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Phillip Mann

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:


SF Ezine To Launch In New Zealand

A new paying ezine based in NZ will be launching Jan 1st, 2012. It’s called Comets and Criminals, and will be published in a quarterly
format, with an ebook available at the beginning of each quarter and
content from the book released for free on the website over the course
of the quarter.

Comets and Criminals will publish short fiction and poetry.
Science-fiction is at the top of its genre list; cross-genre work is
also encouraged. We pay 1c a word (US) for short fiction between
1,000-5,000 words, and $10 for flash fiction and poetry.

For more information visit the web site.

Fantasy and Paranormal author Maria V. Snyder to present workshop in Auckland: Discount for SFFANZ members

Maria V. Snyder, a New York Times best-selling author of fantasy and paranormal fiction for teens and adults, will teach a half-day workshop in Auckland on Friday August 19, with a focus on writing fantasy and paranormal fiction. The workshop is hosted by Romance Writers of New Zealand, but is open to writers from all genres. Editors from local publishers will also be presenting and/or taking pitches from writers, and the afternoon will include a workshop on sword-fighting (an essential element of much paranormal, fantasy and historical fiction!). New Zealand Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand and other writing organisations will receive a discount on the workshop registration fee. Earlybird registration closes July 11.

Maria V. Snyder will also be on the podium over the course of RWNZ’s weekend conference, including a much-anticipated talk on dystopian fiction, arguably the hottest genre of the moment. Other speakers include thriller supremo Tess Gerritsen, and Bob Mayer, an ex special forces agent (Green Beret A-team commander) and now a bestselling suspense author and digital publishing expert. Mayer will also present a one-day novel writing seminar in Friday August 19, open to writers from all genres, designed to take a writer from first page to last.

The RWNZ Conference runs August 19-21 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland. Earlybird registration closes July 11. For full details and online registration, visit www.romancewriters.co.nz/conference

The Southern Cross Novel Challenge

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 Kiwi Writers website is at: http://www.kiwiwriters.org.
Contact Kiwi Writers by email at: kiwiwriters@gmail.com

Lynne Jamneck story on World SF Blog

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.

Grant Stone story on World SF

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.