Posts Tagged ‘dreaming again’

Some say ‘legendary’ just isn’t strong enough a word. Some say the man’s a myth, because no one, but no one could be like Jack Dann. The man who gave us The Memory Cathedral, Promised Land, and The Rebel, is also an unrepentant editor of anthologies such as the World Fantasy award-winning Dreaming Downunder, Dreaming Again, Legends of Australian Fantasy, Gathering the Bones (with frequent partner in crime Gardner Dozois) … I could go on, but why bother? Isn’t it already obvious that this man is not only a legend and very real, but also another over-achiever?

If you ever get a chance to hear him talk, then listen carefully. Hey, what do you know? He will be at WorldCon in Melbourne next week …

1. I first knew I was a writer when …
… in 1971 I wrote the regrettable sentence “A fused mass of beryllium fled from Deneb”, which was, probably just as regrettably, published in Worlds of If.

2. The line or story I most regret writing is …
… aha, see above; but, alas, there are so many lines: one, which Joe Haldeman (he should grow a pimple on his nose!) pointed out to me at a Guilford Writers Conference (again in the 1970’s). I had written a certain infelicitous sentence in a story called “I’m with You in Rockland”, which described a sex scene in which an unfortunate woman’s breasts fell on her lover’s chest.  Ah well, removable breasts. What can I say, except I’ve learned to proofread my stories.

3. The book I most enjoyed writing is…
… always and forever it seems: the book I’m currently working on.

4. The anthology is alive and well: discuss:
Well, it’s been alive since I’ve been in the business, never particularly well, except perhaps during a period when Roger Elwood was selling enormous quantities of anthologies to every publisher extant it seemed. However, most of the anthologies weren’t really very good (except when he collaborated with other writers), and they glutted the market, didn’t sell particularly well, and for a while no publisher would go near anthologies. But writers made a few bucks for a while.

Writers don’t usually make much money writing short fiction, unless a story gets optioned for film or television; but writers–myself included–love the short forms, and =stories= have always been alive and well. I should also say that anthologists don’t usually make a lot of money editing anthologies-it’s a labor of love.

I think the best time for anthologies was during the experimental “New Wave” period of the 1970’s when Damon Knight, Bob Silverberg, and Terry Carr were editing anthology series such as Orbit, New Dimensions, and Universe.

I edit anthologies because I love putting together stories and working with other writers. I think the market is still kicking hard with our own Jonathan Strahan becoming the foremost anthologist of his generation. He has also been editing a continuing anthology and getting great stories. So, yes, I think anthologies are alive and well in paper form…and on the internet.

5. Donuts or danishes? 
You’re really going to ask the guy who edited =Wandering Stars=, the first Jewish science fiction and fantasy anthology, such a question? I may be a non-believer (see my essay “Antinomies” in Russell Blackford and Udo Schuklenk’s excellent collection =Voices of Disbelief=), but I’m a “cultural Jew”. As Isaac Asimov wrote in the introduction to that book: “I’m Jewish enough.”  So as far as =I’m= concerned: donuts are fine, and danishes divine, but bagels are numero uno! Yes, I’ll cop to stealing from the great master Tennessee Williams, who wrote: “Women are fine, and sheep are divine, but the iguana is numero Uno.” Ah, well…

He doth blog here.


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… numerically challenged, I managed to schedule 2 drive-bys simaltaneously. So, today, please enjoy the drive-by stylings of Kelly Link & Gavin Grant and Jason Fischer.

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Jason Fischer is a Writers of the Future winner, author of the imfamous Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh (in Jack Dann’s Dreaming Again), the Apocalyptic novella Gravesend (its follow-up is on the way – huzzah!), and he has just made his thirtieth sale. Oh, he is also a Clarion South survivor of 2007. And he’s a wacky punster; loves a pun more than life itself. He could also apparently take 26 Justin Biebers in a fight. He discusses the merits of frog cakes and Batman -v- Dracula.

1.  The story I most regret is…
Like many folks, I have a hideous fistful of regrets.  I used to regret my novel Tusk, the infamous “Planet of the Apes, but with telepathic elephants”.  It consumed one arts grant and 18 months of my life, and I can’t even open the file now without gagging.  Yikes.  Still, it was a valuable lesson in what not to do, and how to plan my time better.  But mostly, I regret a novella I wrote a few years ago.  It was the winning entry in a three-day novel race, a competition held as part of a local writing festival.  In 72 hours I cranked out about 30,000 words of sexed-up thinly veiled autobiography, with the names changed and some events greatly dramatised.  Part of the prize was meant to be publication, but perhaps due to the scatalogical nature of this painful Mary-Sue, this obligation was fulfilled as a PDF, buried somewhere on the relevant council’s website.  It was quietly purged after an arbitrary period of time, and maybe that’s for the best.  Apart from that, I can’t really complain about things!

2.  How bad was it getting serenaded with “Undead Camels Ate Their Flesh” sung to the tune of “Camptown Races” all through Conflux in 2008?
Ha!  It was actually quite awesome.  This impromptu hoe-down was first performed by Gardner Dozois (my long-lost dirty uncle) in the Clarion South crit-pit, and it was nice to have him at the book-launch of “Dreaming Again” in spirit, if nothing else.  It was a somewhat surreal moment that still makes me laugh, and I shall never forget it!  If ever my tale of zombie camels gets optioned, I will insist that this be the movie’s theme song (and ongoing leit motif).

3.  What should you always delete from any story you write?
Without question any and all puns, particularly if in the story title.  Delete 90% of your adjectives, and 90% of your cuss-words.  “Delete all dialogue tags except for said!” Jason railed.  And kill off any really bad black-out line, particularly if it’s a punch-line.  Don’t do any of these things.  I have died many times for your writing sins, so that you don’t have to.

4.  Batman v Dracula: discuss.
As far as court cases go, it was probably the most convoluted piece of litigation ever seen in Gotham’s Supreme Court, and set some precedents, particularly in international law.  According to the plaintiff, the Wayne fortune was partly financed by Transylvanian interests, and following the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne, a contentious lien was enacted on behalf of one Voivode Dracula.  His claim against the estate was considered spurious by many, based in part on a verbal “bail-out” agreement issued during the Depression.  The case was eventually dismissed, and the plaintiff was widely referred to as a “greedy bloodsucker” [citation needed].

5.  Donuts or danishes?
Donuts make me go nuts.  Mmm, donuts [drool].  But they’re no frog-cake.

 Jason blogeth here.

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Announcement from Ticonderoga Publications, which must surely be met with “Huzzah!” Oh and also “Cooooool title!”

Sara Douglass Collection Announced

Posted July 15, 2010 By punkrocker1991

Ticonderoga Publications is far more than totally chuffed to announce a forthcoming collection of stories by premiere Australian Fantasy writer Sara Douglass.

The substantial collection, scheduled for publication next year, is tentatively titled The Hall of Lost Footsteps.

Sara Douglass is the bestselling, award-winning writer of the Crucible, Troy Game, Darkglass Mountain and Wayfarer Redemption series.

Her short fiction has appeared in Eidolon, Dreaming Again and the World Fantasy Award winning Dreaming Down Under.

“Sara Douglass has written a number of wonderful powerful stories in addition to her novels,” Ticonderoga Editor Russell B. Farr said.

“It will be great to be able to get all of these gems, 15 years’ worth, in one volume,” he said.

The Hall of Lost Footsteps will also feature a number of Wayfarer Redemption related tales, appearing in print for the first time.

“We’re expecting to include a story or two that will be totally original to the collection,” Russell added.

The Hall of Lost Footsteps is scheduled for publication in 2011, in limited edition hardcover and trade editions.

More information will be available in coming months at www.ticonderogapublications.com

From http://ticonderogapublications.com/news/2010/07/sara-douglass-collection-announced/

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From the lovely Tehani at FableCroft Publishing:

In the past two years, I’ve read a number of works that made me decide to put together a collection of very Australian flavoured stories. The collection is titled Australis Imaginarium, and will be produced by my new press, FableCroft Publishing, which will also be printing my original anthology for kids, Worlds Next Door.

I’m looking for short story reprints by Australian authors that are strongly Australian, particularly those that “feel” like alternative Australian folklore or mythology. Please note, this does not mean they have to be Aboriginal or Dreaming in origin, although of course this type of story will be included. I am not looking for “ocker” stories that don’t contain a strong speculative element.

As a guide to what I’m seeking, the stories that inspired the project are Thoraiya Dyer’s “Night Heron’s Curse” (ASIM 37), “The Jacaranda Wife” by Angela Slatter (Dreaming Again), and “Once a month, on a Sunday” by Ian McHugh (ASIM 40). While these stories were the start of the project, they are not wholly representative of the type of stories I will consider, so don’t be afraid to suggest stories that don’t exactly feel like these.

I would love to hear from authors, publishers and fans who can suggest any stories that might fit this collection, which will be available for Worldcon in September. I know there’s been a rich history of speculative fiction in Australian settings published over the last few decades – I’m looking forward to discovering more of it!

Please comment below if you have recommendations, or email me (with e-text of stories attached if possible!) at fablecroft [at] gmail [dot] com if you prefer! Publications will be paid.

I will also be seeking artwork for the anthology – reprint or original – not necessarily related to particular stories. Please email if you would like to submit any work (also paid publication).

Feel free to spread the word 🙂

Over at http://editormum.livejournal.com/230398.html

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Jeff VanderMeer gives the royal sampler for 2009, including some nice things about Dreaming Again and New Ceres Nights.


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… looks like she’ll have a new life in a yet-to-be-named anthology of Australian folklore stories (yes, even made-up ones like mine), so in celebration here are some pics of the original Jacaranda Wife in my backyard. The old lady’s a bit smaller than she used to be, having suffered some mandatory lopping, but she’s still lovely and filled with purple. In truth, when I moved back to Brisneyland, the reasons were (a) my family and (b) the purple.


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