• 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 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!

Exciting news for UK fans of K E Mills

Waterstones UK has chosen The Accidental Sorcerer , book one of the Rogue Agent series for their January book of the month, the same month the book is released in the UK and US. You can read an interview with Karen Miller (she writes under K E Mills for the Rogue Agent series) here and learn more about the other books she has written (including the bestselling Star Wars novels). The Accidental Sorcerer is available in all good books in Australia and is a fantastic alternative fantasy – we at Evil HQ are eagerly awaiting the follow up, Witches Incorporated (coming in April 09).

And whilst we’re talking about excellent overseas news, read a Guardian article about Cory Doctorow here, talking about his writing changing the future, and getting people to think. And as a point of interest for those of you following the Clarion South Writers Workshop posts, the article mentions that Cory attending the CS workshop (presumably the US version) in 1992 and was taught by James Patrick Kelly. Cory’s book Little Brother will be released in Australia in January (which means it will be in stores in late December) and it’s a cracker of a book.

Aurealis praise for Voyager authors

The Daughters of Moab

The Daughters of Moab

It’s lovely to see the kind of praise Voyager authors are getting – ranging from magazines as new and happening as Black to the prestigious Aurealis Magazine. At the Aurealis website you can see Keith Stevenson’s glowing review of Kim Westwood’s debut novel, The Daughters of Moab. ‘This is the best debut novel I have seen in many years, which comes as no surprise to those of us who have followed Kim’s short story writing career.’ Keith really gets this book.

Find out more about Kim Westwood

On the same page is a review for the wonderful Dreaming Again anthology, edited by

Dreaming Again

Dreaming Again

Jack Dann, ‘I’ve just looked over the table of contents again and if I were to list the stories that I found really enjoyable, the tales that raised the stakes even from established writers with nothing more to prove, we’d be here for a long time … If you have been swithering over purchasing a copy, then swither no more.’
Totally agree, and I’m very pleased to say that several authors from the Clarion South Writers Workshop (many of whom featured in Dreaming Again) are writing some upcoming blog posts for us.

Visit editor (and writer) Jack Dann’s website

Little Brother

Little Brother

And … a review for a book that Harper Voyager will be releasing in January in Australia (which means it will in stores in December), that lots of us have read and really enjoyed. ‘I was going to review this in the special YA section that takes up the second half of this issue’s column, but Little Brother is a book that should be read by everyone and my copy has gone straight into the hands of my thirteen year old son. I suggest you do the same.’

I think Keith has hit on the key thing about this book – it really is relevant to all ages and people, and extremely enjoyable. Most of Team Voyager has read it – based on each other’s recommendations – and it’s short and pacey enough to get through in a day. And it will really leave you thinking … a review will be appearing in an upcoming edition of The Captain’s Log.

Visit the Little Brother website and download the free book

Click here to go to the Aurealis Online sf/horror Review Column for the full text of the reviews + plenty more

Whilst we’re at Aurealis: don’t forget – nominations for the Aurealis Awards CLOSE next Friday (Hallowe’en). Nominate works before time runs out!

HOWTO: guerrilla t-shirt silkscreening with “5t311a”

Little Brother’s out there … here’s how to wear your answer [read middle finger] to the electronic powers that be …

Someone’s always watching …

Today I had the pleasure of speaking to Voyager author Cory Doctorow. Cory runs the Boing Boing website and among other things, recommended watching a CD in the microwave after I asked him if he’d ever actually put a grape in the microwave (the main character mentions nuking grapes in the microwave in Little Brother). Anyway, I can say that both CD and grape are pretty amazing to watch – on YouTube – if you do it at home there’s the chance that a). your microwave may not be happy afterwards and b). your smoke alarm may go off and cause the firemen to be called (which some of us would quite like if you’re firemen are anything like mine!).

Also on YouTube … you might also find this video – created based on the opening of Cory’s book, which comes out in January 2009 – only a few months away. You can also download Little Brother from Cory’s website. I’m currently halfway through the hard copy version and it’s thrilling – I’ve only stopped because Heroes is back on Channel 7 (and I am watching it with one eye right now). Watch the vid and get the book – it’ll make you think again before signing up for anything – ever.

Also, for the next month, as our featured blog, I’ve added an RSS feed to Cory’s ‘Little Brother’ website – check it out on the right.