Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek


A small webzine has been created to raise funds for people in the Victorian fires by Grant Watson. I donated a story to it, which will appear later, but the first issue is up now:

Hope #1

Hope is a new multi-part fanzine raising money for bushfire relief in the Australian state of Victoria. It is edited by me, Grant Watson, with contributions donated by writers, artists and fans in Australia and from overseas. It is supported by the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF), and has received assistance from the Film & Television Institute of WA, Supanova and Big Finish Productions.

Issue #1 is now available in a PDF edition in return for donations. How much you donate is up to you - I personally think a minimum of AUS$5.00 is reasonable.

If you wish to subscribe to the entire series (I suspect at this stage it's five issues long, not four as I'd previously told some people), then I'd recommend a donation of at least AUS$20.00.

Hope #1 contains contributions from Mo Ali, Sophie Ambrose, R.J. Astruc, Lyn Battersby, K.K. Bishop, Matthew Chrulew, Stephen Dedman, Mark S. Deniz, d.n.l, Paul Haines, Simon Haynes, Kathleen Jennings, Ju Landeesse, Damian Magee, David A. McIntee, Simon Petrie, Andrew Phillips, Gillian Polack, Robert Shearman and Daniel Smith. The cover is by Rebecca Handcock.

Hope #1 contains 46 pages of fiction, non-fiction, artwork, and even a comic book script excerpt!

You can make a donation to the project via Paypal by clicking here:

Once you've made a donation, please confirm it by e-mailing me at, and letting me know whether you were after just the one issue or the whole series as it's released.

If you're leery of donating directly to me, to subsequently donate a huge bunch at once, then please e-mail me some kind of receipt or screen capture of your donation to the Australian Red Cross and I'll trust you and send out the PDF.

Limited print copies are available, if dead trees are your thing. If it's a print copy you're after, let me know in your e-mail along with your address. I'll handle the postage. (Obviously I'd prefer you went for the PDF, but the option is there.)


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