• 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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May’s Captain’s Log is out!

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The Captain’s Log: 2009 titles coming from Voyager

The twelve days of time

in which you could be reading lots of books

On the twelfth day of Christmas/Yule/Insert-Your-Holiday-Choice-Here,
my true love sent to me
Twelve knights a-jousting
Eleven gods a-squabbling
Ten priests a-scheming
Nine robots computing
Eight maids a-butt kicking
Seven dragons a-flying
Six zombies a-walking
Five woodcutter’s sons (on a quest)
Four talismans
Three demons
Two emperor’s heirs,
And the one ring of power to bind them all …

Oh yes and one other thing …

The latest Captain’s Log is out!

Click on the banner above to go to the newsletter and you’ll also find a sign up link on the left. This month’s newsletter has a sneak peek of the titles coming up in 2009 – all of them very exciting indeed!

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!

We’ve been silent but it’s because we’re taking over the world

And that is best done in silence until the actual major battle. None of this minor skirmish stuff …

Seriously though, the Voyager Crew is busy working on the new Voyager Newsletter, battling with tiffs and unexpected commas and the like – you know how it is. So here’s something to keep you going in the mean time:

Voyager wallpaper

Voyager wallpaper

Marvellous Voyager-themed wallpaper! Yes, it’s time to redecorate that desktop with a unique and gorgeous design from Team Voyager. Just click here to get a whole new look – and those of you who got the Voyager Diary at the beginning of the year will now have a matching set!

One of the things you can look forward to in the Voyager Newsletter is fabbity fab website reviews. And one of the first websites we’re reviewing (by review I mean praising endlessly in this case) is io9.com.

Why? Because they have fab articles such as this one: http://io9.com/5036362/20-things-that-should-be-their-own-genres-but-arent

Go and check them out and er … come back here tomorrow for Fallon Friday …

And a wrap up of World Con by Glenda Larke!

And more posts from Fiona McIntosh!

And posts from Peter V Brett!

And general excitement about Conflux!

(Not all on Friday of course – but in weeks to come!)

Draw your own creature of the night/We’re getting confluxed!

Draw your own creature of the night

Click here and draw your own creature of the night

Tim Miller, resident artist at Evil HQ, would like all creatures great and small (living or … ) to get in touch with their inner Rafael, Donatello or … er … Michelangelo … sorry, now I have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme song in my head. Anyway, here’s a little peek at a sample of the artwork that will be gracing the new Voyager Newsletter, also known as the Captain’s Log. This particular piece will be in the paper newsletter going out to booksellers across the world Australia, but make sure you sign up for the electronic version to a). Save the environment; b). Get your updates monthly; c). Easily click through to more information on our website; and d). Be in the running to win copies of Black Magazine, the hottest mag of the moment in the Dark Fantasy Arena.

CONFLUMMOXED? WE HOPE SO!

In other news, Team Voyager are very happy to announce that we will be represented at Conflux 5: Dreaming. Conflux, as previously announced, is taking place from October 3-6 in Canberra – and it’s NOT to be missed! Jack Dann will be there, as will many other very talented people working within sf/f, not to mention the fans, and now … Voyagers. And don’t forget mini-Conflux this very weekend – taking place online and open to the world.

Stephanie Smith, our Voyager Publisher, will be attending, as will Jess and Sarah from the Marketing team and moi. And there will be a superb road trip on the way to Canberra – and we haven’t yet decided which of Canberra’s very specifically Canberran attractions we ought to partake in. This particular pilot of the Voyager has never actually managed to grace the nation’s capital with her presence (no I wasn’t here in Year Six for the compulsory school trip to see parliament) so if you have any ideas – please reply to this post! (and only with things that are legal in NSW please* … although we’re far too tempted by the promise of fireworks …) And yes, there will be blogging galore, for we will be in a position to heavily pester our wonderful authors.

*For non-Australians, there are three things that are legal in Canberra, but not in Sydney. I am not going to tell you what, go away and do some research or ask an Australian and you’ll have some interesting trivia for pub quizzes.

Q&A with Jack Dann: Part II

Jack Dann returns to answer a few more questions for Voyager Online.

 

Q:    In your intro to Dreaming Again you write ‘There is also a generation of writers who have been around for a while…and have suddenly sparked.’ — What makes a writer spark for you?

 

A:      I think there are two answers involved here. I was referring to writers such as Richard Harland, who have been writing terrific stuff, but hadn’t gotten the accolades they deserved, hadn’t connected with that large audience out there that would love their work. To ‘spark’, in the way I meant, was to be…found by their audience. I don’t know how to explain how it happens. Sunspots? <Grin> How do you explain Tolkien’s trilogy being such a strong reflection of post-war readers’ mood, yearnings, etc. And it is still potent. Or William Gibson’s Neuromancer becoming a catalytic influence on the larger culture? Somehow, it happens: in all its various gradations. That’s all I meant. But for me personally, it’s that, well, sense-of-wonder that I feel when reading a story that has the right stuff. And it’s always different: sometimes it’s the beauty of the prose and the texture of the story (like seeing a painting so luminous it takes your breath away), sometimes it’s the wild twisting of ideas, and sometimes—most profoundly—it’s that feeling that I’ve glimpsed something vital, important, and unforgettable. When a writer does that to me, he or she sparks!

 

Q:    Do you think a place like Australia — with its vastness, it’s complete uniqueness (in location, in animal and plant life, it’s isolation) gives our spec fic writers that extra edge and ability to go beyond traditional fiction?

 

A:      I think Australia gives us a wonderful palette to draw from. This is a unique, variegated, and startling place, and it certainly informs the work of our speculative fiction—and mainstream fiction—writers. How can it not? I don’t know if it gives our speculative fiction writers an extra edge to go beyond traditional fiction. I’m assuming you mean traditional speculative fiction. Certainly this land influences us and interweaves itself into much of Australian art, whatever its form. I think that it’s the talent of our genre writers that is pushing the envelope…and I think that these wonderful talents are influenced by this beautiful, generous, unique environment.

 

 

Keep an eye out for more from Jack Dann in the upcoming Voyager Newsletter, The Captain’s Log, which comes out in August.