• 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!

     

     

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Fallon Friday: Jennifer masquerades as … everyone … at Perth Supanova!

Well, I’m in Perth about to head out to the Showgrounds to set up for the Inaugural Perth Supanova. I am having so much fun. I’ve hugged Jared Padalecki, met Nichelle Nichols, been chased by R2D2, signed squillions of books in Sydney and had far too much fun…

Perth Supanova should be even more amazing. Everybody seems to have heard of it and is wondering what it’s all about. All I can tell you is … bring your camera and lots of money if you’re planning to come.

Although there are stacks of free panels you can sit in on, and stars everywhere (BSG, Serenity, Heroes, Stargate, Digimon, etc), and premiers to attend and other great stuff to see (the Cosplay is awesome), there is so much to buy … collectable stuff you only see on the net, rare comics, even rarer games, lots of people in costume (I don’t think you can buy them, but hey, you could ask, I suppose…) and of course, Jennifer Fallon books!

You’ll find me next to the White Dwarf stall where there will be heaps of Voyager authors on sale. Or their books will e on sale. I don’t think you can buy the authors, either … tee hee.

I could sign their books too, if you like. I don’t mind pretending I’m Glenda … or Russell … May have a bit of trouble with my Russell impersonation, though. I mean … that Kiwi accent’s a killer … hehehe.

Visit Jennifer’s blog for more on her time at Supanova!

www.supanova.com.au

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Path of Revenge – Voyager Book Club

Path of RevengeLast night, we held the second ever Voyager Book Club, with Russell Kirkpatrick as the special Voyager author dropping by to talk to fans and answer questions about Path of Revenge, the deliciously dark first book in the Husk trilogy.

After a quick low down on the weather (NB Sydney is NOT in fact cold when compared to New Zealand – which was undergoing rather turbulent weather at the time of the chat) and a brief discussion of beautiful walks in both countries, Kiwi beer, the greatness or not greatness of the All Blacks and so on, we got started.

Russell discussed the darkness of this book – the series is alot darker than his previous trilogy – Fire of Heaven (Across the Face of the World, In the Earth Abides the Flame, The Right Hand of God). It was a transitional book for me – from the pseudo-religious ‘lightness’ of the first trilogy, I really worked hard to make the feel much darker.I wanted to provide an opposite take on the main ideas in the first trilogy.

He also spoke about how the previous trilogy had been influenced by sff in the sixties and seventies when things weren’t said outright, whereas now days sff has become alot more direct and grittier — this change is reflected in Path of Revenge and Dark Heart, the second book in the trilogy.

The chat moved on to the characters in the book …

Huma, one the PZoners attending said, I really love how the characters deal with different issues – I do think one of the strengths of the book is the characters particularly Noetos for me – and how we as readers can really emotionally connect with them.
Russell told us that one of the main characters, Lenares, is based on a few Aspergers and Autistic people he knows, and even has some of his own character traits.
Farnwyn said he was intrigrued by Torve … a character of some unusual moral strength, considering what and who he had to live with

And then … the talk turned to … SPOILERS! And I am sworn to secrecy – but let’s just say, if you’d been at the chat, you would have heard some hints dropped that might help you work things out. If you weren’t there then you missed out on your chance! You’ll be heartened to know that Russell is still working on book three, which is due out in the first half of next year.

There was plenty more discussed … but as above … you had to be there! If you’re interested in taking part in the next Voyager Book Club, visit the Message Board at Voyager Online for details.

If you want more Russell (there was certainly someone at Book Club last night who was planning to stay awake all night with the sequel to Path of Revenge) then …

Dark Heart, Husk trilogy book two, is out now,

Visit Russell’s website
for journal entries, FAQs and more.

Voyager Book Club reconvenes tonight

Tonight we discussed Path of Revenge by Russell Kirkpatrick, Book One of the Husk Trilogy with Russell himself dropping by (despite thunderbolts!) to talk to us. Indeed – I have just dashed off now for dinner but the chat continues, tune in tomorrow for a round up of what we discussed – some very interesting topics covered!

Love and Robots …

The Silver Metal LoverThe Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee is one of my ‘life changing’ books. It’s the book that made me realise how deeply I love fantasy – and how much an author can change your point-of-view, your feelings, make you so emotionally caught up with a character. I read it on the recommendation of Cecelia Dart-Thorton (author of the Bitterbynde trilogy) – and I have never been more glad about a suggestion for reading material! While trawling the web (as I do) I came across this review – which I think captures the spirit of the book. Victoria Strauss kindly gave me her permission to reproduce it. Voyager publishes The Silver Metal Lover in Australia – with a beautiful cover done by Kinoko Craft. I can’t recommend it more highly.

I’ll be asking various Voyager authors about the book that made an impact on their life – whether it was the one that turned them to writing, or one that made them weep, laugh, exult in life! Let’s see what they have to say.

Taelian

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I read my first Tanith Lee novel when I was in my teens, and I’ve been eagerly devouring her fiction ever since. Sadly, a great deal of her work is out of print, and so it’s an occasion for rejoicing when one of her books is re-issued. The re-publication of The Silver Metal Lover (out of print for more than a decade) is an especially exciting event, for it’s one of Lee’s best — lush, sensual, dark, and utterly enthralling.

Jane is a pampered rich girl. She lives in a fantastic house raised high above the city on metal struts. Her doting mother gives her everything her heart could desire: luxurious rooms, fabulously expensive clothing, a bigger allowance than she can think how to spend, all the conditioning and cosmetics and beauty aids that money can buy. Jane has no idea that she’s bored until she encounters Silver, an impossibly beautiful, impossibly human-seeming robot created by a company called Electronic Metals Ltd. Silver has been built to be a musician, and his exquisite singing stirs something in Jane that she has never felt before.

Jane knows it’s crazy to fall in love with a robot. But she thinks she’s seen something in Silver — something more than clockwork and computer chips, something beyond the machine. When she discovers that Electronic Metals intends to dismantle Silver, because he hasn’t checked out on their function tests, she persuades a wealthy friend to buy him. Together, she and Silver flee to the only place where they can live undisturbed: the city’s decayed and violent slums. There, in a dilapidated apartment they transform into a fairy tale refuge, Jane begins to understand that she wasn’t mistaken when she glimpsed a soul inside the metal body of her lover.

The accompanying literature describes The Silver Metal Lover as a romance. And indeed it is, capturing with breathless intensity the delirium of first love. But it’s also a story of becoming human. Silver, acquiring free will, learning to feel love and fear, makes this journey; and so does Jane, who has spent her whole life cocooned in wealth, parroting the tastes and beliefs of those around her, pre-programmed by her environment and education just as Silver has been pre-programmed by his builders. Layer by layer they shed their conditioning, a struggle to freedom that parallels their unfolding love story, and lends it depth and poignancy.

Lee’s prose is lush and lyrical, her settings exotic and powerfully atmospheric. There’s a cyberpunk feel to the world she creates, with its machine-driven culture and huge gap between rich and poor, but unlike a lot of early cyberpunk, it doesn’t seem dated. The characters — Silver and Jane especially, but also the many secondary players — are unforgettable, rendered with great feeling and delicious flashes of humour. The Silver Metal Lover is a feast for the mind and the heart, one of the most purely enjoyable reads I’ve had in ages. Bantam is to be commended for bringing this wonderful novel back into print, and giving a new generation of readers a chance to discover it.

Copyright © 1999 by Victoria Strauss, reproduced with permission, originally appeared at http://www.sfsite.com/07a/sil60.htm

Victoria Strauss is a novelist, and a lifelong reader of fantasy and science fiction. Click here to visit her website.

Living La Vida Locus

The Locus Awards have been announced! Click here for the full list … we at Evil HQ are very happy and proud to see these two on the list:

SF NOVEL The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon


ANTHOLOGY The New Space Opera, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds.

News and Events

Visit the new News and Events page on the blog – by going to the top of this page and clicking on the News and Events tab (next to the ‘About Voyager Online’ tab. All this information can also be found at Voyager Online on the Events page.

Fallon Friday: Supanova hits Sydney

Well, it’s Supanova time again, and today I’m off on a plane (and yes, that’s right, they’re talking airline strikes…) to Sydney and then to Perth  the following week to do it all again on the west coast.

 

Thanks in no small part to my incessant nagging suggestion, the headline guest in Sydney this year is the gorgeous Jared Padalecki from Supernatural. Not only that, Jewel Staite (Atlantis , Firefly and Serenity)  is back (she was here for the Melbourne and Brisbane Supanovas, where she discovered shopping at Sportsgirl, which is the reason she’s back, I suspect…LOL), and the legendary Nichelle Nicholls, Lt Uhura, herself. Talk about Trekkie heaven…

 

So, if you’re in Sydney this weekend, dress up in your best costume and come say hello. Bring any books you have and I’ll sign them for you. Better yet, bring no books, buy more at Supanova , and I’ll sign them for you…hahahaha.

 

The full details for the program are at www.supanova.com.au

 

I’ll try to give you a heads up next week about how it went, what everyone was like, and whether or not I was able to get away with kidnapping Jared Padalecki and bringing him home for my girls as a souvenir. I’m a nice mother like thatJ

 

And don’t forget, it’s not too late to sign up for the World Building Master Class on Sunday.

 

Jennifer Fallon