Aurora Australis: Superheroes, Merfolk, and Corporate Insects

Welcome to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! In Australia, there’s been controversy over which national politicians are actual dual citizens or not (thus invalidating their election as members of parliament), and we voted yes in the optional-postal-survey on marriage equality; we’re now waiting for our politicians to make it law. You would think that a poll about the Australian bird of the year would be less controversial, but that’s before you factor in an obsession with the bin chicken (aka Australian White Ibis) and how seriously some people take getting swooped by magpies.

Anyway, onto the publishing news!

Author James Bradley and artist Melanie Cook have teamed up to create The Death of Neutrino Man. It’s a brief comic taking a look at the life and experiences of one B-list superhero, Neutrino Man, from gaining powers to the world changing ...

Aurora Australis: Sci-Fi Thrillers and Murder Mysteries

Welcome to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! This month, Alex is back writing after an extended holiday (long service leave is a wonderful thing).

In other news, one of Australia’s most endangered birds has the first confirmed chick in three decades, the Socceroos still have hopes of making it to the soccer World Cup, and New Zealand is about to get a new Prime Minister in Jacinda Ardern. Also, there’s new books—both published and announced—and a variety of other exciting things happening…

New books! From Jonathan Strahan comes Infinity Wars, which continues the Infinity series and features Elizabeth Bear, Indrapramit Das, Aliette de Bodard, Carrie Vaughn, An Owomoyela… and many others. The stories in the anthology deal with the question of who will be fighting the wars of tomorrow? It’s taking futuristic military science fiction to its “furthest extremes....

Aurora Australis: Reprints, Retellings, and Recolonisations

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! Australia and New Zealand have had their respective national science fiction conventions; the Cadbury chocolate factory in Tasmania got hit by a ransomware attack; and the Australian 2016 census data is being analysed, resulting in this video about Australia as 100 people. Oh, also we have new books—actual and promised—and more awards news. Claire G Coleman’s debut is coming out in August from Hachette; it was written during her black&write! 2016 fellowship. It’s called Terra Nullius—which, for the non-Australians reading, is a loaded term for Australians, since that was part of the claim made by the British when they arrived here: that the land was owned by no one. It’s a wonderfully chosen title, since in the book Coleman imagines a near future Australia that is about to be colonised ...

Aurora Australis: Riddles, Promises, and Threads

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! Southern Australia has just taken a turn towards winter, it’s nearly time for the Australian National Science Fiction Convention (Continuum, in Melbourne), and—despite not being in Europe—Australia did okay in the annual Eurovision Song Contest. And we have books! And covers! And TV! And awards! A few new books this month… like Rachel Nightingale’s fantasy novel Harlequin’s Riddle is coming soon from Odyssey Books. It’s about the Commedia dell’Arte, in the vein of Erin Morgernstern’s The Night Circus. Mina has a missing older brother and, it transpires, a gift for storytelling—she can call visions into being with her stories. She joins a troupe of Travelling Players and, of course, mysterious things unfold… Then there’s Paula Weston’s The Undercurrent, coming from Text Publishing in July. Julianne De Marchi has an electrical undercurrent ...

Aurora Australis: Riddles, Promises, and Threads

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! Southern Australia has just taken a turn towards winter, it’s nearly time for the Australian National Science Fiction Convention (Continuum, in Melbourne), and—despite not being in Europe—Australia did okay in the annual Eurovision Song Contest. And we have books! And covers! And TV! And awards! A few new books this month… like Rachel Nightingale’s fantasy novel Harlequin’s Riddle is coming soon from Odyssey Books. It’s about the Commedia dell’Arte, in the vein of Erin Morgernstern’s The Night Circus. Mina has a missing older brother and, it transpires, a gift for storytelling—she can call visions into being with her stories. She joins a troupe of Travelling Players and, of course, mysterious things unfold… Then there’s Paula Weston’s The Undercurrent, coming from Text Publishing in July. Julianne De Marchi has an electrical undercurrent ...

Aurora Australis: New Releases, Upcoming Anthologies, and Awards Season!

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! There’s been unexpected snow in some parts of the country while others are on track for their driest April ever; arguments over what “Australian values” are; and anticipation of the federal government’s budget (due in May). Meanwhile we’ve got new books, books turning into television and film, and awards galore… Ticonderoga Publications has announced the table of contents for their next anthology, Ecopunk! Edited by Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks, featuring writers Jane Rawson, Jason Nahrung, Rivqa Rafael, and Matthew Chrulew, among others. It’s described as “19 optimistic tales, selected by two award-winning editors, showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite the looming uncertainty from climate change”—which sounds like something very appropriate for the times. Ben Peek has a new novella coming out, set before the events of The Godless. ...

Aurora Australis: Mixing Genres and Outrunning Robots

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! There’s been a cyclone off the Queensland coast causing floods on the east coast. Daylight savings is about to end in the eastern states. To either joy or consternation, it’s nearly men’s Australian Rules football season again; we just had the inaugural women’s national season. And of course, there’s new books to talk in the speculative fiction scene… Hachette is publishing Victoria Carless’ debut YA novel The Dream Walker in June, and it’s intriguing not least because the genre isn’t entirely clear from the blurb. But “Lucy’s nightlife… is filled with dreams that just don’t seem to belong to her at all… [and] when the fish stop biting, like they did when her mum was still around, Lucy realises she isn’t the only one with a secret” sounds entirely enchanting. Also coming ...