Radio New Zealand has interviewed Phillip Mann about his writing life, science fiction, and his new novel The Disestablishment Of Paradise. You can download the interview as a podcast from:
You can also read a review of the novel at:
The Southern Cross Novel Challenge (SoCNoC, pronounced “sock-nock”), hosted by KiwiWriters.org, encourages aspiring and veteran novelists alike to write a 50,000 word novel (or add 50,000 words to an existing novel or story collection) in the 30 days of June. At midnight on June 1st writers will dive into a no holds barred month of creation, manic typing, frantic plotting and late nights of fantasy.
Kiwi Writers co-founder Kerryn Angell says that sometimes the hardest thing is to just sit down and write. “Online challenges were a huge help to my own writing, but there just weren’t enough out there and some of them didn’t fit in so well with the southern hemisphere calendar. In the 4 years since Kiwi Writers began, I’m amazed at what our members have achieved.”
Staff member Anna Caro adds that it’s about more than just the 50,000 words. “There’s a great sense of community on the site, with members discussing everything from initial ideas to publication. Plus we run challenges all year round, for short stories, novellas, poetry and some planning exercises.”
The World SF Blog has again chosen to showcase the fiction of a New Zealand based author on their Tuesday Fiction slot. This week it is Magique by Lynne Jamneck.
You can find out more about Lynne Jamneck at her blog.
The World SF News Blog is dedicated to posting links, news and original content related to science fiction, fantasy, horror and comics from around the world. This week on their regular Tuesday Fiction slot, the blog features the short story The Salt Line by New Zealand author Grant Stone. It is good to see New Zealand writers showcased on the world stage.
Note: The Salt Line first appeared in Unfurled – new writers from Manukau and Papakura, September 2008. It can also be found as a text or audio download on the Wily Writers site.