Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sir Julius Vogel Awards Christchurch Event, June 13

Some very good and kind people are putting together an event for Christchurch people to help celebrate this year's Sir Julius Vogel Awards on Saturday June 13.

Other than myself, local speculative fiction authors Tim Stead and Shelley Chappell were nominated for Best New Talent, and Rebecca Fisher won Best Fan Writer. We did not make it to Rotorua for the national convention in April, and were unable to take part in the festivities on the night the awards were given out. Helen Lowe (author of The Wall of Night series and Gemmell Morningstar winner) decided that such good representation from Christchurch on this year's ballot deserved celebration, and has organized an event to wave our flag.

I'm humbled and honoured that Helen and the Christchurch SpecFicNZ team are putting this event together. It's also important we keep our speculative fiction colours flying in the face of the changes to the New Zealand literature scene, as so many events, presses, and competitions have been rapidly defunded recently.

So if you're local and would like to meet and hear readings from a few Christchurch based science fiction and fantasy authors, including myself, you're welcome to come along. RSVP is required by June 5. Details are as follows:

What: A Christchurch celebration of winners and finalists for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2015
When: Saturday June 13, 1.30pm
Where: Fendalton Library, corner Clyde and Jeffreys Roads, Fendalton, Christchurch
RSVP: June 5 sjveventchch@gmail.com
What: Speeches, readings, and light refreshments
Guest Speaker: Helen Lowe

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"Gravity Well", Scigentasy Issue 9, May 2015

My strange lady astronaut flash "Gravity Well" is now live at Scigentasy Magazine.

Issue 9 features myself and a story by A. Merc Rustard, "Under Wine-Bright Seas", and artwork by Jake Giddens.

"Gravity Well" is my week 5 Clarion story, and came about in a haze of exhausted hysteria, listening to Janelle Monae's song "Sally Ride", thinking about women who have lost their lives in the pursuit of space, and the narratives of death and success surrounding women in science fiction. Joanna Russ's "We Who Are About To" had a huge impact on me.

I'm delighted the story found such a great home at Scigentasy, a venue that celebrates gender diversity in science fiction.