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Conflux 2019

This year’s speculative fiction convention Conflux: What Lies Beneath, was held at Gungahlin Library, with Guest of Honour Thoraiya Dyer and a special appearance from John Scalzi who very generously made himself available to come out for a visit on Sunday morning. Photos here.

Profession of Arms Seminar

Last week I was one of several authors and academics invited to present papers discussing ‘Science Fiction as a Lens into Future War’ at the Australian Defence College, Canberra. Pictured here: Major General Mick Ryan, Russell Blackford, John Scalzi, myself, John Birmingham, Jack Dann & Janeen Webb.

Grande Tour

I was away for six weeks all up, starting off in Singapore, then on to Dubrovnik to join an Intrepid food tour of the Balkans. Liz and I ate our way to Sofia, then went overnight by train to Istanbul. Check the snaps to find out what happened next…


Landed at 5am, flew out at midnight and spent the hours in between wandering around Singapore, a city I’ve flown through many times but never visited before. My friend Devin met me off the plane & pointed me in a bunch of helpful directions. Despite being unaccustomed to muggy, oppressive heat almost thick enough to taste, I alternated between walking and hopping on and off the colour coded metro, scouting my way to Haw Par Villa, Little India, Marina Bay Sands & the Gardens by the Bay, Botanic gardens and a few random malls made attractive by excellent air condition and tall glasses of chilled Tiger beer..

The Drax Files Radio Hour

This month I was thrilled to be interviewed on the Drax Files Radio Hour… in VR! Big thanks to Solas for designing my fabulous dress and to Mike for letting me commandeer his VR equipment. Drax grills me on all my favourite subjects and you can watch our digital banter here. Or check out the highlights here!