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Introductions: Bumper Issue

Hi folks! I just thought I’d let you know that two sections of the anthology are currently out with proof readers. We’ve also started sending stories back to authors so they can take a look at the final layup. It’s looking good! We can’t wait to share it with you.

I’ve been a little slack in the posting department, so we’re doing a bumper issue of introductions today.

Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, as well as writing books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. You can visit his official website at www.neilgaiman.com

Janis Freegard was born in South Shields in the UK and grew up in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. She writes fiction and poetry and is a past winner of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Landfall (NZ), the New Zealand Listener, Home: New Short Short Stories by New Zealand Writers (Random House), Takahe (NZ), Brittle Star (UK), Cadenza (UK), the Momaya Press Annual Review 2009 (UK) and Harlem River Blues (Fish Publishing, Ireland).

Several of her stories have been broadcast on radio. Her poetry collection, Kingdom Animalia: the Escapades of Linnaeus, will be published by Auckland University Press in May 2011. She lives in Wellington and blogs at http://janisfreegard.wordpress.com ‘The Magician’ was first published in Cadenza (UK).

AJ Fitzwater resides in Christchurch, New Zealand, knows no hobbits, and has recently become adept at skipping cracks. The author blogs at pickledthink.blogspot.com about attempts to be published and other mind detritus.

Merrilee Faber lives in Australia, when she isn’t living in her head. Her fiction has appeared in Hint Fiction and Shock Totem, and is upcoming in Shimmer and Space and Time Magazine. She is an avid naturalist (not the ones who run around in the nuddy, the other ones), a humanist and a pessimist, and staunchly defends her right to be so whenever she likes. She blogs about writing at notenoughwords.wordpress.com

Matt Cowens is a high school English and Media Studies teacher and writer. He has illustrated and designed card games, self-published several comics, recorded podcasts for Every Day Fiction and Librivox, and is an enthusiastic amateur film-maker. He occasionally blogs at http://mattcowens.livejournal.com

Debbie Cowens lives on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand with her husband and son. She is an English teacher who has taught in Japan as well as in New Zealand high schools. Her stories have been published in the New Zealand School Journal, Enchanted Conversation, Every Day Fiction, Prinkipria, Sentient Online and Andromeda Space Inflight Magazine.

Quick update + more intros

Hi folks! Just a quick update to say that we are still making sure everything is perfect behind the scenes, but hopefully it won’t be too much longer until we can release the digital version. We’d like to thank everyone for being so patient – putting together an anthology is a huge task, and while we want to do it as quickly as possible, we also want to make sure that the end product is as good as it can be.

In the meantime, here are some more introductions from our contributors.

Leigh K. Hunt considers herself a dreamer. She disappears into worlds created within her head, and every now and then she’ll re-enter the real world for a little while before delving back in again. Leigh writes for the love of writing, the creation of new worlds, and creating new characters that she eventually considers as her ‘internal friends’. Leigh has written a number of unpublished novels, and some short fiction. Leigh supports her passion for writing by working in the world of New Zealand Treaty Settlements. At home, she is based on the Kapiti Coast, in the lovely world of marriage and the motherhood of a lonely oversized tomcat. To get to know Leigh a little more, please visit her world: http://parchmentplace.wordpress.com/


Karen Healey is the author of GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD and the forthcoming THE SHATTERING. She attended the University of Canterbury for five and a half years, and would like to dedicate “The Unicorn Bell” to the University of Canterbury Drama Society. You can read more about and by her at her website, http://karenhealey.com


A.M. Harte writes twisted speculative fiction, such as the zombie love anthology Hungry For You. She is a writer and practical joker, is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and is utterly addicted to chocolate. Find out more at http://amharte.com


Cassie Hart is a full time mother and part time writer living in New Plymouth. She has been published in A Foreign Country: New Zealand Speculative Fiction, and the Masters of Horror Anthology. She is the vice-president of kiwiwriters.org, and a founding member of SpecFicNZ. Cassie blogs about life, writing and whatever else takes her fancy at just-cassie.com

More Introductions

Hey folks 🙂 Hope this post finds you all well. We have here a few more bios from our contributors, and are now more than halfway through them! We’re currently working on the layup, and getting the proof reading done. Things are still progressing well, and hopefully it won’t be long until we can give a more firm date on release.

Gwyneth Jones, writer and critic of science fiction and fantasy, is the author of many novels for teenagers, mostly horror and thrillers, using the name Ann Halam, and several highly regarded sf novels for adults. Her critical essays and reviews are collected in Deconstructing The Starships, 1999 an Imagination/Space 2009. Among other honours, several of her novels have been nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award, the latest being Spirit, 2009. She lives in Brighton, UK, with her husband and son, some goldfish and two cats; likes old movies, practices yoga & has done some extreme tourism in her time. Hobbies include gardening and cooking, and playing with her websites.

Websiteshttp://www.boldaslove.co.uk and http://homepage.ntlworld.com/gwynethann


Besides a writer of crazy fantasy and hard Science Fiction, Patty Jansen is slush reader and editor at Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She blogs at http://pattyjansen.wordpress.com/, about writing, about science and about editing and slush piles. Patty is a winner of the second 2010 quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest and has published in the Universe Annex of the Grantville Gazette and has a story forthcoming with Redstone SF. She is currently expanding the story in Tales for Canterbury into a novel.


Lynne Jamneck lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Short listed for the Sir Julius Vogel and Lambda Awards, she has published short fiction in various markets, including Jabberwocky Magazine (ed. Sean Wallace), H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror (ed. Marvin Kaye), So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction (ed. Steve Berman) and Spicy Slipstream Stories (ed. Jay Lake & Nick Mamatas). For Lethe Press, she edited, selected and introduced the SF anthology, Periphery.

Lynne is currently doing her MA in English Literature at the University of Auckland, unlocking the secrets to Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, madness and the occult. Alongside, she is writing her first speculative novel, a conglomerate novel featuring a lost protagonist and a city of secrets.

Updates and Introductions: Part 5

Things are still chugging along behind the scenes. We are knee deep in edits and proofreading, and very close now to finalizing the line up, with just one story to come in, and a few left to read/confirm. It looks like there will be over 30 stories included in the anthology which makes it a real bargain!

In just a few short weeks now, we’re hoping to have the digital version available. It’s endlessly exciting thinking about that. I can’t believe that time is passing so quickly – April will be here in no time, and you’ll all be able to read the wonderful stories we’ve selected.

Speaking of stories, I’d like to introduce you to two more of our authors. It’s great we have so many fabulous female writers on board!

Kate Mahony has an MA in Creative Writing from Bill Manhire’s course at Victoria University. Her short fiction has been published in Best New Zealand Fiction Vol. 6, Turbine, Her magazine and the online International Literary Quarterly, Issue 14. Disoriented was previously published in Takahe 71. She teaches classes in short story writing at the Adult Community Education Centre at Wellington High School.

Helen Lowe is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster and poet. Her latest novel, The Heir of Night, the first in The Wall of Night quartet, is newly published in the USA, the UK, Australia and NZ, with recent foreign rights sales into the Netherlands and France. Helen’s first novel, Thornspell, was published by Knopf in 2008 to critical praise from Kirkus and Booklist, amongst others, and won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel: Young Adult in 2009.

Introductions: Part 4

Here we are again, with our fourth post about our lovely contributors. Today we have two more wonderful female writers: one whom I’ve long been a fan of, and one who I am a new fan of. You should definitely check out their books if you get a chance.

Juliet Marillier was born and brought up in Dunedin and now lives in Western Australia. Her historical fantasy novels have been translated into many languages and have won a number of awards including the American Library Association’s Alex Award, the Aurealis Award, the Sir Julius Vogel Award and the Prix Imaginales. Juliet is a member of the druid order OBOD (the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids). She lives in a hundred year old cottage which she shares with a small pack of waifs and strays. Find out more at her website: www.julietmarillier.com

Tina Makereti writes fiction and creative non-fiction. Her first collection of short stories Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa, was published in 2010 by Huia Publishers. In 2009 she was the winner of the non-fiction category of the Royal Society Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing and the Best Short Story in English at the Pikihuia Awards for Maori Writers. She is currently writing a novel inspired by her mixed heritage and Moriori culture as part of a PhD Creative Writing at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. You can find out more at: http://www.tinamakereti.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.