Australian science fiction and fantasy …

Last year Garth Nix and I attended the World Fantasy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin. While we were there, Garth hosted the biggest and best party of the convention – a party aimed at both having a good time and promoting Australian science fiction and fantasy. As part of the event, I helped Garth put together a catalogue of some (not all!) of the new science fiction and fantasy by Australians set to be published in 2006. For those interested, Garth has put the catalogue online, and you can:

The event was a good thing, and the catalogue was neat too. Check it out.

* This post has been edited to correct the address for the catalogue.

The Night Land…

John C. Wright has been publishing new stories set in the world of William Hope Hodgson’s The Night Land over at Andy Robertson’s The Night Land website. I thought the first of the stories, Awake in the Night, was terrific, and reprinted it in Best Short Novels: 2004. The second, The Last of all Suns, was also good. A third story, The Cry of the Night Hound, is currently being published in several parts (Part 1, Part 2) and looks pretty interesting. All of the stories are long, so I’m guessing that someone will produce a book of them which would make for a good book.

A quick head’s up

A few things that have come to my attention of late:

  • first, Jeff VanderMeer’s cool new novel, Shriek: An Afterword, will be on sale in Australia in about six weeks. Check out the info on the book at the link above or over at Jeff’s website.
  • second, John Clute has an interesting, if puzzled, review of Andrew Butler’s Christopher Priest: The Interaction, over at Strange Horizons.