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Line up: Complete!

Yes, folks. We have the final line up sorted now! We have a grand total of 34 stories, and once we’ve decided on the ordering, we’ll be able to announce the full contents of the anthology.

VERY exciting.

We are still working our way through the editing, but the contributors are being wonderful and getting their stories back to us really quickly. It makes our jobs, as editors, so much easier when we get to work with such lovely, professional, and enthusiastic writers.

Today we’d like to introduce a few more of those writers to you.

LINDA NICCOL – WRITER/DIRECTOR: Stories from Linda’s collections The Geometry of Desire (2005) and The Temperature of Water (2008) have been well reviewed, broadcast and anthologized. She won the 2006 Kaos Films British Short Screenplay Competition with The Handkerchief. She co-wrote New Zealand’s 2007 box office smash Second-Hand Wedding. She has directed three short films – The Poets, 2008, The Making of Dead Girl, 2009, MovieFest category winner, and Collision, 2010. Her script Looking for Lila Ray reached the top 25 of the 2010 Kaos Films British Feature Film Screenplay Competition. Linda lives in Raumati with her husband, daughter and dog. She is currently employed as Marketing and Communications Manager for City Gallery Wellington. www.lindaniccol.com

Kim Koning is a writer who calls two countries home. Born in South Africa, she grew up on fantastic tales of African creatures and myths, which first gave her a love for tales of all kinds and led her to study freelance journalism, specialising in travel. Following her family to New Zealand in her early twenties, she finally found her writers voice and has been using it ever since, while working in various customer service industries.

She is a published poet in two anthologies: “Emotional Journeys” and “Lines of Light and Shade“. Her first novel is in the submission process, and she is currently working on her second.

Tim Jones is a poet and author of both science fiction and literary fiction who was awarded the NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature in 2010. He lives in Wellington. Among his recent books are fantasy novel Anarya’s Secret (RedBrick, 2007), short story collection Transported (Vintage, 2008), and poetry anthology Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand (Interactive Press, 2009), co-edited with Mark Pirie.  Voyagers won the “Best Collected Work” category in the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Tim’s third poetry collection Men Briefly Explained, will be published by Interactive Press in late 2011. For the latest news on Tim and his writing, see http://timjonesbooks.blogspot.com

Introductions: Part 3

Well, pre-orders are going better than we expected – it’s wonderful to see the buzz across the internet with people blogging and tweeting about the anthology. Thanks so much! Did you see we cracked our first $1,000? Excellent stuff!

I thought it was time to get back to some introductions, so next on the list we have two lovely ladies:

Ripley Patton is an American speculative fiction writer living smack in the middle of earthquake-torn Christchurch. Ripley’s short fiction has appeared in numerous on-line and print magazines. Her story “Corrigan’s Exchange” tied for the Sir Julius Vogel Award for best short story, 2009. Her story “The Future of the Sky” won the 2010 Au Contraire Short Story contest. She is also one of the founder and President of SpecFicNZ, the national association for New Zealand writers of spec-fic. Currently, Ripley is working on her first novel, a YA urban fantasy, the first in a three book series.  You can find out more at her website, or her blog.

Angel Leigh McCoy writes speculative fiction. her stories fall primarily within horror, dark fantasy, and steam-punk. Her fiction has appears in numerous media, and in 2011, she has stories in the anthologies: Beast Within 2, Fear of the Dark, Growing Dread: Biopunk Visions, and Clockwork Chaos, among others. During the day, she is a writer/game designer at ArenaNet, where she is part of the vast team effort to make the coolest MMORPG ever: Guild Wars 2. At night, she’s the head editor at WilyWriters.com and recently edited Night Mantled: the Best of Wily Writers, Vol. 1. SFWA & HWA active member.

Introductions: Part 2

Next up on our contributor list are the wonderful Grant Stone, and Simon Petrie – two writers with oodles of talent.

Grant Stone‘s fiction has appeared in Shimmer, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Semaphore, and is forthcoming in Strange Horizons and The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Born on the South Island of New Zealand and now living on the North Island of Australia, Simon Petrie is a Canberra-based research scientist and writer of speculative fiction (SF, fantasy, and occasionally horror). Since 2007, his stories have appeared in magazines such as Andromeda Spaceways Inflight MagazineAurealisBorderlandsKaleidotropeSybil’s Garage and Yog’s Notebook, webzines such as AntipodeanSFTicon4 and Semaphore, and anthologies such as Masques (ed. Polack & Hopkins, CSFG),Destination: Future (ed. Adani & Reynolds, Hadley Rille Books), and Belong (ed. Farr, Ticonderoga Publications). His first collection of short fiction, Rare Unsigned Copy: tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude, and Giant Mutant Vegetables (Peggy Bright Books) was published in March 2010.

Simon is an active member of the Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Co-operative, the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, and the SpecFicNZ core collective. He has served on three different judging panels for the Aurealis Awards, in the SF Novel, Anthology & Collection, and Fantasy Short Story categories. In August 2010, he was awarded Best New Talent in the Sir Julius Vogel awards.


As we get closer to finalizing the line-up for the anthology, we thought it was time to start introducing you to the writers we have on board. Seeing as we have our contributors list organized alphabetically, I thought we’d work backwards this time—just for something different 😉

Sean Williams writes across the field of science fiction and fantasy, for adults, young adults and children, and enjoys the odd franchise, too, such as Star Wars and Doctor Who. His work has won awards, debuted at #1 on the New York Times hardback bestseller list, and been translated into numerous languages. He was born in the dry, flat lands of South Australia, where he still lives with his wife and family. His latest novel is TROUBLETWISTERS, the first in a new series co-written with Garth Nix.

Jeff VanderMeer has had novels published in fifteen languages, won multiple awards, and made the best-of-year lists of Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, theLA Weekly, and many others. His award-winning short fiction has been featured onWired.com’s GeekDad and Tor.com, as well as in many anthologies and magazines, including ConjunctionsBlack Clock, and in American Fantastic Tales (Library of America). His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, theWashington PostThe Huffington Post, and hundreds of others. In addition, he has edited or co-edited more than a dozen influential fiction anthologies for, among others, Bantam Books and Pan Macmillan. On the pop culture front, VanderMeer’s work has been turned into short films for PlayStation Europe and videos featuring music by The Church.

With his wife Ann, he has lectured, conducted master classes, and given workshops all over the world, including at the Brisbane Arts Center in Australia, the University of California at San Diego, and Wofford College, in South Carolina. He is a frequent guest of honor at conferences around the world, including such events as Utopiales in France, the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, the Brisbane Writers Festival in Australia, Finncon in Helsinki, and the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. For more information, visit jeffvandermeer.com or contact vanderworld@hotmail.com.

These are just two of the amazing writers we have lined up, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the stories they have contributed.

A new week

Well, it’s been a while since our last update, but we have been very busy behind the scenes. If you’ve checked out our contributor’s page recently you’ll notice that we now have 20 confirmed contributors, with more to be added shortly.

We’re working away at all the behind the scenes bits and pieces so that we can get pre-orders up for both the e-book and print versions of the Anthology: our ISBN’s have come through, the cover is almost done and we’re working on a blurb at the moment. We’ve just got a few stories left to confirm from our ‘already submitted’ pile, and a few more yet to come in—we’re getting close to having our final line up!

So this week coming we’ll get to show you the beautiful cover for the anthology, and we’ll take the time to introduce you to our contributors in a little more depth. Most importantly though, we’ll be getting putting out information on how you can go about getting your hands on a copy of Tales for Canterbury.