Posts Tagged “science fiction”
July in Aotearoa might be more about freezing southerlies than ice-zombies from the North, but honestly, at least the latter has novelty value. Winter has well and truly arrived; time to snuggle up with some reading.
At the Edge, edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray, is now available in bookstores around New Zealand – or, for those of you who would prefer not to get out of bed (or onto a plane) to get your hands on a copy, you can find the ebook at all the usual haunts, and the paperback from Amazon. Want to get your hands on the latest and greatest in Australasian SFF? Click here for links.
Sir Julius Vogel Awards
At the recent National Science Fiction Convention (Au Contraire 3) held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, the winners of the Sir Julius Vogel Awards were announced. The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognise achievements by New Zealanders, both amateur and professional, in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.
SFFANZ (Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand) President, Norman Cates, prior to announcing the awards, commented that SFFANZ was “delighted with the level of participation and interest in the awards from an impressively wide variety of people.”
The Auckland Allies discover a mysterious threat in the city’s oldest cemetery, and their first attempt to intervene leaves one of them in hospital – the same hospital the necromancer calling himself “Mr. Smith” is about to attack with four thousand angry Victorian ghosts.
Hundreds of the city’s most vulnerable people are in danger. Will a magical manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton provide the knowledge they need to take Smith down? Or can Steampunk Sally use her deep connection with Auckland to defend its citizens?
“These are generally hard-hitting stories about a grim future world. . . . I found the exploration mind-stretching . . .” —Piers Anthony, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Xanth Series
“Interspecies is a solid science fiction anthology that provides entertaining reading for a thinking person and sets a high bar. . . . These are writers to watch.” —Keith West, Adventure Fantastic and Futures Past and Present
A house at the edge of a prehistoric valley.
A suitcase that can take you to 1980.
A payphone that lets you call the dead.
Twenty tales from award-winning author Grant Stone, including six all-new stories.
From a trip to the supermarket to the edge of everything. From Auckland to London to places far beyond any map. The sun may set before we reach our destination. But don’t worry.
Everything is going to be fine.
The issue has a watery theme, with four very different speculative stories, set in academia and on far away planets, exploring crafts and customs, concerned with belonging and escape, with the power of water, with water as a home, a place of industry and creation, and as a final resting place.
Pisces of Fate, by Paul Mannering
Published by Paper Road Press
When Ascott Pudding’s parents died, he ran to the ends of the earth – or to the tropical Aardvark Archipelago, which is essentially the same thing. But distance is relative and now a retired god has turned up with more bad news: Ascott’s sister, Charlotte, is probably dying too.
Charlotte isn’t the only endangered Pudding. Before Ascott can go home and save his sister from uncertain death, he’ll have to escape a homicidal octopus, a migrating whale pod, and several varieties of pirate.
As bit players in the world of magic, Tara, Sparx, and their clairvoyant acquaintance Steampunk Sally are careful to stay clear of New Zealand’s supernatural politics. So after Sally uses her powers to win a little money at blackjack, it’s a nasty surprise when hired goons come after them.
Hitting the streets, they try to find out who these Blokes in Black work for, why such a dangerous and powerful figure has his sights set on three magical nobodies–and how to protect themselves.
Probably New Zealand’s largest novel is out now!
Changels Genesis is a detective story with supernatural and science fiction elements aimed at the young adult market. It’s a little bit Artemis Fowl meets the The X-Files, with an action-packed plot and diverse characters.
These Broken Worlds introduces readers to a universe where a war between humans and aliens has decimated the Earth, leaving only Australia and New Zealand habitable. The rest of the planet is a burned up stew of toxic waste. This mini-kōsalogy lays the foundation for a new science fiction series, Interspecies, Kōsa Press’s flagship kōsalogy (what we call our shared universe anthologies) which will be released in 2015.
In These Broken Worlds, a scavenger frantically searches her dying planet for discarded tech in a last minute effort to save her lover. An old man remembers first contact and the devastating consequences to life on Earth. The birth of a hybrid threatens to disrupt a human community, but who is really to blame? A male alien uses unconventional means to court a human woman with a surprising result. A woman obsessed with vengeance conjures something dark and evil that will change her life forever. And an old alien regales children with tales of interstellar exodus.
The war is over, but surviving the peace may be their toughest fight yet.
For five years, Earth ruled Hathe, taking what they needed, especially the energy-rich mineral, urgonium, it must have to survive. For five years, the Hathians kept their world safe by hiding behind a façade, posing as subservient peasants and pretending all the wealth and knowledge of Hathe has vanished. Then came the time for Hathe to fight back, and for the Terrans to learn how wrong they were.
When two, opposed worlds must fight for their very survival, what chance is there for a pair of duty-plagued lovers caught in the middle?
Five long years ago, the Terran invaders appeared in the skies above Hathe and life on that peaceful and wealthy planet changed forever. Now, the time has come to throw the invaders out. The Hathians are about to reclaim Hathe.
Hamon Radcliff is one of those Terrans. He must use any means available to keep Hathe in Terran control, no matter how much he hates it, for Earth cannot survive without the urgonium found only on Hathe. It’s their main energy source. But all the rules change when he captures a woman of the long-lost Hathian ruling class, a woman he strongly suspects is an undercover agent for a secret Hathian resistance movement.
Children of Arkadia by M. Darusha Wehm
Kaus wants nothing more than to be loved while its human counterpart, Raj Patel, believes fervently in freedom. Arkadia, one of four space stations circling Jupiter, was to be a refuge for all who fought the corrupt systems of old Earth, a haven where both humans and Artificial Intelligences could be happy and free. But the old prejudices and desires are still at play and, no matter how well-meaning its citizens, the children of Arkadia have tough compromises to make.
When the Premier of Zanix is murdered by Pantoja’andese mercenaries, Zanixese Agent Surat is ordered to Pantoja’and to investigate. He crosses paths with Agent Kainaka – the estranged daughter of a local crime lord tasked to investigate a potential family connection to an ancient prophecy. But Kainaka has her own secrets to contend with as they start unraveling a diabolical plot spanning centuries and distant worlds, and they are yet to realize that more than just the fate of their respective nations rests upon their shoulders.