• 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!

     

     

Bob Kuhn Reading Voyager Authors at WorldCon 2011

There are a handful of Aussie and NZ authors smiling today with the confirmation that Bob Kuhn, aka Tolkien’s Dragon, will be reading excerpts from their novels at WorlCon 2011. This year’s World Science Fiction Convention, Renovation, will be held in Reno, Nevada August 17th to 22nd. Not everyone who would like to be there can dash off to the other side of the world so Bob’s generous offer to do a collective reading of Australian and New Zealand speculative fiction is fabulous news.

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Bob Kuhn

Bob Kuhn is a well known fantasy and science fiction voiceover artist — an Aussie resident in Boston and gifted with a deep, resonant, instantly impressive voice. His Professional credits include titles by: Mike Resnick, Carl Sagan, YA author William Sleator, and recently Jeff Carver, as well as audio books of history and historical fiction, true crime and mystery. Bob has also provided fantasy MMORP NPC game voices and hosted Boskone’s Fantasy and Science Fiction Pictionary. He may be the only actor who has played two different Tolkien Dragons! Visit his website bkvoice.com and listen to the samples. They’re magical.

 Authors participating in Bob Kuhn’s WorldCon 2011 reading are Harper Voyager’s Fiona McIntosh, Mary Victoria, Kim Falconer, Nicole Murphy and Helen Lowe (Harper Voyager USA) and Australian speculative fiction authors Alan Baxter and Angela Slatter. Bob has been given two slots at Renovation, one on Saturday morning at 10 am, and the other on Sunday afternoon. I hope they will record him!

 Congratulations to all the authors whose work will be read at this auspicious event!

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Harper Voyager Authors being read by Bob Kuhn - WorldCon 2011

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

 

To submit events for next month’s carnival … click here.

GLOBAL VOYAGER SF/F PROGRAM

As announced last Friday at Aussiecon IV (the 68th World Science Fiction Convention), Eos Books, a US imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, will be rebranded as Harper Voyager, joining together with the celebrated Voyager imprints in Australia/New Zealand and the UK. The move is anticipated to create a global genre-fiction powerhouse.

‘We are already globally publishing some of the biggest names in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and horror, including Raymond E. Feist, Robin Hobb, Kim Harrison, and Sara Douglass,’ said Brian Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Worldwide. ‘Uniting our sister companies in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia/New Zealand allows readers globally unparalleled access to books and authors. This move enables us to offer authors a strong global publishing platform when signing with HarperCollins — whether the acquiring editor is in New York, Sydney, or London.’

The Voyager/Harper Voyager editorial leaders are: Executive Editor Diana Gill in the US, Editorial Director Emma Coode in the UK (working with Publishing Director Jane Johnson) and Associate Publisher Stephanie Smith in Australia.

Each country has a vibrant, robust list of science fiction and fantasy icons; merging the lists under one imprint will bring readers around the world access to the masters of these fiction genres.

Two authors, Karen Azinger and David Wellington (writing as David Chandler), have recently been signed and are expected to publish with Harper Voyager and Voyager for a worldwide debut.

The Eos imprint will officially change to Harper Voyager starting with the January 2011 hardcover, trade, mass market, e-book, and audio publications.

AussieCon4 Participation

AussieCon4 have sent out a notice to say … if you want to participate, go and sign up on their website here:
http://www.aussiecon4.org.au/program_form.php 

Voyager authors and fans – what do you want to see and what do you want to hear about? We’d love to know!

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)

Why you should get Conned: Glenda Larke blogs on Worldcon/Denvention

I have just returned from the Science Fiction Worldcon in Denver, and what a wonderful experience it was. What? Too expensive for you as an Australian, you say?

Well, in 2010, it won’t be. Because Worldcon is coming to Melbourne, and if you buy a membership soon it will still be relatively cheap, and you have plenty of time to suss out cheap airline tickets. Can’t afford the con hotel? Never mind, I’ve met con attendees staying in the YMCA or local Backpackers, even someone camping in a tent.

Is it worth it? Of course! For anyone who loves reading or writing sf/f. Period.

Here are some of my highlights from Denvention 2008…

Who could resist a panel that included Connie Willis, George R.R. Martin and Lois McMaster Bujold and (if I remember correctly) Larry Niven, all talking about how they started reading SF and what their early influences were? Or one with Joe Haldeman, Connie Willis and Mike Resnick? The title of that one was: “The Best Convention Panel Ever”, but they spent most of their time talking about “The Worst Convention Panel Ever”, and similar disasters instead. It was a laugh a minute. Then there was the panel on “Making a Living Telling Lies” with Jo Walton, Jay Lake and Connie Willis. Wow.

Joe Haldeman to the left, Connie Willis and Mike Resnick on the right

Joe Haldeman to the left, Connie Willis and Mike Resnick on the right

So the first reason to go to a con is simply for listening to the greats of sf/f talking about what they do best – writing – and their influences. Once you arrive at a con, you can even book to attend a kaffeeklatch, where your favourite author will chat for an hour or so with a small group of eight or nine fans. Yep, close up and personal.

The second reason is for information. Are you a budding writer and want to know about agents and what impresses them and how to find one? Or are you a fan and want to listen to Brandon Sanderson talk about the last Wheel of Time novel? Or are you just interested and want to learn about the reality of space drives? Or a world without fossil fuels? Or the future of libraries? Horses in fantasy? There were panels in Denver on all those things. Our own Karen Miller was on that last one.

The third reason is to participate, if you are so inclined. You can volunteer to man one of the desks, or help organise the con beforehand (even decide who you want speaking on what panels!) and one hundred and one other things that need doing. Or you can be on one of the panels if you have specific expertise, or if you are a published writer, or if you know something about the genre and its writers. Want to talk about, say, writers groups, or why you like long fantasies, or Robert Jordan’s body of work – you may have a chance.

The fourth reason is to party. Every night. Cheaply. And find yourself chatting to, say, Robert Silverberg, or an editor from Orbit Books, or a fan from Finland, or a publisher from Israel – in fact, just about anyone.

The fifth reason is to attend the Hugo Awards. Fantastic, especially as I knew quite a few of the nominees. There were three West Australians on the ballot this year, vying for five of the Hugos! How good is that??

For me, meeting people is the highlight. And now I am going to name-drop like mad – but bear in mind that this is all part of the stimulus of a Worldcon. These folk aren’t passing royalty dismissing you with a limp handshake, they are people interested in the same thing that you are, they are people who love talking about the same things you do. You can sit at the feet (metaphorically) of the greats of science fiction and be entertained and informed. You can learn such a lot!

I shared a panel with Robert J.Sawyer; I found myself chatting to Elizabeth Moon about snakes and the environment; with Carol Berg about how to deal with a noisy husband when you want to write; with Kate Elliott about her new novel and her husband’s job as a forensic anthropologist; with Phyllis Eisenstein about collecting books, and with writer David Coe about covers. Donna Hanson and I were taken out to dinner (with Gary K.Wolfe and Amelia Beamer of Locus Magazine, novelist Kate Elliott and academic Farah Mendlesohn), by David Hartwell of Tor/Forge Books, who had just won a Hugo for Best Professional Editor (Long Form). He serenaded us by singing “Teen Angel” and “Love Potion Number Nine” – a long standing tradition which occurs every year, it appears. How cool is that?

So – start saving. I will see you at Aussiecon 4, in Melbourne, September 2nd-6th, 2010. The guests will be Kim Stanley Robinson, Robin Johnson and Shaun Tan. Don’t miss it – it won’t come around again for at least another ten years. See you there!

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