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Aurora Australis: Some Darkness, and Some Hope

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand!

As the new year arrives with a thud, we’re serving up some new books filled with vampires and apocalypse and monsters—but there’s some hope and happiness in there too, honest. We’ve also got some new covers, and calls for submissions, and it’s time to start thinking about award nominations again…

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Aurora Australis: The Year’s Deep Breath Before the Plunge

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand!

Things are slowing down a bit in the Australian and New Zealand speculative fiction scene, as we wind down for the year (well, some of us anyway) and take a deep breath before plunging into 2017. But we’ve still got some news to share—some new novels, some awards news, those sorts of things. The usual. Not that any of the stories mentioned are usual, oh no… horrific fairy stories and musketeers on space stations and paranormal romance and…

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Springing into Aurora Australis

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! It’s officially spring in the temperate parts of the Southern Hemisphere, while in the tropical parts of Australia it’s that delightful period sometimes called the build-up where it’s getting hotter and more humid but there’s not much rain to relieve the tension.

In my old hometown of Darwin, October was the month for going troppo (ie mad)…

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Aurora Australis: Cleverman, Crowdfunding, and Kudos

This month we’re mostly on about crowdfunding, trilogies, and awards shortlists. There’s some other stuff too, because you just can’t stop the anthologies. Or Cleverman.

Who is Cleverman? A few weeks ago I couldn’t have answered. But then there was this incredibly exciting announcement: that Cleverman is coming to the ABC (the Australian national broadcaster)—but only after it debuts at the Berlin International Film Festival. It’s also been picked up by the Sundance Channel (I have no idea how widespread that is…). Why is this so exciting? Because Cleverman is an Indigenous Australian superhero.

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Aurora Australis: There’s More to Life Than Anthologies

This month we are overjoyed by anthologies, glum about waiting for books to arrive (but excited that they exist), and mildly anticipatory about the 2016 awards season. All but the last is pretty standard… one of these days I’m going to chart emotions over the year based on awards shortlists/announcements…

But first up, a plethora of anthologies!

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Aurora Australis: A Bite of Tucker and a Beer

The sun burns hotly thro’ the gums
As down the road old Rogan comes—
The hatter from the lonely hut
Beside the track to Woollybutt.
He likes to spend his Christmas with us here.

He says a man gets sort of strange
Living alone without a change,
Gets sort of settled in his way;
And so he comes each Christmas day
To share a bite of tucker and a beer.

–CJ Dennis, “A Bush Christmas” (originally published 1934)

While this poem doesn’t reflect Christmas for all Australians (after all, not all of us celebrate Christmas, and most of us don’t live in the bush), the weather at least is a sight closer to reality for most of us than “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.”

Anyway, it’s the start of a new calendar year, and there’s plenty happening in the publishing world.

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