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NSWWC Spec Fic Festival

Thank you to the NSWWC for letting me loose to direct a second Speculative Fiction Festival last Saturday at the Centre’s beautiful grounds in Callan Park. Beautiful weather really enhanced the experience – I’m pretty sure a great day was had by all. Photos here. Publishing ArtsHub review here.

Conflux 12: Red Fire Monkey

Had a fabulous time at the Conflux 12: Red Fire Monkey convention at the Canberra Novotel this weekend past. Check out my Flickr photoset! Here’s me with MC extraordinaire Sean Williams sneaking a quick drink before the closing ceremony. Photo by Alan Baxter.

not very bloggy

I haven’t posted anything here for ages. Haven’t been reading other blogs much either. The culprit , I believe, is Twitter and it’s a problem that warrants some consideration. More raw data might be streaming past my face with Twitter, but am I actually learning as much as I used to learn from reading great slabs of text?Things are quiet here. I’m beavering away at a couple of writing projects, keeping on top of Cosmos slush, still waiting for news on the novel publication front. Applying for various grants. Getting my new Wordpress site up and running. I won’t post a link because it’s all over the shop at the moment. I’ve been scanning old photos and cleaning them up in Photoshop, finding interesting images I never knew I had. Remembering places I’d forgotten I’d been. The quiet, homey sorts of things you do in winter rather than actually leave the house.

Year’s Best SF 16

I don’t think I’m ever going to get used to seeing my own name included in a table of contents with these people:Year’s Best SF 16 edited by David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer“Sleeping Dogs” by Joe Haldeman“Castoff World” by Kay Kenyon“Petopia ” by Benjamin Crowell“Futures in the Memory Market ” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman“A Preliminary Assessment of the Drake Equation, Being an Excerpt From the Memoirs of Star Captain Y.-T. Lee” by Vernor Vinge“About It” by Terry Bisson“Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra ” by Vandana Singh“Under the Moons of Venus ” by Damien Broderick“All the Love in the World ” by Cat Sparks“At Budokan” by Alastair Reynolds“Graffiti in the Library of Babel ” by David Langford“Steadfast Castle” by Michael Swanwick“How to Become a Mars Overlord ” by Catherynne M. Valente“To Hie from Far Cilenia” by Karl Schroeder“The Hebras And The Demons And The Damned ” by Brenda Cooper“Penumbra ”…