All the Colours of the Shortlist, episode 2

14 04 2017

It’s come to my attention that the Ditmar Awards ballot has been announced. Here’s the Best Novella / Novelette category:

  • “All the Colours of the Tomato”, Simon Petrie, in Dimension6 9.
  • “By the Laws of Crab and Woman”, Jason Fischer, in Review of Australian Fiction, Vol 17, Issue 6.
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Defying Doomsday, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • “Finnegan’s Field”, Angela Slatter, in
  • “Glass Slipper Scandal”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Sheep Might Fly.
  • “Going Viral”, Thoraiya Dyer, in Dimension6 8.

(As a side note, all but one of these stories are also vying for an Aurealis Award.)

It’s great, also, to see Adam Browne’s wonderful artwork for The Tame Animals of Saturn in the running for Best Artwork, and elsewhere there’s a heavy presence of other CSFG members and appearances by talented friends such as Edwina Harvey. I wish everyone the best of luck.


All the Colours of the Shortlist

20 02 2017

The 2016 Aurealis Awards shortlist is hot off the press. Here’s the shortlisting for SF novellas:

Waking in Winter, Deborah Biancotti (PS Publishing)

“Salto Mortal”, Nick T Chan (Lightspeed #73)

“Going Viral”, Thoraiya Dyer (Dimension6 #8, coeur de lion)

The Bonobo’s Dream, Rose Mulready (Seizure Press)

“All the Colours of the Tomato”, Simon Petrie (Dimension6 #9, coeur de lion)

“Did We Break the End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Defying Doomsday, Twelfth Planet Press)

I’m flattered, or humbled (or both, if that’s possible) to be in such company, and really pleased to be one of the category’s two flag-bearers for Keith Stevenson’s Dimension6. (And, yes, the zine is still completely free to download …)

Two Dimension6-flavoured announcements

23 11 2016

My procrastinative tendencies have, on this occasion, ensured that I have not only (1) a general but also (2) a specific item of news regarding Keith Stevenson’s Dimension6 project, which I shall reveal without further delay:

(1) The latest annual collection of fiction from the e-pages of Dimension6, which would, naturally enough, be the 2016 annual collection, has been out since around the start of this month. It can be purchased, in epub and mobi formats, for 99c (AUD) from the coeur de lion website, but if you would prefer to obtain it from Apple, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or Kobo, that’s possible too. The collection includes my novelette ‘All the Colours of the Tomato’ alongside the work of nine other specfic writers.


(Spoiler alert: it’s also eminently possible to download the three individual issues of D6 for this year, comprising exactly the same set of stories, at zero cost; but purchasing the collection does that useful ‘supporting the creators’ thing which helps to ensure that Keith is motivated to keep the zine going. Your call.)

(2) I’m tickled pink, or at least very happy, to be able to announce that my abduction-by-flying-car novelette ‘November 31st is World Peace Day’ has been accepted for Dimension6‘s July 2017 issue. (Which means, among other things, that I’d better see about writing some more fiction, or the cupboard will be bare …)

For the second time in a week …

7 10 2016

… I have a new story out. (It’s also the second time in a year, but that’s another matter.)


This time it’s in Dimension6, coeur de lion’s flagship speculative fiction e-zine, edited, as it says on the tin, by Keith Stevenson. ‘All the Colours of the Tomato’, my xenoecology novelette (which, by some measures, was over two decades in the writing), is in the company of wonderful stories by Zoë Harland and Barry Charman.

I tend to think fondly of all my stories (at least at first), but this one’s particularly dear to me.

The ezine is free to download in both epub and mobi formats, so what are you waiting for?