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Interview with member Alan Baxter

bound-cover-medSpecFicNZ member Alan Baxter‘s new book, Bound, is coming out in July 2014 from HarperVoyager Australia. We asked Alan a few questions about the book and his writing process.

Can you describe your writing for someone who is unfamiliar with it?

I write mostly dark urban fantasy, playing with magic, monsters, martial arts and mythology. Think Clive Barker meets Neil Gaiman, with doses of Alan Moore thrown in. Kinda.

Did you bring anything from your own life to this story? How did that work? | Read More...

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New Release: Lost in the Museum


A new Te Papa anthology of wacky fun from Phoenix Writers, a group that includes many SpecFicNZ members…Get lost in the museum where past, present and future collide. What does Weta’s giant mechanical baby do after hours? Who is altering the time space continuum? Where or when has James gone? And what secrets is Tui Merriweather hiding?

Dive into mayhem at a well-known Wellington waterfront destination. Going to the museum will never be the same again.

Stories are set in Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. | Read More...

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Win the entire Psy-Changeling series!

To celebrate the forthcoming publication of Kiwi specfic author Nalini Singh‘s latest novel, Shield of Winter, we are giving away the entire Psy-Changeling series – including the newest installment! Many thanks to our friends at The Realm for providing the books.

Shield of Winter

That’s right – you can win ALL 13 BOOKS! Just email us at before 3 June 2014 with ‘Psy-Changeling series’ in the subject line and your delivery address in the body of the email. You must be a SpecFicNZ member to enter. Join today! | Read More...

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New Dan Rabarts Short Stories

Dan Rabarts

Two of SpecFicNZ member Dan Rabarts’ short stories have recently been published in Australian publications and can be read for free at the links below.

Children of the Tide is the first-place winning entry in the 2013 Melbourne Zombie Convention Short Story Contest, and appears on the Midnight Echo website, which is the magazine for the Australian Horror Writers Association. You can also find an interview with Dan Rabarts there, talking zombies and climate change and power tools.

Keeping an Open Mind, which took third place in the SQ Mag Short Story Contest 2013, is a short, rather brutal piece that slips from philosophy into butchery in just a couple of pages. | Read More...

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Nominations, Awards, and Submissions – Oh, my!

Ghost Hand nominated for Cybil Award

Ghost HandWe are thrilled to see that Ghost Hand, by Ripley Patton, was recently nominated for the Cybil Award in the Speculative Fiction YA category.

Ghost Hand is also currently free on Amazon Kindle and Kobo, so we recommend you grab a copy if you haven’t already!

Dan Rabarts wins short story contest

Dan Rabarts’ short story ‘Children of the Tide’ won first place in the Australian Horror Writers Association / Melbourne Zombie Convention Short Story Contest for 2013. The story will appear in Midnight Echo magazine, the official publication of the Australian Horror Writers Association. | Read More...

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Baby Teeth Launches Upcoming!

Baby Teeth

‘Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror,’ a horror anthology of stories inspired by the creepy things children say, is releasing in time for Halloween.

Edited by Wellingtonian Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray of Tauranga, and published by Paper Road Press, all proceeds from Baby Teeth will be used by Duffy Books in Homes to provide children with free books that they can enjoy.

Twenty seven authors have contributed thirty seven stories to Baby Teeth. Wellington authors Dan Rabarts, A J Ponder, Eileen Mueller, Darusha Wehm, Jenni Sands, Paul Mannering, Jack Newhouse, Sally McLennan, Michael Parry, Morgan Davie, Anna Caro, Matt Cowens, Debbie Cowens, and Alan Lindsay have contributed to Baby Teeth. | Read More...

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Shout it out – success stories

We are delighted to announce a plethora of publication news from our members, combined into this one post for that special WOWSERS factor.

First up is Mike Reeves-McMillan, with Realmgolds, a novel of the Gryphon Clerks, a “steampunkish fantasy novel. The Realmgold, a young man named Determined, has a problem: even though the Realmgold is meant to be in charge, nobody is paying much attention to him.”

Post image for “Waking the Taniwha” by Dan Rabarts

Dan Rabarts has a new story for you to hear/read over at Wily Writers Audible FictionWaking the Taniwha  “borrows liberally from steampunk, and looks to the Maori tales of dwellers in deep places, creatures that can be either monsters or protectors.” | Read More...

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TOC announced for Regeneration

Local publisher Random Static have recently released the TOC for their upcoming anthology of speculative fiction by New Zealand writers, titled Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction II.

The book is due to be launched at Au Contraire in Wellington in July of this year, so mark your calendars and make it along to the convention if you possibly can.

Many of the contributors to this anthology are also SpecFicNZ members. You’ll see stories here from members Matt Cowens, Tim Jones, Mary Brock Jones, Grace Bridges, I.K. Paterson-Harkness, Debbie Cowens, J.C. Hart, Simon Petrie, Anna Smith, Elizabeth Gatens, Jonathan James Todd, A.J. Fitzwater, Fran Atkinson, Anna Caro, Grant Stone, Dan Rabarts, Lee Murray and Tony Wi. | Read More...

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Free SF e-book from SpecFicNZ Member!

The e-book of Simon Petrie’s recent SF/mystery novella, ‘Flight 404‘, a tale of deep space, detection, and deception, is currently available for free download from the Kindle store.

Described by the Bookonaut as “a serious and compelling tale”, this is a tightly wound piece of semi-hard SF, and well worth your time.

The offer expires on Tuesday 5th of March, at around 9 pm (NZ time), so don’t delay!

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Book Releases + Radio Interviews = Awesome News!

Congratulations to members Debbie Howell and Alicia Ponder who both have publication news to shout about.


Debbie’s debut novel Healer’s Touch, a fast-paced mix of fantasy, steampunk and Wild West, comes out on January 31st. For more details click here.

Alicia’s novel The Wizard’s Guide To Wellington, about two cousins from opposite sides of the world who discover just how magical and dangerous Wellington can be, came out in December. For more details click here. | Read More...

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Successes in Andromeda

Not content to restrict their influence to their home galaxy, SpecFicNZ members are well represented on the pages of recent issues of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Issue 54 has Darusha Wehm‘s creepy-but-tender short story ‘Modern Love’, Issue 56–ASIM‘s tenth anniversary issue–has the charming ‘Better Phones’ by repeat ASIM offender Grant Stone, and issue 55 (still upcoming, although #56 is out already–some accident with wormholes, apparently) has Dan Rabarts‘ unsettling offering, ‘Paint By Numbers’. Congratulations to all three! | Read More...

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Ghost Hand is Funded!

Congratulations to SpecFicNZ member Ripley Patton, who recently successfully funded the publication of her YA paranormal thriller Ghost Hand through Kickstarter.

Ripley would like to thank the amazing support of SpecFicNZ and the New Zealand specfic community, without which this would not have been possible.

For those who haven’t yet gotten into the game, her project still has four days left and she is now shooting for a stretch goal to fund travel to the setting of Ghost Hand book 2.

The first chapter of Ghost Hand can be heard on StarShipSofa, read by Ripley herself, or you can read the first two chapters on her website HERE. | Read More...

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