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


2013 Aurealis Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for this year’s Aurealis Awards have been announced and, as well as being an exceptionally strong field in general, it is wonderful to see SuperNOVA well represented.

The list of finalists is below, with SuperNOVA members in bold.

Good luck to all the finalists!

BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK OR GRAPHIC NOVEL
Savage Bitch by Steve Carter and Antoinette Rydyr (Scar Studios)
Mr Unpronounceable Adventures by Tim Molloy (Milk Shadow Books)
Burger Force by Jackie Ryan (self-published)
Peaceful Tomorrows Volume Two by Shane W Smith (Zetabella Publishing)
The Deep Vol. 2: The Vanishing Island by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer (Gestalt Publishing)

BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK
Kingdom of the Lost, book 2: Cloud Road by Isobelle Carmody (Penguin Group Australia)
Refuge by Jackie French (Harper Collins)
Song for a scarlet runner by Julie Hunt (Allen & Unwin)
The four seasons of Lucy McKenzie by Kirsty Murray (Allen & Unwin)
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (Hachette Australia)
Ice Breaker: The Hidden 1 by Lian Tanner (Allen & Unwin)

BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT FICTION
“Mah Song” by Joanne Anderton (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, FableCroft Publishing)
“By Bone-light” by Juliet Marillier (Prickle Moon, Ticonderoga Publications)
“Morning Star” by D.K. Mok (One Small Step, an anthology of discoveries, FableCroft Publishing)
“The Year of Ancient Ghosts” by Kim Wilkins (The Year of Ancient Ghosts, Ticonderoga Publications)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
The Big Dry by Tony Davies (Harper Collins)
Hunting by Andrea Host (self-published)
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Allen & Unwin)
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House Australia)
The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn (University of Queensland Press)

BEST HORROR SHORT FICTION
“Fencelines” by Joanne Anderton (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, FableCroft Publishing)
“The Sleepover” by Terry Dowling (Exotic Gothic 5, PS Publishing)
“The Home for Broken Dolls” by Kirstyn McDermott (Caution: Contains Small Parts, Twelfth Planet Press)
“The Human Moth” by Kaaron Warren (The Grimscribe’s Puppets, Miskatonic Press)
“The Year of Ancient Ghosts” by Kim Wilkins (The Year of Ancient Ghosts, Ticonderoga Publications)

BEST HORROR NOVEL
The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby (Angry Robot Books)
The First Bird by Greig Beck (Momentum)
Path of Night by Dirk Flinthart (FableCroft Publishing)
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House Australia)

BEST FANTASY SHORT FICTION
“The Last Stormdancer” by Jay Kristoff (Thomas Dunne Books)
“The Touch of the Taniwha” by Tracie McBride (Fish, Dagan Books)
“Cold, Cold War” by Ian McHugh (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Scott H Andrews)
“Short Circuit” by Kirstie Olley (Oomph: a little super goes a long way, Crossed Genres)
“The Year of Ancient Ghosts” by Kim Wilkins (The Year of Ancient Ghosts, Ticonderoga Publications)

BEST FANTASY NOVEL
Lexicon by Max Barry (Hachette Australia)
A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan (self-published)
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Allen & Unwin)
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix (Jill Grinberg Literary Management)
Ink Black Magic by Tansy Rayner Roberts (FableCroft Publishing)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT FICTION
“The Last Tiger” by Joanne Anderton (Daily Science Fiction)
“Mah Song” by Joanne Anderton (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, FableCroft Publishing)
“Seven Days in Paris” by Thoraiya Dyer (Asymmetry, Twelfth Planet Press)
“Version 4.3.0.1” by Lucy Stone (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #57)
“Air, Water and the Grove” by Kaaron Warren (The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium Press)

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
Lexicon by Max Barry (Hachette)
Trucksong by Andrew Macrae (Twelfth Planet Press)
A Wrong Turn At The Office Of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson (Transit Lounge)
True Path by Graham Storrs (Momentum)
Rupetta by Nike Sulway (Tartarus Press)

BEST ANTHOLOGY
The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012 by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Eds), (Ticonderoga Publications)
One Small Step, An Anthology Of Discoveries by Tehani Wessely (Ed) (FableCroft Publishing)
Dreaming Of Djinn by Liz Grzyb (Ed) (Ticonderoga Publications)
The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Of The Year: Volume Seven by Jonathan Strahan (Ed) (Night Shade Books)
Focus 2012: Highlights Of Australian Short Fiction by Tehani Wessely (Ed) (FableCroft Publishing)

BEST COLLECTION
The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton (FableCroft Publishing)
Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer (Twelfth Planet Press)
Caution: Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermott (Twelfth Planet Press)
The Bride Price by Cat Sparks (Ticonderoga Publications)
The Year of Ancient Ghosts by Kim Wilkins (Ticonderoga Publications)

The full press release and details about the awards ceremony can be found here.


Three More Best Years Ahead

Ticonderoga Publications have announced that Liz Grzyb and SuperNOVA member Talie Helene have signed on for another three volumes of Ticonderoga’s annual Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror. This is great news for the Australian speculative fiction community, ensuring a showcase for the best stories of the next few years.

The full story can be found here, including submission and eligibility details. Congratulations to Liz and Talie!

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Ticonderoga Publications announces Year’s Best 2012 Recommended Reading List

In what is becoming a yearly tradition, Ticonderoga Publications have released their Recommended Reading List from their upcoming Year’s Best 2012. Not only is it co-edited by Supernova member Talie Helene, it fetaures a number of SuperNOVA members (bolded below).

You can read the press release here, and check out the full list below.

Congratulations to all those who made the list!

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With the next volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror (2012) off to the printers, we can reveal Liz Grzyb’s and Talie Helene’s Recommended Reading List.

  • Joanne Anderton, “High Density”, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #53
  • ——— “The Bone Chime Song”, Light Touch Paper Stand Clear
  • Daniel Baker, “At The Crossroads”, Aurealis #51
  • Alan Baxter, “Cephalopoda Obsessia”, Bloodstones
  • ——— “Crossroads and Carousels”, The Red Penny Papers
  • ——— “Fear is the Sin”, From Stage Door Shadows
  • ——— and Felicity Dowker, “Burning, Always Burning”,Damnation and Dames,
  • Eddy Burger, “Domestic Berserker”, Dark Edifice 3
  • Jenny Blackford, “The Sacrifice”, Aurealis #47
  • James Bradley, “Beauty’s Sister”, Penguin
  • Isobelle Carmody, “The Wolf Prince”, Metro Winds
  • ——— “Metro Winds”, Metro Winds
  • Jay Caselberg, “Blind Pig”, Damnation and Dames
  • Steve Cameron, “If You Give This Girl a Ride”, Cover of Darkness 11
  • David Conyers and Brian M. Sammons, “The R’lyeh Singularity”, Cthulhu Unbound 3.
  • Terry Dowling , “Mariners’ Round”, Postscripts 28/29: Exotic Gothic 4
  • ——— “The Way the Red Clown Hunts You”, Subterranean, Winter 2012
  • Thoraiya Dyer, “The Second Card Of The Major Arcana”, Apex
  • ——— “Faet’s Fire”, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear
  • ——— “Surviving Film”, Bloodstones
  • Jacob Edwards, “Salt & Pepper”, Polluto 9¾: Witchfinders Vs The Evil Red
  • Marina Finlayson, “The Family Business”, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #55
  • Joanna Galbraith, “The Keeper’s Heart”, The Coloured Lens #3
  • Michelle Goldsmith, “The Hound of Henry Hortinger”, Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke
  • “The Skin of the World”, Stephanie Gunn, Bloodstones
  • ——— “Ghosts”, Epilogue
  • Lisa L. Hannett, Angela Slatter, “The Red Wedding”, Midnight and Moonshine
  • ——— “Warp And Weft”, Midnight and Moonshine
  • ——— “Prohibition Blues”, Damnation and Dames
  • Richard Harland, “A Mother’s Love”, Bloodstones
  • Narrelle M. Harris, “Thrall”, Showtime
  • Robert Hood, “Escena de un Asesinato”, Postscripts 28/29: Exotic Gothic 4
  • ——— “Walking the Dead Beat”, Damnation and Dames
  • Deborah Kalin, “First They Came . . .”, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #55
  • Pete Kempshall, “Dead Inside”, Bloodstones
  • ——— “Sound and Fury”, Damnation and Dames
  • Margo Lanagan, “Isles Of The Sun”, Cracklescape
  • ——— “Titty Anne and the Very, Very Hairy Man”, Meanjin, Volume 71, Number 4.
  • ——— “Significant Dust”, Cracklescape
  • ——— “Bajazzle”, Cracklescape
  • S. G. Larner, “Duck Creek Road”, Bloody Parchment: Hidden Things, Lost Things and other stories
  • Martin Livings, “Birthday Suit”, Living with the Dead
  • ——— “The Ar-Dub”, Living with the Dead
  • Tracie McBride, “Drive, She Said”, Lovecraft eZine 14
  • Andrew J. McKiernan, “They Don’t Know That We Know What They Know”, Midnight Echo 8
  • ——— “The Final Degustation of Doctor Ernest Blenheim”, Midnight Echo 7
  • Kelly Matsuura, “Hours on the Voodoo Clock”, Free Flash Fiction
  • Nicole Murphy, “Euryale”, Bloodstones
  • Jason Nahrung, “The Mornington Ride”, Epilogue
  • ——— “Breaking the Wire”, Aurealis #47
  • Ian Nichols, “In the Dark”, Apex Magazine 37
  • Shauna O’Meara, “Blood Lillies”, Midnight Echo 8
  • Christopher Sequeria, “The Adventure of the Lost Specialist”, Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook
  • Helen Stubbs, “Sayuri’s Revenge”, Tales From the Bell Club
  • Anna Tambour, “King Wolf”, A Season in Carcosa
  • Kaaron Warren, “The Pickwick Syndrome”, Stories Of The Smoke
  • ——— “Sky”, Through Splintered Walls
  • ——— “Creek”, Through Splintered Walls
  • ——— “The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club”, Postscripts 28/29: Exotic Gothic 4

2013 Aurealis Awards Winners

On Saturday, the Aurealis Awards were held at University House and, as always, were a glittering occasion. SuperNOVA was well represented amongst the nominees, and our own Talie Helene and Amie Kaufman took away awards

Congratulations to all the winners, and nominees!

Aurealis Awards Winners 2013

BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK

The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie
Kirsty Murray

BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT FICTION

By Bone-light
Juliet Marillier

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL (Tie)

These Broken Stars
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

&

Fairytales for Wilde Girls
Allyse Near

BEST ANTHOLOGY (Tie)

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012
Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene

&

One Small Step, An Anthology Of Discoveries
Tehani Wessely

BEST COLLECTION
The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories
Joanne Anderton

BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK OR GRAPHIC NOVEL (Tie)

Burger Force
Jackie Ryan

&

The Deep Vol. 2: The Vanishing Island
Tom Taylor & James Brouwer

BEST HORROR SHORT FICTION

The Year of Ancient Ghosts
Kim Wilkins

BEST HORROR NOVEL

Fairytales for Wilde Girls
Allyse Near

BEST FANTASY SHORT FICTION

The Last Stormdancer
Jay Kristoff

BEST FANTASY NOVEL

A Crucible of Souls
Mitchell Hogan

BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT FICTION

Air, Water and the Grove
Kaaron Warren

BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

Lexicon
Max Barry

THE PETER MCNAMARA CONVENORS’ AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Jonathan Strahan

KRIS HEMBURY ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD

Tristan Savage


The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror TOC announced

From the website of Ticonderoga Publications:

We’re really happy to be able to announce the final line-up of the third volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.

Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have compiled 34 fantastic stories and poems first published in 2012, from New Zealand’s and Australia’s finest writers.

SuperNOVA member Talie Helene has helped put together a marvellous list of stories, including one by Jason Nahrung which came through SuperNOVA critique group. Congratulations to everyone on the TOC!

  • Joanne Anderton, “Tied To The Waste”, Tales Of Talisman
  • R.J. Astruc, “The Cook of Pearl House, A Malay Sailor by the Name of Maurice”, Dark Edifice 2
  • Lee Battersby, “Comfort Ghost”, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 56
  • Alan Baxter, “Tiny Lives”, Daily Science Fiction
  • Jenny Blackford, “A Moveable Feast”, Bloodstones
  • Eddy Burger, “The Witch’s Wardrobe”, Dark Edifice 3
  • Isobelle Carmody, “The Stone Witch”, Under My Hat
  • Jay Caselberg, “Beautiful”, The Washington Pastime
  • Stephen Dedman, “The Fall”, Exotic Gothic 4, Postscripts
  • Felicity Dowker, “To Wish On A Clockwork Heart”, Bread And Circuses
  • Terry Dowling, “Nightside Eye”, Cemetary Dance
  • Tom Dullemond, “Population Management”, Danse Macabre
  • Thoraiya Dyer, “Sleeping Beauty”, Epilogue
  • Will Elliot, “Hungry Man”, The One That Got Away
  • Jason Fischer, “Pigroot Flat”, Midnight Echo 8
  • Dirk Flinthart, “The Bull In Winter”, Bloodstones
  • Lisa L. Hannett, “Sweet Subtleties”, Clarkesworld
  • Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, “Bella Beaufort Goes To War”, Midnight And Moonshine
  • Narrelle M. Harris, “Stalemate”, Showtime
  • Kathleen Jennings, “Kindling”, Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear
  • Gary Kemble, “Saturday Night at the Milkbar”, Midnight Echo 7
  • Margo Lanagan, “Crow And Caper, Caper And Crow”, Under My Hat
  • Martin Livings, “You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet”, Living With The Dead
  • Penelope Love, “A Small Bad Thing”, Bloodstones
  • Andrew J. McKiernan, “Torch Song”, From Stage Door Shadows
  • Karen Maric, “Anvil Of The Sun”, Aurealis
  • Faith Mudge, “Oracle’s Tower”, To Spin A Darker Stair
  • Nicole Murphy, “The Black Star Killer”, Damnation And Dames
  • Jason Nahrung, “The Last Boat To Eden”, Surviving The End
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts, “What Books Survive”, Epilogue
  • Angela Slatter, “Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”, This Is Horror Webzine
  • Anna Tambour, “The Dog Who Wished He’d Never Heard Of Lovecraft”, Lovecraft Zine
  • Kyla Ward, “The Loquacious Cadaver”, The Lion And The Aardvark: Aesop’s Modern Fables
  • Kaaron Warren, “River Of Memory”, Zombies Vs. Robots

In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a review of 2012 and a list of highly recommended stories.

The editors will shortly begin reading for the fourth volume of The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.

The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012 is scheduled for publication in July 2013 and can be pre-ordered at indiebooksonline.com. The anthology will be available in hardcover, ebook and trade editions.