Guest: Hal Spacejock by Simon Haynes

Today, I give the microphone to Simon Haynes, author of the Hal Spacejock series, and the yWriter software. Simon talks about publishing and self-publishing, which he has done since before the ebook existed. I’ve always been fascinated by the publishing business. An endless stream of books are launched onto the…

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Guest post: writers in Singapore – Joyce Chng

One of the great things about the internet is that you come into contact with people from all over the world and discover a great variety of fiction from writers who all share the same passion for SFF. Today I talk to Joyce Chng, whom I first met via Twitter.…

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Guest post: Alan Baxter

Write The Fight Right Guest post by Alan Baxter I was first approached by a writer friend of mine in 2009 about running a workshop at Conflux, aimed at teaching writers more about fighting. The idea was that most writers don’t know anything about fighting, yet regularly need to include…

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The Rebelliousness of Trassi Udang

A short story originally published in the Belong anthology, published by Ticonderoga Publications in 2010. Available for free in these DRM-free formats: MOBI for Kindle [paid-downloads id=”35″] EPUB for most other ereaders [paid-downloads id=”36″] PDF for reading on screen [paid-downloads id=”37″] Here is the beginning: The rebelliousness of trassi udang…

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Best ever pumpkin soup

Since I have better things to do than stand in the kitchen, my favourite recipes are all ones that require a minimum of effort. When I was at Sydney Uni, my PhD supervisor lived on campus and he and his wife used to invite all students to his house on…

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Seven years on: advice to new writers

Last week, on 9 December to be precise, was what I consider the anniversary of my writing career. In December 2004, I took the decision to take my writing seriously and joined SF-OWW. I’ve done my seven years in the vein of ‘It takes seven years to become an overnight…

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This Peaceful State of War

is my WOTF-winning story. Far in the future, Bianca is the only planet where people have ever found any form of intelligent life. The planet has two species that look remotely humanoid, but none of the human scientists have been able to make much sense out of them. The creatures…

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What the… on swearing, and adverbs, in writing

I have to admit that I am rather puzzled at people who declare that they don’t use swear words in writing. Oh, I totally understand why the decision is made, and this post is not to tell them that they should decide differently, or tell them that the sky will…

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Choosing a landing spot for the Mars Curiosity rover

Adapted from a talk given at #CSIROTweetup by Marion Anderson School for Geosciences Monash University. Marion is an incredibly passionate speaker and Australian ambassador for space science. Marion is a geologist, and was involved with site selection for the Curiosity landing. Our understanding of Mars has changed a lot in…

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Dust & Rain part 2 of the Icefire Trilogy

Dust & Rain Icefire Trilogy 2 Fifteen years ago, a brilliant scientist built a barrier against the dangerous power that radiates from the City of Glass in the southern land, allowing the citizens of Chevakia to live without fear of their lives. Since then, the democracy of Chevakia has prospered,…

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