|Posted on Sunday, June 06, 2004 - 02:24 am: |
'Birds of the Brushes and Scrubs' is now featuring at Ticonderoga - http://ticonderogaonline.org/main.html
Next up hard copy magazine 'Orb' will deliver 'Conversations with Eternity' and later in the year Aurealis - more hard copy - will carry 'The Dust Beneath her Feet'.
|Posted on Sunday, January 02, 2005 - 04:36 am: |
The Dust Beneath her Feet is finally out in Aurealis #33/34/35
|Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2005 - 11:25 pm: |
Mad, bad, and dangerous Ben Peek attempts to interview anybody who's doing anything in Australian spec fic in a week!
|Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2005 - 05:09 am: |
i sure am getting called a lot of things for doing this... ;)
|Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 04:24 am: |
All of which you deserve. Courageous would be another one to add to the list. So Ben, should you drop by again what do you think of the current state of Australian speculative fiction?
|Posted on Monday, April 18, 2005 - 05:11 am: |
i honestly don't read enough to make a judgement on quality, geoff. when i started out trying to publish, i read a fair bit of it, just to get the lay of the land, so to say, but in the last five to six years, it has dropped to snatches here and there. part of it is due to time and money: for the last four years i've been in a phd, so when i sit down to read for pleasure, i want to read things that excite me. that's not the local scene. that's authors like haruki murakami, vladamir nabakov, old avram davidson books i manage to find, thomas lynch... since my pleasure reading time is so small, and i want to keep it a pleasure, rather than a chore, i read only what i want. i make no excuses for the fact that i will pick murakami's new novel over the latest whatever from the scene.
the other side of it is that my tastes have changed, and when i look at fiction now, i want something... i guess the way to describe it, is i want something that takes me out of white, middle class suburban authors (whether they are that or not isn't the point--it's the flavour of the writing). for example, i bought liz williams' collection from nightshade, simple because it promised me a mix of different cultural influences. that's what it takes to make me spend my cash these days. it's not the only guide for my taste, naturally, but i find that a lot of what i read can be described like this. in the parts of the local scene i've read recently, and no matter the quality (it varies based on taste naturally) and whatever you may wish to call it, it reads very white and very middle class. it has since the nineties when i first got involved.
well, i guess that is a comment on the work put out by the scene, isn't it? feel free to take it or leave it. i don't give much thought to it, except that what i actively pursue is not offered here.
on its state, it appears healthy, though i think it could get healthier simply by bringing in an online store to sell all the mags and collections in one place, and having a stronger review presence on the web. (and stronger reviewers. there's a definate lack of good critical voices in the online reviewers of oz.)
so there you go.
|Posted on Sunday, April 24, 2005 - 12:42 am: |
When it comes to novels I mostly read the stuff that is so-called "literature". But short stories are a different matter. There's a lot more interesting things happening with short stories in spec fic than anywhere else -- well, maybe there used to be. I'm not so convinced of this in Australia I admit, right at this moment. Although the good different stuff is certainly there. But I think most of our magazines and anthos aspire to being the next Asimov's or F&SF, rather than being completely different. I think if editors specialised a bit more, it would be a good thing. And having a centralised, well-known site for central ordering would be an excellent thing, as you suggested.
All those interviews that Ben arranged can now be found at: http://www.tabula-rasa.info/Snapshot . Go have a look. For an idea that was supposed to be filling in time; it's an incredible achievement.
|Posted on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 04:47 am: |
apparently someone is thinking of giving the central site idea a go. dunno if it'll happen, but she seemed pretty keen on it.
people also tell me donna's site is designed for that, but the thing is pretty much useless, imo, and though i've coped some flak for saying it, i'll keep my opinion on it, no matter how well intentioned she might be.
|Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 - 04:58 pm: |
Infinity Plus has just posted an interview/discussion between myself and Maxine McArthur (author of Time Past, Time Future and Less Than Human) http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/nonfiction/intgmmm.htm
Short stories by myself and Maxine are also now available on that site. Links are at the end of the discussion article.
|Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - 08:24 pm: |
Great conversation, Geoff. And it's good to be able to read these stories from the links.
|Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 09:54 pm: |
Thanks, Anna. It was very good of Keith to make the opportunity available. Infinity Plus has become quite an amazing archive.
|Posted on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 09:38 am: |
Thanks, Geoff. We have masses of stuff to add to infinity plus in the lead up to the Glasgow Worldcon, including a complete Michael Coney novel and a bunch of stories from Bruce Holland Rogers. And then I'm taking a break for a few weeks - phew!
|Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 09:00 pm: |
Nice job on the Devil in Brisbane. I recived my contributor's copy on Friday and it looks a damn good package.
|Posted on Sunday, October 02, 2005 - 12:13 am: |
Thanks Lee. I saw Trent at the Brisbane Writers Festival this weekend and his "Reserved for Travelling Shows" collection is so very close to becoming a reality too.
|Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 03:13 am: |
That's great on two fronts: 1) I've been dying to get my hands on a copy and 2) it means we might get a bit closer to getting my book out there.
Both these possibilities make me happy