Auckland Allies 3: Unsafe Harbour by Mike Reeves-McMillan
Nazi sorcerers are plotting to steal the body of a tech billionaire, and the Allies must stop them, while outnumbered and, literally, outgunned.
Damaged by earlier encounters, but more determined than ever, they must draw on the spirit of the city itself – and their growing mastery of the magic in Sir Isaac Newton’s lost manuscript – to defend Auckland and each other. But how bulletproof is Tara’s new super ...
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ~ Milton Berle
This is a quote that resonates with me, not as a carpenter (I don’t know my slidey-cut-wood-tool from my bang-in-nails-thing) but as a writer.
We are cursed (in the Chinese sense) to live in Interesting Times. Now, more than any period in history, writers are able to communicate with a global audience. We can create stories and share them with anyone, the best part is; they give us money for them!
The Sleeper’s Dance, Mouse Diver-Dudfield
Reviewed by Lee Murray
Mouse Diver-Dudfield is an exciting new voice in New Zealand dark fiction, whom I stumbled upon by chance via social media. It was a lucky find. I one-clicked her novella, The Sleeper’s Dance and read it that same night before bed. In short, I loved it. A blend of historical fiction and pulp zombie, this is the story you might get if David Livingstone had discovered a new life form amongst the ruins of an Incan civilisation ‒ ...
Mariah’s Dream by Grace Bridges.
Review by Lee Murray
I read Mariah’s Dream quickly last year, when it appeared on the 2015 Sir Julius Vogel Awards ballot, but because there was a lot of material on the reading list, I didn’t get around to reviewing it, which meant I’ve now the pleasure of reading it a second time. And the second time around, Mariah’s Dream is as satisfying and thought-provoking as the first.
Grace Bridges’ dystopic tale is set in a near future, in Ireland, where history ...
Kalanon’s Rising by Darian Smith
Solve the murder. Stop the war. Save the world.
Sir Brannon Kesh spent years building a new life as a physician, leaving the name Bloodhawk and the war that spawned it behind. But when the King’s cousin is murdered, duty calls him back. The crime scene suggests dark magic and the evidence points to the ambassador of Nilar, an alluring woman with secrets of her own, who sees Bloodhawk as little more than a war criminal.
As bodies pile up and ...
A steampunk adventure with a plot to take over the Empire and a kidnapped bride. Hara and Gideon have been asked to do a favour for the Emperor to return a runaway bride. Things become complicated when it is found out that the runaway bride has fallen into the clutches of an ambitious duke who is planning to commit genocide and take over the Wyvern Empire.
This story is a retelling of the classic tale by Shakespeare, Midsummer Nights dream so expect some Puckish antics and a touch of ...
The Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ) are very pleased to announce that the race for Melbourne has been won, and we are excited to have Lynelle Howell as our new delegate.
Lynelle has been a tireless champion of the New Zealand science fiction community for many years, and now she will be heading to Melbourne in 2017 to meet and greet with Australian fandom and share her knowledge and enthusiasm across the ditch.
Thanks to everyone who voted for Lynelle, and to all those who ...
The SUBMERGED, ALL HAIL OUR ROBOT CONQUERORS!, and THE DEATH OF ALL THINGS anthologies from Zombies Need Brains LLC are now open up submissions for a few remaining slots in each anthology. If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration.
Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology. ...
Canterbury author E.G Wilson’s short story 12-36, which appeared in the At The Edge anthology (Paper Road Press, 2016), is under development to be made into a short film by local production company Rolling Ridges.
They are currently running a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds they will need to build the set, make the costumes, and hire the gear needed to pull it all together.
You can support local NZ filmmakers adapting kiwi spec fic onto the screen by checking out their ...
“Part rock memoir, part densely-textured journey into a dystopian world as rich as [Terry Gilliam’s] ‘Brazil’, ‘Songshifting’ is wise, elegiac and compelling. It speaks deeply to what music means to us – not just as an art form but as part of our emotional landscape. Wonderful stuff.” DAVE HUTCHINSON, EUROPE IN AUTUMN (shortlisted for the…
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Clawsome Dragon Limericks Winners
Phantom Feather Press received a hoard of dragon limericks from all around the world. The verses made them roar and laugh, and on occasion, breathe fire. So many of the limericks were clawsome! Contestants made a fangtastic effort! Some of the finalists are SpecFicNZ authors.
The winners ( 1st, 2nd & 3rd places) will soon receive a voucher for the e-book Clawsome Dragon Limericks. All winners, honorable mentions and finalists have their limericks in ...
Flash Fiction / Poetry competition
Closes midnight 24th October 2016
Entry is free to members of SpecFicNZ. A fee of NZ$15 per entry applies for non-members.
Conditions of Writing Competition:
Create an original flash fiction story or poem (not published anywhere else) with the theme:
Your piece of writing, including the title, must be no more than:
1000 words for flash fiction
300 words for poetry
Your piece may include elements of speculative ...
“Torn” by Mary Brock Jones
Two ecological engineers must change their world to save it, no matter the cost to all they love.
Fee comes from the mountains of her world. She grew up with trees, rushing streams and rain. The grasslands beyond the foothills are Caleb’s home. Dry, windblown, a place of endless light and untouchable horizons.
Both are ecological engineers for the Survey, working to save their world from environmental disaster before it’s too late. Because unless ...
Anthology Submissions: Lawless Lands
Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier is an anthology embodying the frontier spirit of the American West, but with a weird twist. Gunslingers with laser pistols, cattle drives through the galaxy, cursed nuggets of gold, and talking jack rabbits that grant wishes. Fantasy, SF, or horror, if it’s weird, we want to see it.
The book will be funded with a Kickstarter campaign in December 2016. We will pay each author a minimum of 4 cents a word, ...
Into the Mist by Lee Murray
When NZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna and his squad are tasked with escorting a bunch of civilian contractors into Te Urewera National Park, it seems a strange job for the army. Militant T hoe separatists are active in the area, and with its cloying mist and steep ravines, the forest is a treacherous place in winter. Yet nothing has prepared Taine for the true danger that awaits them. Death incarnate. They backtrack toward civilisation, stalked by a prehistoric ...