Thanks to our friends at Steam Press, we are kicking off our autumn giveaways with a wonderful bundle of six Kiwi spec fic ebooks!
To enter, email us at specficnz(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Steam Press ebooks’ in the subject line. A winner of all six books will be chosen at random on 25 March 2014. You must be a member of SpecFicNZ to enter. Join now or renew your membership. (If you win but you already own one or two of these marvellous books, you can nominate other recipients of individual titles – spread the largesse!)
The Prince of Soul and The Lighthouse by Fredrik Brounéus is a comic sci-fi novel set in Otago and Southland. It follows the adventures of a high school student who discovers that he may be responsible for the end of the world, and is the only person who can prevent it. More importantly, though – does Kaisa like him, and is there any chance that his grandfather will just accept that he’s dead and let him get a decent night’s sleep?
Mansfield with Monsters is the first time that Mansfield’s vision of the supernatural has been published in full – a dream that she often spoke of in her correspondence with occultist Aleister Crowley and American author H. P. Lovecraft. Matt and Debbie Cowens have pieced together recently recovered fragments of her work, recreating Mansfield’s beloved tales as they were first written, complete with vampires, ghouls, and alien monsters. These versions will shock and delight those in the literary community who always suspected that there was more to Mansfield’s work than we had been led to believe.
Michael Morrissey’s novel Tropic of Skorpeo is a “sci-fi fantasy in satiric-thriller mode”. This book will blow your socks off – sexy, shocking, and hilarious, this psychedelic gonzo space opera is the story Lewis Carroll would have written if he’d been into science fiction and consumed more than his fair share of LSD.
Joseph Edward Ryan’s The Factory World: Waking in a pipe in a silent forest, unable to remember how he got there or where he came from, Simon finds himself walking a rusting railway track with a mysterious stranger who cannot even remember his own name. Abandoned factories and eerie mannequins dot their path, falling stars lighting the night sky and searing holes through the earth to reveal a maze of pipes beneath. A dream, and a thousand miles away is their only way home. But they are not alone on this factory world, and soon realise that they are fighting for their lives…
DownMind, by VO Blum: 2025. Suicide is rampant, people are gasping in the streets, and planes fall from the sky. Medicine and technology can reverse the course, but humanity can’t seem to rally. By chance, a young Kiwi chemist stumbles across evidence that suggests that gravity and the air, indeed consciousness itself, are responding to a dispiriting force. But who – or what – is directing this energy? And can the mystery be solved before humanity sinks into the abyss?
The Wind City, by Summer Wigmore: Wellington. The wind city. New Zealand’s home of art and culture, but darker forces, forgotten forces, are starting to reappear. Aotearoa’s displaced iwi atua – the patupaiarehe, taniwha, and ponaturi of legend – have decided to make Wellington their home, and while some have come looking for love, others have arrived in search of blood.