Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I know I said I was done with the AussieCon 4 posts, but Twitter friend @illegibscrib has sent me this EPIC collection of AussieCon 4 links. Thank you @illegibscrib - con-goers the world over salute you!
Video: 2010 Hugo Awards Ceremony
Video: Worldcon Chairs Photo Session Jo Walton
Ditmar Awards 2010 Cheryl Morgan
Video: Ditmar Awards 2010
Video: Aussiecon 4 Opening Ceremonies
Video: Aussiecon 4 Closing Ceremonies
Video: Aussiecon 4 Fan Guest of Honour Speech by Robin Johnson
Worldcon, Day 1
The Dead Critics Panel
Smoke Filled Rooms
My Terrorist Resume Expands Voyager Books
Maria Quinn wins Norma K Hemming Award Galactic Suburbia
Links to Aussiecon4 Podcasts London in 2014
Aussiecon Update Flickr
Photos from Aussiecon4 / Worldcon 68 Gary Kemble
In pictures: The Nightmare Ball
(panels and summaries)
The story behind Switzerland's first sf movie (Cargo)
Kim Stanley Robinson still betting on utopia
The future of short stories
Drinking the Kool Aid at WorldCon
Ebooks: the future is now
Finally, my AussieCon4 wrap
Audio: Interview with Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Audio: Kim Stanley Robinson Guest of Honour speech
Audio: Charlie Stross on ebooks
Audio: ebooks and the publishing industry panel
Audio: Kim Stanley Robinson on climate change
Audio: Directions in Australian Horror
Interview: Marianne de Pierres
Interview: Tim Holman
Interview: Angela Slatter
Interview: Rowena Cory Daniells
Interview: Trent Jamieson
Interview: Helen Stubbs (Winner of Aussiecon4 Short Story Competition)
Interview: Kaaron Warren
Interview: Graham Storrs
Interview: Cory Doctorow John Scalzi
Tales from Melbourne
My Big News: I’m Toastmaster of Chicon 7, the 2012 Worldcon Paul Cornell
How Australia Was Seanan McGuire
Officially the Princess of the Kingdom of Poison and Flame Gail Carriger
WorldCon AussieCon4 Day 1 Friday
WorldCon AussieCon4 Day 2 Saturday
WorldCon AussieCon4 Day 3 Sunday: Final Report
Quick Check In After WorldCon AussieCon4 Catherynne M Valente
Notes on Losing My First Hugo Trudi Canavan
My AussieCon4 ‘Report’ Peter Watts
Worth the Price Tansy Rayner Roberts
Feminist Fail and Win at Aussiecon 4
Thoughts from Worldcon
Yet Another Worldcon Post Jennifer Fallon
Musing on the Panels Stuff-up at Worldcon Helen Lowe
An Interview with Cheryl Morgan: Reprised for Worldcon
Worldcon: Two Days In
Worldcon: It’s All Over Now Helen Lowe (Orbit Books)
UNconventional: Worldcon & Me Nicola Pitt (Orbit Books)
Worldcon photos from last weekend! Tracey O'Hara (HarperCollins)
Aussiecon4, or the 68th Annual World Science Fiction Convention Kathleen Jennings
Aussiecon4 / Worldcon Sketchbook Kyla Ward (AHWA)
Congestion Alan Baxter
Worldcon, the story so far
Worldcon wrap, part two
Worldcon panel – Novellas
Worldcon panel – The eternal border
Aussiecon4 photos – last post David D Levine
The Days Are Just Packed - Aussiecon, days 1-2
The Days Are Just Packed - Aussiecon, days 3-4
The Days Are Just Packed - I've seen the Southern Cross for the first time Graham Clements
My Writing Week 3 (35) - Aussiecon
My Writing Week 3 (36) - More on Aussiecon
Aussiecon 4 - Young Adult Panels Foz Meadows
Worldcon Wrap Stephen Dedman (and possibly others) – Talking Squid
Worldcon 2010 Observations Deborah Biancotti
Oh, yeah, there was a WorldCon Brian Thurogood
YA Speculative Fiction continues to gain readers and importance
AussieCon4 – a ‘science’ failure
Artists’ Paradox of “a knock at the door” at AussieCon4
The Eternal Border, a discussion on taboos at the 2010 WorldCon
The steampunk playground within speculative fiction
Pitching the novel – advice from AussieCon4
Cyberpunk and the City – the view from AussieCon4
Fantastic Females – writers discuss feminism at WorldCon
We’re all connected, all the time – blogs and social networking in the world of YA spec fic
Making a living – professional writing for speculative fiction authors Australian Literature Review
On ‘Anachronistic Attitudes: Writing thought and belief in historical fiction’
On ‘Destroying the Future to Save the Planet’
On ‘Nuts and Bolts: Editing YA Spec Fic’
On ‘Keeping Pace: Maintaining momentum in fiction’
On ‘Write What You Know’
On ‘In Conversation: Kim Stanley Robinson and Robert Silverberg’
On ‘Girl Meets Boy Meets Dragon: Romance in fantasy’
On ‘Steal the Past, Build the Future: New histories for fantasy fiction’
On ‘Thinking in Trilogies’
On ‘The Novella’
On ‘Kim Stanley Robinson – Guest of Honour Speech’
On ‘Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey’
On ‘Losing the Plot: Plotting in advance VS writing as you go’
On ‘Crowns and Swords: The intertwined worlds of fantasy and monarchy’
On ‘Hand-waving Rule Bending and Other Dirty Tricks of Hard SF’
On ‘The Race to the Red Planet’
Mary Victoria – Author Interview
Fiona McIntosh – Author Interview
Ben Chandler – Author Interview
David D. Levine – Author Interview
Kim Stanley Robinson – Author Interview
Kate Forsyth – Author Interview
Zoe Walton – Publisher Interview
Conventional Wisdom: A WorldCon Memoir
Living the Fairy Tale: an interview with Seanan McGuire The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne
Melbourne Gets its Geek On Parker Strahn
Aussiecon 4: Day One (Thursday)
Aussiecon 4: Day Two (Friday)
Aussiecon 4: Day Three (Saturday)
Aussiecon 4: Day Four (Sunday)
Aussiecon 4: Day Five (Monday) Nicole Murphy
AussieCon - so far
AussieCon - going on
AussieCon - relaxacon
AussieCon 4 - the conclusion Lord Mountain Goat
Video: GRRM, Bringing Game of Thrones to HBO (part 1 - spoilers!)
Video: GRRM, Bringing Game of Thrones to HBO (part 2 - spoilers!)
Video: GRRM, Bringing Game of Thrones to HBO (part 3 - spoilers!)
Video: GRRM Answers Fan Questions Jake Stormoen
A Game of Thrones HBO Panel at AussieCon (Worldcon) morningsword
A Game of Thrones HBO Panel at AussieCon (Worldcon) James (WOTLuckers)
Worldcon Report (Including Kaffeklatsch with George R R Martin) Aussie Chris
Meeting George R.R. Martin Linda
World Con 2010 Day 1
World Con 2010 Days 2 and 3
World Con 2010 Day 4
World Con 2010 Day 5 Ameel Zia Khan
Aussiecon 4: Day 1
Aussiecon 4: Day 2
Aussiecon 4: Day 3
Aussiecon 4: Day 4
Aussiecon 4: Day 5 Kathryn Andersen
Worldcon 2010 - Day 1
Worldcon 2010 - Day 2
Worldcon 2010 - Day 3
Worldcon 2010 - Day 4
Worldcon 2010 - Day 5 Shane on the Go
Worldcon - day 2
Worldcon - day 2 - after lunch
Worldcon - Day 3 - Part 1
Worldcon - Day 3 - Part 2
Worldcon - Day 4 - Part 1
Worldcon - Day 4 - Part 2... and then it was over ...
Video: Robert Silverberg on Novellas: The Perfect Format
The Hugos Soon Lee
Aussiecon: Day One
Aussiecon: Day Two
Aussiecon: Day Three
Aussiecon: Day Four
Aussiecon: Day Five
Hugos 2010 voting statistics: musings
Aussiecon 4: WTF moments. Picks for 2011 strangelove4sf
Day One: Environmental Politics in SFF
Day Two: Robinson and Silverberg in Conversation
More about Aussiecon 4 SuperDave
One con ends...another begins.
WorldCon Day 4
End of the WorldCon, and I feel fine Megan Burke
Aussie Con 4 - My First Panel (inclusive of legs, nerds, boys and fruit)
Musings on a sense of community in Aussie Con 4 & MWF
Aussie Con 4 - Wrap Up Patty Jansen
Write What You Know
The Next Step: Should We Go to Mars? M A Miller
Promoting your book to the converted: AussieCon 4 from an author’s perspective Celia Powell
AussieCon 4 Roundup Tez Miller
AussieCon 4 Elfy
Aussiecon IV Julia B
What I've learned from the Pros Blindmouse
Thoughts Spurred by WorldCon (In Particular, "Characters Dress Themselves, A Mantra") Satima Flavell
A worldcon is a wond'rous thing, God wot! Con Reporter
Preliminary WSFS Business Meeting Report
Main WSFS Business Meeting Report
Sunday WSFS Business Meeting Report
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
"When I read a half a dozen really excellent, very strong short stories one after another, it's exhausting. You can't just go straight from one story to another if the first one makes the impact it should. It's difficult to switch gears that quickly."
If short stories had book covers, this is what the one for 'Bug Hunt' would look like! You can read 'Bug Hunt' for free, online. (PDF)
It was also an experiment in remixing CC content - inspired by the seminar I attended on Friday at The Edge.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
As the days grew longer, so did the look of longing in her eyes. I’m an old man so I can see these things, but Jack missed it, the poor fool. He was too busy thinking about picking a ring in Jonestown and whether Pip Sullivan’s barn would be big enough for the reception. Lucy, meanwhile, was eyeing the sleigh she’d rode in on, watching the blanket of snow on Main Street growing thinner each day.
Charlie smacked his lips together and tried to work some moisture back through his mouth. This part of the country was always dry. The yellow land gave way to a piteous blue sky and searing sun that burned just as hot at eight in the morning as at midday or six in the evening. He thrust his spade half-heartedly at the unyielding ground, sending the solid clunk of steel on stone out into the endless drone of cicadas. He looked down into the hole, now about half as deep as it needed to be and roughly rectangular, and decided he deserved a break.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
I've written a piece for ABC's The Drum about why science fiction conventions are so important for writers, publishers, editors and fans.
Head on over, take a look, and leave a comment.
I don't know whether I quite nailed the 'Kool Aid' connection. What I was getting at is that when I arrived at WorldCon it was a bit disorientating, but then I 'drank the Kool Aid' and fit right in.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
In the end, I’ve come away with my love of cons reaffirmed. Be scared, people – I’m finding it hard to not get back into con organising again :)
Far and away the real highlight of this con, as with every con, was meeting people in our vibrant genre community. Not only seeing old and dear friends again and getting to hang out with them, but meeting people in person for the first time that I know very well from online interaction, and meeting new people for the first time.
Audio from the 'Directions in Australian Horror' session at AussieCon 4, featuring Stuart Mayne, Bill Congreve, Angela Slatter, Trent Jamieson and Honey Brown.
I found this session a little frustrating in that we're still trying to define what horror is and what it isn't! (Check out this similar discussion back at Conjure in 2006) And the divide between how authors want to define their work and how publishers want to market it.
Part of me wants to scream IT DOESN'T MATTER, LABELS AREN'T IMPORTANT! But I think labels are important to horror fans. And I saw evidence of that in the questions at one of the other horror panels. Horror fans, I think, want to be able to go to their bookshop and find a decent horror section that contains more than paranormal romance and a gazillion Stephen King books.
But maybe this is old-fashioned, given many books are sold directly via the internet now, and the knowledgeable bookseller has been replaced in many cases by social networks.
What do you think?
Leave a comment or tweet me.
Monday, September 06, 2010
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Saturday, September 04, 2010
A short interview with Rowena Cory Daniells...
1. I wanted to ask you about the work ethic/work demands on fantasy writers. When I interviewed Sara Douglass last year for Flycon she said that writing fantasy for a living can be like 'stepping onto a treadmill'. Can you relate?
Well, I've been writing madly all these years since my last trilogy came out so I have books up my sleeve in final draft stage. I can see what she means though, because the books are so long and the readers devour them. There has to be joy in writing. I find I just disappear into the stories and resent it when I have to stop and do the cooking or the shopping.
2. When I spoke to you at Trent Jamieson's book launch recently, you told me about your latest series King Rolen's Kin. I note that the books (you said 120-140k each?) are coming out just a month apart (with the third due out this month). Is this a new trend in publishing, and what impact does it have on you as a writer?
I like books coming out a month apart. Like many other readers, I hate waiting for the rest of the trilogy. From the writer's point of view it means completing the trilogy before publication, which in some ways is good because you can go back and tweak things in books one and two to foreshadow things in book three. (I'm the sort of person who writes on the fly. I don't know the intricacies of the plot, I only have a general idea of where it will go and the characters constantly surprise me). So I like the control of completing a trilogy before publication.
3. I guess whether books are released a year apart or a month apart, the writer still has to deliver the three books they are contracted to produce – but did you approach this trilogy differently to previous series?
My first trilogy was sold on the strength of the first book, and I had the second book in draft form. Before I could hand in book two, I had to complete book three so that I could slide clues and foreshadowing into it. That was a mad scramble and I decided then that I would much rather write the whole trilogy before selling. So I'm glad Solaris are doing it this way.
4. You're on a panel about 'pitching the novel' (Saturday 1200, Room 203). Do you think that speculative fiction writers (particularly fantasy writers) really need to think about writing a series of books rather than just one-offs?
So much work goes into building a fantasy world and one book is not enough to explore it, so I would much rather write series. There is no reason why the writer can't write self contained books within that world, as well as trilogies. And from the publisher's point of view they want series because the author and the series develop a following.
5. What's the most common mistake inexperienced writers make when pitching their novel?
They get lost in the story. They know the story inside out with all the back-story as well. The editor just wants to hear the 'high concept' as they call it in the movies. It is really hard for a writer who has spent years with their head inside a book series, to distil the series down to the high concept. You have to be able to say -- It's a book about X who wants X but can't get it because of X. Despite it sounding easy, it is really hard to do.
6. You're also on a panel about writing for games. What's the key for writers looking to move into this growing area?
I wish I could say it was a growing area. It is in some ways, but the GFC hit the games industry hard. Many of the large companies collapsed. The traditional games are still being made, but these take years to develop with created worlds and back story. A market has opened up for small games that came be played on facebook and iphones and indie companies have taken these on because you don't need the huge team and years of development. If you want to write for games you need to play games and play the games made by the company you want to write for. Plus you need to do some research into screen writing because that is closer to the kind of writing that's needed in games, rather than the traditional book writing.
Take a look at this video: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/extra-credits/1887-Video-Games-Bad-Writing
7. Would you like to see any of your books/series turned into a game and, if so, which one?
King Rolen's Kin would work well as a traditional game, lots of battles and quests.
8. If you could go back 10 years, is there anything writing-wise you'd do differently?
Arrgh! What a loaded question. There are career decisions I made which impacted negatively on me, but I made them with the knowledge I had at the time. The most important thing would be find an agent who is simpatico with what you write so that they keep in touch with what the publishers are looking for in your genre. The next would be believe in yourself. It has been a long time between trilogies for me, but I kept writing and writing and writing...
9. What's your tip for making the most of AussieCon 4?
You can plan all you like but it is the things you discover by accident, the people and the panels, that are often the high point of the convention!
Friday, September 03, 2010
“Cargo took eight years in the making, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Most of my fellow filmmakers know about the ordeal I went through, and everybody is not only impressed, but also quite scared when they hear about the sacrifices.”