So this happened …

Memories of Fish from Interzone 270, published by TTA Press, has made the shortlist for the short story section of the Norma K Hemming Awards. I’ll find out the result in June at the Continuum Convention in Melbourne 🙂

The Norma K Hemming Award is “given to mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a speculative fiction work (e.g. science fiction, fantasy, horror) by Australian citizens and/or residents, and first published during the eligibility period.”

Thank you to the judges and convenors. I’m really proud to be on this list with such awesome writers.

I’m also really pleased with how often this little story keeps popping up. Not too shabby for a tale I wrote during two flights and a Melbourne Airport stop-over.

S.

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Ecopunk! – Cover up at Ticonderoga

My story Island Green is going to be published in Ticonderoga’s Ecopunk! anthology, edited by Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks. You can check out the brand new cover art here.

New Milestone – Interzone Magazine

I’m thrilled to announce that my story “Memories of Fish” has just been accepted by the awesome folks at TTA Press and will appear in the next volume of Interzone Magazine. It is a story of virtual reality tourism in a dangerous, climate-change-afflicted future Earth.

I have wanted to publish with Interzone ever since I started writing sci fi, so this is a huge milestone.

I really hope you like the story when it comes out.

S

A little stream near St Columba Falls in Tasmania. This is why I write.

My story “On Darwin Tides” is a finalist in the 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest

Really proud and pleased that my story On Darwin Tides  has been selected as one of the twelve finalists in the 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest run by Arizona State University. The grand prize winner will be announced in September when the anthology containing all of the winning works is made available.

I entered the contest because I am passionate about the environment and about the need for climate change action and because I believe that the field of near-future science fiction has an important role to play in depicting the future as it might be, good or bad, that the global community might hopefully be inspired to steer this worldship of ours toward something that is sustainable, healthy and equitable for all. I also entered the contest because it was being judged by one of my all time science fiction heroes, Kim Stanley Robinson, and by experts in the sustainability, conservation, geology, climate modeling, climate politics, human geography, and environmental history fields. That such luminaries could judge my work accurate (and boy did I research the heck out of my chosen topic) and well-written enough to honour in this way makes me happier than you can imagine.