Wordle is a cool app for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.
We decided to run the text from Paul Haines’s Aurealis Award winning novella ‘Wives’ from X6 through Wordle to see what came out. As you might [...]
The Life Lottery is the final chapter in Ian Irvine’s Eco Thriller Human Rites Trilogy and, I’d have to say, the most disappointing. The central engaging idea that drove books 1 and 2 was the conspiracy by a group of extreme greenies who’d decided that the only way to save planet Earth was to drive [...]
The Shirley Jackson Award is presented each year for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Margo Lanagan’s X6 novella ‘Sea-Hearts’ was shortlisted in the novella section this year but was pipped at the post by Nick Antosca’s ‘Midnight Picnic’. Congratulations to all the shortlisted and winning authors. See [...]
The Terra Incognita Speculative Fiction podcast is a monthly showcase of the best Australian Science Fiction read by the authors who created it. TISF 21 is up now, free on the TISF website as well as on iTunes.
The latest podcast features award-winning Tasmanian author Tansy Rayner Roberts reading her story ‘Fleshy’ first published in [...]
SpecFaction NSW, who have taken over running of the Aurealis Awards, have now officially opened the 2010 awards for entries.
There are a number of rule changes in this year’s awards. To begin with, new defintions exist for word limits in short fiction and novels and the childrens’ fiction category has also been redefined. The [...]
Reading for Anywhere But Earth – coeur de lion’s science fiction anthology of stories set, you guessed it, anywhere but Earth – is reaching a frenzied pace. Submissions are open until the end of next February, but already the shape of the book is coming together, and we think it’s going to be mammoth. To [...]
Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction – Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection has just hit the bookshops with some very nice comments about coeur de lion in the 2009 Summation:
‘One of the year’s best anthologies was published by an ultra-small press in Australia, and is going to be very difficult for most readers to find. Nevertheless, [...]
The call has gone out for entries in the 2010 Australian Shadows Awards.
Run by the Australian Horror Writers Association, this year’s award has an important difference — a cash prize. With a prize pool of $750 ($250 for the winners of the three categories), the Australian Shadows is currently the richest genre [...]
It’s a wise and true saying that ‘all good things come to he (or she) who waits’. These Australian authors haven’t exactly been standing around waiting, but their success has indeed been a long and hard-worked time coming. So we’re celebrating the upcoming release of three ‘first novels’ from three excellent Australian speculative fiction writers [...]