1. The World Ceres

It is times like this that I wish Isaac Asimov was still alive; I imagine he would be a sprightly and mentally vigorous 95. He would have been excited, stimulated, and thoroughly engaged in the adventures of NASA’s Dawn Probe. The Dawn,...

2. BattleAxe, The Axis Trilo...

It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since Battleaxe first hit Australian shelves and entered readers’ imaginations. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of this game-changing novel, other writers have meaningfully reflected upon...

3. Death and Dying: In fact,...

Death is all around us. It’s on the news, in the computer games we play, the shows we watch. It’s in the books we read. For most of us in Australia, it’s around us in these forms far more often that it is in reality. Yet all that...

4. Fiona McIntosh remembers ...

I read BattleAxe as an advance reading copy two decades ago; it was handed to me by a bookseller addicted to reading fantasy and keen to get this new writer moving.  This was a time in my life when the thought of writing a novel was only...

5. Lord Grimdark VS Australi...

Half the World, the second novel in fantasy trilogy The Shattered Sea, was released on February 1st of this year. Author Joe Abercrombie recently travelled to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth for his Australian tour – he was...
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The World Ceres

The World Ceres

It is times like this that I wish Isaac Asimov was still alive; I imagine he would be a sprightly and mentally vigorous 95. He would have been excited, stimulated, and thoroughly engaged in the adventures of...
BattleAxe, The Axis Trilogy and Sara’s Women: Re-reading Sara Douglass with Karen Brooks

BattleAxe, The Axis Trilogy and SaraR...

It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since Battleaxe first hit Australian shelves and entered readers’ imaginations. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of this game-changing novel, other writers...
Death and Dying: In fact, in fiction

Death and Dying: In fact, in fiction

Death is all around us. It’s on the news, in the computer games we play, the shows we watch. It’s in the books we read. For most of us in Australia, it’s around us in these forms far more often that it...
Fiona McIntosh remembers Sara Douglass

Fiona McIntosh remembers Sara Douglass

I read BattleAxe as an advance reading copy two decades ago; it was handed to me by a bookseller addicted to reading fantasy and keen to get this new writer moving.  This was a time in my life when the...

Alan Baxter’s Obsidian is an Aurea...

Congratulations to the awesome Alan Baxter, who’s second Alex Caine novel, Obsidian, is a finalist for Best Horror Novel at this year’s Aurealis Awards! From the Aurealis website: Judging...
Lord Grimdark VS Australia or Joe Abercrombie’s Australian Tour Roundup

Lord Grimdark VS Australia or Joe Abercr...

Half the World, the second novel in fantasy trilogy The Shattered Sea, was released on February 1st of this year. Author Joe Abercrombie recently travelled to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth for his...

Nebula Awards!

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2014 Nebula Awards nominees, for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre...

20 Years of BattleAxe

Earlier this week we were pretty excited to finally get finished copies of a very special book- the upcoming 20th Anniversary edition of Sara Douglass’s original breakthrough bestseller and, arguably,...
Talk to the Animals

Talk to the Animals

Doctor Dolittle wanted to talk with the animals. As a child, I just accepted the fact that the animals wanted to talk back. These days, I can’t help feeling that if wild animals could talk, most would ask us...
Joe Abercrombie Touring Australia!

Joe Abercrombie Touring Australia!

Lord Grimdark himself, Joe Abercrombie, is heading to Australia this month! The author of the Shattered Sea series ( Book 2 of which, Half the World, is out now) spent much of his youth in imaginary worlds,...
BattleAxe: 20th Anniversary Edition

BattleAxe: 20th Anniversary Edition

  “Sara was both pathfinder and inspiration; we owe her a great debt.” - Juliet Marillier  Sara Douglass was a pioneering voice in Australian fantasy.  Inspired by a tiny plastic axe she found on a...
The Science of Being Short

The Science of Being Short

When I was still at school, a very cruel song came out called ‘Short People’. Now that I’m older – and hopefully wiser, I know this song was written to point out the unfairness of prejudice. Back then,...

Arya’s new Game of Thrones Season ...

So a few days ago Entertainment Weekly got the scoop on Maisie Williams’ new Arya costume for Season 5 onwards! The coming season marks a change in Arya’s situation and as readers will know, more...
Brave Men Die: free extract

Brave Men Die: free extract

PROLOGUE  In the early hours of the morning the township of Tarkinholm was quiet. A slight breeze blew along the coast and gently rippled the water in the bay. The members of the night watch stationed...
Mind the Gap or can we stop the teleportation train now? Darius would like to get off.

Mind the Gap or can we stop the teleport...

Darius Ibrahim is not having a good week. He’s been threatened by a knife-wielding maniac on a London train, interrogated by a mysterious warrior woman beneath the city’s streets, pursued by a...

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