• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:

    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!



Russell Kirkpatrick wins at NZ NatCon!

This post was originally made on the Voyager Message Board by Russell Kirkpatrick – but the news is so good that it surely must make the blog!

At the same time as Australians have been enjoying their national convention, Swancon, New Zealanders have met at Wellington for Conjunction, the NZ NatCon.Path of Revenge

Guest of Honour was Elizabeth Moon, who writes mainly military sci-fi, and fan GoH was the effervescent Aussie, Andrew Ivamy. Phillipa Ballantyne was the local GoH.

The con was relaxed, almost languid, with the liveliest session being the auction. A signed, leather-bound Peter Hamilton first edition went for over $200, and high prices were obtained for many other items. The NZ NatCons are traditionally very fannish, and this con was no exception, with gaming, movies and furry fandom to the fore.

New Zealand fans are characterised by their intelligence and knowledge of all things speculative, and this means interesting and in-depth conversations. I wasn’t believed, though, when I argued with a straight face that because New Zealand’s land mass is smaller than Australia’s the moon travels faster (less gravity) and we have twice as many tides. I thought someone might fall for it, but no …

Highlight for me was the Sir Julius Vogel awards, New Zealand’s fantasy/scifi/horror awards. I was lucky enough to win Best Novel for Path of Revenge – an important win for me as I consider an application to Creative NZ for an interesting future project.

A fun and relaxing convention. Now on to Conflux in Canberra in October!

Russell Kirkpatrick

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror By New Zealanders. The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are given for work By fans and professionals that was undertaken, completed or released in the year previous to voting. This year the works being voted on were from 2007. They are voted on By New Zealand fans and are presented at the National Science Fiction convention each year. The Sir Julius Vogel Awards are administered By SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Congratulations to Jonathan Strahan and Gardner Dozois

The New Space OperaThe winners of the 2008 Ditmar and Tin Duck Awards were announced last night at Swancon:

The New Space Opera, edited by Jonathan Strahan & Gardner Dozois won the Ditmar for Best Collected Work (tie) AND the Tin Duck for Best WA Professional Production.

Well done!

The Accidental Launch … SwanCon through the eyes of K E Mills … aka …

The Accidental Sorcerer

Swancon was a fabulous experience — my first time at the con, and certainly not my last — but the cherry on the icing was the book launch for The Accidental Sorcerer. It’s kind of an open secret that I am K.E Mills — or K.E Mills is me — and so I didn’t have to attend the launch in disguise! Although Sean Williams, who was launching his wonderful new YA novel The Changeling at the same time, mentioned my top looked very Star Trek. <g>

The launch was wonderfully attended, so I owe huge thanks to the folks of Swancon, who came along to cheer me and Sean as we sent our books out into the world. Grant Watson of the Swancon committee introduced us, and we spoke a little about the books, and then came the eating and the drinking and the bookselling and the signing! And that was a hoot.

As much as I get acutely uncomfortable standing in the spotlight (there’s a reason I direct plays now, instead of act in them!) it was still an enormous pleasure. I am unashamedly excited about this book, The Accidental Sorcerer, and madly in love with the characters. It’s my fervent hope that readers will love them as much as I do because they are so much fun to write and frankly, I want to keep playing with them for a long time!

Huge, huge, thanks go to Voyager, for their wonderful support of me, and to Stephanie Smith in particular, who has championed this book from its earliest beginnings when I was trying to find the right way to tell the story. Thanks are also owed to the amazing, indefatigable Theresa Anns, the Perth rep. She is a dynamo and a darling. Seriously, Voyager authors are spoiled rotten! And finally, many thanks to the Swancon committee who made room in this year’s program for the event. It really was an experience to treasure.

Karen Miller