Very excited that my story “Milk and Honey” has been selected for the Ecopunk! anthology. The brief was intriguing and I think I had half the story down within an hour. I look forward to sharing my tale of cloned Diprotodons, an inland Australian sea, and an alternative colonial future where WW1 never happened…
We’re really pleased to be able to reveal the stories selected by Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks for the Ecopunk! anthology.
Ecopunk! – speculative tales of radical futures contains 19 optimistic tales, selected by two award-winning editors, showing how humanity can survive and flourish, despite the looming uncertainty from climate change. The incredible line-up includes some of Australia’s best science fiction writers.
- Adam Browne, “The Radiolarian Violin”
- Matthew Chrulew, “Future Perfect”
- Emilie Collyer, “From the Dark”
- Jason Fischer, “Milk and Honey”
- Tom Guerney, “The Mangrove Maker”
- Claire McKenna, “Mr. Mycelium”
- R. Jean Mathieu, “The City Sunk, “the City Risen”
- D.K. Mok, “The Wandering Library”
- Jason Nahrung, “The Today Home”
- Ian Nichols, “First Flight”
- Shauna O’Meara, “Island Green”
- Rivqa Rafael, “Trivalent”
- Jane Rawson, “The Right Side of History”
- Jane Routley, “The Scent of Betrayal, “
- Andrew Sullivan, “The Butterfly Whisperer”
- Janeen Webb, “Monkey Business”
- Corey White, “Happy Hunting Ground”
- Tess Williams, “Broad Church”
- Marian Womack, “Pink Footed”
Ecopunk! will be published in 2017 by Ticonderoga Publications. Keep an eye on our website for more news.
Hey folks! Warm up your e-readers, because I have a deal for you. The first 100 people to click this link will get a free copy of my chap-book “Seven Threads”. That’s it! Absolutely free to you.
I’ve put a bunch of my favourite stories into this collection, including a few award winners. This is intended as a sampler for people new to my work, and to bring a smile to those who may have seen these tales in years gone by
All I ask in return is that if you enjoy this book, you consider leaving a review at your favourite retailer or review site, and of course tell your friends. Cheers!
Seven Threads is a mini-collection to introduce new readers to the work of Australian fantasy author Jason Fischer. Stories in this collection include the Aurealis Award winning novella “Defy the Grey Kings” and “The House of Nameless”, winner of the Writers of the Future contest.
Follow these seven threads through Fischer’s fantastic worlds, through grim futures, through heroics and heartbreak. Described by reviewers as “an impressive talent” and “a strong new voice with a distinctive vision”, these stories of Fischer’s are a great sampler and a taste of his unpredictable imagination.
“If you haven’t been reading Jason Fischer, your literary diet is lacking in zest, zing, and essential vitamins.” – Gardner Dozois, multiple Hugo Award winning editor.
Available now on the Kindle via this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFKYYQ4
Smashwords version available here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/699965
Also available at other online vendors.
“They can take my Torana but they’ll never take my freedom.”
Picture if you will, a warped tome of tales. A bogan love-child of the Necronomicon and Wolf Creek. A book possessing the strength of ten undead camels, the pouncing speed of a thousand drop-bears, and the lurching hop of a pack of zombiefied kangaroos. This is my short-story collection EVERYTHING IS A GRAVEYARD, and it is imminent.
If you can’t make the official book launch in Adelaide on October 5th, or the Melbourne Zombie Convention the day after, be of good cheer. For there is another option at your disposal. Pre-orders are now being taken for this book via the following link, and it will be in stock as of the 11th of November:
Some fun times ahead! Tomorrow I shall be at the Salisbury Writers Festival, appearing on a panel to talk about “Speculative Fiction Unleashed” with fellow ink-scribblers Sean Williams and Tony Shillitoe. Panel is at 12:50pm at the John Harvey Gallery (more details here: http://www.salisbury.sa.gov.au/Our_City/Arts_and_Culture/Salisbury_Writers_Festival/Writers_Forum)
Next Thursday night (29th August) from 9 pm, I shall be appearing on community radio station PBA-FM 89.7. Presenters Alexis and Pete have invited me as a guest of The Show. They’ll be running a zombie/literature themed program, and it will be my great pleasure to come along and talk all things zombie and writing related. More information on PBA-FM can be found via this link:
And The Show has its own Facebook and Twitter pages:
Remember the old Choose Your Own Adventure? Would you like to do one in real life? What if I told you we had some of the world’s best genre writers just waiting to pen an adventure in your city?
If you want to do a real life Adventure, written by world famous authors such as Isobelle Carmody or NY Times bestseller Sean Williams, then you MUST support this project!!
I’m lucky enough to be one of the authors connected to this project. Back when I was a wee tacker, I used to love poring through anything that had multiple choices, and had a great love for Choose Your Own Adventure, Fighting Fantasy etc etc.
These days, we’ve gone all high-tech on the concept. Think smart phones, QR readers, maps, social media, all the bells and whistles. Adelaide successfully ran a Real Life Choose Your Own Adventure during Writers Week, and hopefully it will soon be an option in many other cities.
There are some BRILLIANT writers who have put their hands up for this. It looks like seriously good fun, and I can’t wait to see what some of these other squirrely author minds come up with for their readers.
New world, exciting new times, and an 80s mode of storytelling meshes up with modern technology. What’s not to like? Click on the link below to tip a few dollars in the crowdfunding tin.
Be it by design or accident, the e-book purveyors known as Smashwords are now charging 1c/copy for all free titles downloaded via Apple.
I’ve regrettably had to put a price onto my short story “The House of Nameless” but here’s a coupon dealy that will let you still get it for free. Hope that gets around that little conundrum! Coupon is LT73J, let me know if you have any trouble.
“The House of Nameless” can still be downloaded here – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/43525
In “The House of Nameless”, a dinner at a minotaur’s house brings an unwelcome intruder. Raoul Mithras, god of both the old, One-Way-World and the surreal, chaotic world that replaced it, is forced to pursue and old foe across a surreal landscape to prevent the reawakening of the One-Way-World – if he is not destroyed first.
I was fortunate enough to write this story a few years ago, and “The House of Nameless” has brought me a lot of joy. Not only did I get to dip my toe into surrealist fantasy writing, I won the Writers of the Future contest and got to go to America on a Big Adventure. Now, just to prove that this is the story that keeps on giving, my brilliant friend Laura E. Goodin is now adapting Nameless into an opera libretto. A blues opera, no less, and colour me bloody excited on that front!
Laura is a dear friend, and can write like nobody’s business. She has a wonderful literary sensibility, and whenever she puts her words to something you can immediately tell that she’s just having a damn good time. Proving she is ever the renaissance woman, this isn’t the first time she’s converted a story into a stage production, and I can rest assured that Raoul, Nameless and friends are all in capable hands. She’s writing this project as part of the Clarion West Write-A-Thon, and can be sponsored at the following page:
Some more information about the project can be found on this press release:
And for those of you who want to read the original short story of “The House of Nameless” – hey, lookie here!
Coming up soon is the Salisbury Writers Festival. They always put on a great show with lots of contests, seminars, and workshops. Some years back I won their 3 Day Novel Race, which was great fun to enter. This year it’s my great pleasure to be appearing on the following panel during their Writers Forum day:
12:50pm PANEL OF WRITERS: Speculative Fiction Unleashed
John Harvey Gallery
Three award winning speculative fiction writers will share stories about how their careers developed, the successes and the difficulties, dealing with publishers, finding markets, the opportunities, the advantages and the challenges of writing speculative fiction in South Australia.
- Sean Williams
- Tony Shillitoe
- Jason Fischer
More details on the following link. There’s a tonne of great stuff happening on the day, so why not come along? They’ve done a great job with this program lineup, so you’ll definitely get value from the day.