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  • Death at the Blue Elephant a World Fantasy Award Nominee

    We are floating above the clouds at this morning's news that Janeen Webb's incredible collection, Death at the Blue Elephant, has been announced as one of five works for the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection.

    We'd like to congratulate Janeen on this fabulous achievement, and thank her, Nick Stathopolous (cover artist), Pamela Sargent (introduction), and everyone who was involved in the production of this book. We'd also like to thanks everyone who has bought and promoted Death at the Blue Elephant.

    You can buy this book directly from us at http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=elephantor at many fine bookshops.

    A huge congratulations to all five works nominated

    Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus)
    Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
    They Do the Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
    The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
    • Death at the Blue Elephant, Janeen Webb (Ticonderoga)

    • Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus)
    • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
    • They Do the Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
    • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
    • Death at the Blue Elephant, Janeen Webb (Ticonderoga)
    - See more at: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2015/07/2015-world-fantasy-awards-ballot/#sthash.PYpuWLk8.dpuf
    • Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus)
    • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
    • They Do the Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
    • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
    • Death at the Blue Elephant, Janeen Webb (Ticonderoga)
    - See more at: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2015/07/2015-world-fantasy-awards-ballot/#sthash.PYpuWLk8.dpuf
    • Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus)
    • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
    • They Do the Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
    • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
    • Death at the Blue Elephant, Janeen Webb (Ticonderoga)
    - See more at: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2015/07/2015-world-fantasy-awards-ballot/#sthash.PYpuWLk8.dpuf• Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus)
    • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
    • They Do the Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
    • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
    • Death at the Blue Elephant, Janeen Webb (Ticonderoga)
    • Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus)
    • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
    • They Do the Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
    • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
    • Death at the Blue Elephant, Janeen Webb (Ticonderoga)
    - See more at: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2015/07/2015-world-fantasy-awards-ballot/#sthash.PYpuWLk8.dpuf
    • Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus)
    • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
    • They Do the Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
    • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
    • Death at the Blue Elephant, Janeen Webb (Ticonderoga)
    - See more at: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2015/07/2015-world-fantasy-awards-ballot/#sthash.PYpuWLk8.dpuf

    Statistics: as far as we can see, Janeen is the sixth Australian to be nominated for the Best Collection award, joining Terry Dowling, Margo Lanagan (twice, and only Australian to win), Angela Slatter (twice), Shaun Tan, and Lisa L. Hannett. Ticonderoga Publications is the second Australian publisher (and first Australian small press) to publish two nominees, after Allen & Unwin. Janeen has previously won the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology in 1999 for Dreaming Down Under, co-edited by Jack Dann.

  • Ecopunk! A minterview with Janeen Webb

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    Over coming weeks we'll have a series of mini interviews ("minterviews" if you will) with some of the awesome writers in our forthcoming Ecopunk! (check it out on kickstarter http://kck.st/2xGeJ9x)

    Next up is Janeen Webb. Janeenis a multiple award winning author, editor and critic who has written or edited ten books and over a hundred essays and stories. Her short story collection, Death At The Blue Elephant, was short listed for the 2015 World Fantasy Award. Janeen is a recipient of the World Fantasy Award, the Peter MacNamara SF Achievement Award, the Aurealis Award, and the Ditmar Award. She holds a PhD in literature from the University of Newcastle, and divides her time between Melbourne and a small farm overlooking the sea near Wilson's Promontory, Australia.

    1. Tell us a little about your Ecopunk! story, and the inspiration behind it. 

    I'm sitting in a Melbourne cafe, sipping my usual latte, trying to imagine a world without coffee - uncomfortably aware that the sheer volume of water it takes to produce a single cup could well render coffee crops unsustainable in a post climate-change environment. My Ecopunk! story, "Monkey Business", turns on the defence of just such a crop, but it's not just about the coffee - it's about the escalating conflict between food security and bio diversity.

    "Monkey Business" begins when Brunelli - coffee lover, kick-ass woman warrior, wildlife defender par excellence - rescues a baby capuchin monkey in the course of her battle protect a precious patch of rainforest against systematic deforestation. The inspiration for this scenario is partly autobiographical, in that, when I lived in South-East Asia, I adopted and raised an orphaned baby gibbon (the smallest of the apes), whose mother had died in just such a circumstance. It also stems from my growing sense of alarm that ongoing habitat destruction is pushing so many creatures - including the gentle orang utans - to the brink of extinction. I don't want to imagine a world without them. But I have no illusions about the probable outcome - in a neo-liberal global economy, money always wins: the trick will be to find a way to make the production of the cash crops that are so valuable to private businesses contingent upon the survival of bio diverse wildlife. It's worth a try. That's where Brunelli comes in....

    2. What science fictional technology do you wish we had now?

    There are so many things I wish we had. What happened to the personal jet packs we were promised when we were kids? But the thing I most long for is a time machine - or at least a reliable matter transmitter, or a variation on the sf technology that would provide instantaneous transport. I think about it every time I join the queue for yet another expensive, exhausting long haul flight. There's never a time machine when you need one. And I need one.

    3. With all these scary climate events happening at the moment, it's sometimes hard to see some light. What gives you the most hope for humanity and the world?

    At a time when our leaders are governing more for the party room than for the people, it's the people who give me hope. It's the grass roots movements we see everywhere, the vibrant responses of people who value life in all its myriad forms: the people who give their time to providing humanitarian aid, to wildlife rescue, to gardening heirloom crops and creating seed banks. If a group of amateur astronomers can find a new planet (and they did), maybe, collectively, we can find a way to save this one.

    --

    Ecopunk! - speculative tales of radical futures contains 19 optimistic tales, selected by two award-winning editors, showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite the looming uncertainty from climate change. The incredible line-up includes some of Australia's best science fiction writers.

  • Ecopunk! contents revealed!

    We're really pleased to be able to reveal the stories selected by Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks for the Ecopunk! anthology.

    Ecopunk! - speculative tales of radical futures contains 19 optimistic tales, selected by two award-winning editors, showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite the looming uncertainty from climate change. The incredible line-up includes some of Australia's best science fiction writers.

    Adam Browne, “The Radiolarian Violin"
    Matthew Chrulew, “Future Perfect”
    Emilie Collyer, “From the Dark”
    Jason Fischer, “Milk and Honey”
    Tom Guerney, “The Mangrove Maker”
    Claire McKenna, “Mr. Mycelium”
    R. Jean Mathieu, “The City Sunk, “the City Risen”
    D.K. Mok, “The Wandering Library”
    Jason Nahrung, “The Today Home”
    Ian Nichols, “First Flight”
    Shauna O'Meara, “Island Green”
    Rivqa Rafael, “Trivalent”
    Jane Rawson, “The Right Side of History”
    Jane Routley, “The Scent of Betrayal, “
    Andrew Sullivan, “The Butterfly Whisperer”
    Janeen Webb, “Monkey Business”
    Corey J. White, “Happy Hunting Ground”
    Tess Williams, “Broad Church”
    Marian Womack, “Pink Footed”

    Ecopunk! will be published in 2017 by Ticonderoga Publications. Keep an eye on our website for more news.

  • Ecopunk! cover revealed!

    Ecopunk! book cover, white text on green foliage backgroundWe're really pleased to be able to reveal the cover of Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks' forthcoing Ecopunk! anthology.

    The artwork is by Peg Hewitt (pegsplaytime.blogspot.com.au).

    Ecopunk! - speculative tales of radical futures contains 19 optimistic tales, selected by two award-winning editors, showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite the looming uncertainty from climate change. The incredible line-up includes some of Australia's best science fiction writers.

    Adam Browne, “The Radiolarian Violin"
    Matthew Chrulew, “Future Perfect”
    Emilie Collyer, “From the Dark”
    Jason Fischer, “Milk and Honey”
    Tom Guerney, “The Mangrove Maker”
    Claire McKenna, “Mr. Mycelium”
    R. Jean Mathieu, “The City Sunk, the City Risen”
    D.K. Mok, “The Wandering Library”
    Jason Nahrung, “The Today Home”
    Ian Nichols, “First Flight”
    Shauna O'Meara, “Island Green”
    Rivqa Rafael, “Trivalent”
    Jane Rawson, “The Right Side of History”
    Jane Routley, “The Scent of Betrayal"
    Andrew Sullivan, “The Butterfly Whisperer”
    Janeen Webb, “Monkey Business”
    Corey J. White, “Happy Hunting Ground”
    Tess Williams, “Broad Church”
    Marian Womack, “Pink Footed”

    Ecopunk! will be published in October 2017 by Ticonderoga Publications. Keep an eye on our website for more news.

  • Ecopunk! kickstarter pre-order!

    Ecopunk! book cover, white text on green foliage backgroundWe've set up a kickstarter to spead the word about Ecopunk! Order your ebook or paperback here, or get a pre-order exclusive copy of the limited hardcover. The hardcover will not be available for general retail, only by pre-order. You can also get a copy of the awesome Ecopunk! souvenir hoodie! Check it out at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/499651181/ecopunk-speculative-tales-of-radical-futures-anthoand help us make this awesome book happen!

    The kickstarter runs until Friday 22 September.

    Cover artwork is by Peg Hewitt (pegsplaytime.blogspot.com.au).

    Ecopunk! - speculative tales of radical futures contains 19 optimistic tales, selected by two award-winning editors, showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite the looming uncertainty from climate change. The incredible line-up includes some of Australia's best science fiction writers.

    Adam Browne, “The Radiolarian Violin"
    Matthew Chrulew, “Future Perfect”
    Emilie Collyer, “From the Dark”
    Jason Fischer, “Milk and Honey”
    Tom Guerney, “The Mangrove Maker”
    Claire McKenna, “Mr. Mycelium”
    R. Jean Mathieu, “The City Sunk, the City Risen”
    D.K. Mok, “The Wandering Library”
    Jason Nahrung, “The Today Home”
    Ian Nichols, “First Flight”
    Shauna O'Meara, “Island Green”
    Rivqa Rafael, “Trivalent”
    Jane Rawson, “The Right Side of History”
    Jane Routley, “The Scent of Betrayal"
    Andrew Sullivan, “The Butterfly Whisperer”
    Janeen Webb, “Monkey Business”
    Corey J. White, “Happy Hunting Ground”
    Tess Williams, “Broad Church”
    Marian Womack, “Pink Footed”

    Ecopunk! will be published in October 2017 by Ticonderoga Publications. Keep an eye on our website for more news.

  • Year's Best for 2014 Contents Announced

    years best fantasy and horror v5.webWe're really happy to be able to announce the final line-up and cover of the fifth volume of The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.

    Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have compiled an impressive list of fantastic stories first published in 2014, from New Zealand's and Australia's finest writers.

    The 28 stories selected are

    • Alan Baxter, “Shadows of the Lonely Dead” [Suspended in Dusk]
    • James Bradley, “The Changeling” [Fearsome Magics]
    • Imogen Cassidy, “Soul Partner” [Aurealis 74]
    • David Conyers & David Kernot, “The Bullet & The Flesh” [World War Cthulhu]
    • Terry Dowling, “The Corpse Rose” [Nightmare Carnival]
    • Thoraiya Dyer, “The Oud” [Long Hidden Anthology]
    • Jason Franks, “Metempsychosis” [SQ Mag]
    • Michelle Goldsmith, “Of Gold and Dust” [Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 60]
    • Michael Grey, “1884” [Cthulhu Lives: An Eldrich Tribute to H.P.Lovecraft]
    • Stephanie Gunn, “Escapement” [Kisses by Clockwork]
    • Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, “Vox” [The Female Factory]
    • Gerry Huntman, “Of The Colour Tumeric, Climbing on Fingertips” [Night Terrors III]
    • Rick Kennett, “Dolls for Another Day” [The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows: Vol 2]
    • Charlotte Kieft, “Chiaroscuro” [Disquiet]
    • SG Larner, “Kneaded” [Phantazein]
    • Claire McKenna, “Yard” [Use Only As Directed]
    • Andrew J. McKiernan, “A Prayer for Lazarus” [Last Year, When We Were Young]
    • Faith Mudge, “Signature” [Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi]
    • Jason Nahrung, “The Preservation Society” [Dimension6]
    • Emma Osborne, “The Box Wife” [Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre & Twisted #9]
    • Angela Rega, “Shedding Skin” [Crossed Genres]
    • Tansy Rayner Roberts, “The Love Letters of Swans” [Phantazein]
    • Angela Slatter, “The Badger Bride” [Strange Tales IV]
    • Cat Sparks, “New Chronicles of Andras Thorn” [Dimension6 Annual Collection 2014]
    • Anna Tambour, “The Walking-stick Forest” [Tor.com]
    • Kyla Ward, “Necromancy” [Spectral Realms #1]
    • Kaaron Warren, “Bridge of Sighs” [Fearful Symmetries: An Anthology of Horror]
    • Janeen Webb, “Lady of the Swamp” [Death at the Blue Elephant]

    In addition to the above incredible tales, the volume will include a review of 2014 and a list of highly recommended stories.

    The editors will shortly begin reading for the sixth volume of The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror.

    The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014 is scheduled for publication in late-October 2015 and can be pre-ordered at indiebooksonline.com. The anthology will be available in hardcover, ebook and trade editions.

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