Start over here at Alisa Krasnostein’s blog for links to dozens and dozens of interviews with various people in the Australian speculative fiction scene. There should be over 100 by June 8th, and they make for interesting reading. Alisa interviews yours truly here. There’s even some tributes to two recently deceased members of this community, Paul Haines and Sara Douglass. Haines’ piece on the end of his writing career is a must read.
Some very exciting news: the shortlist for the Norma K Hemming Award is out and Yellowcake Springs is one of the nine novels chosen. The Award is for a work of speculative fiction published in Australia that addresses themes of race, class, gender, sexuality and/or disability, so I guess it’s the literary spec-fic award to the Aurealis’ popular award. It’s an awesome shortlist and I’m stoked on a number of levels to be on it. For a start, I’m on the same page with the late, great Sara Douglass – probably Australia’s most popular and successful fantasy author of the last 15 years. There’s there’s the fact that I’m the only male on the shortlist. Does this mean anything? I guess I don’t know, but I’m pleased that my work is considered as transcending gender boundaries (and there’s a bit of gender bending in Yellowcake Springs). And lastly, look at the publishers: HarperCollins dominates this list with 5/9 titles, and the other three aside from my own are from established small presses Ticonderoga, Twelfth Planet and Scribe. That leaves little old IP punching well above its weight, and little old me chuffed to rate a mention.
Here’s the full shortlist:
Black Glass novel by Meg Mundell published by Scribe Publications (Brunswick VIC)
Bluegrass Symphony collection by Lisa L Hannett published by Ticonderoga Publications (Perth, WA)
The Devil’s Diadem novel by Sara Douglass (1957 – 2011) published by HarperCollins
Eona novel by Alison Goodman published by HarperCollins
Hindsight novel by A A Bell published by HarperCollins
Nightsiders novel by Sue Isle published by Twelfth Planet Press (Perth, WA)
Road to the Soul novel by Kim Falconer published by HarperCollins
The Shattered City novel by Tansy Rayner Roberts published by HarperCollins
Yellowcake Springs novel by Guy Salvidge published by Interactive Publications
The winner of the 2012 Norma K Hemming Award will be announced at Continuum 8, this year’s National SF Convention, to be held in Melbourne on the weekend of June 8-11.
I’m lucky enough to have been asked to attend a number of events over the course of 2012. I’ll add to this list as other opportunities arise, but it looks like 2012 might be a fun year.
2nd March – IP’s Summer Gala Weekend, part one, at the Kookaburra Café at Paddington in Brisbane from 7pm. This is an event to meet IP authors, hear them read from their work, and I presume generally to have a good time. You need to book with IP if you want to attend this. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
4th March, IP’s Summer Gala Weekend, part two. Gala Performance at the Performance Studio, 4MBS Classic-FM, 384 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo, Brisbane at 2pm. Free event, with refreshments, but bookings are essential.
16th April, 2012 Write-a-Rama at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre in Greenmount, Western Australia. I have been asked to present a workshop for young writers (aged 10-15), entitled “The Nuts and Bolts of Writing.”
More details here: http://kspf.iinet.net.au/write-a-rama.html
22nd September, Avon Valley Writers’ Festival in Northam, Western Australia. I will be presenting a workshop at the Northam library on this day as part of the festival. More info on this a little later in the year.
Guy Salvidge at Northam’s Western Power site, which inspired a component of his new speculative fiction novel Yellowcake Springs.
NORTHAM teacher and author Guy Salvidge’s recently published novel Yellowcake Springs imagines a town loosely based on Northam – only it is owned by nuclear power company CIQ Sinocorp.
Salvidge’s speculative fiction is his second novel following the release of The Kingdom of Four Rivers in 2009.
The part-time writer gets most of his literary work done during school holidays, which stretched out the completion of Yellowcake Springs to almost three years.
Nevertheless, Salvidge said he was happy with his latest offering, having recently bagged the Interactive Publications 2011 Best Fiction award.
“The idea for this novel came about three years ago when the WA Liberals stated nuclear power as an option before the last election,” he said.
Salvidge will launch the book on November 12 at the Two Stories Book Cafe, in Northam, from 10am and on November 13 at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in Greenmount from 12.30pm. For more details, call 0429379990 or e-mail guysalvidge @ gmail.com
I will be holding a couple of launches/signings for Yellowcake Springs in November. If you live in Perth or the Avon Valley, I’d love to see you on one of these days.
Launch #1 – 10am Saturday 12th November at Two Stories Book Cafe, 80 Fitzgerald Street Northam
Join me as I launch Yellowcake Springs at the Two Stories Book Cafe in Northam. There will be articles in the Avon Valley Advocate and Avon Valley Gazette promoting this event, as well as the possibility of an interview on Radiowest. 10am is the start time for this event.
Launch #2 – 12pm Sunday 13th November at Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, 11 Old York Road Greenmount
This is a joint launch with CSFG’s latest speculative fiction anthology, Winds of Change, and will start at 12pm upon completion of KSP’s monthly speculative fiction group. Join myself, Joanna Fay, Naomi Mondello and Carol Ryles as we launch these two books.
Launch Special – Purchase a signed copy of Yellowcake Springs and receive a free ebook of The Kingdom of Four Rivers.
If you need any more info, leave a comment below or send me an email at guysalvidge AT gmail.com
Well, there aren’t any yet. That’s where you come in. The Kindle edition of Yellowcake Springs is out, but hardly anyone knows about it yet and it hasn’t been reviewed. So I’ll like to give a free e-copy to people interested in reviewing the novel on Amazon for me. I would also put little snippets of your review on my blog and official website. So you get to read my novel for free, and I get someone to review my book. Preferably you already write reviews of some sort on your blog or similar, but I won’t hold it against you if you don’t. I hope you like gritty, dystopian speculative fiction though. How does that sound? If it sounds like a deal, write something in the comments and I’ll email the book to you in .pdf format.