Cosmos Online Holiday Reading

Cosmos Magazine have posted the finals story in their holiday reading lineup–SuperNovarian Claire McKenna’s “The marriage of the corn king”.

My husband’s blood is 100 proof ethanol and my jailer cops a bucket of the stuff as he plunges below the flaming lintel, and one of my husband’s fingers, thrown, sets him alight. Diesel farmers don’t think in terms of low-temperature vaporisation, so he doesn’t run like he should have done, and all it took from me was that tiny flame and suddenly all that sunlight and photons and C4 photosynthesis and energy dense biomass makes him hot and hot and burn and burn and burn…

But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Every process has a start, a moment of ignition, and I could point to several: the Sorrow, the Deconstruction, the Scatterings and Forgetting, the Falling-Down and The Casting-Up, the Migration of Millions, the Longer March. But all of these are indirect to me, for I was not born when those things happened, so it is Kasey who is first in my mind, striding through the transgenic corn fields in a polyester dress the colour of cellulose slurry. She can call up storms, Kasey. Not the regular kind, but the secret understorms that move within people.

You can read the full story here.

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The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2013 ToC Announced

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.

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The Australian Spec Fic Snapshot 2014 – SuperNOVA Edition

SnaphotLogo2014The Aussie Snapshot has taken place four times in the past 10 years. In 2005, Ben Peek spent a frantic week interviewing 43 people in the Australian spec fic scene, and since then, it’s grown every time, now taking a team of interviewers working together to accomplish!

In the lead up to the World Science Fiction Convention in London, they have been blogging interviews for Snapshot 2014, conducted by Tsana Dolichva, Nick Evans, Stephanie Gunn, Kathryn Linge, Elanor Matton-Johnson, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Jason Nahrung, Ben Payne, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Helen Stubbs, Katharine Stubbs, Tehani Wessely and Sean Wright.

A number of SuperNOVA members were interviewed, and you can read them here:

Aidan Doyle
Amie Kaufman
Andrew Macrae
Claire McKenna
David McDonald
Deborah Kalin
Foz Meadows
Jason Nahrung
Jason Franks
Keith Stevenson
Kirstyn McDermott
Lucy Sussex
Michelle Goldsmith
Pete Aldin
Rjurik Davidson
Steve Cameron
Talie Helene
Tracie McBride
Trudi Canavan


Next Anthology Out Now!

At Conflux, the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild officially launched their latest anthology, “Next”. It features a great list of stories, including work from SuperNOVA members Tracie McBride and Claire McKenna. Purchasing details can be found here.

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Table of Contents

The Ninety Two Claire McKenna
Imported Goods – Aisle Nine David Versace
Of Starfish Tides Suzanne J Willis
Almost Beautiful Angela Rega
On the Wall Nicky Rowlands
Wooden Heart Tracie McBride
Cause and Effect Martin Livings
Next cried the Faun Edwina Harvey
The Electrician and the Circus Steve Simpson
The Dream Tracker Shauna O’Meara
A Dream of Something More Robert Phillips
Those Days Daniel Simpson
Vandiemensland Ian McHugh
Someone’s Daughter Gillian Polack
A Little Warning Leife Shallcross
Ned Kelly and the Zombies Craig Cormick
The Cat and the Zombies Chris McGrane
The Room Catherine Whittle
Casino Five Helen Stubbs
The Wild Hunt Richard L Lagarto
Animal the Colour of Waiting Adam Browne
The Midway Hotel Kris Ashton
When Money Talks Ross C Hamilton
Phoenix Down Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Gambler’s Blues David Coleman
Hell is where the Heart is Janeen Webb
Stories in the Square Daniel Baker
Girl finds Key Chris Large
Quantum Echoes Alan Baxter
Here’s Glory For You Richard Harland

Editors: Simon Petrie & Rob Porteous