The final ballot for the 2015 Aurealis Awards has been announced, and we're very chuffed to be among the nominees!
A huge congratulations to
“Blueblood”, Faith Mudge, in Hear Me Roar - Best Young Adult Short Story, Best Fantasy Short Story
“Broken Glass”, Stephanie Gunn, in Hear Me Roar - Best Fantasy Novella
“The Flowers that Bloom Where Blood Touches the Earth”, Stephanie Gunn in Bloodlines - Best Fantasy Novella
The Finest Ass in the Universe, Anna Tambour - Best Collection
Bloodlines, Amanda Pillar (ed) - Best Anthology
The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2014, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (ed) - Best Anthology
Hear Me Roar, Liz Grzyb (ed) - Best Anthology
and good luck! The results will be announced at the end of March at the Australian National Convention.
You can buy these books (at 20% off until the end of February!) at
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2014 http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/202
The Finest Ass in the Universe http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/197
You can check out the full list of finalists here https://aurealisawards.org/2016/02/17/announcement-2015-aurealis-awards-shortlists/
We've set up a kickstarter project. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/499651181/the-years-best-australian-fantasy-and-horror-6
We need your help to become the first Australian-focussed year's best speculative fiction anthology series to publish 6 consecutive volumes.
The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror is over 150,000 words of the best fantasy and horror fiction written by Australians (and New Zealanders) and published all over the world in 2015. We've already done this five times for the years 2010-2014, and we'd like to do it again.
In addition to the reprinted fiction, The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror series features an extensive introductory essay on the annual state of the genre, obituaries, a recommended reading list, and a list of Australian and New Zealand award recipients.
It is the only volume of its kind being published in Australia at present.
Putting together a volume of this size, usually featuring the work of more than 30 contributors, is a big task for two editors and a small press.
The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror series is an important work, but it is also a considerable up-front cost: several thousand dollars of outgoings before a single cent comes back.
We're doing this because we love Australian speculative fiction, we love books, and we want to keep doing this as long as we can. We're in this for the long term, but could use some help to keep this title going.
Please consider backing us!
To commemorate our 20th year in publishing, we've taken 20% off all of our paperback titles at indiebooksonline! For the entire month of February! Check out our range, get awesome new titles like HEAR ME ROAR, our feminist sf anthology edited by Liz Grzyb, or classics like the award-winning MAGIC DIRT: The best of Sean Williams. Check it out at indiebooksonline.com.
To be published by Ticonderoga Publications in 2017
Human activity has forced the Earth into a new geological epoch.
By 2050 the world’s population is expected to rise from the current seven billion to around 9.5 billion. The worst impacts will be felt by the world’s poorest people, victims of the developed world’s excesses.
The Earth must brace itself for enormous changes in patterns of global temperature and rainfall, significant sea level rise, with huge effects on water and food security.
Engineers and industrialists are currently faced with the challenge of inventing new sustainable technologies and the means of implementing them: technologies that may well improve our lives in ways we cannot yet anticipate.
We are looking for optimistic stories envisioning the future of our world as we are impacted by and adapt to climate change. New narratives of radical transformation and sustainability.
Stories exploring the end of carbon-capitalism, combatting inertia in our political systems, interrogating the technical and organisational challenges of clean energy generation, storage and distribution.
Stories investigating nascent technologies and fossil fuel divestment, imagining pathways to the low-carbon world. Encouraging the belief that we will survive not only as a species, but as a civilisation by proposing alternatives to how we live.
Stories showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite looming uncertainty.
We are not looking for post-apocalyptic stories of dystopia and wretchedness, but of confidence in our ability to meet the challenges our future will bring us.
So, for example...
some ideas in here: http://solarpunks.tumblr.com/
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/10/how-to-survive-a-global-disaster-handy-guide?CMP=share_btn_fb (maybe a story about somebody building a home-made internet for their community)
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/feb/09/bushfire-proof-houses-black-saturday-innovations?CMP=share_btn_fb (a story set in a fire-resistant village, biologist investigates quick flowering edible crop that thrives in the wake of fire)
We're looking for the normal kinds of human conflict which feature in any story, only set against a backdrop/environment in which humankind is actively attempting to make a better world or fix the old one rather than just sitting back and letting the apocalypse roll on over the top, with everybody sinking into cannibalism and another dark age.
Or you can even mess with the form & do comedy:
a ventriloquist’s delight, invoking a multitude of voices, places, and styles ... yet one master chef made the whole banquet.
You can read the full review in Locus Magazine.
The Finest Ass in the Universe is available in hardcover, paperback and ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Finest-Universe-Anna-Tambour/dp/1925212165
We're thrilled to be able to reveal the cover to our forthcoming original anthology Bloodlines. The artwork is by the awesomely multi-talented and multiple award-winning Kathleen Jennings (who also has a story in the anthology),
Bloodlines, the new non-traditional dark urban fantasy anthology edited by the award-winning Amanda Pillar. These 16 incredible original stories are:
Bloodlines will be available in mid-October 2015 and can be pre-ordered at http://www.indiebooksonline.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=bloodlines. Bloodlines will be available in hardcover, tradepaperback, and ebook.
Attendees of Conflux, in Canberra 2-5 October will be treated to the first look at this book, at a launch on 3 October. The rest of the world can experience this fantastic collection at World Fantasy Convention 2015.
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
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.
The sixth volume of the award-winning annual series collecting the best fantasy and horror stories from the Antipodes.
The deadline for submissions is 1 January 2016.
Please note that while the editors do read widely, they are relying on writers to assist them by sending copies of their stories. This is the best way to ensure that stories do not get overlooked.
Expected Publication Date August 2016
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
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Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
PO Box 2553
Ringwood North VIC 3134
Now available throughout the universe.
Elation, compulsion, exploration, love and exquisitely timed bullying, a lascivious oyster, a man called Eggplant, the dangers of smelling like honey pudding, the enticement of innocent toadlets, the unending day of deadness. The daughter of a part-time magician and a Las Vegas showgirl turns to science, destiny points a young man to brassiere design, suddenly orphaned siblings try to protect their most vulnerable, fortunes craze in neighbourhoods living cheek-by-jowl. Unintendeds abound, as life cavorts in all its unclassifiable contrariness.
"In these 26 stories, she's at her best."
- Jeffrey Ford
"On my short list of beloved idiosyncrasts, which includes R.A. Lafferty and Avram Davidson, there is still no one else the least bit like Anna Tambour."
- Marc Laidlaw
"Anna Tambour is a rogue punk-prophetess whose writings not only stray from the beaten path; some of them are so far out there that you can hear the distant drums of strange story-tribes being awakened by her prose."
- I. O'Reilly, British Fantasy Society review
Anywhere good books are sold.