All posts by Jason Fischer

Island Magazine Issue #148 – “She Says” by Jason Fischer

ISLAND 148 cover HiRes

My story “She Says” will be appearing in issue #148 of Island Magazine, which will be available in stores on the 27th February 2017. This story explores the viewpoint of a non-verbal autistic teen, trapped with a Paralympian athlete in a city full of dangers.

It pleases me no end when one of my stories is selected for a literary market, given that I have earnt my writing chops in the supposed ghetto of genre fiction. It’s a thrill that I can deliver stories at this level, and I hope that readers enjoy my tale! As the father of a delightful autistic boy, it’s a real honour and a responsibility to tell stories where a person with an intellectual disability can be the hero of the day. I hope to write many more!

You can find out more about Island Magazine via their website at, or you can pick up a copy at your local newsagent. Island Magazine can also be found online at the following places:

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Aurealis Awards 2016 Shortlist

I will admit to jumping around and smiling like a loon when I read today’s Aurealis Awards shortlist. My novella “By the Laws of Crab and Woman” (originally published by the fine folks at the Review of Australian Fiction) is a finalist in the Best Fantasy Novella category for 2016.

I share this short-list with many of my friends and heroes, and many gob-smackingly awesome works have rated a berth on the HMS Aurealis 2016. Kudos to the judges, a glass raised to all of my fellow finalists, and a happy fuzzy glow for the healthy state of Australian speculative fiction.

As Molly Meldrum would say, do yourself a favour, and check out my shortlisted story over at Review of Australian Fiction. The relevant issue of RAF can be purchased via this link:

(NOTE: I shared this issue with my fellow ink-scribe Laura Goodin, who critiqued the life out of my story and deserves at least some of the credit for today’s good news!)

NEW STORY – “Ladyflies” by Jason Fischer, available at Review of Australian Fiction


If the gonnery was the hand that watched over Teper, the five main gonnes were its fingers. Her mother told her stories of how the gonnes used to shine brightly, but now they were pitted and thick with rust, patched with steel plates and welds. The gonnes tracked the moon the way a sunflower tracks its brighter cousin, clicking and groaning, old metal squealing in protest each time the main housing shifted along the big cog.

Her home, and now she was forever barred from it. She’d grown up knowing that her mother would bare her neck to her when her apprenticeship had ended, and so she’d studied the crumbling charts, crawled into the dustiest corners with oil-can and metal rasp. She’d spent long hours on the battlements, watching the moon for movement, surrounded by the reaching towers of the big gonnes.

Aster, the first gonne Teper had raised, old and ponderous. Termut and Gadagain, the twins, always moving in concert, known to trick the shell-loaders into favouring them over the others. Clareud the fine, fitted only for the smaller shells but capable of reaching targets above the clouds, and perhaps to the surface of the Moon itself.

Finally, big Ruubar, the last line of defence should the other gonnes fail. Ruubar was squat and swift, and once the dead Monitor had let Amel try it out on a target balloon. From sleep to murder, the largest gonne took a little under five seconds, and Amel’s ears had rung for days from that one fusillade.

Now all of it was in the hands of the tooth-woman, the new Monitor. Amel mourned the loss of her future, but more so she was worried that the reaver wouldn’t work the gonnes properly. There were so many things Amel’s mother had taught her, and now it was all down to a thug blindly fumbling at the controls.

‘It’s up to me,’ she said. ‘I have to defeat the Monitor.’

This is an excerpt from my latest novella “Ladyflies”, now available over at Review of Australian Fiction. You heard right, 20,000 words of novella, so in this issue of RAF you are getting extra bang for your buck. This story is an open homage to one of my favourite books “The Gate to Women’s Country” by the late Sheri S Teper, and is an extrapolation of the ideas explored in what I think of as her seminal work.

This issue is now available via the following link:

But hey! You can do one better. Why not try a three-month subscription to Review of Australian Fiction? That way you can show your support for a great fiction venue, one that has showcased bucketloads of great writers over the last few years.

“Defy the Grey Kings” now available at PodCastle

I have long adored the Escape Artists trio of podcasts.  Today I am tickled pink to see my story “Defy the Grey Kings” turned into a beautiful piece of narration, and it is now available for your listening pleasure over at PodCastle.

Even better, this month is Aurealis month over PodCastle, and they promise to have several of the winning and finalist stories from last year in the weeks to come. If you don’t subscribe to PodCastle now, I highly recommend you click that button :-)



Spec Fic and Fantasy Festival – SA Writers Centre

If you’re in Adelaide and are a fan of speculative fiction or fantasy writing, make sure you get along to the SA Writers Centre Spec Fic and Fantasy Festival. Yours truly shall be there with a bevy of talented folks, and it promises to be an absolute treat!

We’re going to deliver a bunch of great panels, live readings of our work, and workshops galore. I’m excited that such an event is being held in Adelaide, and tickled pink to be involved :-)


It’s time to crack out of your cryostasis and join us for one of the most spectacular Spec Fic and Fantasy Fests in the multiverse. Dock your Tardis, Delorean, heli cab or space ship at Level 2/187 Rundle Street, 7 and 8 May (unless it’s already the future, in which case… hurry! Go backwards…!)

A galaxy of stars including: Gillian Rubinstein, Sean Williams, Jason Fischer, Ben Chandler, DM Cornish, Lisa L Hannett, Tony Shillitoe, Jo Spurrier and Tehani Wessely will be creating an unforgettable atmosphere and two days of premium advice, learning, workshops and panels that will blow your flux capacitor and melt your chronoscope!

Bookings are essential. DOWNLOAD THE FULL PROGRAM HERE.



Well slap me with a fish and call me Gilgamesh, for my story “Defy the Grey Kings” from Beneath Ceaseless Skies has just picked up the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novella. I am pleasantly shocked, and am pleased that my story has been so well received!

Many thanks to the other finalists and to the judges, whose workload seems to grow year by year. If you’re interested in reading this award-winning epistle, click ye here.

The full list of this year’s Aurealis Award winners can be found here. Huzzah!


BY THE LAWS OF CRAB AND WOMAN – new story now available at Review of Australian Fiction


For her heresy, Reft climbed up to the House of the Pale Daughters. The law dictated that she take the penitent’s path, so she stood barefoot and bleeding in the front courtyard, picking thorns and slivers of glass from her feet.

Reft held a crab on a leash, a juvenile almost up to her waist in height. Its shell was fresh after a recent moult, streaked with blue and orange. Like the other crabbers, Reft had fastened a platform to its back, drilling deep into the hardening shell. From now on, as the crab grew, the platform would grow, and by adulthood it would have entire buildings bristling from its back.

The inner door to the House opened, a thick slab of stone that turned easily on a pivot hinge. One old woman pushed it open with the tips of her fingers.    She was like a piece of driftwood in a robe, flinty eyes buried in a maze of scars.

“Reft the heretic,” she said. “You have come.”

Reft fussed nervously about the crab, unpacking the trunks and crates that she’d lashed firmly to its back. With the tip of a coral knife, she parted the wax seal around the lid of an amphora.

It was honey, gold and thick, filled right up to the brim.

“What does this get me?” Reft asked.

“Death,” the crone said.


This is the opening passage to my new story “By the Laws of Crab and Woman”, which is now available at the Review of Australian Fiction. I share this issue with the amazingly talented  Laura E Goodin, and her story Regent of the Tiny Queen is a joy to read! Check the issue out via the following link:

“Treasure of Light” now available over at Story City


You have discovered an ancient document, a clue leading to the lost treasures of Colonel William Light, surveyor and architect of Adelaide. Throughout the years, clues to the treasure’s location have been hidden in the foundation stones of several historical buildings, forgotten until now. With your archaeologist friend Rhonda, you set out to find Light’s treasure, but there’s a catch – the ruthless tomb-robber Percy Graves is hunting for it too, and he is hot on your heels. Will you find the treasure in time, or will it be stolen from under your nose?


My new story “Treasure of Light” is now available on the Story City app, and is available for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, with the aid of funding from Renewal SA. It’s a story with a difference – think of the old Choose Your Own Adventures, except instead of turning to a page to make a choice, you have to walk to a different location. The whole story is told through your phone or device, and comes complete with narration, artwork, and gorgeous music.

It’s written in the flavour of the “National Treasure” stories, and this story adventure is suitable for all ages to use.

Was a lot of fun to write this story – a lot of research went into this, as well as walking around the city to make sure everything works. If I’ve done my job right, you’ll have fun but you’ll also learn things about the city of Adelaide you might not have known before. There are two other stories set in Adelaide, make sure to check them out too!

Grab the app, and hit the streets during the Adelaide Fringe to find out!

Download the app now:



Writer: Jason Fischer –
Illustrator: Sands Gonzaga –
Music: Adam Richie –
Narration: Kevin Powe –



Rolling like a D6

It’s alive! Today issue #6 of Dimension6 has hit the internet, and it contains a trio of fun reads, including pieces by Louise Katz and Steve Cameron. My own contribution is the reprint of the lead novella from “Everything is a Graveyard”, a story by the same name.

The city of Adelaide is in ruins. Gangs of petrol-heads rule the roads, pumping out 70s tunes even as they fight off ferocious drop-bears…what’s not to like?

Now, you can read it for free, here and now! Just click on the following links:

Dimension6 Issue #6 in .epub format

Dimension6 Issue #6 in .mobi format


I only ask that if you enjoy this free heaping of science fiction that you consider purchasing the full collection of “Everything is a Graveyard”, available at Ticonderoga Publications. Hard copies can be purchased here, and an e-book is now available via Amazon or Smashwords.