My last Aurealis Awards review is of this ripping time-travel tale. More conventionally science-fiction than the other finalists, and the only one with no Australian references. I have no idea who is going to win this thing…
My third read of writers shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards, Nike Sulway’s Rupetta is a formidable novel, a thorough creation of a world and a philosophy. I was pretty impressed, as you can see from this review.
This is surely the favourite for the SF section of the Aurealis Awards. Lexicon made Time magazine’s list of the best ten books of 2013, NPR’s list of the same and the New York Times’ best summer reads. More than 3000 people have reviewed it on Goodreads. And it is an undeniably ripping read. My review is here.
Fear is defeated by understanding, right? Right. So I’m reading the books of everyone else who was shortlisted in the science fiction category of the Aurealis Awards. So far it’s not making me any less scared. Review number one is of Andrew MacRae’s ‘Trucksong’: read it here.
Avid watchers of the bookish pages will have noticed Nick Earls, who was a bloody big deal in my youth, has just released the first of a series of five novellas and has been all over the paper and virtual broadsheets talking about this thrilling … Continue reading Are novellas the next small thing?
Last week I did an event at the Emerging Writers Festival, called Letters to the West, where “The panel will reveal their relationship with the West through their missives. Will it be a love letter, a memory or a complaint? What does the West mean … Continue reading EWF & Letters to the West: a rant
Right, let’s assume I’m not going to finish any more books between now and the end of the year. What a ridiculous assumption. Anyway, here’s my 2014-in-reading wrap-up (which won’t cover the books I read between now and the end of the year. I promise … Continue reading My year in books, unnecessarily charted
Remember that time I declared Max Barry was ‘not a genius‘? No? Luckily neither does he, as I will be appearing on a panel with him and other actual writers of speculative fiction – Lucy Sussex and Andrew Macrae – at the Wheeler Centre on 27 October. We’re going to be talking about Australian science fiction: is it any different to that other kind of science fiction? Are there some things Australian sci-fi authors are uniquely placed to write about?
If you’re in Melbourne (or enjoy pointless travel), why not come along?
Melbourne looks great as a ruined tropical mega shanty town. This must be the first of a new genre-or it’s the wrecking of a few old ones. Film-like, dream-like, life-like
A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists is my first published novel, released by Transit Lounge in June 2013. According to the back cover blurb:
It is 1997 in San Francisco and Simon and Sarah have been sent on a quest to see America: they must stand at least once in every 25-foot square of the country. Decades later, in an Australian city that has fallen on hard times, Caddy is camped by the Maribyrnong River, living on small change from odd jobs, ersatz vodka and memories. She’s sick of being hot, dirty, broke and alone. Caddy’s future changes shape when her friend, Ray, stumbles across some well-worn maps, including one of San Francisco, and their lives connect with those of teenagers Simon and Sarah in ways that are unexpected and profound. A meditation on happiness – where and in what place and with who we can find our centre, a perceptive vision of where our world is headed, and a testament to the power of memory and imagination.
Dave Graney reckoned he ‘thoroughly loved this book. I know so much more about the present and the future. Melbourne looks great as a ruined tropical mega shanty town − I can’t wait. This must be the first of a new genre-or it’s the wrecking of a few old ones. Film-like, dream-like, life-like. Funny, and moving.’
Steven Amsterdam put in writing that the novel is ‘a free-range and funny apocalyptic time-space road trip, with James M. Cain, J. G. Ballard, and Tom Robbins all fighting for the wheel’.
A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists was shortlisted in the science fiction category for the 2013 Aurealis Awards; the winner was Max Barry’s Lexicon, which I reviewed here. It also won the Small Press Network’s ‘Most Underrated Book Award‘.