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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – Piper Mejia

Room Enough for Two

By Piper Mejia

Room Enough for Two explores the balance in relationships; where each person feels that they contribute the most to their shared life. As the protagonist actively improves their first home her hidden resentment towards the man she married grows. But what happiness doesn’t come with a little sacrifice? In a way, this story is a symbol of my own frustrations at the feeling I have too much to do, but never get anything done. My house is always needing repairs, yet I’m too tied to do them myself and economically unable to pay someone else to do them for me. At times, I think that perhaps the key to a happy life is to simplify, starting with the people I live with.

Piper Mejia is pictured (right) with editor Lee Murray and their copies of Te Kōrero Ahi Kā.

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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – Dan Rabarts

Story Origin: Mother’s Milk.

By Dan Rabarts

Long ago, in an old house on a hill, I remember a tree. It was vast, and full of shadows, and when the wind blew it moaned and creaked and spoke. When I tried to sleep, it was there outside the window, and when I dreamed, it knew. One Guy Fawkes night, there was a bonfire on the front drive, and the flames threw snarling lights among the branches and convinced me the tree really was alive. It loomed over the house, it whispered its hungers.

Below this tree, there was a hole, a former mine shaft, so deep the bottom was lost in shadow, even during the day. Here was a memory of a thing, a place, that scarred the sky and earth alike. A memory which three decades of living in other places and leading other lives had never erased.

Many years later, I wanted to capture this tree and its accompanying hellish sinkhole in a story, but the story was not coming to me. Then I had children, and that brought with it all sorts of new fears. I saw a call for submissions to an anthology, and all the pieces fell together; the tree, the hole, this new fear, and the idea of regeneration. The story that came out of that soup of deep-seated anxieties was Mother’s Milk.

That old tree blew over some years ago in a windstorm, and was cut up for firewood, no longer any more than sawdust and ash. The hole slowly filled with rubbish and detritus until no trace of it remains, overgrown now with vines and flowers. But they’ll always hold a special place in the darkest corners of my memory, and now they can hold a special place in yours, too. Every time you hear the wind creaking through the gnarled black branches of Old Man Pine, down where the creek runs high and cold and deep, you too might hear the laughter of lost children…

This story first appeared in the anthology Regeneration (Random Static, 2013). You can find more information about it, and my other stories and narrations, at http://dan.rabarts.com

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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – I.K. Paterson-Harkness

By I.K. Paterson-Harkness


Both of my poems in Te Korero Ahi Ka began their lives as flash fiction. My stories have a habit of changing form in that way – from poem to song, from song to prose, from prose to poem – until they finally stick. I suppose the essence of a story can live on in any medium. I wrote Magnetic North for a flash fiction competition, with a “north” theme (didn’t win, obviously!). I remember being fascinated with the idea of magnets always aligning themselves with the Earth’s magnetic field. An uncontrollable tug, part of nature itself. So naturally I wanted to investigate the idea of a person being drawn the same way – how would it happen, and what would the consequences be? The other poem What you wish for was, in comparison, is just a silly idea I had about someone whose mind sometimes conjured what they desired at that moment. Poetry, I find, often shows just a snippet of a life, just a tiny window to look through into a particular moment or situation (as opposed to a full story, with a beginning, middle, end), and this poem is definitely that.

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Wish Upon a Southern Star

Wish Upon a Southern Star, edited by Shelley Chappell

The Southern Cross shines high above a fairy tale wood. Come step inside. Drink dew from the leaves with tiny Tommelise. Eat egg sandwiches with a toothy young troll. Escape with Rapunzel. Trick Rumpelstiltskin. Shiver in the snow. Climb the beanstalk. Pray to the Piper. Be a cat. In and out of the wood, whether in this world or another, these stories will take you to new places. Explore how far you can go in this anthology of twenty-one fairy tale retellings by New Zealand and Australian authors.

 

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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – Mike Reeves McMillan

by Mike Reeves McMillan

Gatekeeper, What Toll? is my attempt to write a six-volume epic fantasy in a thousandth of the wordcount, by only writing the scenes that are from the point of view of a key minor character, and implying the remaining 99.9%. After all, we know how these stories go, don’t we? It’s also a tribute to one of my favourite authors, Roger Zelazny, in that it’s set in a sprawling and varied multiverse and centres on characters who can travel between the worlds. Much as New Zealanders learn to travel between cultures, perhaps?

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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – Robinne Weiss

by Robinne Weiss

 

I’m pleased to have two of my stories appear in Te Kōrero Ahi Kā. It’s always a pleasure to work with the folks at SpecFic NZ!
I wrote Breach specifically for this anthology, but it was influenced by many ideas. Canterbury has experienced drought and higher than normal temperatures over the past two years—a pattern predicted in climate change models. My own struggles to raise vegetables and livestock under those conditions inspired me to write about a future Canterbury in which the worst-case-scenario climate predictions have come true. I wanted to show the complex and often ambivalent nature of our relationships with the future and the past. I wanted to show a grim future, but one in which people had adjusted and adapted to harsh realities, because that’s what humans do. Breach has since become the first in a series of short stories I’ve written looking at possible futures, and what the big changes (in climate, technology, society, etc.) might mean on a personal level.
To the Centre of the Earth was a lark, written originally for a themed issue of a magazine (for which it was rejected with helpful comments that inspired revision). The scientific community was abuzz at the time with the start of a new project to drill to the earth’s mantle, and I couldn’t help but wonder, what if…
I live and write from from my lovely office at Crazy Corner Farm. In addition to short stories, I write middle-grade novels, poetry, and non-fiction. Find out more about my books and stories, and check out my rural life blog at robinneweiss.com.

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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – Serena Dawson

by Serena Dawson
While creating the fantasy world of my novels, it seemed natural to imagine trees that have been grown into buildings, including, of course, Inns. I based these living buildings on my favorite tree, the Pohutukawa. The dragon’s friend Inn was grown long ago, in a time before the Burning Wars, when dragons were allies, rather than enemies. But the exiled dragons are returning…

 

Thanks again for including my art in the anthology, and the hard work of everyone involved.

 

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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.

It is a snap shot of what speculative fiction is like in New Zealand at the moment.

As members of SpecFicNZ Matt has written two stories and Debbie one in the anthology, which in their words is “funny, emotional, cynical and moving”.

Spanning many topics, the anthology is a collection of short works featuring short stories and poems from around 20 New Zealand authors.

“The book hosts a pretty broad range, with particular interest in horror, fantasy and science fiction but with that New Zealand flavour,” Matt said.

“There really is something for everyone.

“Growing up there was a bit of prejudice against horror and fantasy fiction from some people, so I’ve got a lifelong chip on my shoulder.

“I have something to prove, that speculative fiction can be good, is literary and is worthy.”

Today speculative fiction is very popular, with some of the highest grossing movies and television shows being super hero films, horror and fantasy.

The popularity of Stephen King, Harry Potter, Twilight and DC Comics to name a few have all added to the growth of the genre in recent years.

“SpecFic has a growing audience in New Zealand, however a lot of the time people are reading SpecFic that is from overseas,” Debbie said.

“When people first get into this genre they see the more mainstream books and movies and the big international names and then after that might find out about the more local ones.”

Being published authors and having a successful ‘hobby’ on the side is not a distraction from the Cowens’ day jobs.

“We are equally passionate about teaching writing and actually writing ourselves,” Debbie said.

Read the full article here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/kapiti-news/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503789&objectid=12013258

 

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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – Aaron Compton

By Aaron Compton

 

It was an honour to help edit this collection. As mentee-editor it was an eye-opener on how the real pros do it– Lee and Grace were so great, being part of their team and the process was a joy. My motivation to apply for the position was simply to get some experience within the literature scene of Aotearoa, to learn about editing and to read some cool stories. Amazing stories. The whole experience has heightened my desire to gain more editing experience.
I remember, as a child, being fascinated by a kuia who spoke to a carved ancestor on the marae and seemed to get answers from it. For years the idea of a carving talking to me rattled around in my head, until it fell out, in this story. Moa Love, occurs in an alternate history world that I began creating a couple of years ago when I decided to take fiction writing seriously. I had grand ambitions to write a couple of series of novels in this world, but after about sixty thousand words I realised that I didn’t quite have the skills to do the story justice– it just wasn’t working. I pulled back from that story and began writing short fiction in an attempt to build my skills. I listened to a lot of writing podcasts, and in one of them (The Story Grid Podcast) Shawn Coyne talked about the obligatory scenes readers expect to see in a love story. I decided to write a story that hit as many of those scenes as I could, within my created world. And somehow… it worked. It’s weird, but it works, I reckon. It might seem as if it is set in a future Aotearoa, but in fact the events of Moa Love occur in the 1950s. This isn’t explicitly stated in the text but if you think about what Boy says about the clothes the other characters are wearing, and the decades they come from, and when TripleG died… yeah, 1950s. This is because of reasons that are not part of this story– I’ll have to get back to those novels, someday.
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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – Jane Percival

The Mysterious of Mysterious Mr Montague

By Jane Percival

It’s funny how the senses can enhance memories. The addition of a taste, a smell, or a touch, makes the memory more stable, somehow, transforming it into an easy-to-access snapshot of a place and a time that you visited; able to be examined whenever you wish.

A butcher’s shop has a particular smell. And the smell of such a shop in the 1970s is nothing like the odour of the meat section of a supermarket. It smelled of blood and sawdust. Rattling plastic strips kept out most of the flies, and in Summer, a lazy ceiling fan would push the air around, just a little.

If I smell fresh blood today, I’m transported back to my uncles’ shop. It, too, was situated in Kilbirnie, Wellington; but there, the similarity ends.

Jane has an occasional blog, which can be found at https://heni-irihapeti.com/

 

Jane’s story The Mysterious Mr Montague appears in Te Korero Ahi Ka. Buy links:

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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – A Community Project

By Lee Murray

Te Kōrero Ahi Kā is a community building project instigated by SpecFicNZ as a key activity for 2018. Over recent years, initiatives such as writing competitions and one-off publishing grants had seen dwindling entries, so, in a bid to increase member engagement and awareness of our work at SpecFicNZ, the committee proposed a non-themed speculative showcase anthology where members could submit prose, poetry and artwork, including cover art, in return for a small fee.  The project was intended as a learning tool, the committee calling for applications for a mentee editor to work on the anthology with experienced editor and assessor President Grace Bridges, and myself. Member Aaron Compton won the bid and although he had never done any editing before, Aaron’s keen eye and quirky taste meant he quickly became a great asset to our editing line-up.

Since Te Kōrero Ahi Kā was a community project, we decided against sending fellow members a clinical acceptance or rejection; instead all entrants received comment from the editors, who highlighted positives and, on occasion, made suggestions for potential improvements to the work. Stories and poems which had been accepted then went through the normal editing process. It was my second time editing an anthology project with Grace Bridges and once again she amazed me with her professionalism, insight, and attention to detail. It also helps that she is an uncanny mind reader and suffers from insomnia even worse than my own. Meanwhile, Paul Mannering, SpecFicNZ Treasurer and our project convenor, worked hard behind the scenes liaising with creatives to finalise contracts and payments, in some instances the first experience of the business side of our industry by contributors. Best loved New Zealand fantasy writer Juliet Marillier very kindly provided us with a foreword, and iconic New Zealand speculative writer and Arthur C. Clarke finalist, Phillip Mann provided a cover blurb. Finally, publicist Eileen Mueller rolled up her sleeves to promote the work both online and to New Zealand print media. The result is a true community effort and a wonderful inaugural publication, which I am proud to be associated with. Te Kōrero Ahi Kā is an eclectic mix of high fantasy, science fiction, and dark fiction, as the back cover copy reveals:

Here, between the realms of the Sky Father and Earth Mother, hellhounds race, ghosts drift aimless, and the taniwha stalks. Home fires drive them back, at the same time sparking stories and poems that traverse seconds, eons, and parsecs. Tales of gatekeepers, cloak wearers, and secret keepers. Of pigs with AK-47s or ruby-hued eyes, of love-struck moa, and unruly reflections. Stark truths, and beautiful possibilities…

Te Kōrero Ahi Kā, a term which means to speak of the home fires burning, is an anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, showcasing work from both established and emerging members of the SpecFicNZ organisation of writers, poets, artists, and creatives. It is a statement about how New Zealand creators of speculative fiction and art shine their light on our literary landscape.

A reprint of my dark fiction speculative story, Selfie, appears in the anthology. First published by SQ Mag in May 2016 (cover art above by Christian Chapman) as part of their themed edition on Symbiosis, the story was edited by the very capable Sophie Yorkston, a factor which surely contributed to its reaching the finals of the 2017 Australian Shadows Awards:

Depressed since the loss of her baby and abandonment by her partner, Eve’s sister sends her on a trip to cheer her up. Eve has other ideas: she plans suicide, only an apocalyptic event intervenes and she is unexpectedly teamed up with Steve.

Here is a snippet:

“Move!”
“I can’t,” I protested. “My back hurts.”
“It’s because you’re fused,” the Pigeon-man said.
He giggled, a hysterical cackle that sent a shiver through me, and pointed at my right hand. I lifted it to see what was so funny. My stomach dropped. For an instant, all sound melted away. I closed my eyes. Opened them again.
“But‒”
“I already told you. You’re fused.”
My fist had been reduced to a club, my selfie stick welded to a swollen blob of purple flesh. Molten metal seeped between my tendons. Suddenly, the wings on the man’s shoulder made sense.
Pigeon-man gave a stiff nod, then lifted his chin indicating the man beneath me. “You’re fused to him, too.”
My eyes fluttered and the sky disappeared.
The guy underneath woke me, his voice in my ear. That, and the searing in my back. I wasn’t sure how long I’d been out. Maybe only seconds.
“We’ve got attached somehow,” he said.
Dazed, I lifted my arm and looked at the lump. My hand was a selfie stick, and I was fused with someone. I twisted my head, and took in the ruined monument, the grimy cracks between the cobbles, some drifting litter.

A box of print copies of the Te Kōrero Ahi Kā, featuring evocative Evelyn Doyle cover art, arrived just before my trip to the United States for the Horror Writers Association annual StokerCon convention, so I was able to take some along and get photos of the book with my fellow contributors Dan Rabarts and Alan Baxter. Dan is SpecFicNZ’s webmaster and a general committee member, and Alan is one a small but active group of Australian members of SpecFicNZ.

Te Kōrero Ahi Kā will be launched online over March-April culminating in a contributor meet up at Conclave III, the 30th annual science fiction and fantasy conference to be held at Easter, 2018, at the Surrey Hotel in Auckland. Reviewers and bloggers who would like to receive a copy for review should contact specficnz@gmail.com

 

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SpecFicNewZ February 2018

SpecFicNewZ for Feburary, 2018.

Members, if you have news you’d like to share, we’d love to celebrate it with you. Please drop us a line at specficnz@gmail.com

 Te Kōrero Ahi Kā

We’re delighted to announce that our members’ showcase anthology, Te Kōrero Ahi Kā is now available for pre-order, including gorgeous cover art by Eve Doyle, a foreword by best loved New Zealand fantasy author Juliet Mariller, and stories, poems, and interior art by our members.

Here, between the realms of the Sky Father and Earth Mother, hellhounds race, ghosts drift aimless, and the taniwha stalks. Home fires drive them back, at the same time sparking stories and poems that traverse seconds, eons, and parsecs. Tales of gatekeepers, cloak wearers, and secret keepers. Of pigs with AK-47s or ruby-hued eyes, of love-struck moa, and unruly reflections. Stark truths, and beautiful possibilities…

The anthology will be officially launched in late March with a meet up planned in Auckland at Easter, time and venue to be announced. Reviewers and bloggers who would like to receive a copy for preview or promotion, please email specficnz@gmail.com and we’d be delighted to provide you with a copy.

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Print copies available for NZ$20, plus shipping. Contact specficnz@gmail.com

 Auckland Zinefest

Auckland Zinefest is being held on Sat 3rd March, 12-4pm, Auckland Central City Library (44 Lorne St) and several of our members will be attending. President Grace Bridges will be taking along copies of Te Kōrero Ahi Kā for sale at NZ$20. Auckland peeps, please stop by and say hello.

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Awards

Congratulations to members Alan Baxter and Simon Petrie whose work appears on this year’s Aurealis Awards finals. Full list of shortlisted works appears here:

https://aurealisawards.org/2018/02/15/2017-aurealis-awards-shortlist-announcement/

Congratulations to members Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey appear on the Australian Ditmar shortlist. The full list is available here:

New Zealand’s own Sir Julius Vogel Awards finalists have also been announced. Congratulations to all our members who appear on the shortlist.

https://sffanz.wordpress.com/2018/02/17/final-ballot-nominees-for-2018-sir-julius-vogel-awards-2/

Conclave III National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

The National conference is being held in Auckland over Easter weekend. Hotel accommodation for the weekend is limited. A draft programme is available on the conference facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/259297837528528/about/ Friday writer workshops by Guests of Honour Steve Wheeler (A Fury of Aces series), Karen Miller (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series, Godspeaker  trilogy, among others) and Lyn McConchie (Four Seasons quartet and countless works set in  the Sherlock Holmes world are among many others) are free with conference registration.

If members have publicity material they would like to have included for the con bags, or books and materials they are willing to donate for prizes, please contact Jan Butterworth for details. jan.butterworth01 at gmail dot com

Please contact the convention committee if you are planning to attend and are interested contributing to on panels.

Story sale

Sally McLennan’s latest short story, Memory, will appear in Julie Czerneda’s Tales from Plexis, coming in December 2018 from Daw, and based Czerneda’s fantasy world. Congratulations, Sally.

ANZAC sale

Nix Whittaker is organising a cross-promo ANZAC sale for Kiwi and Aussie authors. It will run from 22-26 April for discounted and free books from ANZAC authors. It is free and all authors have to do is promote the sale on their own platforms. If you are interested sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/NMf3MBHGZPKBObp03

 

 

Local markets:

Orbit Magazine: http://www.neworbitmagazine.org/contributions

Sponge Magazine: https://sponge.nz/

Breach: https://www.breachzine.com/

And finally, if you love reading speculative fiction and you’re interesting in reviewing for us, information about getting hold of some great Kiwi fiction, please email us at specficnz@gmail.com The review guidelines can be found here.

 

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Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – Cover Reveal!

SpecFicNZ are delighted to reveal the fabulous cover of our inaugural showcase speculative fiction anthology Te Kōrero Ahi Kā –  To Speak of the Home Fires Burning, designed for us by Hawkes Bay artist, member Evelyn Doyle.

Eve is many things: INTJ. Multipotentialite. Graphic Designer. Reader. Writer. Lover of coffee and parataxis. At base, she’s a biological system that turns coffee into blog posts, stories, and visual designs…when she’s not homeschooling her two boys, or thinking about the philosophical complexities of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She lives in Hawke’s Bay with her husband, two small boys, one canary, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Except for the partridge in a pear tree.

www.evelyndoyle.com

 

Edited by Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton, the collection includes stories, poems and interior artwork by both established and emerging members, and includes a foreword by best loved New Zealand fantasy writer, Juliet Mariller, author of Blackthorn & Grim series and the Sevenwaters series.

Here, between the realms of the Sky Father and Earth Mother, hellhounds race, ghosts drift aimless, and the taniwha stalks. Home fires drive them back, at the same time sparking stories and poems that traverse seconds, eons, and parsecs. Tales of gatekeepers, cloak wearers, and secret keepers. Of pigs with AK-47s or ruby-hued eyes, of love-struck moa, and unruly reflections. Stark truths, and beautiful possibilities… 

Te Korero Ahi Ka, a term which means to speak of the home fires burning, is an anthology of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, showcasing work from both established and emerging members of the SpecFicNZ organisation of writers, poets, artists, and creatives. It is a statement about how New Zealand creators of speculative fiction and art shine their light on our literary landscape.

“This collection explores many aspects of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and has something for everyone, from time shifting cows to a revelation concerning the last moments of life. I am glad to see Maori writers are prominent and we certainly experience the presence of the Taniwha.” — Phillip Mann, Arthur C Clarke finalist and author of the Disestablishment of Paradise.

Launching in March 2018, it available on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079QHH1F7

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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!

         

Sir Julius Vogel Awards

In case you didn’t catch the latest announcements, SFFANZ have released Sir Julius Vogel Award winner and finalist logos for use on book covers. They are available for download on the SFFANZ website with guidelines for use to be released soon. In the meantime, the logos are only for use on those titles which have achieved the final shortlist or been awarded the Sir Julius Award. As you can see, they are glorious.

And on that note, nominations for this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards close on February 3. (Note the earlier than usual date). There is a simple form to fill out, and no cost, so remember to get nominating your favourite works by New Zealand creatives released in 2017. Link to the form is here:

Te Kōrero Ahi Kā

Contracts have gone out, final proofing is underway, Juliet Marillier’s thoughtful foreword has come in, and Phillip Mann has written us a sterling tagline, so it seems our inaugural showcase anthology is on schedule for release next month. Look out for the incredible Evelyn Doyle cover, which we hope to be able to reveal shortly.

New Releases:

Ruby Beyond Compare

Sadly, we missed promoting member Nix Whittaker’s Christmas release in our November newsletter, but it’s not too late to pick up a copy. Described as a sweet steampunk inspired novelette it’s called Ruby Beyond Compare.

Dear Santa,

All I want this year is some new caltrops and explosive crossbow bolts. Oh, and a Dragon Prince all tied up with a ribbon.

From Charani, Dragon Hunter for the Wyvern Empire

 

Selling for just a dollar, dragon lovers might want to download a copy for their morning commute. Don’t forget to leave a review. Here is the link!

 

The Fourth Phase

New member Adrian Smith has recently released, The Fourth Phase, the latest book in his New Zealand Extinction Cycle series. Fans of Nicholas Sainsbury Smith’s bestselling titles will be thrilled and chilled to know that Adrian has seen to it that Variants are thriving in New Zealand’s North Island. If you like high action adventure, check out Adrian’s work.

 

Review Programme

We still have plenty of author review copies of great works coming in and never enough reviewers to read and review them for us, so if you’d like to enjoy some wonderful Kiwi Speculative fiction, please drop us a line and let us know your availability and preferences. Reviews don’t have to be elaborate ‒ we don’t expect you to write a tome ‒ just what you liked or didn’t like about the book.

Local meet-ups

SpecFicNZ Central is already underway, with its first meet-up for the year planned for 24 January in Tamahere/Hamilton. Please email specficnz@gmail.com if you’re interested in attending, and we’ll pass on your details to the co-ordinator. And if anyone would like to coordinate a regional get together in their area, drop us a line; we’d be happy to help.

National Conference

Conclave 3, the 39th national conference for Science Fiction Fantasy will be held over Easter at the Surrey Hotel in Auckland. The programme has yet to be released, but Guests of Honour include writers Karen Miller and Steve Wheeler, who will be running a writer workshop on Easter Friday (which we understand will be free to full members of the conference). There are two writing competitions being run in conjunction with the conference, one with an open theme and the other with a Star Trek theme to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Entries to both competitions close 31 January, 2018. Check the website for details.

Local markets giving preference to NZ content:

Orbit Magazine: http://www.neworbitmagazine.org/contributions

Sponge Magazine: https://sponge.nz/

Breach Magazine: https://www.breachzine.com/submissions

Membership

And finally, a friendly reminder that for most of us, our subscriptions fall due this month. We have a lot of exciting things planned for members this year, so naturally we’d love to have you back. If you’re not sure whether your membership is due, please feel free to contact us. To renew your membership, please follow this link.

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