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For the firefly fans

Check out this online Dark Horse comic by Jim Krueger and Will Conrad called Serenity: the other half. Also in the news, Shepherd Book gets a comic explaining his back story.

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…what I’m reading at the moment

1. Space by Stephen Baxter (Thanks, David!) 2. Astropolis by Sean Williams (Book 2 of Saturn Returns) 3. Affluenza by Oliver James (An interesting psychological study of need to consume. He conducted interviews around the world) What I hope to be … Continue reading

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Did Fleming create a lover or hater?

In all the hoopla about Sebastien Faulks’ new Bond novel The Devil May Care, I read this great Guardian/Observer article ‘Bring on the Bond Girls’ by 7 female women on their reaction to the books, feminism, Bond’s sexuality and Ian … Continue reading

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Ditmar Awards for Aussie SF

The nominees include some of my faves from last year including Saturn Returns and Dark Space. Extras by Scott Westerfeld is there.His Risen Empire is one of my all time favourites. I think a visit to the bookshop is in … Continue reading

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SF & F News

Lot’s of Orbit news today. The publishing house has a few of my favourite authors including Marianne de Pierres, Iain M Banks, Sean Williams, etc. Sean Williams’ Saturn Returns has been nominated for the Philip K Dick Award. Fantastic space opera, … Continue reading

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Aurealis Awards

The nominees for the Aurealis Awards (Australian sci fi and fasntasy writing awards) were announced back in December. If you’re looking for a reading list then this is a good one to start with. The winners will be announced on … Continue reading

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£1,000 'Ethical Futures' Short Story Award

For non professional writers only apparently? From the news release: Ethical Futures: £1,000 short story competition about the future of the human race Imagine a world where people are able to choose from a menu of ‘enhancing’ techniques: IQ, strength, … Continue reading

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The Greatest Mystery: Making a Best Seller

Check out this article from the NY Times if you’re interested in book marketing, what books sell and why publishers bid for books. It has some interesting quotes and examples from the US publising industry. Also, apparently Romance Writers USA … Continue reading

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A Storm of Books!

We are reading our way through books left, right and centre! The current reading is Conn Iggulden’s Emperor series, about the life of Julius Caesar. All four books. We’ve already read through Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series (3 books) without mentioning … Continue reading

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The Next Book Club Books Are….

The Risen Empire – Scott Westerfeld (from Taryn) Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke (from Ellen) White Tiger – Kylie Chan (from David) Since David took so long to read The Risen Empire, Kylie Chan’s Red Phoenix is … Continue reading

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