irvine.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PW2SM92/

http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00PW2SM92/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PW2SM92/

 

*****

Kirstyn McDermott

Perfections 2 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Perfections

Publisher: Twelfth Planet Press

“Two sisters. One wish. Unimaginable consequences.

Not all fairy tales are for children.

Antoinette and Jacqueline have little in common beyond a mutual antipathy for their paranoid, domineering mother, a bond which has united them since childhood. In the aftermath of a savage betrayal, Antoinette lands on her sister’s doorstep bearing a suitcase and a broken heart.

But Jacqueline, the ambitious would-be manager of a trendy Melbourne art gallery, has her own problems – chasing down a delinquent painter in the sweltering heat of a Brisbane summer. Abandoned, armed with a bottle of vodka and her own grief-spun desires, Antoinette weaves a dark and desperate magic that can never, ever be undone.

Their lives swiftly unravelling, the two sisters find themselves drawn into a tangle of lies, manipulations and the most terrible of family secrets.”

http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/novels/perfections

*****

Andrew J McKiernan

LYWWWY COVERIMAGE Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Last Year, When We Were Young

The debut collection from multi-award nominated author Andrew J McKiernan brings together 14 of his previously published short stories and novelettes, plus two brand new tales unique to the collection.

Often defying conventions of genre and style, these stories range from fantasy and steampunk to science fiction and horror, but always with an edge sharper than a razor and darker than a night on Neptune.

From the darkly hilarious “All the Clowns in Clowntown” to the heart-breakingly disturbing title story, the collection pulls no punches. Delving deep into what scares us most, McKiernan’s tales are by turns heartfelt and gut-wrenching.
With an Introduction by Will Elliott, Last Year, When We Were Young is a collection of horror and dark fantasy from one of Australia’s finest new authors that should not be missed.

Satalyte Publishing – http://satalyte.com.au/product/last-year-when-we-were-young-by-andrew-mckiernan/
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Last-Year-When-Were-Young/dp/0992509521
Book Depository – http://www.bookdepository.com/Last-Year-When-We-Were-Young-Andrew-McKiernan/9780992509521

*****

Jason Nahrung

salvage cover web Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Salvage

http://www.jasonnahrung.com

Publisher: Twelfth Planet Press
Genre: Australian seaside Gothic

Seeking to salvage their foundering marriage, Melanie and Richard retreat to an isolated beach house on a remote Queensland island.

Intrigued by a chance encounter with a stranger, Melanie begins to drift away from her husband and towards Helena, only to discover that Helena has her own demons, ageless and steeped in blood.

As Richard’s world and Helena’s collide, Melanie must choose which future she wants, before the dark tide pulls her under … forever.

Paperback – http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/paperbacks/salvage

Digital – http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/ebooks/salvage-2

Signed and/or dedicated books and bookplates can be arranged.

*****

Gillian Polack

unnamed3 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Langue[dot]doc 1305

There are people involved. That’s the first mistake. Scientists were never meant to be part of history. Anything in the past is better studied from the present.
It’s safer.
When a team of Australian scientists – and a lone historian – travel back to St-Guilhem-le-Désert in 1305 they discover being impartial, distant and objective just doesn’t work when you’re surroundedby the smells, dust and heat of a foreign land.

They’re only human after all.

But by the time Artemisia is able to convince others that it’s time to worry, it’s already too late.

‘Viscerally powerful, deeply felt, strongly written:  Langue[dot]doc 1305 challenges reader expectations of time travel, of ‘Grim-dark’ and of mediaeval life and brings a haunting, authentic voice both to the past and to the struggles facing the present.’

~ Kari Sperring, author of Living With Ghosts

Buy links
http://satalyte.com.au/product/langue-dot-doc-1305-gillian-polack/
http://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=Gillian+Polack&search=Find+book
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/gillian-polack
http://www.fishpond.com.au/q/Gillian+Polack?rid=923010297

unnamed11 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Ms Cellophane

“Life was standing still, waiting for Liz to fall into its trap.”

Elizabeth Smith, recently made redundant, thinks that her life is deadly dull. She feels like cellophane like people look right through her, like she’s not even there. A simple redecoration job involving a mirror turns her life upside down.

Through ominous horror and an unexpected romance Liz learns to become a whole person someone who takes up space in the world, and demands to be herself.

Part gentle love story, part bizarre horror tale, but never, ever boring, Ms Cellophane is a revealing look at one woman’s nightmare transforming her reality in unexpectedly amusing ways.

Buy links
http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/ms-cellophane/
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/gillian-polack

unname34d Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Baggage

In 2010 the best-selling book at the world science fiction convention was…unexpected.

Humankind carries the past as invisible baggage. Thirteen brilliant writers explore this, looking at Australia’s cultural baggage through new and often disturbing eyes.

Baggage explores layers and complexities that are oddly Australian. If you think Australian culture is all about surfboards and mateship, you may find Baggage distressing.

What is Australia? What baggage do Australians carry? Pick up this book. Have a read. You know you want to.

“Baggage collects many of the finest voices in Australian speculative fiction. Each author contributes a unique cultural perspective, with stories ranging from the deeply personal to the highly disturbing. Baggage is an anthology not to be missed.”

Shane Jiraya Cummings, OzHorrorScope

“Baggage is a fascinating exploration of Australian issues through characters and situations that feel immediate and real. There’s little in the way of escapism here, but instead much subtlety and nuance, combined with stunning writing. From the incendiary, no-holds-barred ‘Acception’ by Tessa Kum to the quiet power of K.J. Bishop’s ‘Vision Splendid’, and beyond, this anthology tackles difficult and diverse subject matter.”

Jeff VanderMeer, World Fantasy award winner
Buy links
http://www.wildsidebooks.com/POLACK-Gillian_c_4253.html
http://www.fishpond.com.au/q/Gillian+Polack?rid=923010297
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/gillian-polack
http://www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=Gillian+Polack&search=Find+book

*****

Scott Robinson

unnamed Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books! The Last Great Hero

Rawk is one of the great Heroes. He has travelled the world for forty years, hunting exotic creatures, battling magic and fighting evil wherever he found it. But he has been fighting mostly mundane battles since Prince Weaver outlawed magic. And with no great deeds left to be done, Rawk is afraid he’ll soon be the old man in the corner of the tavern, dreaming of the good old days and telling tales for anyone who will buy him a drink.

But when a huge wolden wolf is spied from the walls of Katamood for the first time in a decade, Rawk is the man the city looks to once more. He’ll save them. He always has.

Rawk will fight to ensure the Age of Heroes doesn’t slip away into history, but what if the good old days aren’t quite as good as he remembers?
Links…

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/492437
Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PK18VR8/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00PK18VR8&linkCode=as2&tag=wonnevcea02-20&linkId=SWKABPAACKRJQ4UP
Amazon Aus – http://www.amazon.com/Last-Great-Hero-Scott-Robinson-ebook/dp/B00PK18VR8/

*****

Ashlee Scheuerman

unnamed Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Damning Moths – Snowflesh Trilogy, Book One
Publisher: Iron Snail, an imprint of World Ender
ISBN: 978-0-9873489-0-6 (paperback) 978-0-9873489-1-3 (ebook)
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Three-thousand years and two-hundred days ago, the last of the elder gods went to die.
The lands of Faerie are falling into decline. Magic weakens with each generation. Rumours of a fourth magus war overshadow the ongoing murders in Belfew.
Adhering to traditions they no longer understand, the corrupt Council will still recognise the bearer of the crown of white moths as their High Priestess. If they allow her to survive.
Lacilegwen knows she made too many enemies. She flees Belfew before Ynnis and the Council can assassinate her for her renegade beliefs.
To restore the balance of power and subvert a war, she must bring back one of the elder gods. But some gods should remain dead, and others never really left.
http://www.thedamningmoths.com/books/the-damning-moths/
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0987348906/

*****

Angela Slatter

BB jacket front Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings

Welcome back to the magic and pathos of Angela Slatter’s exquisitely imagined tales.

The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings returns to the world of Sourdough and Other Stories (Tartarus, 2010), introducing readers to the tales that came before. Stories where coffin-makers work hard to keep the dead beneath; where a plague maiden steals away the children of an ungrateful village; where poison girls are schooled in the art of assassination; where pirates disappear from the seas; where families and the ties that bind them can both ruin and resurrect and where books carry forth fairy tales, forbidden knowledge and dangerous secrets.

The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings is enhanced by eighty-six pen-and-ink illustrations by artist Kathleen Jennings.

http://www.tartaruspress.com/bitterwood.htm

 

sourdough cover Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Sourdough and Other Stories

Welcome to the beautiful magic, restless passion and exquisite horror of Angela Slatter’s impeccably imagined tales.

In the cathedral-city of Lodellan and its uneasy hinterland, babies are fashioned from bread, dolls are given souls and wishes granted may be soon regretted. There are ghosts who dream, men whose wings have been clipped and trolls who long for something other. Love, loss and life are elegantly dissected in Slatter’s earthy yet poetic prose.

http://www.tartaruspress.com/sourdough.htm

 

 

BWA cover Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Black-Winged Angels

Blurb Black-Winged Angels is a collection of 10 incredible contemporary retellings of fairy tales, and will be available in a limited hardcover edition illustrated by the multiple World Fantasy Award nominated Kathleen Jennings.

The book will appeal to fans of Angela Carter (“The Company of Wolves”) and Emma Donoghue (“Kissing the Witch”).

http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/163

 

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Keith Stevenson
eCOV Horizon C2D2 Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Horizon

HarperVoyager Impulse (HarperCollins Publishers imprint)

ISBN 9781460704653 (ebook)
RRP $2.99
Science Fiction
Publication date: November 1, 2014
Murder and betrayal in deep space, with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance…

Thirty-four light years from Earth, the explorer ship Magellan is nearing its objective – the Iota Persei system. But when ship commander Cait Dyson wakes from deepsleep, she finds her co-pilot dead and the ship’s AI unresponsive. Cait works with the rest of her multinational crew to regain control of the ship, until they learn that Earth is facing total environmental collapse and their mission must change if humanity is to survive.

As tensions rise and personal and political agendas play out in the ship’s cramped confines, the crew finally reach the planet Horizon, where everything they know will be challenged.

“Refreshingly plausible, politically savvy, and full of surprises, Horizon takes you on a harrowing thrill-ride through the depths of space and the darkness of the human heart.” – Sean Williams, New York Times bestselling author of the Astropolis and Twinmaker series

“Crackling science fiction with gorgeous trans-human and cybernetic trimmings. Keith Stevenson’s debut novel soars.” – Marianne De Pierres, award-winning author of the Parrish Plessis, Sentients of Orion and Peacemaker series

Available for purchase from Amazon, Amazon Australia, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Google Play, Bookworld, Angus and Robertson, HarperCollins

 

Keith Stevenson (editor)

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published by coeur de lion publishing

Journey beyond the borders of the real with our first annual collection of stories appearing in Dimension6 magazine, with all new stories from some of the best speculative fiction authors working in Australia today including Richard Harland, Dirk Strasser, Jason Nahrung, Alan Baxter, Robert Hood, Cat Sparks, Robert N Stephenson, Steve Cameron and Charlotte Nash.

epub ISBN 978-0-9871587-6-5; Kindle ISBN 978-0-9871587-7-2

epub format: $1.00 (recommended price)

epub available on: Barnes & Noble / Nook | Kobo‘Textr | Sainsbury’s | Oyster | Entitle

Kindle format $1.00 (recommended price)

Kindle format available on: Amazon and Amazon Australia

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Cameron Trost

Hoffmans Creeper cover3thumb Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Hoffman’s Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales

A businessman staying in a Scottish manor makes the mistake of deciding to spend the evening in the library. A group of unpopular teenage girls uses witchcraft to pursue their aims. A rich banking tycoon has forgotten his university days when he and his friends dared to imagine a world ruled by social justice and working class ideals. The estranged family of a deceased aristocrat bicker over their inheritance. A botanist’s love for his plants is unnaturally deep-rooted.

“Hoffman’s Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales” is the first short story collection from Cameron Trost. It plunges the reader into a world of mystery, suspense, obsession and greed. From the Scottish highlands and the jagged peaks of the Pyrénées to the streets of Brisbane and the Australian countryside, Cameron Trost provokes the reader by ensnaring recognisable characters in disturbingly plausible situations. His writing seeks to entertain while exploring the absurdities and peculiarities of society and the human mind.

http://blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com.au/p/shop.html

Cameron Trost (editor)

SUBTROPICAL SUSPENSE front cover thumb Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Subtropical Suspense
Anthology of Suspense and Mystery Tales set in Brisbane

“Cameron Trost has brought together a dark pantry of crime stories and mysteries, and cooked up a gumbo rich and spicy enough to befit any of the world’s sultry cities… but these happen to be set in Brisbane. Sixteen short stories take the reader from Morningside to Indooroopilly, from Hamilton to Acacia Ridge. There is baking sun and flooding rains, police procedurals and criminal capers, murderous mermaids and poison pens… all give a ripple of pleasure to the reader who knows Brisbane – or wants to know it – and who has wondered why stories of murder, malice, and magic couldn’t be set here. And of course, they should be: Brisbane’s shadows are as dark and good to hide in as any in the world – and Subtropical Suspense revels in this.”

– Stephen M. Irwin, author of The Dead Path and screenwriter of Secrets & Lies

http://blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com.au/p/shop.html

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Kaaron Warren

gate theory final hires Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!The Gate Theory

We’re all in pain.

We try to keep the gates closed by falling in love, travelling, avoiding responsibility, getting drunk, taking drugs… anything to lose ourselves. But the dull ache remains in each of us.

These stories are about the gates opening.

http://cohesionpress.com/our-books/the-gate-theory-kaaron-warren/
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Sean Williams

0145AU Twinmaker CRASH front cover only Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!CRASH (Twinmaker 2)

Clair and Jesse have barely been reunited when the world is plunged into its biggest crisis yet … It’s the end of the world as Clair knows it – and it’s partly her fault. A brilliant science-fiction thriller, the second in the Twinmaker trilogy. This edition includes a bonus short story.

Allen & Unwin: http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=94&book=9781743316474

Amazon.com.au: http://www.amazon.com.au/Crash-Twinmaker-2-Sean-Williams-ebook/dp/B00KLS30SA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417671454&sr=8-1&keywords=sean+williams+crash

Angus & Robertson: http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/crash-twinmaker-2-sean-williams/p/9781743316474

Booktopia: http://www.booktopia.com.au/crash-sean-williams/prod9781743316474.html

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Justin Woolley

A Town Called Dust Cover Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!A Town Called Dust

Published by Momentum Books

Stranded in the desert, the last of mankind is kept safe by a large border fence… Until the fence falls.

Squid is a young orphan living under the oppressive rule of his uncle in the outskirts of the Territory. Lynn is a headstrong girl with an influential father who has spent her entire life within the walled city of Alice.

When the border fence is breached, the Territory is invaded by the largest horde of undead ghouls seen in two hundred years. Squid is soon conscripted into the Diggers – the armed forces of the Territory. And after Lynn finds herself at odds with the Territory’s powerful church, she too escapes to join the Diggers.

Together Squid and Lynn form an unlikely friendship as they march to battle against the ghouls. Their journey will take them further than they ever imagined, leading them closer to discovering secrets about themselves, their world, and a conspiracy that may spell the end of the Territory as they know it.

Available as an ebook everywhere: http://momentumbooks.com.au/books/a-town-called-dust/

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A. K. Wrox

Arrabella front Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!Arrabella Candellarbra & The Questy Thing to End All Questy Things

Arrabella Candellarbra is like no one you’ve ever met before; even though her questy thing is the stuff of legend.

Arrabella, a beautiful, flaxen-haired maiden trained in all things warrior-like by The Reginas – the most famous warriors of all – embarks on a quest to claim her birthright and to wield the power of all the lands.

Nothing could possibly go wrong on a quest like this, could it?

Until, that is, Arrabella joins forces with Lord Langley Kilkenny – the perfect specimen of manliness; icicle-bearded Gary – the wisest of all Wizards; and Prince Jim – the very-fey fairy Regent.

The Four Adventurers soon find themselves pitted against the Evil Betty-Sue – the meanest of evil beings in all of the lands – and her scary minions: the Saw-Toothed Bunnies, the Viscous Tongued Frogs and the Barella Monkeys – to rescue The Reginas from… something!

Arrabella Candellarbra and the Questy Thing to End All Questy Things, a fairy tale for grown-ups, features love and lust, action and inaction, battles, incantations, sexual shenanigans and high-kicking sing-a-longs.

And it promises that all those epic questy things will never be the same again.

http://clandestinepress.com.au/books/sci-fi-fantasy

http://amzn.to/1BsptX3

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Marty Young

809 Jacob Street front cover thumb Australian Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Megalist of Xmas Books!809 Jacob Street

Fourteen year old Byron James wishes he’d never been dragged to Parkton.

It’s a crazy sideshow of a town in the middle of damn nowhere, and he’s stranded there. To make matters worse, his two new friends – his only friends – turn out to be class rejects with an unhealthy interest in monsters. They want to discover the truth to the infamous monster house at number 809 Jacob Street.

Joey Blue is an old bluesman who fell into his songs and couldn’t find his way out again. Now he’s a Gutterbreed, one of the slinking shifting shadows haunting the town’s alleys. When an old dead friend comes begging for help, Joey’s world is torn apart. He is forced to stare down the man he has become in order to rescue the man he once was – and there is only one place he can do that.

The house on Jacob Street calls to them all, but what will they find when they open its door?

http://blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com.au/p/shop.html

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Unexpected Launch at Starship Sofa

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December 4, 2014

starshipsofa logo 300x110 Unexpected Launch at Starship SofaA while ago, editor Keith Stevenson of Coeur De Lion Publications put together an anthology of science fiction short stories called Anywhere But Earth. I was really happy that he bought my story, “Unexpected Launch”, for that book. I still maintain that it’s one of the best SF anthologies out there. It’s a book that is perfect for when people say, “I don’t read SF. It’s all laser guns and space ships, right?” You say, “Hell, no!” and you slap them upside the head with Anywhere But Earth and tell them to read it. My story does have laser guns and space ships, as it happens, but not only that! And the variety of story in the antho is mind-blowing!

Anyway, buy the damn book already. Meanwhile, my story is the audio fiction today on Starship Sofa, one of the District of Wonders podcast family. This makes a hat-trick for me, because I’ve already had stories podcast by their sister outfits, Tales To Terrify and Crime City Central. I’m very happy to add the Sofa to the list. You can hear “Unexpected Launch” here and go to the Podcasts page to find all my other stories that have been podcast.

Enjoy!

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Horizon — Consciousness Explorers: Inside a Transhuman

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November 12, 2014

Today I have a guest post from author and editor extraordinaire, Keith Stevenson. His new novel, Horizon, is out now. Take it away Keith.

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Keith Stevenson

I’d like to thank Alan for giving over some space on his blog for the Horizon Blog Tour.

Horizon is my debut science fiction novel published by Voyager Impulse. It’s an SF thriller centred on a deep space exploration mission that goes very wrong, with repercussions for the future of all life on Earth.

One of the most interesting themes in science fiction, and one of the most exciting advances happening in medical research today, is how humans will become augmented through interfacing with technology.

In the real world, there are amazing advances that enable paraplegics to control the environment around them. In 2012 in the UK, a woman had an aspirin-sized array of electrodes implanted in her brain which picked up signals from neurons in her motor cortex enabling her to control a robotic arm. In sci-fi movies, humans interfacing with technology has brought about a variety of dystopian scenarios from (the now somewhat laughable) Saturn 3, to (the now very laughable) Lawnmower Man, as well as the Matrix movies and the more recent Transcendance.

One of the best books about the future development of humanity is Damien Broderick’s The Last Mortal Generation. It explores not only how the life of our physical body can be extended, but also how technology might free the mind from its time-limited physical form. The mind is the key to so much — our emotions and sense of self. What would it be like to transplant your mind outside of its fleshy architecture into the elegant symmetry of a computer? Would you feel any different if your brain was replaced neuron by neuron by ‘silicon brain cells’? Would you lose your humanity? What about extending the reach of your mind resting within its physical confines by hooking it up to a wider cognitive network that’s faster, richer, and electronic?

eCOV Horizon C2D2 196x300 Horizon — Consciousness Explorers: Inside a TranshumanIn Horizon, Systems Specialist Bren Thurgood is among the first couple of generations of transhumans: people who accept an implant that allows them to interface with computerised and artificial intelligence systems. It makes her very good at what she does, and she’s an indispensable member of the crew. However even though I’m an optimist, I find it hard to imagine a future where humanity doesn’t attack what’s different in society. And given the current controversy about metadata and government snooping, I think the reasons behind a widespread mistrust of transhumans are compounded. They are ‘creatures of the internet’, able to breach firewalls and hack sensitive systems as easily as breathing. As a result, ‘chipheads’ are the target of racist — or maybe that should be ‘specist’ — intolerance from the ‘norms’.

I think the most interesting aspect of interfacing directly with the electronic world, the world of data and numbers, is how our minds would interpret and present that augmented reality to us. We’re not digital, we’re analogue, which means — perhaps — we’ll take a figurative rather than literal approach to the datastream. Bren explains it best:

Lex pressed the patches to her temples and flicked the monitor into life. He picked up a metallic wand. ‘You shouldn’t feel any discomfort. I’m just going to send a range of harmonics through the soft tissue and see what the sensors pick up.’ He touched her chin and turned her head to the left. The wand hummed in his hand. ‘What’s it like anyway, the link?’

Bren snorted and a smile spread across her face. ‘You don’t know how many times I’ve been asked that.’

‘Then you should have a good answer.’

She turned towards him and he gently turned her head back into position. ‘A lot of people can’t get used to it. There’s the increased cognitive capacity, of course. You’re totally aware — of everything. When you’re linked, you can instantly understand concepts, complex equations, programming, the works. You access information, formulate solutions, in the blink of an eye. But the perception change can really get to you. Some things you encounter are actual representations, like when I saw Phillips in the ring. Some things you can template and construct yourself. But every now and then something will come at you that’s totally figurative. Like the interface has tapped into your subconscious imagery and selected something that embodies completely what you’re experiencing intellectually, emotionally, and even spiritually. It can freak you out if you’re not used to it.’

‘Like that package ticking?’

‘Yeah, but that’s a simple example.’

‘Look to the right, please,’ Lex said and swapped the wand to his other hand.

‘Anyway, it’s helped me become more than I ever could be. But Harris and people like him will never understand. And they’ll never trust what they don’t understand.’

No matter how augmented they become, I believe transhumans will retain their own human and individual ways of looking at the world. It may have to work that way to prevent their brains from overloading. It’s a fascinating concept to think about, and it almost makes me wish all this was a reality right now.

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Follow the Horizon Blog Tour

3 November — Extract of Horizon — Voyager blog http://www.voyageronline.com.au/

4 November — Character Building: Meet the Crew — Trent Jamieson’s blog http://www.trentjamieson.com/

5 November — Welcome to Magellan: Inside the Ship — Darkmatter http://www.darkmatterzine.com/

6 November — Futureshock: Charting the History of Tomorrow — Lee Battersby’s blog http://battersblog.blogspot.com.au/

7 November — Engage: Tinkering With a Quantum Drive — Joanne Anderton’s blog http://joanneanderton.com/wordpress/

10 November — Stormy Weather: Facing Down Climate Change — Ben Peek’s blog http://benpeek.livejournal.com/

11 November — Time Travel: Relatively Speaking — Rjurik Davidson’s blog http://rjurik.com/

12 November — Consciousness Explorers: Inside a Transhuman — Alan Baxter’s blog http://www.alanbaxteronline.com/

13 November — From the Ground Up: Building a Planet — Sean Wright’s blog http://bookonaut.blogspot.com.au/

14 November — Life Persists: Finding the Extremophile — Greig Beck’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greig-Beck-Author/101428386583764

17 November — Interview — Marianne De Pierres’ blog http://www.mariannedepierres.com/

Keith Stevenson is a science fiction author, editor, publisher and reviewer. His debut novel Horizon is available as an ebook via http://www.harpercollins.com.au/books/Horizon-Keith-Stevenson/?isbn=9781460704653

 His blog is at http://keithstevensonwriter.blogspot.com.

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Sci-fi six pack for only 99c, including me

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September 10, 2014

scifi box set 300x300 Sci fi six pack for only 99c, including me So this is exciting: The publisher of my Balance novels, Gryphonwood Press, has put together a book bundle featuring six great sci-fi stories from six top-notch authors, for only 99 cents.

Humans fight off an alien invasion. A race of super-soldiers turn on their creators. A specialist undergoes a dangerous procedure in order to access a secret locked in his mind. Futuristic submarine warfare on alien worlds! A telepath and spice dealer battle gangs and madmen. A futuristic bounty hunter pursues a madman across the galaxy.

A dirty half-dozen science fiction thrills, three novels, two novellas, and a short story, by William Meikle, Justin Macumber, Terry W Ervin II, Terry Mixon, Ryan A Span and that one about the futuristic bounty hunter? That’s my novella, Ghost of the Black: A ‘Verse Full of Scum. So much sci-fi for under a dollar.

This box set will only be available for a short while. Get it now!

BUY YOUR COPY OF SCI-FI SIX-PACK

Kindle | Kindle UK | Kindle AU | Kindle CA | Nook | Kobo | Smashwords

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Talking up the good stuff

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July 30, 2014

I’ve been going on a lot lately about Bound. It’s no surprise, really. I have a book out from a major publisher and it’s on shelves in bookstores and everything! I’m still finding it hard to believe, but I’m certainly enjoying it. However, now I want to spread the love – I’ve been going on so much lately about myself, it’s time I talked about other people a bit. Below are the books and stories I’ve been really enjoying lately and I highly recommend you check them out. Let’s go:

The Hunt for Pierre Jnr By David M. Henley (the sequel, Manifestations, is out now too.) As the blurb says, “He can make you forget, he can control you and he is only eight years old. Three months after his birth he escaped. An hour later he was lost to surveillance. No one knows where he has been for the last eight years … Now Pierre Jnr is about to return.” Sounds good, right? It is.

Home & Hearth by Angela Slatter. All you need to know about this one is covered perfectly in Andrew McKiernan’s review here. I agree with him completely.

Last Year, When We Were Young by Andrew McKiernan. I had the pleasure of MCing the launch of this excellent debut collection of short stories. It’s fantastic and Greg Chapman sums it up nicely in this review here.

Exile by Peter M Ball. Okay, I haven’t read this one yet as I’ve only just bought it, but Peter Ball’s stuff is always good and I expect this novella to be up there as well. So I’m including it here.

Perfections by Kirstyn McDermott. This is a great novel and I reviewed it myself at Thirteen O’Clock, so head over here to learn more.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I mean, really, it’s enough that it’s by Gaiman, right? But this is a wonderful book and very British in style and setting. As an ex-pat Brit, that appealed to me a lot. But whether you’re British or not, it’s well worth your time.

SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror edited by Geoff Brown and A J Spedding. I had the honour of writing a foreword for this collection of military horror short stories. There’s fantastic variety here and it’s a tremendous collection. You’ll be surprised at the scope.

Trucksong by Andrew Macrae. A post-apocalyptic Australia with sentient trucks fighting and fucking and stuff. I know, right? It’s written in an incredibly well-developed Australian voice and is something quite different.

Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto. This is the guy who wrote True Detective, which is some of the best television I’ve seen in recent years. This is a southern crime noir kinda thing, fantasically written. I loved it.

North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud. Possibly the best short story collection I’ve read in recent years. Again, I reviewed it for Thirteen O’Clock, so go here to read me gushing about it.

Lexicon by Max Barry. My book of the year last year and it won an Aurealis Award. A fantastic story about the power of words and language and modern magic rolled up with science and it’s a thriller and… and… Just read it.

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. A superb supernatural serial killer, crime thriller thing. This book has had loads of attention and all of it well-deserved. A must read.

And next up on my list are Guardian by Jo Anderton (which will be great because it’s book three after Debris and Suited, which were great), Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes (after the awesomeness of The Shining Girls, I can’t wait for this one) and Dreaming of Zhou Gong by Traci Harding (which I only got yesterday, signed no less, and I’m looking forward to a lot). Very exciting reading ahead, I think.

A quick web search will reveal any of these to you, so off you go and get some good stuff. Let me know what you think. And if you’ve read something simply brilliant lately, drop a mention in the comments and we can keep this sharing of good stuff going.

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“Upon a Distant Shore” out now and free in Dimension6

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July 4, 2014

D6badge 300x256 Upon a Distant Shore out now and free in Dimension6I’ve been going on a lot lately about the release of Bound, but I’m a greedy little writer and have another release out today as well. This one is a short story called “Upon a Distant Shore”, available for free in Dimension6 magazine, issue 2.

Dimension6 is a great new project from editor, Keith Stevenson. Three new stories per issue, three issues a year, of great spec fic over 4,500 words. So that’s longform short stories, novelettes and novellas, in any ebook format you prefer, for free! You can’t ask for better than that.

My story is a short one at around 5,000 words. It’s about an astronaut on the ISS who really wants something to happen that’ll carve his name in the history books. And he gets it. Be careful what you wish for.

I share this issue with Dirk Strasser and Robert Stephenson – fine company indeed. While you’re grabbing this issue, you can snag issue 1 as well. All the details here. I hope you enjoy it!

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2014 Ditmar Award ballot released – featuring me!

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April 28, 2014

I got a wonderful surprise on Saturday when a few messages started coming in saying something along the lines of, “Congratulations on your Ditmar nomination!” I hadn’t realised the Award shortlist had been released, but it only took a moment to see social media alive with the news (at least, spec fic related social media in Australia.) It turns out that my story, Not the Worst of Sins, published in issue 133 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine, has been noninated in the Best Short Story category. Thanks so much to everyone who voted for that, it’s a real honour. The Ditmars are an Australian national award decided by popular vote. Anyone active in the SF scene and fandom can nominate works, then anyone who was at the previous year’s NatCon (National SF Convention) or has a full or supporting membership for this year’s NatCon can vote for the winners.

This year, the NatCon is Continuum X in Melbourne in June. The awards ceremony will be held there. If you went to Conflux in Canberra last year, or you’re going to Continuum this year, you can vote in the Ditmars. I really recommend that you do vote, as the more people who get involved, the more the winners will reflect the opinion of the wider community. If you’re not going to the cons, but you want to vote, you can buy a supporting membership for Continuum X for just $35, which gives you several benefits including voting rights. And you can vote online in a matter of minutes. Couldn’t be easier! Voting is open now until one minute before midnight AEST (ie. 11.59pm, GMT+10), Wednesday, 28th of May, 2014.

I’ll post the full list of nominated works in all categories below, but here are a few relevant links:

You can vote for your choice of winners (as per conditions above) online here.

You can learn all about Continuum X and get your membership here.

You can read my nominated story free online here at BCS. (If you like it, I’d love to get your vote.)

So please do get involved. My own inclusion notwithstanding, I honestly think this is one of the strongest Ditmar Award ballots for years, in every category. You could do worse than getting hold of everything on this list (and anything on the Aurealis Awards list from last month) and you’d be set up with some fantastic reading of Aussie spec fic.The AAs and now the Ditmars are showing very clearly that Australian spec fic is stronger than ever.

So, get your membership and get voting (or if you went to Conflux last year, just get voting!) and if you’re going to NatCon this year in June, I’ll see you there!

Here’s the full list of nominations for the 2014 Ditmar Awards:

Best Novel

* Ink Black Magic, Tansy Rayner Roberts (FableCroft Publishing)
* Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead, Robert Hood (Wildside Press)
* The Beckoning, Paul Collins (Damnation Books)
* Trucksong, Andrew Macrae (Twelfth Planet Press)
* The Only Game in the Galaxy (The Maximus Black Files 3), Paul Collins (Ford Street Publishing)

Best Novella or Novelette

* “Prickle Moon”, Juliet Marillier, in Prickle Moon (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “The Year of Ancient Ghosts”, Kim Wilkins, in The Year of Ancient Ghosts (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “By Bone-Light”, Juliet Marillier, in Prickle Moon (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “The Home for Broken Dolls”, Kirstyn McDermott, in Caution: Contains Small Parts (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “What Amanda Wants”, Kirstyn McDermott, in Caution: Contains Small Parts (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Short Story

* “Mah Song”, Joanne Anderton, in The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories (FableCroft Publishing)
* “Air, Water and the Grove”, Kaaron Warren, in The Lowest Heaven (Jurassic London)
* “Seven Days in Paris”, Thoraiya Dyer, in Asymmetry (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “Scarp”, Cat Sparks, in The Bride Price (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “Not the Worst of Sins”, Alan Baxter, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies 133 (Firkin Press)
* “Cold White Daughter”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in One Small Step (FableCroft Publishing)

Best Collected Work

* The Back of the Back of Beyond, Edwina Harvey, edited by Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)
* Asymmetry, Thoraiya Dyer, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Caution: Contains Small Parts, Kirstyn McDermott, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, Joanne Anderton, edited by Tehani Wesseley (FableCroft Publishing)
* The Bride Price, Cat Sparks, edited by Russell B. Farr (Ticonderoga Publications)

Best Artwork

* Cover art, Eleanor Clarke, for The Back of the Back of Beyond by Edwina Harvey (Peggy Bright Books)
* Illustrations, Kathleen Jennings, for Eclipse Online (Nightshade Books)
* Cover art, Shauna O’Meara, for Next edited by Simon Petrie and Rob Porteous (CSFG Publishing)
* Cover art, Cat Sparks, for The Bride Price by Cat Sparks (Ticonderoga Publications)
* Rules of Summer, Shaun Tan (Hachette Australia)
* Cover art, Pia Ravenari, for Prickle Moon by Juliet Marillier (Ticonderoga Publications)

Best Fan Writer

* Tsana Dolichva, for body of work, including reviews and interviews in Tsana’s Reads and Reviews
* Sean Wright, for body of work, including reviews in Adventures of a Bookonaut
* Grant Watson, for body of work, including reviews in The Angriest
* Foz Meadows, for body of work, including reviews in Shattersnipe: Malcontent & Rainbows
* Alexandra Pierce, for body of work, including reviews in Randomly Yours, Alex
* Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work, including essays and reviews at www.tansyrr.com

Best Fan Artist

* Nalini Haynes, for body of work, including “Defender of the Faith”, “The Suck Fairy”, “Doctor Who vampire” and “The Last Cyberman” in Dark Matter
* Kathleen Jennings, for body of work, including “Illustration Friday”
* Dick Jenssen, for body of work, including cover art for Interstellar Ramjet Scoop and SF Commentary

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

* Dark Matter Zine, Nalini Haynes
* SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie
* The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
* Galactic Chat Podcast, Sean Wright, Alex Pierce, Helen Stubbs, David McDonald, and Mark Webb
* The Coode Street Podcast, Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan
* Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best New Talent

* Michelle Goldsmith
* Zena Shapter
* Faith Mudge
* Jo Spurrier
* Stacey Larner

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

* Reviews in Randomly Yours, Alex, Alexandra Pierce
* “Things Invisible: Human and Ab-Human in Two of Hodgson’s Carnacki stories”, Leigh Blackmore, in Sargasso: The Journal of William Hope Hodgson Studies #1 edited by Sam Gafford (Ulthar Press)
* Galactic Suburbia Episode 87: Saga Spoilerific Book Club, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
* The Reviewing New Who series, David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Tehani Wessely
* “A Puppet’s Parody of Joy: Dolls, Puppets and Mannikins as Diabolical Other”, Leigh Blackmore, in Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Master of Modern Horror edited by Gary William Crawford (Scarecrow Press)
* “That was then, this is now: how my perceptions have changed”, George Ivanoff, in Doctor Who and Race edited by Lindy Orthia (Intellect Books)

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2013 Aurealis Award winners announced

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April 8, 2014

Saturday was a big day. I drove down to Canberra, took part in the Conflux Writer’s Day minicon, where I did a highspeed “Social Media for Authors” presentation, then went for a quick change of clothes in order to attend the Aurealis Awards ceremony. Nicole Murphy, who organised everything that day, did a truly amazing job. The writers day and awards ceremony were both superb. We caroused and drank and laughed, and fantastic Australian fiction scored very well-deserved awards.

Here are all the fantastic nominees and winners. If you want a sampler of excellent recent Aussie spec fic, here’s your huckleberry:

(The winners are separated at the top of each list of nominees.)

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Lexicon, Max Barry (Hachette)


  • Trucksong, Andrew Macrae (Twelfth Planet)
  • A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, Jane Rawson (Transit Lounge)
  • True Path, Graham Storrs (Momentum)
  • Rupetta, Nike Sulway (Tartarus)

Best Science Fiction Short Story

  • “Air, Water and the Grove”, Kaaron Warren (The Lowest Heaven)


  • “The Last Tiger”, Joanne Anderton (Daily Science Fiction 5/17/13)
  • “Mah Song”, Joanne Anderton (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories)
  • “Seven Days in Paris”, Thoraiya Dyer (Asymmetry)
  • “Version 4.3.0.1”, Lucy Stone (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #57)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • A Crucible of Souls, Mitchell Hogan (self-published)


  • Lexicon, Max Barry (Hachette Australia)
  • These Broken Stars, Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Allen & Unwin)
  • Newt’s Emerald, Garth Nix (Jill Grinberg Literary Management)
  • Ink Black Magic, Tansy Rayner Roberts (FableCroft)

Best Fantasy Short Story

  • The Last Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff (Thomas Dunne)


  • “The Touch of the Taniwha”, Tracie McBride (Fish)
  • “Cold, Cold War”, Ian McHugh (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/13/13)
  • “Short Circuit”, Kirstie Olley (Oomph: A Little Super Goes a Long Way)
  • “The Year of Ancient Ghosts”, Kim Wilkins (The Year of Ancient Ghosts)

Best Horror Novel

  • Fairytales for Wilde Girls, Allyse Near (Random House Australia)


  • The Marching Dead, Lee Battersby (Angry Robot)
  • The First Bird, Greig Beck (Momentum)
  • Path of Night, Dirk Flinthart (FableCroft)

Best Horror Short Story

  • “The Year of Ancient Ghosts”, Kim Wilkins (The Year of Ancient Ghosts)


  • “Fencelines”, Joanne Anderton (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories)
  • “The Sleepover”, Terry Dowling (Exotic Gothic 5)
  • “The Home for Broken Dolls”, Kirstyn McDermott (Caution: Contains Small Parts)
  • “The Human Moth”, Kaaron Warren (The Grimscribe’s Puppets)

Best Young Adult Novel (Tie)

  • These Broken Stars, Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Allen & Unwin)
  • Fairytales for Wilde Girls, Allyse Near (Random House Australia)


  • The Big Dry, Tony Davies (Harper Collins)
  • Hunting, Andrea Host (self-published)
  • The Sky So Heavy, Claire Zorn (University of Queensland Press)

Young Adult Short Story

  • “By Bone-Light”, Juliet Marillier (Prickle Moon)


  • “Mah Song”, Joanne Anderton (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories)
  • “Morning Star”, D.K. Mok (One Small Step)
  • “The Year of Ancient Ghosts”, Kim Wilkins (The Year of Ancient Ghosts)

Best Collection

  • The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, Joanne Anderton (FableCroft)


  • Asymmetry, Thoraiya Dyer (Twelfth Planet)
  • Caution: Contains Small Parts, Kirstyn McDermott (Twelfth Planet)
  • The Bride Price, Cat Sparks (Ticonderoga)
  • The Year of Ancient Ghosts, Kim Wilkins (Ticonderoga)

Best Anthology (Tie)

  • The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012, Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene, eds. (Ticonderoga)
  • One Small Step: An Anthology of Discoveries, Tehani Wessely, ed. (FableCroft)


  • Dreaming of Djinn, Liz Grzyb, ed. (Ticonderoga)
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Of The Year: Volume Seven, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)
  • Focus 2012: Highlights of Australian Short Fiction, Tehani Wessely, ed. (FableCroft)

Best Children’s Fiction

  • The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie, Kirsty Murray (Allen & Unwin)


  • Kingdom of the Lost, Book 2: Cloud Road, Isobelle Carmody (Penguin Group Australia)
  • Refuge, Jackie French (Harper Collins)
  • Song for a Scarlet Runner, Julie Hunt (Allen & Unwin)
  • Rules of Summer, Shaun Tan (Hachette Australia)
  • Ice Breaker: The Hidden 1, Lian Tanner (Allen & Unwin)

Best Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel (Tie)

  • Burger Force, Jackie Ryan (self-published)
  • The Deep Vol. 2: The Vanishing Island, Tom Taylor & James Brouwer (Gestalt)


  • Savage Bitch, Steve Carter & Antoinette Rydyr (Scar Studios)
  • Mr Unpronounceable Adventures, Tim Molloy (Milk Shadow)
  • Peaceful Tomorrows Volume Two, Shane W Smith (Zetabella)

The annual Aurealis Awards ceremony took place at the Great Hall, University House, Australian National University, Canberra. All the details of the awards can be found at the Aurealis Awards website.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

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Far Voyager Postscripts #32/33 ToC announced

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April 7, 2014
Troop Inspection Pete Von Sholly 300x193 Far Voyager Postscripts #32/33 ToC announced

Pete Von Sholly’s “Troop Inspection” for Far Voyager.

This has been far and away the longest gap between a story sale and story publication, for many reasons mostly out of everyone’s control, but I’m very happy to say that Far Voyager Postscripts #32/33 from P S Publishing is finally coming out and it will include my story, Thirty Three Tears to a Teaspoon, along with a plethora of amazing writers. I’m really thrilled to be a part of this one. See the solid list of names below. And also check out that amazing cover artwork. It’s Pete Von Sholly’s “Troop Inspection”. You can click on that image for a larger version.

What’s also very exciting, apart from being in this publication myself, is that quite a few other great Aussies are in there too. As it’s a very well-respected UK publisher, it’s always great to see Australian voices represented. Along with myself are Angela Slatter, Lisa Hannett, Angie Rega, and Suze Willis.

The full ToC is shown below. I’ll be sure to post again when you can pre-order/buy the release.

Far Voyager — Ian Sales
3 A.M. in the Mesozoic Bar — Michael Swanwick
Dear Miss Monroe — Andrew Jury
The Case of the Barking Man — Mel Waldman
One Hundred Thousand Demons and the Cherub of Desire — Andrew Drummond
An American Story — Darrell Schweitzer
Irezumi — John Langan
Sister Free — Rio Youers
A Little Off the Top — Tom Alexander
Sweetheart, I Love You — Mel Waldman
Winter Children — Angela Slatter
A Girl of Feather and Music — Lisa L. Hannett
Thirty Three Tears to a Teaspoon — Alan Baxter
The Rusalka Salon for Girls Who Like to Get Their Hair Wet — Angie Rega
The Psychometrist — Suzanne J. Willis
Sea Angels — Quentin S. Crisp
Plink — Kurt Dinan
Xaro — Darren Speegle
We Are Not Alone — Richard Calder
The Curtain — Thana Niveau
Playground — Gio Clairval
What Once Was Bone — Gary A. Braunbeck
Darkscapes: Three Journeys to the Night Side — Mel Waldman
Services Rendered — Bruce Golden
GW in the Afterlife — Robert Reed
Eskimo — Andrew Hook
With Friends Like These — Gary Fry
An Inspector Calls — Ian Watson
Confessions — Mel Waldman
A Legion of Echoes — Alison Littlewood
Talk in Riddles — Mark Reece
The Mermaid and the Fisherman — Paul Park

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Dimension6 Issue 1 available now and it’s free

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April 4, 2014

D6badge 300x256 Dimension6 Issue 1 available now and its freeCoeur De Lion Publishing is one of Australia’s best small press outfits and they always produce fantastic work. You may remember a while ago I was going on about the Anywhere But Earth anthology, which is about the best science fiction short story anthology I’ve seen in years (and not only because I have a story in it!) Keith Stevenson, editor and owner of Coeur De Lion also produced the amazing X6 novella anthology, worth it for Paul Haines’ story Wives, apart from the other five sterling pieces of work therein.

Well, now Keith is weaving his magic again with a new project. Dimension6 is an ebook magazine, featuring three spec fic stories, three times a year and it’s both DRM-free and cashmoney free. That’s right – free to read on any device. Issue 1 is out now and you can get mobi or epub versions here. While you’re there, sign up for the D6 newsletter so you always know when a new issue comes out.

Issue #1 features:

‘Ryder’ by Richard Harland
Sent from bustling Sydney to boring country NSW during World War I, life is undeniably dull for Sally. Until she meets Ryder.

‘The Message’ by Charlotte Nash
On a future Earth ravaged by the Event, a soldier with a terrifying secret must travel behind enemy lines.

‘The Preservation Society’ by Jason Nahrung
For the undead, blood is more than sustenance. It’s a connection to the memory of life.

Issue 2 will feature three more great Australian authors including yours truly. My story, Upon a Distant Shore, will be in Dimension6 issue 2 in July. In the meantime, get your reading teeth (eye teeth?) into issue 1.

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