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Member News – October 2016

With the busy business of Conflux and the CSFG AGM now behind us, it’s time to celebrate the wins, the milestones and the culmination of grand schemes that take us ever closer to our perhaps-overshared secret goal of WORLD DOMINATION!

In other words, here’s what our lovely and brilliant members have achieved over the past few months that they would like to share with the world.


It’s a pretty huge deal to get a publishing contract, so we’re very pleased to have not one but two members with exciting book deals to announce:

Sam Hawke has taken the first step toward an exciting publishing debut with a two book deal with Tor. Her first novel, City of Lies, is the first book in The Poison Wars epic fantasy series. Here’s the official Tor announcement! And here’s what Sam had to say over at her blog: My Best Boring Story (hint: it’s not boring, it’s super exciting!)

Zena Shapter has announced the sale of her new novel  Towards White to IWFG Publishing. (Here’s the press release) And as if that were not enough,just this week Zena launched the middle grade science fiction novel Into Tordon (co-written by 9! authors under the name Z. F Kingbolt) from Midnight Sun. Check it out!

Phill Berrie‘s novel Transgressions (Book One of the Engelian Transformations series) has been out in ebook for a while, but Satalyte Publishing recently launched the hardcopy version at Conflux.

Short Stories

Simon Petrie put his novelette ‘All the Colours of the Tomato” through the CSFG critiquing group a few years ago. This month it appeared in Dimension6 magazine #9, available for free download from Couer de Lion. For a much quicker read, Simon’s very short story ‘Jumping to Conclusions’ featured recently at Anti SF online magazine.

Leife Shallcross has a story called ‘Breathing’ in this month’s Aurealis #95 (which went out to subscribers as I was writing this post, so consider it hot off the presses!)

Zena Shapter‘s had a busy few months. As well as her novels, her story ‘Made’ is about to appear in the anthology Let Us In Volume 3 from Time Alone Press. As well as that, her story ‘Let the Tempest Hold Me Down’ has been included in the new collection of stories Sci Phi Journal, Q1 2016: The Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy (Volume 1).


Congratulations to everyone on the great work!


GUFF is the Get Up and Over Fan Fund. This fund sends a delegate to a major convention (sometimes to more than one) at the other side of the world.

Jukka Halme came to Australia early in 2016, representing European fandom. CSFG’s own Gillian Polack represented Australasia at Loncon, Liburnicon and other conventions in 2014.

This year, GUFF is selecting a delegate to travel to WorldCon 75, which will be held in Finland (9-13 August 2017). The length of the trip varies from year to year, and winners often visit fans before or after the WorldCon.

Delegates are chosen by fans, through a competitive ‘race.’ The first stage of this is nominations, followed by voting. Nominations are now open for the northbound race. They will remain open until 17 November 2016. Anyone active in fandom who lives in in Australasia may nominate.

To stand, you need three Australasian and two European nominators (who will each need to confirm their nominations), a platform of no more than 100 words and a non-refundable sum of £15/€20/AU$25 as a guarantee you will attend the 2017 Worldcon if you win.

Again, if you’re not sure who would be appropriate to nominate you, talk to Gillian Polack. If you’re not certain that you’re eligible or have other questions, again talk to Gillian (see below for contact details).

Voting will run from the moment nominations close until 1 April.

Once the winner has returned home, they take over shared administration of the fund for two cycles (one southbound and one northbound, in this case), complete their trip reports, and share the task of replenishing the fund for the next round.

For more information:

  • The GUFF Site: More information about the fan fund in general, its history and where to buy trip reports by previous delegates. (James Shields’ report is an excellent place to begin, as he explains the way the fund works and how the delegate fits within it as well as telling of his Australian adventures).
  • Details on the 2016 Northbound Race
  • Ask Gillian directly for more on her experience and how you can participate.


First meeting of 2015 next Wednesday!

Did you guys even realise it was 2015 already? FEBRUARY 2015. That’s only 320 days away from 2016.


 If the answer is ‘Not as much as I’d like’, then our February meeting is for you.

 (If the answer isn’t that, you should still come anyway. We need more friends to feel good about ourselves and there will probably be biscuits.)

 The first meeting of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild for 2015 will be about goal setting – what it is, how to do it, how not to do it and if it’s really worth doing in the first place. You might even find out about some goals you didn’t even know you had. It will also be your first chance in the new year to catch up with all your writing friends and feel the warm, socks-straight-from-the-dryer glow of being surrounded by people who love the same things you do and are willing to admit it.

When: 7.30pm, Wednesday 18 February

Where: The ACT Writers Centre at Gorman House in Braddon.

Bring: $10*. It’s the new year, so your membership is due.

 See you there!

 Leife (President) & Kim (Vice-President)

*If you don’t bring $10, we will probably still let you in and maybe even offer you a biscuit. But your name will go into the Treasurer’s Little Black Book and he might stare at you pointedly on occasion throughout the evening.

CSFG Member News (March 2014)


To Kaaron Warren, who continues to win all of the awards, taking out Best Science Fiction Short Story at the 2013 Aurealis Awards with her story “Air, Water and the Grove”.

To Rob Easterbrook for finishing his PhD!


Alan Baxter’s forthcoming novel, Bound

bound cover

Patty Jansen’s new novel,For Queen and Country: Innocence Lost


The e-book omnibus edition of Nicole Murphy’s Dream of Asarlai trilogy


(more on these books shortly)

Upcoming workshops and courses

Editing Your Own Stories with Ian McHugh, at the ACT Writers Centre, Gorman House, Braddon
10am-4pm, Saturday Saturday 12 April 2014

Sales and Publications

David Walker has a new flash fiction, “Mappa Tuesdi”, free to read on line at Antipodean SF

Gillian Polack’s PhD dissertation, “Novelists and their history”, has been published at Taylor & Francis Online

Interview with Shauna O’Meara

CSFG’s most recent Writers of the Future Contest winner, Shauna O’Meara, has been interviewed at the Sputnik’s Orbit blog, about liking spiders, winning at Donkey Kong and being able to warble like an Australian Magpie, among other matters of grave importance. Oh, and writing.

CSFG Member News (February 2014)


To Kaaron Warren, whose story “The Human Moth” is shortlisted for Best Horror Short Fiction and whose story “Air, Water and the Grove” is shortlisted for Best SF Short Fiction, and Ian McHugh, whose story “Cold, Cold War” is listed for Best Fantasy Short Fiction at the 2013 Aurealis Awards.

Upcoming Workshops and Courses

How to Know Yourself as a Writer with Zena Shapter
Mossman Community College, Spit Junction, Sydney
10am-3.30pm, Saturday 29 March

Editing Your Own Stories with Ian McHugh
ACT Writers Centre, Gorman House, Braddon
10am-4pm, Saturday Saturday 12 April 2014

More details here.

Sales and Publications

Simon Dewar has sold his horror anthology Suspended in Dusk to books of the Dead Press.

Alan Baxter has sold his story “Shadows of the Lonely Dead” to Simon for Suspended in Dusk and his story “Upon a Distant Shore” to Dimension6.

Simon Petrie has sold a series of seven drabbles to SpeckLit.

Ian has sold his story “Remembering Zheng He” to new Indian magazine The Affair.

Mike Pieloor has a story out in the Dark Hall Press Cosmic Horror Anthology.


Simon P’s collection Rare Unsigned Copy is the subject of a detailed and glowing review at Tsana’s Reads and Reviews.

Check out Shauna O’Meara’s art portfolio

Shauna O’Meara has put together a Flickr portfolio of her illustration work for CSFG’s Next anthology, Nicole Murphy’s In Fabula-divino and others. Here’s the cover she did for Next:


Great stuff – check out the rest.

Interview with Donna Hanson at Dark Side Down Under

AKA Dani Kristoff, following the publication of her new paranormal romance novel, Bespelled.

Check out the interview here.

CSFG Member News (January 2014)

(and for the last bit of December when we were all flaked out on holidays)


To Kaaron Warren, whose story “Air, Water and the Grove” has been included in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2014 from Prime Books.

To Alan Baxter, whose story “The Fathomed Wreck To See” and Ian McHugh, whose stories “From Sorrow’s Gate”, “The Canal Barge Magician’s Number Nine Daughter”, “When the Rain Comin” and “Cold, Cold War” were included in the Tangent Online 2013 Recommended Reading List

To Kaaron, whose story “The Unwanted Women of Surrey” and Ian, whose “The Canal Barge Magician’s Number Nine Daughter” made the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List

To Gillian Polack, who on the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) ballot to get to Loncon 3. Voting information is here.

Upcoming Workshops and Courses

Ian’s first “Fiction Writing – The Basics” evening course for 2014 begins on Tuesday 18 February at CIT Reid Campus

Registrations are open for the Conflux Writer’s Day on Saturday 5 April 2014, at which several CSFG members will be presenting sessions.

New Writers’ Services Listings

Phillip Berrie – continuity editing and proofing
M.A. Dunham – copy and content editing
Rivqa Rafael – sub-editing and copy editing

Sales and Publications

Nicole Murphy, writing as Elizabeth Dunk, has sold a collection of four paranormal erotica novellas, titled Release, to Escape Publishing, due out in June.

Nicole also sold her story “The Wild Colonial Clockwork Boy” to the Kisses by Clockwork anthology from Ticonderoga Publications

Patty Jansen has released her latest e-book, Ambassador 2: Raising Hell, the sequel to her 2013 novel Ambassador: Seeing Red.

Donna Hanson has a new book out, Bespelled from Escape Publishing, under her Dani Kristoff by-line

Simon Petrie’s free story sampler Needs More Dinosaurs is free to download from Peggy Bright Books

Alan’s story, “All the Wealth in the World” is free to read online at Lakeside Circus

David Walker’s story “Rogue Wave” if free to read online at Antipodean SF

New novel from Patty Jansen

Ambassador2-2aPatty Jansen has released her latest book, Ambassador 2: Raising Hell, the sequel to her 2013 novel Ambassador: Seeing Red.

Seeing Red is available as an e-book and as a trade paperback from Ticonderoga Publications.

Raising Hell is currently available in e-book formats and Patty is running a 99c introductory offer RIGHT NOW!