• 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!



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.

Voyager authors at AussieCon – Events

Edited on 24 August with the first half of the program.

Border crossing: YA authors writing for adults and vice versa
Thursday 1500 Room 212
Speculative Fiction is notable for the number of authors who readily cross borders and write for both Adults and Young Adults. Some of our finest practitioners discuss the differences and similarities in writing for these two distinct audiences.
Bec Kavanagh (mod), Marianne de Pierres, Pamela Freeman, Cory Doctorow

Breaking the fourth wall: Supernatural and its audience
Thursday 1500 Room 211
What happens when a television series begins to break down the “fourth wall” that divides the characters from the audience watching them? Supernatural has arguably demolished its wall, leading to an uneasy and uncomfortable relationship between the creators and their fans. What other series are playing directly with their audience in this fashion, and who is doing it well? How do you directly connect with your audience, and is it a good idea to do it at all? How does the current climate of Internet communications and social media affect the distance between the shows
that are made and the viewers who watch them?
Karen Miller, Jeanette Auer, Seanan McGuire

Thursday 1700 Rm 201
Peter V Brett

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Win a Voyager New Release Pack worth more than $100!

Voyager Competition

Voyager Competition

We have so many great new stories from Voyager we just couldn’t choose which one to giveaway. So we will give you a chance to win them all!
Three lucky winners will win a Voyager pack worth over $100. Your pack will include:
K.J Taylor’s tale of a world where griffins rule — The Dark Griffin
The Last Stormlord — The beginning of Glenda Larke’s absorbing new series
Galileos’s Dream — The dazzling new novel from the acclaimed author of the Mars trilogy Kim Stanley Robinson
We’ll Always Have Paris – an all-new collection of effortlessly beautiful tales from the author of FAHRENHEIT 451 Ray Bradbury
Rides A Dread Legion — The first book in a blockbuster series by the master of epic fantasy, Raymond E. Feist.

For your chance to win tell us in 25 words or less:

What has been your favourite Voyager book of 2009 and why?

Remember to include your name and address details. Competition closes 5pm Wednesday 30th September 2009. To enter email voyager@harpercollins.com.au with the subject line “New Release Pack”

Competition terms and conditions
1. Information on how to enter forms part of the terms and conditions of entry. Promoter is HarperCollins Publishers Pty Limited ABN 36 009 913 517, 25 Ryde Road, Pymble NSW 2073, Australia.
2. Competition closes at 5pm Wednesday 30th September 2009(AEST).
3. Entry is open to Australian & New Zealandresidents only.
4. Entry is closed to employees (and their immediate families), agencies or trade customers of HarperCollins Publishers Pty Ltd and its associated companies.
5. All entries are via e-mail only. The competition requires entrants to answer a question.
6. Entries close 5pm Wednesday 30th September 2009(AEST) and entrants may enter one (1) time only.
7. This is a game of skill in which chance plays no part.
8. The judge’s decision in relation to any aspect of this competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
9. Prize consists of a Voyager Book Pack valued at more than $100 – The Dark Griffin, The Last Stormlord, Gelileo’s Dream, We’ll Always Have Paris, Rides a Dread Legion
10. Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.
11. All prizes will be awarded. The prize will be awarded the business day following the competition closing date, 5pm Wednesday 30th September 2009(AEST) at 25 Ryde Road, Pymble NSW 2073.
12. The cost of entering the competition is limited to the cost of individuals telephony charges and Internet access rates.
13. The promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or personal injury suffered or sustained in relation to use of this prize.
14. All entries received remain the property of HarperCollins Pty Ltd and may be used for additional promotions.

Second Life for Kim Stanley Robinson

Voyager author Kim Stanley Robinson recently spent some time in Second Life, chatting with some of the residents there. You can read a log of the chat (click here).

(from an email from AussieCon4  where Kim will be Guest of Honour, Melbourne 2010)

Kim Stanley Robinson is a Hero of the Environment

Rather belatedly, here’s a link to the Time article on Kim Stanley Robinson. The AussieCon website sent it around via their Facebook group. ‘Our Kim’ (for such is he, being a Voyager author) is a Hero of the Environment and Time Magazine says: ‘Robinson’s gift is a vision that uses the environment and its complexity as the focus of all that happens, rather than merely as grim set dressing or allegorical overlay … It is fashionable to say that science fiction is not really about things to come but about things that are, a projection of today’s realities into a future constructed to show them off to their greatest effect. You can certainly read the Mars books as a story of taking responsibility for a planet’s reshaping that applies right here right now on earth. But at the same time they are always books about a real Mars waiting in the future.’

Kim will be a Guest of Honour at AussieCon4 – Melbourne 2009, aka the place to be in September 2009.

NB. While looking up the AussieCon website again, I stumbled across this tres amusing link on Facebook – vis a vis getting rid of duplicate groups. Is worthy of an ironic lol before Monday mornings hits, but has nothing to do with Voyager or sf/f particularly.