Simon Brown’s Troy

Simon Brown’s first published story “The Return of Idomenus” was the start of an ambitious project to re-tell the Iliad in a cycle of science fiction and fantasy stories. Twenty five years later that project was completed with the publication of Troy by Ticonderoga Publications.

The book is one of the highlights of the Australian publishing year, an essential addition to any library of good science fiction and fantasy. At the moment, you can either buy it from somewhere like the Australian Online Bookshop or from the publisher.

In the meantime, if you’re not familiar with Simon’s Troy, you can sample some of the stories here:

Be sure to buy a copy. It’s a fine small press title, and won’t last long. And yes, he really does look a bit like Clark Kent. Oh, and if you’re feeling inspired, you can go read the original too.

New project

I sold a new project yesterday. I’m still more than a little bemused to be involved with the project – it’s not really mine at all – so I thought I might blog about it because I’d like to get it clear in my head, and maybe give you some idea about what goes into my getting to do a project.

To start, we need to go back at least three years. I don’t have the specific details anymore, but it was probably sometime in 2000 or 2001 that I began talking to my friend Terry Dowling about doing a project together. At the time I’d just finished working with Eidolon Publications, was busy with Locus, and had nothing much else on my plate.

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