There was only one heroic fantasy story in the November issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies: #160‘s “The Streetking” by Peter Hickman. It’s a marvelous tale of a street criminal and the young noble girl who comes to sell him stolen jewelery. Over time she comes down to the streets herself. With her “mineshaft mind”, they become a formidable pair. So much so that they run afoul of the lord of the underworld, the Streetking.
The highlight of the story is the street argot Hickman’s created for his narrator’s voice. It’s got the right amount of slang and original syntax to sound believable.
You can read the full review here.
Bon vivant and SuperNOVArian, Peter Hickman, graces the cover of spec fic magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies this month, with his story “The Streetking” also getting the audio treatment.
You can check it out here.
Found her down by the Kaltan corner next, and switched well. And better the next meeting. Wondered what her parents thought, her losing bits of shine like that, ’til I realized she was lifting them. I tried to tell her care, but she was paces ahead. “I take them in the gardens,” she laughs like a trinket, “and the groomsmen search through the beds after, and the ladies shout around the hedges. ‘Where’s my necklace? Where’s my anklet?’”
Issue Three, Volume Twelve of the Review of Australian Fiction is out with stories from SuperNOVArians Kirstyn McDermott and Tessa Kum.
When I was asked to contribute, I knew immediately that I wanted a story from Tessa Kum and was thrilled when she was able to say yes. Tessa is a sharply intelligent, emotionally intense, and extraordinarily mindful writer who, for various reasons, has not published terribly much in recent years. I have never read a piece of hers that I didn’t love and “The Fate of All Wens” is no exception. (I still think about “Acception” from time to time. Still. That story slew me.) Put simply: her voice expands our genre; its absence would only diminish it. I am so very glad that she is speaking again.
For my own part, “By the Moon’s Grace” is the first of the pieces I am writing for my PhD and I’m delighted to see it released into the wild in my first year of candidacy. As some of you might know, I’m working with fairy tale narratives in my research and creative work and this novella takes “Little Red Riding Hood” for its jumping off point. There might be wolves.
The second book in The Starbound Trilogy, This Shattered World, by Meagan Spooner and SuperNOVArian Amie Kaufman, has been launched in Australia! The link to the book website is here.
And, for once, we get to enjoy something before the U.S., where it launches on the 23rd of December. Make the most of that month or so to taunt your overseas friends with how awesome the book is, and the fact they have to wait!
Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.
Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.
Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.
Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.
The stunning second novel in the Starbound trilogy is an unforgettable story of love and forgiveness in a world torn apart by war.
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After smashing their goals for their Pozible campaign, the team at Fablecroft have announced a provisional ToC for the Cranky Ladies of History anthology. An amazing line up includes two SuperNOVArians – Kirstyn McDermott and Foz Meadows.
From the website:
Our Pozible campaign backers had an advance preview of the table of contents for Cranky Ladies of History a few days ago, but now we are delighted to share it with the world! It seems like so long ago this idea came to life, and we still have a ways before the book itself is released, but right now we are SO excited to present to you the line up for the anthology (presented in approximately era-order):
|Author||Provisional Title||Cranky Lady||A little detail…|
|Joyce Chng||“Charmed Life”||Leizu||Chinese empress who discovered silk|
|Amanda Pillar||“Neter Nefer”||Hatshepsut||Egyptian ruler|
|Barbara Robson||“Theodora”||Theodora, wife of the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian the first||Wife of the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian the first|
|Lisa Hannett||“Hallgerðr Höskuldsdóttir / For So Great a Misdeed”||Icelandic woman|
|Garth Nix||“The Company of Women”||Lady Godiva||Anglo-Saxon noblewoman|
|Juliet Marillier||“Hallowed Ground”||Hildegard of Bingen||German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath|
|LM Myles||“Little Battles”||Eleanor of Aquitaine||French queen & mother of dynasty|
|Foz Meadows||“Bright Moon”||Khutulun||Central Asian warrior|
|Laura Lam||“The lioness and her prey”||Jeanne de Clisson||French pirate|
|Liz Barr||“Queenside”||Mary Tudor (Mary I of England)||Queen of England|
|Deborah Biancotti||“Look How Cold My Hands Are”||Countess Bathory||countess from the renowned Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary. She has been labelled the most prolific female serial killer in history|
|Dirk Flinthart||“The gift of freedom”||Grace O’Malley||Queen of Umaill, chieftain of the Ó Máille clan sometimes known as “The Sea Queen of Connacht”|
|Faith Mudge||“Glorious”||Elizabeth I||Queen of England|
|Havva Murat||“The Pasha, the girl and the dagger: The story of Nora of Kelmendi”||Nora of Kelmendi||Albanian warrior|
|Kirstyn McDermott||“Mary Mary”||Mary Wollstonecroft||English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights.|
|Thoraiya Dyer||“Vintana”||Queen Ranavalona I of Madagascar, also known as Ranavalona the Cruel||Queen of Madagascar|
|Stephanie Lai||“The dragon, the terror, the sea”||Cheng Shih||Chinese pirate|
|Jane Yolen||SACAGAWEA||SACAGAWEA||Lemhi Shoshone woman, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, acting as an interpreter and guide, in their exploration of the Western United States|
|Kaaron Warren||“Another week in the future”||Miss CH Spence||Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, politician and leading suffragist.|
|Sylvia Kelso||“Due care and attention”||Lilian Cooper||British-born Australian doctor|
|Sandra McDonald||“Cora Crane and The Trouble with Me”||Cora Crane||American businesswoman, nightclub and bordello owner, writer and journalist.|
|Nisi Shawl||“A Beautiful Stream”||Colette||French novelist and performer|
|Liz Argall||“Oodgeroo is Not Yet Your Name”||Oodgeroo Noonuccal||Australian poet, political activist, artist and educator.|
From the Ticonderoga website:
We’re really happy to be able to announce the final line-up and cover of the fourth volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.
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.
SuperNOVArian Talie Helene is one of the editors, and a number of SuperNOVA members have made the list (see below in bold).
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 G. 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 will include a review of 2013 and a list of highly recommended stories.
The editors will shortly begin reading for the fifth volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.
The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013 is scheduled for publication in late-November 2014 and can be pre-ordered at indiebooksonline.com. The anthology will be available in hardcover, ebook and trade editions.
More celebrations for Supernova member Rjurik Davidson, whose debut fantasy novel Unwrapped Sky finally got its Melbourne launch last night at Readings bookshop in Carlton. The novel came out globally in April this year, but since Rjurik was based in Europe at the time, the occasion was not suitably marked by family, friends and fans here in Australia. BANG THE DRUM!
The book was relaunched by Jeff Sparrow, editor of literary journal Overland, who interviewed Rjurik about themes of politics and revolution in fantasy (which, unsurprisingly, are the themes of Rjurik’s trilogy).
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.
The book has been getting fantastic reviews since its April launch. Congratulations, Rjurik!
The second book in the series, called The Stars Askew is due out sometime in 2015.