Tag Archives: spec fic

A chat with Lauren Kate (Botanical Gardens, Brisbane)

I recently met Lauren Kate for a chat at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens. Passion, the third novel in her Fallen series, was released in mid June and has dominated Australia’s bestsellers lists since then. Lauren said she was enjoying her Australian tour and … Continue reading

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Maria V Snyder – Author Interview

For those unfamiliar, how would you describe your fiction? My stories so far fall under the wide umbrella of speculative fiction.  I’ve six fantasy books and two dystopian novels.  I would say my style is character-focused, fast-paced, and uses elements … Continue reading

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A chat with Ben Chandler (Glenelg, Adelaide)

I recently met Ben Chandler for a chat in Glenelg, Adelaide. Glenelg beach was teeming with summer beachgoers and we met in nearby coffe shop, Cibo. I first met Ben when he was a panelist at AussieCon 4: the 68th … Continue reading

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The Lost Castle and blending unfamiliar details into a story

When introducing something unfamiliar to a reader, such as humanoid dinosaur characters of various sorts in Michael Pryor’s The Lost Castle in his series The Chronicles of Krangor, it is often a useful idea to combine it with something familiar … Continue reading

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Persistence of Memory/Token of Darkness, by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’s Persistence of Memory/Token of Darkness is two short novels (or novellas, depending at what point you call something a novel or novella – the stories are 212 and 197 pages) in one book. The front cover of the … Continue reading

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On ‘In Conversation: Kim Stanley Robinson and Robert Silverberg’

This article is based on a session at AussieCon 4. WHO THEY ARE Robert Silverberg (Bob) and Kim Stanley Robinson (Stan) are both highly acclaimed science fiction writers, each with decades of experience. Bob has been writing sci fi since the … Continue reading

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On ‘Nuts and Bolts: Editing YA Spec Fic’

This article is based on panel discussion between editors on the second day of AussieCon 4. Editing can involve a wide range of considerations about a book and this panel discussion covered many different aspects of editorial concern for young … Continue reading

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