• 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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Australian Speculative Fiction Blog Carnival

Apologies for the late-runningness of this Blog Carnival, we have been recovering from our fifteenth birthday party (by which I mean, doing all the work neglected during planning the celebrations). We now feel a  bit old and tired ;). Below are all the fabbity fab blog posts we could round up from around and after (to paraphrase Juan Antonio) the best WorldCon ever. These are just the tip of the iceberg, so if you have more, post below and I will add them.

The Hugo winners – thanks to Tehani
The Ditmar finals list and winners on Locus
Tehani’s AussieCon report
Voyager’s AussieCon thoughts One Two and Three
Global Voyager announcement
Gail Carriger on WorldCon
Longest report ever for AussieCon! From the Spec Fic Writers of Singapore
Peter Brett’s brief blog on his visit to WorldCon and Australia
Trudi Canavan’s AussieCon report
Helen Lowe’s AussieCon report at the Orbit blog
Duncan Lay’s AussieCon report
Kathleen Jenning’s gorgeous AussieCon round up with illustrations!
Tehani’s round up of the open short story markets
On Australian writing …
K J Taylor comes to dinner with fellow Voyager authors
Gillian’s interview with Mary Victoria
Jonathan Strahan makes it safely home (no swine flu this time!)
A Vampire’s AussieCon report
An interview with Jack Dann, Janeen Webb and Yaritji Green by Gillian
A bit of Baggage by Monica Carroll
Eneit’s blog – Baggage blogtour and interviews
Launch of Worlds Next Door report
KJ Taylor pics and post from the Voyager part
Maria Quinn wins the Norma K Hemming Award
Tehani and Alex revisit The Belgariad series by David Eddings
Fiona McIntosh on stand alone novels
Gillian on AussieCon and once more with feeling
Glenda Larke at WorldCon
George R R Martin touches down in Melbourne and reminds people that WorldCon is the Granddaddy of all events!
Alan Baxter’s wrap up
Talking Squid WorldCon update
Books by Canberra Spec Fic Writers
Gary Kemble’s posts on AussiCon
Two amazing trailers talking about A Game of Thrones on HBO posted on the Voyager blog

Not posted strictly within this month’s carnival dates but … taken during the time – Cory Doctorow sings a pirate ditty

 

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What did Cory ever do to Peter?

Taken by Peter V Brett at our Voyager 15th Birthday Party in Melbourne (during WorldCon) 🙂 and posted on his blog, where we spotted it.

Don’t worry, Cory, there’s worse video of Peter out there anyway ;).

The stormtroopers have arrived: Saturday at Worldcon

So, yesterday dawned a bit too bright and early for anyone celebrating Voyager’s 15th birthday and the Ditmars, but as a famous person once said: the con must go on. And so it did. We went to lots of panels, including one on cover art: a dying form? If the images shown by GoH Shaun Tan are any indication, then no, it is not! Was lovely to see Nick Stathopoulos’s cover for Dreaming Down-Under there – and we plan to go to the Dreaming Again again panel at 2pm today.
Around lunchtime we spied a very big queue indeed – no surprises, George was doing a signing. In the end they had to organize a second signing later in the day to give fans a chance to get to the front and the grrm the chance not to get RSI.
We saw Peter V Brett and Cory Doctorow discussing online presence and fan interaction – a great insight into how the author deals with such relationships. We also caught a bevy of Voyager authors talking about the trilogy in fantasy-why is it so common now? A whose choice is it? Fiona Mcintosh ably chaired the panel between Glenda Larke, Trudi Canavan and Russell Kirkpatrick and also forced ‘dettol lollies’ on the unsuspecting audience! It was a great chat and a bit of a prelude to the upcoming Crowns and Swords panel where I suspect Glenda and Fiona will return to the subject of castles ;).
Also spent a bit of time in the Dealers Room talking to Galaxy Bookshop’s Mark Timmony and then bumped into Karen Miller, a lovely surprise!
In the evening, after a foray into Melbourne’s laneways for dinner (successful) we dropped into the Hilton Bar and spied Cory Doctorow, Kim Stanley Robinson and Jason Nahrung, among others. And we also had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan Strahan, one of the best editors around, and co-editor with Jack Dann of Legends of Australian Fantasy.
And then, finally, it was time for zzzzzzzz.

Happy birthday Voyager!

Last night we celebrated Voyager’s fifteenth birthday with a purple party full of authors, booksellers and fans.
There were lots of amazing and well known faces and we captured most of them on video and camera (apologies to everyone we accosted with the video camera!). There was a special Voyager purple cocktail and a glorious chocolate cake with the winged Voyager motif on top.
The roving vid team got to meet and chat to … Kim Stanley Robinson, Jack Dann, Robert Silverberg, George R R Martin, Fiona Mcintosh, Glenda Larke, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Nicole Murphy, Tracey O’Hara, Peter V Brett, Kim Falconer, Katie Taylor, Jo Spurrier, Cory Doctorow, Mary Victoria, Janeen Webb, Garth Nix, and so many more – the stars of the speculative fiction world! It was wonderful to finally meet face to face authors with whom we’ve corresponded for years. We didn’t manage to capture Jennifer Fallon on vid but the con is sti young!
There were speeches from HC Australia CEO Michael Moynahan, Voyager publisher Stephanie Smith, her offsiders in the US and UK Diana Gill (for Eos) and Emma Coode. It was announced that Eos and Voyager will move towards forming a global imprint. Then Emma introduced George R R Martin, Voyager author from the beginning, who spoke and then got down to the business of cake cutting. And then it was party time, with some very suggestive Happy Birthday Mr President I mean Voyager singing from one upcoming author duo and at the very end a helium inspired rendition of Happy Birthday by Peter V Brett! Guests got a bag to take home which included one of our gorgeous 15th anniversary hardbacks (check previous posts to see how you can win the whole set).
It was both surreal and lovely to be among authors new and well known – the surreal aspect no less thanks to the giant balls of flame that were puffed outside the window by dragons masquerading as columns outside the Crown complex on the river. And as the measure of a party is how quickly people make an exit, I think this was a definite success!
So, once more with feeling: Happy birthday Voyager! Here’s to another fifteen years just as good!

PS the full set of photos and video should be up later this week: so prepare to spot yourself!

The Aust Spec Fic Blog Carnival for January 2009!

In a homage to rhyming, bad poetry and a certain sing-a-long blog
The Spec Fic Blog Carnival has been forced into verse and may leave you agog
With horror, but believe me, it hurt me more than anyone to rhyme.
Anyway, here’s the list of new things in publishing – have a good time!

*quality of starting verse may prepare you for what is to come.

Let’s start with Satima on the Specusphere, latest edition now out!
Followed by the Overlord on OneDollarOrbit – it’s a $1 Shout!
Then comes Simon Haynes interviewing Jim Hines on the Stepsister Scheme
And Simon also achieved his Hal Spacejock e-book dream.

Jennifer Fallon asked: Is epic fantasy on the wane?
Glenda Larke and Neil Gaiman wondered if a judge was insane …. (I think so)
Josh Palmatier was interviewed by Simon Haynes on The Vacant Throne
And Josh was admired by Glenda Larke and many others (they aren’t alone).

The AHWA looked back at 2008 and chose the best dark stories
While ROR (Writers on the Rise) reflected on their shared glories
And look out for Christmas Down Under – submit your story to Festive Fear
Plus Juliet Marillier discusses editing, and sheds blood, sweat and more than one tear.

Import and be damned, said the AWM of parallel importation
On the same topic, Michael Gerard Bauer talked of what is lost in translation.
Brendan Podger thinks fantasy books are getting too big for their boots
And HarperCollins picked up a new division, meaning ABC Books uproots …

Shane Jiraiya Cummings offered fiction for free on his website
Keri Arthur talked about her next release, Deadly Desire … that’s right …
And the search for 10 culture critics on literary cultures now starts,
While the David Gemmell Legend Award captures hearts.

The Aus Writers’ Guild National Screenwriters Conference takes place in Feb
Ticonderoga Online went up in a new format on the web.

That was exhausting, so, in related news, let’s get to a topic that can be really exhausting, because it’s hard work: writing.

Glenda Larke talked about how she writes her books – from the first draft to the last,
Justine Larbalestier gave away a ton of know-how (you won’t get through this fast):
characterisation, getting published, getting unstuck, generating ideas, choosing POVs, NOT writing on what you know!
The Sirens put out their first newsletter of the year
And the AHWA roll out a flash short story comp – get your writing into gear!

Simon Haynes tries to distil his writing into two pages.
Cat Sparks finds the gloom on the web sent her writing through several stages.
Tansy Rayner Roberts responded to Lilith Saintcrow on angry chicks in leather,
And also enjoyed Russell T Davies talking about our generation typing at each other.

Jennifer Fallon helped lazy writers unite,
And Kim Falconer talked of the hero’s fight

Just for fun … and let’s call this freeform because if I see another rhyme … I might become the Hulk.

Why you don’t want a LOLcat as your editor
The wonderful Jason Fischer puts out a new (and free!) story.
Would you answer this ad? Cat Sparks contemplates time travel
AussieCon 4 offers t-shirts – bring on Melbourne September 2010!

And finally …
Karen Miller discusses the new, young Dr Who
That’s Sir Terry to you: Sir Terry Pratchett is awarded a well-deserved knighthood!
We hear more from the Clarion South brigade – this time on their tutors.
Cory Doctorow tells us to watch out for surveillance on New Year’s Day (yikes)
Phil Berrie talks about the pros and cons of Authonomy
And Australian Speculative Fiction Blog Carnival Host is not made poet laureate.

Late breaking news: The Great Gender Debate 09

Alisa Krasnostein on the 25% female authorship
Tansy Rayner Roberts on why it matters
An editor’s genuine opinion – Russell B Farr of Ticonderoga
Girlie Jones looking deeper at gender
Ben Peek writes a letter
Some useful answers to questions about gender inequality

Articles on the subject:
Girls vs Boys as readers by Sherwood Smith
Girlish, moody fiction? No thanks
A Bout of Aboutness: Urban Fantasy and Sword-and-Planet

Go to the home of the Aust Spec Fic Blog Carnival – also known as A Boy Goes On a Journey, a fantastic resource for all Aust Spec Fic writers, run by Nyssa Pascoe.

Little Brother: a message from Cory Doctorow

Little Brother

Little Brother

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is available across Australia right now. We caught up with Cory earlier in the year and he scribed the following to describe why he felt the need to write Little Brother.

Since I was a kid, I’ve seen computers as tools of liberation. When my father brought home our first PC, an Apple ][+ in 1979, and a modem card to go with it, my life changed forever. Suddenly, it was possible to go more places, learn more things, access more tools, ideas and communities that even the most powerful, sophisticated grownups of the previous decade would have dreamt possible.

And for decades, it only got better. The networks got faster. The pool of people I could communicate with got larger. Storage got cheaper. The variety of information got broader. I became a technological triumphalist, convinced that my beloved machines would be the world’s salvation, the end to centuries of authoritarianism and control.

Today, I’m not so sure.

If I were a kid today, I think that I’d be justifiably scared to death of computers and what they can do. It has never been easier to threaten the privacy and liberty of children than it is today. Sleazy censorware companies peddle junk software that is supposed to block out all the bad stuff and let the good stuff through. It does neither. There just aren’t enough cavernous sweatshops filled with badly trained censors to look at and evaluate every page on the Internet and class it as bad or good, so our children end up being blocked from millions of legitimate pages and being exposed to millions of dangerous ones — with the added risk of allowing these companies to get a record of every page our dis look at on the Internet.

Kids are spied upon by CCTV from the time of infancy, fitted with anti-truancy GPS ankle-bracelets designed to track paroled felons, tracked around the web by marketing creeps, chased out of public squares with high-pitched “mosquito” tones that adult ears can’t hear. Their phones and video-game consoles are fitted with “DRM” — digital rights management designed to control their copying and use of software — which allows remote parties to set and enforce policy on their property, without their consent or knowledge.

It’s enough to make you want to live in a cave.

But kids are fighting back. They understand that by taking control of the devices — seizing the means of information — they can tilt the balance of power back in their favour. The difference between a dystopia like 1984 and a utopia like I, Robot is whether we control the machines or the machines control us.

There has never been a more important time to seize our technological freedom. The spectre of terrorism is the all-purpose excuse for every conceivable power-grab. Architecture is politics: the machines we put in place today will determine the society we inhabit tomorrow — and that is why I wrote this book: to give kids the tools they need to take back that heady power that comes from being the master of your machines, from making them dance to your will. I hope you’ll share it with the children in your life, and I hope they’ll share it with their friends, before it becomes impossible to do so.

So there’s something to think about in 2009: the year of taking back the tools for liberation.From all of us at Voyager Online, Happy New Year! We hope all the books you read this year give you something to carry away with you and think about.

The November edition of the Captain’s Log is out!

Click the banner above to go to the latest issue which includes a brief piece from Jennifer Fallon on finishing the Tide Lords series, a chance to win the entire Tide Lords series, a review of The Chaos Crystal, news on Little Brother and more!