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This morning saw contributor copies of The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy on the doorstep.

It came with a letter that informed that the release date is September, though if you were in Continuum, you could very well have snagged a copy there. The MirrorDanse edition (also known as the Australian edition) is a real nice looking book and it will be mass market, so if you're local, that means it won't just be tossed into the corners of specialty bookstores, but the corners of mainstream stores as well. It also means that supporting the book through purchase is a fine idea. If you're American, there'll be a hardcover edition put out through Prime, and it will look very nice next to the other twenty year's best anthologies released there, I believe.

Contents of the book are:

Margo Lanagan, 'Singing My Sister Down'*
Lynette Aspey, 'Dreaming Dragons'
Deborah Biancotti (deborahb), 'No 3 Raw Place'
Terry Dowling, 'Flashmen'
Kim Westwood, 'Tripping Over the Light Fantastic'
Rjurik Davidson, 'Bones'
Brendan D. Carson, 'Occam's Razing'
Geoffrey Maloney, 'Birds of the Bushes and Scrubs'
Cat Sparks, 'Home by the Sea'
Damien Broderick, 'The Meek'
Brendan Duffy, 'The Tale of Enis Cash, Smallgoods Smokehand'
Ben Peek, 'The Dreaming City'

There'll be a couple of launches, and I'll post up dates of those as it comes through.

* Recently nominated for a World Fantasy Award, and winner of everything local, including the new award I made up, called The Award for Winning Awards.


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Aug. 2nd, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
I saw a copy in a bookshop in Townsville on Friday and nearly picked it up (but am trying to save money). It wasn't even a specialist SF bookshop.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
well, i guess it's already out and about then. september is probably the american release date.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 10:44 am (UTC)
Hm, Galaxy don't have it yet according to their website, although their webshite can be wrong. I might go check tomorrow. Congrats for having a story in it!
Aug. 2nd, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
yeah, i don't know what the deal is. i've certainly not seen it round in stores, but... you know, townsville. it's in townsville. and thanks.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)
i think we get mirrordanse publications offered to us directly by the good man bill congreves himself. at this moment i don't think that's been done. i'll harass his ass and get us some copies. or, unless there's a publishing/distrubitor that does the selling on behalf of mirrordanse, i do not know of...

Aug. 2nd, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
I'll remember to look out for it after payday.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
i think it'll make a good read. i've read deb's story, which i liked, and dowling is always good value. broderick and lanagan aren't too my tastes, but many other people like them. (i'm not speaking about the stories, since i haven't read them, but just the body of work.) haven't read the others, but for twenty bucks, i think it looks pretty solid from the outset.

(plus, there's me. i'm totally worth twenty bucks ;))
Aug. 2nd, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
If that's it, then you're also a very cheap date. Bonus!

Unless this is offered as the bargain rate :)

Aug. 2nd, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
nah, i start off cheap, but i get more and more expensive as it continues...
Aug. 2nd, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
So you entrap people into thinking you're a bargain date. Good deal!

It's the tried and true strategy used by many credit card companies here.

Aug. 2nd, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)
broderick and lanagan aren't too my tastes
It's really quite amusing how different our tastes are ;)
Aug. 2nd, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
broderick is real hit and miss with me. sometimes i'll like it, sometimes i'll find it a chore to get through. i do think he has a solid craft level, however, so if you can get into his story, it'll work for you. likewise for lanagan, i guess.

i'm sure you'll hate my story :)

Aug. 2nd, 2005 10:56 am (UTC)
i'm sure you'll hate my story :)
*boo hoo* Don't write me off too soon! I really liked the one that I read online, that was a cute conspiracy theory series of letters um.
I look forward to reading it for sure!
Aug. 2nd, 2005 11:13 am (UTC)
heh. fair enough. and i'm glad you liked the other story (which i assume is the johnny cash one).
Aug. 2nd, 2005 11:17 am (UTC)
Yep, that'll be the one!
Aug. 2nd, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats! And the awards for winning awards made me chuckle. Slap up the link when American version becomes available, would you? And I'll be pleased as punch to buy it for your story and deborahb's.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
yeah, i'll put up the link, though you'll be doubling up with my story, since it's the piece from leviathan four: cities. if you're interested, you can get deb's story in AGOG! SMASHING STORIES, which also has a different one of mine, but none of the others.

which you can buy from here


and support the american small press online shop project pulp.

or, alternatively, you could ignore that :) i just don't want you spending twice for a story of mine you've already got.
Aug. 2nd, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
Cool--I may get agog then.
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