• 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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Kim Falconer on Iaido and The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior

I open my eyes — ready to train in the traditional Wazas — the forms choreographed centuries ago by Samurais preparing for battle. They readied for the fight. I ready for peace — the ritual bringing me into alignment with myself. Energy swirls in my hara — Tanden breathing — energy builds. Fire up the spine. I am the sea, the sun, the waves, the warrior. The sand beneath me gives way to the universe.

Kim Falconer has given an interview with California Reiki — a beautiful meditation on the practice of Iaido, the development of hara, The Spell of Rosette and more – with Kim’s poetic way of speaking and writing coming through.

Kim Falconer training with the katana on the beach

Kim Falconer training with the katana on the beach

Poll for ASOIAF


Poll and discussion on age and appearance of actors versus characters – specifically for the most anticipated HBO series EVER (in my lifetime :D) – A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM!

Kim Falconer: Archetypes, Agents and Oracles—Where Myth and SF Meet

Flycon, the online speculative fiction convention, offered a chance for authors, editors and fans from all over the globe to meet and discuss SF/F topics. One subject of particular interest was Mythology and Science Fiction, moderated and hosted by Nyssa Pascoe from A Writer goes on a Journey. The panellists were Dave Freer, Amanda Pillar and the transcripts are still up for viewing.

At first glance myth and SF seem opposed. Myths happen in the past and usually involve the numinous where science fiction happens in the future and involves speculative technologies, environmental shifts, space travel, or life on other planets. Amanda Pillar summed it up by saying mythology is the metaphorical framework which a culture uses to understand the world around them and science fiction is basically stories set in the future. But how do they work together?

Dave Freer gave an example. ‘I borrow heavily from the symbolism common in many mythological stories. I think this helps to quietly get under the reader’s skin. Issues like stories beginning at dawn and finishing at dusk. Issues of the trickster – a common myth figure – who is so often the bane and saviour of humankind.’

Joseph Campbell, a hero of mine, used the term monomyth to describe this archetypal portrayal of characters. Monomyths are enduring stories that reach a broad audience, archetypal in that they occur in all places, in all peoples, in all times. These stories touch something inside us—giving us as sense of meaning—something science doesn’t always do.

Star Wars—Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher 1977

Star Wars—Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher 1977

George Lucas’ Star Wars is an example of a monomyth/science fiction blend. In Obi Wan and Yoda we see the archetype of the Wise Old Man and spiritual Guide. Luke Skywalker is the young Hero and Darth Vader is the archetype of Death. Swiss psychologist Carl Jung believed these characters emerge from the Collective Unconscious, a deeper level of our personal unconscious that links the minds of every being—even back into our animal past.

He said, ‘This deeper level manifests itself in universal archaic images expressed in dreams, religious beliefs, myths, and fairy tales. The archetypes, as unfiltered psychic experience, appear sometimes in their most primitive and naive forms (in dreams), sometimes in a considerably more complex form due to the operation of conscious elaboration in myths.’

Keanu Reeves in the Matrix plays 'The One', a contemporary interpretation of the savior archetype.

Keanu Reeves in the Matrix plays 'The One', a contemporary interpretation of the savior archetype.

Another film that blends myth and SF is the Matrix Trilogy. Neo is the Hero called to adventure. Morpheus is the Wise Old Man, and the Oracle, like Yoda, is the numinous guide. The animas figure—the sacred feminine that tutors through love (or lack of it) like Medea, Ariadne and Princes Leia—is characterized by Trinity. It’s interesting how the hero’s journey hangs not on strength or knowledge but ultimately on a relationship to love. (Remember what happens to Jason when he rejects Medea?) In the Matrix, Neo is unable to overpower agent Smith until he is awakened by Love—a wonderful mythic theme woven into a post-apocalyptic SF tale.

Do you have a favourite SF/monomyth? Please share it here.

Kim Falconer is the author of The Spell of Rosette (Quantum Enchantment Book 1), which was published in January by HarperVoyager. Kim lives in Byron Bay and runs the website Falcon’s Astrology as well as a website dedicated to the Quantum Enchantment series.

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Fallon Thursday: Would you like to be a character in the next Jennifer Fallon novel?

I’ve been busting to tell you guys about this, and now I can…

As part of the Charity Auction to be held at Supanova this weekend (and again in Brisbane the following weekend) we are auctioning off a character in my next series.

The proceeds will be going to Bushfire Relief from the Melbourne Auction and Flood Relief for the Brisbane Auction.

The details of the prize are as follows:

  • Two characters are available (can be male or female) for auction (one in Melbourne and one in Brisbane.)
  • Winner will get their name in the book as a character (they will not, however, get to dictate anything else – physical appearance, characteristics and eventual fate are all my prerogative). In other words I can kill off your namesake off if I feel like itJ
  • The series is the Rift Runners series. Book 1 – The Undivided is tentatively scheduled for release in 2010.

Now… given that the book is set partly in Ireland (with Dutch overtones… have fun figuring that one out…hehehe), if your name is Ignatious Yanopoporopolous, you probably won’t get to be the hero’s favourite younger brother…

You get to chose the name. I get to decide everything else.

So… if you’re not in Melbourne or Brisbane, how do you bid?

I’m glad you asked… if you want to bid, email me here

We haven’t set a minimum bid, but I will keep you posted as to the progress of the auction (probably on Twitter because it’s faster). Bids for Melbourne will close on Thursday at midnight (ACDST). Any bids for Melbourne than miss the deadline will be offered the option to transfer to the Brisbane Auction.

Jennifer Fallon is the author of the Demon Child Trilogy, the Second Sons Trilogy, the Hythrun Chronicles and The Tide Lords. Normally her posts go up on Fridays … but as you can see, time is of the essence!

This is about Spiderman so it’s relevant to the blog

Thailand: Fireman becomes Spiderman to rescue a child …

Personally, I’d like a fireman dressed as a fireman to rescue me, but I’d accept Spiderman too, didn’t say the Captain.

Thanks Tim for the link.