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Come one, come all! Roll up! Roll up! Move forward, leave room for those queuing up behind you! That's it! No pushing!

The end of November saw the launch of two significant publications in Australian speculative fiction. The first is ASif!: Australian Specfic in focus- a review site with the noble goal of reviewing every piece of Aussie specfic not once, but twice. It currently houses over 80 reviews here. The second was the launch of Donna Maree Hanson's Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre Overview. Controversy surrounded the launch concerning omissions - that's always a good sign, I think. sjiraiya laments the omission of Shadowed Realms here. punkrocker1991 notes that large scale projects are never going to be a perfect catch all here and Donna comes past to comment and explain that not every one got back to her in time for her to complete the project and that she was forced to omit her overview chapter because it was too controversial (sounds delicious! there should be an Easter Egg on the DVD). She also promises an online supplement to bolster the book and cover the omissions - definitely a good idea considering the fluidity and general nature of the beast. Donna discusses the controversy further in her blog. There, I learned that WA has the most authors - woot! I've since received review copies for ASif! and the cover is very pretty.

cassiphone noticed that the top 20 geek books of all time, as polled by The Guardian had no female writers. Not one. So she called for nominations for the Geek Girls List here . Check out the short list of 21 writers that resulted here and the longer list of 122 geek girl works. She then came up with her 2006 reading list. I think I'll peruse it later for suggestions.

greengolux starts a really engrossing discussion on the effect of context on the reading of short stories by comparing a personal reading of the same Kaaron Warren story in two different anthologies here. I'm still digesting this discussion. Go read it.

The outcome of a discussion of national voice in Australian specfic was gillpolack promising to create a recipe for ANZSIF biscuits. The full discussion happened here

The Ellen Datlow/SCI FICTION Project began with many Australian authors joining the voices to celebrate five and a half years of great short fiction by reviewing over 300 stories showcased by Ellen Datlow on SciFiction. The project is syndicated as ed_sf_project.

benpayne spent the month pulling together the history of Australian author's publications by year in his Walkthrough of the Last 10 Years of Australian SF series. 2000, 1999, 1994-1998 and addendum links here. I'm hoping he intends to write an overview when he's done.

You can tell 2005 is drawing to a close by the appearance of the first best of 2005 list. It's Jonathan Strahan's on Notes from Coode Street here and part 2.

And in brief:
A debate that should have been started - what is a must read pre-1990? Check it out here And really, what is? For those of us who haven't read much and might go and hunt out things on recommendation, go past and let us know.

Justine Larbalestier and her blogfriends discuss the ongoing m/f debate.

Farah Mendlesohn looks at some Australian YA stuff in her ongoing series on YA and children's spec fic here and here

Lots of Australian specfic people are hung up over theses and memory of theses this month. Sigh. Well that's because writing a thesis sucks.

Margo Lanagan blogs about YA reactions to Black Juice here.

Finally, a call for an Australian Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writers Association (SFFHWA). Check out the discussion here.

January's carnival will be held at austspecfic. If you write or read something interesting between now and Jan 15, send the URL to philologa @ gmail.com


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Dec. 15th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
I supposed I should be interested in some of that. So why aren't I?
Dec. 15th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
Why aren't you? its all boring?
Dec. 15th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
That's what I was wondering :)

Other than ASIM & a convention once a year, nothing about the "local scene" seems to hold my interest.

I don't think I've read any books by local writers or local magazines (other that Aurealis when it was new). I've submitted a whole 2 stories over the years. I don't bother with the forums, groups, discussions etc.

Yet, I'm an active writer & reader of that SFF stuff. I should be interested, shouldn't I?

Dec. 15th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
Well see that's an interesting thing. Of course if you haven;t read anything in the local scene lately, how do you know you aren't interested in it?
But I guess one of the goals of ASif! is to generate some momentum back into the local scene.

Depends what interests you about writing and reading and whether you want to be talking about it, I spose.
Dec. 15th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
Of course, the other option is that none of that stuff is in fact interesting. I'm never sure where navel gazing begins.
Dec. 15th, 2005 09:40 am (UTC)
Other than ASIM & a convention once a year, nothing about the "local scene" seems to hold my interest.

I'm about the same, although I've also got the local-local scene here.

Actually, I'm looking to ASif to release me from the burden of having to keep up with everything.
Dec. 16th, 2005 02:28 am (UTC)
If you are not reading the fiction then you are not interested in other people writing it, and so you don't find it interesting. Sad, though, because it means you cut yourself off from a lot of input and new ideas. The other day I weighed writing workshops against participation in the carnival and in ASIf and realised I have learned way more about writing from the latter because I hear the voices of more writers. But that is me. We all take different paths.
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