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.


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

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