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KJ Bishop
Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 - 11:10 am:   

I'm delighted to announce that I'm contributing a story and cover art to THE ALSISO PROJECT, published by Elastic press:
http://www.elasticpress.com/alsiso.htm

All the stories are about Alsiso!
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KJ Bishop
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2003 - 02:10 pm:   

News - The Alsiso Project is now completed and available for purchase:
http://www.elasticpress.com/alsiso.htm


This is the official press release:

Elastic Press is an increasingly successful publishing house formed with the purpose of showcasing popular independent press writers in a series of high quality short story anthologies.

Usually publishing single-author anthologies, Elastic Press expands into the multi-author format with The Alsiso Project (publication date 31st December 2003) in which twenty-three writers examine the enigma of Alsiso. Spurred by a simple typographical error, and containing an eclectic mix of styles, ideas, genres and meaning, The Alsiso Project is a unique anthology of expression interweaving coincidence with commentary, mystery with knowledge, and illusion with fate.

“This is what you get when you give creative minds rules and obstacles to overcome. Freshness, originality, wit, cruelty and a certain amount of outrageous slyness.” – From the Introduction by Christopher Fowler.

The Alsiso Project contains stories by Marion Arnott, Allen Ashley, K.J. Bishop, Gary Couzens, Matt Dinniman, John Grant, Kay Green, Andrew Hook, Brian Howell, Andrew Humphrey, Nick Jackson, Christopher Kenworthy, David Allen Lambert, Antony Mann, Marie O'Regan, Lisa Pearson, Justina Robson, Nicholas Royle, Steve Savile, Alasdair Stuart, Kaaron Warren, Conrad Williams, and Tamar Yellin.

From Alsiso – Justina Robson: I know that he would kill me, if he had the chance, if he wasn’t seen, because he thinks of himself as the original, the father, and that he has the right. Somewhere in the jungle he’d have his chance if I let him but I make every effort to be accompanied by others. So does he. So do they all. So do we all.

From Alsiso – K.J. Bishop: Alsiso’s exile lasted two hundred years. He roamed, vagrant, in distant lands, sleeping in fields of sugar cane, searching for his reflection in flooded temples where the bodies of monks had turned to fish, and he drank the ponging lees of sanctity.

From Alsiso – Brian Howell: Jun noticed a thin vertical line opening up in the wall. At first it was pitch black, then totally white, from which it proceeded through all the colours of the spectrum. These colours then began to separate like the closed iris petals of a camera, then slowly opened, sucking him very gently into the space next door.
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Brian Howell
Posted on Thursday, December 25, 2003 - 06:01 am:   

Enjoyed your 'Alsiso', K.J. A great way to kick off the antho. Very clever. I kept thinking of the sci-fi bits in Margaret Atwood's work. Hope that's a compliment.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 10:14 pm:   

Thanks, Brian. Though I confess I haven't read any Atwood, I can certainly take it as a compliment on faith!
I'm looking forward to getting my copy. I gather another Australian has hers, so mine should be here soon.
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Brian Howell
Posted on Saturday, December 27, 2003 - 04:04 am:   

Well, I'm in Japan, so don't give up hope! I've read bits and pieces of Atwood, but she has that kind of thing going on in The Blind Assassin. Where are you in Oz? (Not that I know much about the country. Wanna go there some time.)
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Brian Howell
Posted on Saturday, December 27, 2003 - 04:24 pm:   

Kirste, have you checked out the Elastic Press Alsiso 2 thread in Feedback, btw?
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Kirsten
Posted on Saturday, December 27, 2003 - 05:39 pm:   

Brian -

I'm down in Melbourne. Parents recently back from a short holiday in Japan - Kyoto gardens tour - and had mouthwatering photos to show us at Christmas.
If I may ask, what has brought you to live in Japan? I studied the language for a while, but am very rusty now.
I've just been to look at the Alsiso thread - all sounds very good!

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Brian Howell
Posted on Monday, December 29, 2003 - 05:24 am:   

Kyoto is stunning. 'Nuff said.

Japan. Nothing startling - fascination with writers and film directors and contact with a lot of Japanese people in London did the trick! Plus being able to get a decently-paid job.
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Steve Savile
Posted on Saturday, January 03, 2004 - 09:18 am:   

Kirsten,

Just read your take on Alsiso - I must admit that this is my first taste of your stuff, but I will be picking up the Tor copy of The Etched City as a result - very nice job. I can see why Andrew kicked off the book with the story...
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 12:41 am:   

First review of the Alsiso Project, by David Price:
http://www.sarahcrabtree.net/fiction.htm

Steve, if you're reading this - he likes your story, as did I. Thanks for buying Etched - I hope you enjoy it!
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 12:43 am:   

Er, that is, if you do pick it up. It's nothing like Alsiso, so, you know...
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Steve Savile
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 02:50 pm:   

Hi Kirsten,

Thanks for the kind words and the link - I just finished reading The Etched City and it is gorgeous. I'm definitely glad I forked over the few bob for it. Another nice Alsiso review on Alien Online. You are right, your story in the antho could not be more different than the novel, but in both you demonstrate a wonderful rich skill with the language that I love. You've produced a thing of great beauty. Congratulations and heres to many more. Soon :-)
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - 11:48 am:   

Thanks, Steve! I'm very happy you enjoyed EC.

Here's the review, folks:
http://www.thealienonline.net/ao_030.asp?tid=2&scid=20&iid=2209
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Neil Ayres
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 03:42 am:   

Hi Kirsten,

Just wanted to say thanks for your responses to the multi-author Alsiso interview for Dusk. 1 Lasso made me laugh.

Everything's had to be edited down, but maybe Andrew will post all of the authors' responses in their entirety on the Elastic Press site.

A combination of 1 Lasso and the Moorcock review in the Guardian should see me picking up a copy of The Etched City very soon.
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 01:53 pm:   

Hi Kirsten

your Alsiso story has also got a very good mention in Cheryl Morgan's review now posted at Emerald City (scroll down for review).

For those interested, I've also reviewed The Etched City and interviewed Kirsten for the British Fantasy Society's magazine Prism which should be out soon.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, April 26, 2004 - 11:42 am:   

The Alsiso Project is an interesting book. It's nice how a theme can be this vague to allow such different styles of stories.
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 - 12:54 pm:   

Hi Kirsten

good to see you in London last Saturday :-)

The Alsiso Project has received another good review, this time on Infinity Plus
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2004 - 01:07 am:   

Hi Andrew,

It was great to meet you and Allen and Nick. Nice review!
I'm in Sweden right now, near possibly the world's only Thai restaurant with moose antlers mounted on the drinks fridge!
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Geoffrey Maloney
Posted on Sunday, June 06, 2004 - 02:12 am:   

Ah,yes,the Ko Sa Moosie, I remember it well. Do they still grind the moose antlers in with the galangal, lemon grass, kaffir lime, coriander root, fish sauce, chilli, etc? A bit gritty, I know, but it's a curry to knock your horns off.



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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Sunday, June 06, 2004 - 06:24 am:   

The pad thai med Äntlergrit was indeed on the menu, Geoff...
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Geoffrey Maloney
Posted on Monday, June 07, 2004 - 12:21 am:   

BTW (this is the Thai food thread isn't it?) I've just about finished reading The Alsiso Project - it's been a great read; I have enjoyed nearly every story at one level or another, and there was only one story - which had promise of being an interesting urban fantasy, but then turned into an ordinary piece of modern social realism - that disappointed.

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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Monday, June 07, 2004 - 02:29 am:   

Temporarily, this was the Thai Slops Ejector thread.
Now, thanks to you, Geoff, the thread is feeling much better and is back to its normal self! I'm delighted you've been (mostly - or even moosetly) enjoying the book.

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Andrew Hook
Posted on Monday, June 07, 2004 - 03:04 pm:   

Hi Kirsten

glad your European tour is going well. If you're in Stockholm for a while then you might be interested in knowing that fellow Alsiso writer Steve Savile lives there. I'll email you his email address, if you want.

Thai food is the best in the world, in my opinion, moose or no moose...
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Monday, June 07, 2004 - 09:15 pm:   

Hey Andrew,

Not in Stockholm, I'm afraid. We're just in Gothenberg for a conference, then heading down to Vienna.

I pretty much agree on the Thai food. And I love those coconut milk ice drinks they make, which sadly haven't spread to the rest of the world as yet.
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 05:58 am:   

Hi Kirsten

thought you might like to know that another review of The Alsiso Project has been posted on Infinity Plus.

That's the second review on that site, and another is apparantly due to appear there soon.

Happy travels :-)
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Elastic Press
Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 09:08 am:   

K.J.Bishop's Alsiso story from The Alsiso Project (Elastic Press) has been shortlisted for an Aurealis Award and the winner will be announced at the presentation ceremony on January 22nd. This is an Australian resident only award, and I also nominated Christopher Kenworthy and Kaaron Warren's stories, but Kirsten's is the one which made it to the final selection.

Andrew
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Jonathan
Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 11:35 am:   

Fabulous News, Kirsten, and well deserved! Not only the anchor of the collection but easily my favorite story! Congratulations!

luv,

Jonathan
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 12:14 pm:   

Hi again, Andrew - this is really a big surprise! Thanks for inviting me to contribute to Alsiso. It's a cool book, and I'm very proud to be in it!

Hi Jonathan - thanks! I'm curious to see the list of finalists, which will be at www.aurealisawards.com sometime soon.
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Geoffrey Maloney
Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 06:39 pm:   

Yippee! Great news about the AA nomination. Apparently they let me in too for Bush of Ghosts.
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 11:38 pm:   

Congrats to you too Geoff.

The list is now up on AA website. Amusing to see they've misspelt "Alsiso" - another anthology beckons...
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 12:30 am:   

Geoff - yes, congrats! I posted a message over on your board.

Andrew - I love the irony. This could go on. Alsiso, Alsisio, Alsissimo - first-person conjugation of the verb Alsis, meaning 'to seize upon an opportunity created by an error'. Or, in the language of the Spangled Adepts of Liberace IV, 'to install a better rooftop swimming pool in one's battlecruiser than the opponent has in his'. I think it means something in the language of plantain trees, too...
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 01:06 am:   

Last weekend "The Alsiso Project" picked up the British Fantasy Society award for Best Anthology published in 2004. There's not many copies of this book left here at Elastic Press, and in the States our only stockist is Shocklines, so if you want to see what all the fuss is about it's best to order now.

Thanks again for your story and cover design, Kirsten :-)
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 12:24 pm:   

Woo-hoo! That's great news!! I'm proud to have been a part of Alsiso. Congratulations on a well-masterminded job, Andrew :-)
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 12:30 pm:   

And good on ya for the Best Small Press award! Those statuettes rock; they'll make a lovely pair on the mantelpiece.
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kellys
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 08:05 am:   

Hi Kirsten,

I've been googling the web, trying to find some concrete info on your next projects, but to no aveil. I absolutely adored The Etched City and am anxiously awaiting your next work. Can we expect another novel, story collection, etc. from you in the near future? I sure hope so!

Thanks for indulging a fan.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 05:13 pm:   

Hi Kelly,

Glad you liked The Etched City. I'm working on a couple of books, but I'm not sure when the next one will be published. I'm not a fast author. The most recent thing I've published is a short story in the anthology 'The Devil in Brisbane', from Prime Books.

Thanks for writing, and thanks for indulging a dilatory writer. :-)
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kellys
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 05:29 pm:   

Kirsten,

Thanks for the response. Feel free to be as fast or slow, dilatory or prompt, a writer as you need to be. I'm just glad to know that you're still writing, and I will definitely keep an eye open for The Devil in Brisbane collection.

Good luck with all of your projects.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 02:17 pm:   

Cheers, Kelly. The Prime website is here:
http://www.primebooks.net/
Lotsa good writers.

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