Matters Arising from the identification of a book launch

22 05 2017

A few weeks back, I foreshadowed the upcoming book launch for Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body. I now have substantive details of said book launch, so without further ado:

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The launch is scheduled for 7 pm (AEST) on Friday 9th June, at Continuum 13, which is being held at the Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000. Entry to the convention for the Friday night only is at a special reduced rate of (a) a gold-coin donation or (b) $5, whichever one of these options turns out to be correct (and I’ve seen both listed in various places on the convention website, which I suspect means option (b) is the correct one and parts of last year’s site haven’t been adjusted). The launch is to be held, I’m given to understand, in the ‘Haunted House’ room. There will be nibbles, and beverages, but hopefully no poltergeists.

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It’s a dual launch: the other book on offer is Edwina Harvey’s An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things (also newly published by Peggy Bright Books) a wonderful mixture of short speculative fiction ranging all the way from children’s stories to some decidedly adult content, with lots of stuff (and, indeed, the occasional ‘thing’) in between.

I’m thrilled to say that Master-of-Ceremonies for the launch will be Ion Newcombe, the long-serving editor of the Antipodean SF flash fiction webzine. The launch will be, in some respects, a reunion. ‘Newk’ has published a good many stories by both Edwina and myself over the years: my first speculative fiction publication, almost exactly ten years ago, was in Antipodean SF‘s 108th issue, while Edwina’s involvement with the zine goes all the way back to its very first issue in 1998 (and several of her Antipodean stories have made it into the collection—I’m hoping she’ll read ‘Where The Last Humans Went’, the latest such offering, at the launch).

So, a book launch. Now all we need, I suppose, are the books …





Matters Arising in the upcoming launch of a new title

30 04 2017

She took her helmet off.

That’s where it starts; that’s where it ends. That’s all there is.

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Those are the opening sentences of my SF / mystery novella, Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, which is scheduled to be released by Peggy Bright Books in June, and which will be launched alongside Edwina Harvey’s An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things at Continuum 13, in Melbourne, over the June long weekend. The cover artwork shown above is by Lewis Morley, who’s done an excellent job, I think, in conveying a brooding Titanian setting.

Further details, as the saying goes, to follow.





Who says there’s no such thing as a free l(a)unch?

26 09 2014

Since an attempted-delivery note alerts me to the information that a certain collection is now, as they say, a ‘thing’, and since said thing can it seems now be purchased from the publisher’s website and from Amazon (of which further details below), it behooves me to announce that Difficult Second Album: more stories of Xenobiology, Space Elevators, and Bats Out Of Hell will be launched, in some modest fashion, at 12 noon on Saturday 4th October, in the ‘Registration Area’ of Conflux X (which I am given to understand is also the ‘Launch Area’ for several books during the convention). Conflux, if you are going to be in Canberra for that weekend, is to be held at the Rydges Capital Hill, and I believe that book launches may be attended by members of the general public, without requiring a con membership. At the launch I’ll read a brief extract or two from the book; but, to add some much-needed spice to the occasion, Leife Shallcross and Edwina Harvey will also read from their own work in other recent Peggy Bright Books offerings.

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If you’re keen for an e-copy of Difficult Second Album right now, it’s up on Amazon (mobi only), but I can particularly recommend the limited-time special offer that Peggy Bright Books is running until Monday 13th October, with your choice of e-book format (epub, mobi, pdf) for only $1.99AUD while the deal lasts. (You can also order the print book through the PBB website, if you’ve a mind to, of course.)

Message ends; you may go about your business.





More ‘Use Only As Directed’ Reviewage

29 06 2014

There are nowhere near as many book blogger / astrophysicists in the world as there ought to be … but there are some, which is something we should be very grateful for. Tsana Dolichva is one such, and she recently posted, on her book blog, a detailed and positive review of Use Only As Directed. As is always the case, I’d encourage you to read the review in its entirety, but I feel compelled to excerpt just a few salient sentences from the review:

There is a wide variety of stories contained within; every story sticks to the theme, but there are a lot of very different interpretations. I appreciate the lack of homogeneity and the novelty of getting something completely different each time I picked up the anthology.

and “If you haven’t yet sampled a Petrie and Harvey anthology, this one would be a good place to start.

As well as some fairly in-depth general comments about the anthology, Dolichva’s review also offers her feedback on each of the stories. It’s always a good sign, I reckon, when different reviewers find different strengths to a book, and it’s gratifying to see that, while there is some overlap, this review picks a different group of favourites to that identified in Steve Jackson’s recent review.

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If the reviews serve to spark your curiosity, I can point you towards the Peggy Bright Books page for the anthology’s purchase, or to Amazon’s page for the same purpose. The anthology’s authors, I’m confident, would thank you for your patronage: authors delight in being read (and, though I’m clearly biased, I’ll attest that these stories are certainly worthy of it).





A Proliferation of Launchly Activity

4 06 2014

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With the arrival of actual printed copies of Use Only As Directed, it now falls on me to announce that the UOAD launch will be held at Continuum X this weekend, on Sunday 8th June, at 1.00 pm in Sideshow Alley. Several of the contributors will be in attendance — we’re hoping for some readings as a taster — and the event will be MC’d by the incomparable Jack Dann.

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Sunday’s a particularly noteworthy day for one of our UOAD authors: at 2 pm, just one hour after the anthology is unleashed into the wild, Janeen Webb’s short-story collection, Death at the Blue Elephant, will also be launched by Janeen and the good folk of Ticonderoga Publications.

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And Saturday (4 pm) sees the launch of Guardian, the third ‘Veiled Worlds’ novel by Jo Anderton, published by Fablecroft. Jo’s story ‘The Bone Chime Song’ was first published in UOAD‘s sister anthology, Light Touch Paper Stand Clear.

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Bookending all this — or should that perhaps be ‘book-beginning’, in the circumstances? — are a brace of launches for Tim Jones’ and P S Cottier’s anthology of Australian speculative poetry, The Stars Like Sand. The Melbourne event is on Friday (6th June), at 6 pm, at Collected Works bookshop; the Canberra event is six days later, on Thursday 12th June, at 6.30 pm, at Manning Clark House.

So, there you have it. A week of wall-to-wall launches, just about.





Use Only As Directed, reviewed

25 05 2014

I’ve been remiss, or to use the more correct technical term ‘slow’, in getting around to reporting Use Only As Directed‘s first review, by Steve Jackson, which appears on anthology author Lyn McConchie’s website.

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I won’t reproduce the review in its entirety, because that’s never cool even when it’s a really good review like this one, but you can click on the link above to get the full verdict from Mr Jackson. I will, however, lift the last few sentences:

All in all this is a good anthology, it has that feeling of progression, as if each story flows into the next, something in which a goodly number of major anthologies fail. It isn’t enough to pick good stories, they need to blend so that as the reader advances, there isn’t the feeling that they are reading a bunch of unconnected works, but something in which many parts have made a whole. Congratulations to the editors, they’ve succeeded.”

 

 

 





Spruiking ‘The Back of the Back of Beyond’ Sampler

11 05 2014

As noted recently, Edwina Harvey’s collection of fandom-inspired, dragon-fuelled, alien-invaded short stories The Back of the Back of Beyond is on the Ditmar ballot in the Best Collected Work category. I’ve been asked to point out that Peggy Bright Books is currently offering a free sample chapter from the collection, called ‘No Pets Allowed’, which you can download in your choice of pdf, epub, or mobi from the Peggy Bright Books website. If you’re after a taste of the collection, please check it out.

In other news, I’ve been very busy. Hopefully there’ll be something to show for this busy-ness (something vaguely book-shaped, and anthological, and well-laid-out) in a month’s time, or slightly less.