Aussie Spec Fic Blog Carnival October 2010

October Aussie Spec Fic Blog Carnival (covering blog posts from September 15ish to October 15ish)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, FableCroft has unexpectedly picked up this month’s blog carnival. Sorry for the delay, and thanks for the links from everyone who sent them in at short notice. With such a big Carnival, I’ve really tried to restrict it to Australian (which includes our ring-in state, New Zealand) news and blog posts. However, if I’ve missed your link for blogs between September 15 and October 14 2010, feel free to comment below!



Joanne Anderton signs two book deal with Angry Robot

Patty Jansen wins second quarter of Writers of the Future

Tansy Rayner Roberts scores an OZCO grant and tells us about the Nancy Napolean book she will write with it

We now have an Australian Spec Fic Events Calendar

Steampunk short story competition over at A Writer Goes on a Journey

The next CSFG anthology, Winds of Change is open for submissions

Swancon36 | Natcon50 announce the book for the con’s Science Fiction Book Club

ASA Mentorships open

Publisher Russell Farr raises money for a cause and promises to shave

The Last Short Story crew announce a new member for 2011

Register your interest to participate in the Swancon36 | Natcon50 program

Alan Baxter announces a new podcast

Special Horror episode of Galactic Suburbia

Lee Battersby announces his new website

Lyn Battersby promotes her latest publication and new website

Join the Orbit Quest!

Marianne de Pierres wins the Davitt award

Kirstyn McDermott guests on Scifi & Squeam

Margo Lanagan shares the cover of her forthcoming collection



Trent Jamieson offers excellent advice to writers

Tansy considers narrative endings

On the Mad Genius Blog, Rowena Cory Daniels puts Romance as a genre under the spotlight and clarifies some of the sub-genres that overlap with SpecFic

And at ROR, Rowena examines plotting

Lara Morgan guests posts at ROR about writing for Young Adults

Angela Slatter interrogates the story

And advises on the etiquette of asking for free books

Satima Flavell speculates on the popularity of omniscient narration

Helen V ruminates on the necessity of distance

Joanna Fay wonders about words and their bits

Nicole Murphy talks about drafting

How to successfully apply for a grant

Angela Slatter blogs Mary Robinette Kowal’s advice for signings



Tansy discusses Future Classics

Nicole posts about the success of Aussie authors

Nyssa shares her interning journey at Harper Collins

Nicole wonders about Paranormal Romance and the old school alpha male

Which ties in interestingly with Angela Slatter’s look at the chosen girl

Erica Hayes on the difference between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

Still some Aussiecon 4 stuff floating about: Tracey O’Hara talks about her experience

And new con-goer Leanne C Taylor shares her Aussiecon time

Alan Baxter ponders big fat fantasy and the perils of the unfinished trilogy

And Nyssa talks about it too

Alan discusses his top 10 fictional characters

Helen Lowe is guest blogging and hosting guest bloggers in celebration of her new novel – check out the many posts at her blog

Nyssa outlines why ebooks cost money

George Ivanoff chats about cool iPhone stuff created by Aussie author Narrelle Harris

And about Origami Yoda

And shares a bunch of cool book trailers

Alisa gives us the latest news from Twelfth Planet Press

And shows us the new Novella Double by Matthew Chrulew and Thoraiya Dyer

And ponders the Hugos nominations

Trent has been book touring

And shares the latest news for his trilogy

A round up of what the ROR team are up to

Karen Miller tells us about the experience of finishing A Blight of Mages

And advises about her forthcoming UK signings



Alan Baxter reviews Starfish by honorary Aussie Peter Watts

Guy Salvidge reviews Sprawl from Twelfth Planet Press

Not exactly a review, but the Galactic Suburbia team did a special spoilerific bookclub special on Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Alex and Tehani finish off their retro review of the Belgariad series

Alex reviews Helen Merrick’s Ditmar-winning and Hugo-nominated book The Secret Feminist Cabal

Jenny Blackford links to Russell Blackford’s reviews of the repackaged Australian classics brought out by Aurealis

Recent reviews of Australian works on ASif!

Cat Sparks talks about Glitter Rose

As does Mynxii

Martin Livings points out a review of Grant’s Pass from Morrigan Books

Cat is driven by…

And so is Robert Hood

Jeff Vandermeer shares his thoughts on Angela Slatter’s Sourdough and Other Stories

Sean Williams rounds up some reviews of his latest Star Wars book



A couple of items I just couldn’t resist including, even though they fall just outside my purview ☺

Twelfth Planet Press scores international award!

Ticonderoga to publish new Years Best


I know there’s loads more stuff out there I’ve missed, and I apologise for that. However, it’s a big one anyway, so enjoy catching up on the month that was!