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NZ Writers Income Survey

Invitation to NZ Writers:

Copyright Licensing New Zealand is conducting their bi-ennial survey of NZ writers’ incomes and are asking authors who haven’t already done so to please complete the survey so they can report accurate results. Thank you!

https://horizonpoll.co.nz/link/SpecFic

“To ensure this survey is representative of the breadth of writing that takes place in New Zealand, we’d like writers of all genres and income brackets to participate.

The survey questions ask for estimations of your earnings from writing.  Please provide the closest estimates that you can. Responses are confidential.” | Read More...

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Lifetime membership – we need your help

At the last SpecFicNZ AGM, our new lifetime membership policy was ratified. Fortunately no rats were injured, and some seemed to enjoy the experience.

Lifetime memberships are our way of honouring people who have made a huge contribution to speculative fiction in new Zealand (or internationally). These might be people who have created an exceptional body of work, or who have played a major part in nurturing our little corner of the SpecFic universe.

Anyone can be nominated for lifetime membership and nominees don’t need to be current or past members. Only a small number of lifetime memberships will be awarded every year. The SpecFicNZ committee will assess all nominations and announce any new lifetime memberships awarded at the next AGM. | Read More...

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Genre-8: Flights of Fantasy (Dunedin)

Dunedin Public Libraries poster for Genre-8 event
Genre-8: Flights of Fantasy

As the poster says: come along to the Dunedin Public Library’s fourth floor at 5pm on Thursday the 11th October for a chance to hear eight local Fantasy fiction writers read from and discuss their works, and ask questions. There will even be free books!

Featured writers are:

Andy Evans

Carolyn McCurdie

Daniel Stride

Deb E Howell

Jayne Castel

Kura Carpenter

RL Stedman

Sean P Martin

Each writer will read/speak for around eight minutes, plus time for some questions.

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In the News Reviews 

The Kingfisher’s Debt by Kura Carpenter (a review)

Of course Dunedin is the home of Fair Folk and Elementals in the middle of a never ending feud. Where else could they hide in plain sight among the lesser humans? Of course they are casting spells and causing trouble. Like any other notorious crim’ on the East Coast they have a reputation to uphold. Of course they expect the worst but hope for the best. With power comes responsibility. Debut novel The Kingfisher’s Debt by Kura Carpenter, is an escape into the life of Tamsin Kingfisher as she helps to untangle a culture crossing crime while dealing with the issue of solstice messing up her magic. Woven throughout the novel is the heartache of her own Romeo and Juliet love story as well as her search for her missing beloved older brother. Tamsin adds nuance to the meaning of a busy working woman fulfilling family responsibility, hiding family secrets and getting the job done. With clever reimagining of witches as gang members, magic as the drug for sale, and poetic touches of what lives look like on the line between good and evil, Kura brings us a touch of ‘if only’ in Aotearoa. I can’t wait to read what happens next. | Read More...

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Into the Sounds In the News Kiwi Writers Reviews 

Into the Sounds by Lee Murray

Into the Sounds 

Into the SoundsNZDF Sergeant Taine McKenna is back again. This time, it’s not a military assignment, but a bit of R&R that draws him deep into the bush in New Zealand’s remote Fiordland. His girlfriend Jules Asher, always keen to save an endangered species, is on a conservation trip again – this time, culling deer. They helicopter in, rappel down into the bush and make a series of strange discoveries… a survivor from an ancient helicopter crash; poachers stealing rare New Zealand birds; an ex-US-military submarine lurking in the depths of a fiord; and a long-lost New Zealand race — the Tūrehu tribe. But there’s a primordial monster lurking beneath the depths, protecting the entrance to the Tūrehu hideout. | Read More...

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Dunedin Author Kura Carpenter : The Kingfisher’s Debt (Urban Fantasy)

Dunedin author, Kura Carpenter’s Debut novel The Kingfisher’s Debt is available on preorder until the 10th August 2018 via publisher IFWG. The title will be on sale in Australia, UK and New Zealand on 28 September 2018.

The Kingfisher’s Debt is an Urban Fantasy set in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Magic isn’t real, right?

Within the small coastal city of Dunedin, local translator, Tamsin Fairchild has a reputation she hates. People think she’s psychic…

Always hovering around and interfering in Tamsin’s life, part father-figure, part thorn in her side, Detective Jackson, is an old-school cop. Childhood friend to her deceased mother, Tamsin wonders  could her mother have let an outsider in on the truth? | Read More...

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Engine of Lies: Reforging Book 2

Engine of Lies: Reforging Book 2 by Barbara Howe

He never promised happily ever after, but Lucinda is still dismayed by how quickly reality intrudes on her fairy tale. Assassination attempts and lightning strikes disturb her honeymoon, but the return home brings no peace of mind. When the discovery of a magical conspiracy shakes her faith in everything she trusts, she vows to expose the Fire Warlock’s most shameful secret and see justice done.

As a hot summer draws towards a violent end, Lucinda teeters between terror and rage. She’d be less angry about risking her life if she didn’t suspect her husband—her hero!—intends to step aside and let her die. | Read More...

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Aftermath: Hathe Book Three

“Aftermath: Hathe Book Three” by Mary Brock Jones

War or Peace. It doesn’t matter. There is always an enemy.

Jacquel des Trurains, acclaimed hero of the resistance, has been charged with overseeing the restoration of Hathe after the Terran occupation. But it won’t be easy. Years of oppression have left their mark on
every dirtsider who stayed behind. And what of the Hathians who fled to the moon? The greed of a few for the sparkling jewel of the colonial worlds could destroy everything when they return. | Read More...

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Notice of AGM – 10 June 2018, 2pm

Notice of SpecFicNZ 2018 Annual General Meeting

Members are advised that the SpecficNZ Annual General Meeting will be held online at 2pm on Sunday 10 June, 2018. Key items on the agenda include ratification of the lifetime membership policy, and election of officers. All financial members are eligible to vote for incoming core and executive roles. Our current President, Grace Bridges, and Treasurer, Paul Mannering, have advised they will stand again for re-election, as will existing core members Grant Stone, Paul Mannering, Piper Mejia, and Darian Smith. Vacancies exist for the roles of secretary, publicist, and webmaster. Any nominations or further agenda items should be forwarded to the secretary at specficnz@gmail.com. The agenda will be sent out to members in advance of the meeting. | Read More...

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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā in the Gisborne Herald

Reporter Mark Peters of the Gisborne Herald talks with Te Kōrero Ahi Kā co-editor Aaron Compton.

Science fiction fans in for a treat with anthology featuring local author.

When people come to the end of their lives their brains are resurrected and preserved in bottles, in Gisborne writer Aaron Compton’s story Moa Love.

The story, in which the bottled brains rely on people in the real world for sensory experience, is Compton’s contribution to speculative fiction anthology, Te Korero Ahi Ka (to speak of the home fires burning).

The very New Zealand collection includes a zombie story written in colloquial Kiwi (“I eat heaps of burgers, so I’m slow as,” says the living narrator. “Now I have to be hardout cunning.”), a tale of madness and a taniwha, and another about pigs with AK-47s. Then there is Compton’s story about ancestors’ bottled brains who maintain their sanity by living vicariously through full-bodied people’s sensory experience. | Read More...

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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – Matt and Debbie Cowens

Kapiti News, 15 Mar, 2018

By Rosalie Willis
 

Teachers by day, writers by night.

That is the reality two Paraparaumu College teachers find themselves living.

Husband and wife, Matt and Debbie Cowens, both part of the English department at Paraparaumu College have had their latest work published in Te Korero Ahi Ka: To Speak of the Home Fires Burning, a New Zealand speculative fiction anthology.

The book is the work of Speculative Fiction New Zealand (SpecFicNZ), an organisation formed in 2009 and is the brain child of editors Grace Bridges and Lee Murray with the help of Aaron Compton. | Read More...

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SpecFicNewZ for January 2018

SpecFicNewZ for January 2018

Members, if you have news you’d like to share, please let us know a specficnz@gmail.com

Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot

Three SpecFicNZ members’ works have reached the Preliminary Ballot of this year’s Bram Stoker Awards for horror with Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray’s Hounds of the Underworld longlisted in the Superior Achievement in a Novel category alongside literary heavyweights like Stephen King, Christopher Golden and Steve Rasnic Tem, while Australian Alan Baxter’s novella The Book Club has been listed in the Superior Achievement in Long Fiction category, up against works by bestsellers Seanan McGuire and Jeff Vandermeer. There are still two rounds to go, nevertheless it’s great to see our members’ work represented in this international forum. Congratulations! | Read More...

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Wish Upon A Southern Star – a review

Wish Upon a Southern Star, edited by Shelley Chappell

Reviewed by Lee Murray

“Stories change, but fairy tales never go out of fashion. Like a basic item of clothing, they may be reshaped, trimmed, decorated with frills or remodelled altogether,” writes editor Shelley Chappell in the introduction to Wish Upon a Southern Star, a stunning new collection of fairy tales, freshly re-imagined by new and established writers from Australian and New Zealand. Chappell says, “the authors in this collection have run the traditional tales through the mill and come out with new cloth.” Indeed, some are barely recognisable, like Philippa Werry’s evocative and beautifully-crafted Snow from the South, a contemporary version of the Snow Queen, appropriately set in Antarctica at a time when ‘melt pools were forming in the sea ice”. New Zealand might have guardianship of only a small part of the frozen land, yet Kiwi readers will find a familiarity in this haunting retelling of the classic tale. | Read More...

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Author Events: E.G. Wilson

E.G. Wilson at the launch of her second book, Expression (Voiceless Duology #2).

It’s been a busy few months. My debut novel Voiceless (publisher: Atthis Arts, USA) launched back in July. The sequel and second half of the duology, Expression, released in October. The paperbacks only arrived the day before the launch — cutting it tight! But we made it. Had a great turn out and some fabulous weather, and sold a fair few books, too.

Among other projects and besides the day job, I’ve started writing a new series. Using Camp NaNo and November NaNoWriMo for extra momentum, I’ve written the drafts of two 100k+ books and a novella since July, and I’m on track to finish the third book by mid-December. I have twelve books minimum planned in the series, so we’ll see where that ends up. I’ve never written this much this fast, it’s amazing. And a bit scary. Mostly amazing. | Read More...

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