ABC Radio's The Book Show has a new series called "Off the Shelf" where readers are asked what they're reading and why. George Williams, a constitutional lawyer, shares his top five sf reads. Audio is available streaming or for download.
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The Year of Speculative Fiction – the SF Novel Challenge
With Lucy Sussex
Course: Speculative fiction is all around us: in film, TV and the prognostications of Earth’s future. It can vary from alternate worlds (Nazis win WW2), to near-future thrillers, supernatural romances, space opera (Star Trek novels) and dispatches from the frontiers of the human imagination. The challenge, in this series of workshops, is to write a speculative fiction novel in 2009, workshop it and learn how to market it – even sell it! Award-winning writer Lucy Sussex hosts the challenge, which includes guest spots from editors, publishers and publicists. Lucy Sussex is a writer in various genres, including speculative fiction. She has won Ditmar and Aurealis awards, and been shortlisted for the World Fantasy Guild and IGHW (International Guild of Horror Writers) awards. To be eligible, sample chapters and story outlines are required to be submitted by Monday 2 March (max 1000 words).
When: Saturdays 28 March, 23 May, 25 July, 26 September, 28 November, 10am – 4pm
Where: Victorian Writers’ Centre, 1st floor Nicholas Blg 37 Swanston St Melbourne
Cost: $570, Members $530/$500 Bookings essential: 9654 9068
Whitehorse Manningham Library Service has two events of interest: See Urban Fantasy Romance authors Narelle Harris and Keri Arthur at Doncaster Library on Saturday 14th of February and then visit Nunawading Library on Wedndesday 18th of February to see the Sci-Fi Author talk with Trudi Canavan, Cecilia Dart-Thornton and Adam Browne in conversation with Jack Dann. Bookings are essential. Download the event poster, or visit the Calendar page for more information.
The Voyager Online Blog is host of January's Australian Spec Fic Blog Carnival.