Mother of Invention Launch

Looking forward to the Australian book launch of the Twelfth Planet Press anthology Mother of Invention, which includes my story Knitting Day, scheduled for 2pm on Sunday 10th June at Continuum Speculative Fiction Convention in Melbourne.

I found the inspiration for my story last year at Continuum as I was watching a taping of the podcast Galactica Suburbia, and now here we are again this year with a wonderful book. It's like magic, isn't it? Except that there's an awful lot of hard work involved. Hard work and magic!

Hope to see you there. 

Mother of Invention

So pleased that my story Knitting Day will be published in the upcoming anthology Mother of Invention.

Edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rivqa Rafael, Mother of Invention will be will be a speculative fiction anthology focusing on gender and artificial intelligence. The anthology will feature stories from authors including Seanan McGuire, John Chu, Nisi Shawl, Cat Sparks, Kaaron Warren, Jo Anderton, and many more.

See here for further information.


You can find my flash piece Summer at Zetetic Record, zetetic meaning moving forward by the process of inquiry, and the journal itself is reserved for unusual stories:

I wrote this piece in an hour, while I was also doing something else. I don’t want to denigrate the story. Rather, I’m remembering the ease at which some stories are written – particularly the shorter ones. I don’t know why I started this story, or where it came from, but I just wrote and wrote pretty much as is on the page, and finished it in 60 minutes. That doesn’t happen very often, but it does sometimes.

Aurealis Awards Shortlist Announced

The Aurealis Awards shortlist has just been announced. Congratulations to all the finalists. And I’m especially ecstatic to find that my story ‘The Least of Things’, published in Aurealis #94, has been shortlisted for Best Science Fiction Short Story. I feel honoured to be in such great company.

Here are the finalists:

Blueberry Pancakes Forever, Angelica Banks (Allen & Unwin)
, Lee Battersby (Walker Books Australia)
Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket
, Caleb Crisp (Bloomsbury)
The Turners
, Mick Elliott (Hachette Australia)
When the Lyrebird Calls, Kim Kane (Allen & Unwin)
The Hungry Isle, Emily Rodda (Omnibus Books)

Mechanica, Lance Balchin (Five Mile)
, James Foley (Fremantle Press)
Negative Space
, Ryan K Lindsay (Dark Horse Comics)
The Spider King
, Josh Vann (self-published)

“A Right Pretty Mate”, Lisa L Hannett ( Dreaming in the Dark)
“Dune Time”, Jack Nicholls (
“N o One Here is Going to Save You”, Shauna O’Meara ( In Your Face, FableCroft Publishing)
“Did We Break t he End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts ( Defying Doomsday, Twelfth Planet
“Pretty Jennie Greenteeth”, Leife Shallcross ( Strange Little Girls, Belladonna Publishing)

“Non Zero Sum”, RPL Johnson ( SNAFU: Hunters, Cohesion Press)
“Flame Trees”, TP Napper ( Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2016)
“Pen ny for a Match, Mister?”, Garth Nix ( The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
“T he Red Forest”, Angela Slatter ( Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales, PS Publishing)
“68 Days”, Kaaron Warren ( Tomorrow’s Cthulhu, Broken Eye Books )
“Life, or Whatever Passes For It”, Durand Welsh ( Peel Back the Skin, Grey Matter Press )

“Box of Bones”, Jeremy Bates (Ghillinnein Books)
“Served Cold”, Alan Baxter ( Dreaming in the Dark, PS Publishing)
“Waking in Winter”, Deborah Biancotti (PS Publishing)
“Burnt Sugar”, Kirstyn McDermott ( Dreaming in the Dark, PS Publishing)
“Pan”, Christopher Ruz ( Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #62)

“Watercress Soup”, Tamlyn Dreaver ( Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #65)
“Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest”, Thoraiya Dyer ( In Your Face, FableCroft Publishing)
“Dune Time”, Jack Nicholls (
“Penny for a Match, Mister?”, Garth Nix ( The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
“The Lighthouse at Cape Defeat”, David Versace ( Aurealis #89 )
“The Cartographer’s Price”, Suzanne Willis ( Mythic Delirium Issue 3.1)

“Raven’s First Flight”, Alan Baxter ( SNAFU: Black Ops, Cohesion Press)
“By the Laws of Crab and Woman”, Jason Fischer ( Review of Australian Fiction)
“Forfeit”, Andrea K. Höst ( The Towers, the Moon, self-published)
The Bonobo’s Dream, Rose Mulready (Seizure Press)
“Burnt Sugar”, Kirstyn McDermott ( Dreaming in the Dark, PS Publishing)
“Finnegan’s Field”, Angela Slatter (

“Trainspotting in Winesburg”, Jack Dann ( Concentration, PS Publishing)
“The Baby Eaters”, Ian McHugh ( Asimov’s Science Fiction 40/1)
“The Autumn Dog Cannot Live to Spring”, Claire McKenna ( In Your Face, Fablecroft)
“Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart”, Samantha Murray ( Clarkesworld #122)
“68 Days”, Kaaron Warren ( Tomorrow’s Cthulu, Broken Eye Books)
“The Least of Things”, Jen White ( Aurealis #94)

Waking in Winter, Deborah Biancotti (PS Publishing)
“Salto Mortal”, Nick T Chan ( Lightspeed #73)
“Going Viral”, Thoraiya Dyer ( Dimension6 #8, coeur de lion)
The Bonobo’s Dream
, Rose Mulready (Seizure Press)
“All the Colours of the Tomato”, Simon Petrie ( Dimension6 #9, coeur de lion)
“Did We Break the End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts ( Defying Doomsday, Twelfth Planet

Crow Shine, Alan Baxter (Ticonderoga Publications)
, Jack Dann (PS Publishing)
A Feast of Sorrows
, Angela Slatter (Prime)
Winter Children
, Angela Slatter (PS Publishing)

Dreaming in the Dark, Jack Dann (ed.) (PS Publishing Australia)
Defying Doomsday
, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench (eds.) (Twelfth Planet Press)
Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2015
, Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein (eds.) (Twelfth Planet
Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 10
, Jonathan Strahan (ed.) (Solaris)
In Your Face, Tehani Wessely (ed.) (Fablecroft Publishing)

Elegy, Jane Abbott (Penguin Random House Australia)
The Bone Queen
, Alison Croggon (Penguin Books Australia)
The Other Side of Summer
, Emily Gale (Penguin Random House Australia)
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact
, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins Publishers)
Gemina: Illuminae Files 2, Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
Goldenhand, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)

Fear is the Rider, Kenneth Cook (Text Publishing)
My Sister Rosa
, Justine Larbalestier (Allen & Unwin)
The Grief Hole
, Kaaron Warren (IFWG Publishing Australia)

Nevernight, Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)
Fall of the Dagger
, Glenda Larke (Hachette Australia)
Den of Wolves
, Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)
, Angela Slatter (Jo Fletcher Books)
Road to Winter, Mark Smith (Text Publishing)
Sisters of the Fire, Kim Wilkins (Harlequin Australia)

Watershed, Jane Abbott ( Penguin Random House)
, SK Dunstall (Ace Books)
Gemina: Illuminae Files 2
, Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
Squid’s Grief
, DK Mok (self-published)
Stiletto, Daniel O’Malley (Harper Collins Publishers)
Threader, Rebekah Turner (Harlequin Australia)

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015

Ticonderoga Publications is soon to release The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015, boasting 31 fantastic stories and over 150, 000 words from Australia and New Zealand published in 2015. The collection, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, also includes a recommended reading list, a valuable snapshot of the state of A&NZ fantasy and horror in 2015.

This will be the first time an Australian Year's Best genre series has run to six consecutive single-year volumes. That’s quite an achievement. Well done, Ticonderoga Publications!

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015 will be available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook, in February/March 2017. The hardcover and paperback are available to pre-order at indiebooksonline.

The stories are:

  • Joanne Anderton, “2B”

  • Alan Baxter, “The Chart of the Vagrant Mariner”

  • Deborah Biancotti, “Look How Cold My Hands Are”

  • Stephen Dedman, “Oh, Have You Seen The Devil”

  • Erol Engin, “The Events at Callan Park”

  • Jason Fischer, “The Dog Pit”

  • Dirk Flinthart, “In the Blood”

  • Kimberley Gaal, “In Sheep's Clothing”

  • Stephanie Gunn, “The Flowers That Bloom Where Blood Touches Earth”

  • Lisa Hannett, “Consorting With Filth”

  • Robert Hood, “Double Speak”

  • Kathleen Jennings, “A Hedge of Yellow Roses”

  • Maree Kimberley, “Ninehearts”

  • Jay Kristoff, “Sleepless”

  • Martin Livings, “El Caballo Muerte”

  • Danny Lovecraft, “Reminiscences of Herbert West”

  • Kirstyn McDermott, “Self, Contained”

  • Sally McLennan, “ Mr Schmidt's Dead Pet Emporium”

  • DK Mok, “Almost Days”

  • Faith Mudge, “Blueblood”

  • Samantha Murray, “Half Past”

  • Jason Nahrung, “Night Blooming”

  • Garth Nix, “The Company of Women”

  • Anthony Panegyres, “Lady Killer”

  • Rivqa Rafael, “Beyond the Factory Wall”

  • Deborah Sheldon, “Perfect Little Stitches”

  • Angela Slatter, “Bluebeard's Daughter”

  • Cat Sparks, “Dragon Girl”

  • Lucy Sussex, “Angelito”

  • Anna Tambour, “Tap”

  • Kaaron Warren, “Mine Intercom”

That’s quite a list. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

Aurealis Awards

There are now fewer than two months left until entries close for the Aurealis Awards, the awards for Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror. The deadline is December 7. Make sure your work is submitted in time. It's a super easy process. To enter, go here.


I’ve been struggling with sticking to a writing routine lately, but I’ve recently joined a new write club and I’m finding this is really helping. As we were discussing today – cos we do talk as well as write – how often you write is such an individual thing, whether its daily or weekly or monthly depending on commitment etc, but the main thing is that its regular. The main thing is that is that it becomes a habit. The main thing is that it is prioritised. Okay, that’s three main things, all important. I’m starting to feel my way back into story world. I needed this. Other pluses include good company and scones. You can’t beat that.
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My story The Least of Things is now available in Aurealis #94. It's set in the Victorian high country. My grandfather lived in the mountains for many years, and most of our holidays were spent roaming the bush. Our little, ever-changing gang of cousins would be gone all day, only returning now and then during the day for food. We'd even be out at night sometimes, walking the creeks. It's hard for me now to imagine such freedom. My imagination often returns to this environment and so, when I was working on a story exploring themes around connection and place, it was natural that this became the setting. The title of the story is taken from Jung's Modern Man in Search of a Soul. Here is the full quote: 'The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.'