November 8th, 2005


Australianness in the World.

Did you go to the Australian Speculative Fiction Panel at WFC?

Well, if so, you might have heard my opinions read out by someone less accented (or, alternatively, more accented) than I, because I answered some questions beforehand for Jeff VanderMeer, as he reckoned he was going to use them a bit in the panel. I think the questions and answers are going up on his blog in a bit, or they'll end up here, either way, so you'll get a chance to read them. Meanwhile, there is a brief rundown of the panel here, and I think we'll all be in agreement that Deb (deborahb) missed an opportunity by not calling me a crack addict in another country to a room full of people.

However, if you went to that panel and you're curious about the local scene over here, Project Pulp (blindsidepubs) currently has The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Volume One, as this week's pick, where you can all buy said book and make Jon rich like a Nazi. Yes. Like a Nazi. Indeed, here is what he wrote about the collection today:

The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy.

2005 Edition; Edited by Bill Congreve & Michelle Marquardt
Hardcover - $26.95 (usually $29.95); Paperback - $16.25 (usually $17.95)

You'll find the traditional, the street-smart, the amusing, and the adventurous. From urban fantasy to the myths, dreams, and warriors of the future; from the death of the nation to its rebirth; this collection plots a course across the works of the leading writers and dynamic newcomers.

Stories that share a common desire to explore mankind in a moment on the edge. This is the joy of the written word as it was meant to be: inventive and challenging.

Supplementing the fiction is the editors' insightful summation of the field in Australia, and a list of recommended reading, making this volume a valuable resource as well as a one stop, definitive volume of the best in Australian speculative fiction today.

The American edition doesn't come with Margo Lanagan's now World Fantasy Award winning 'Singing My Sister Down', however. You can buy the Australian version here. That said, you can find Margo's story reprinted in the Datlow, Link, and Grant edited Year's Best, so if you've that, there's no repeating here.
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