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March 24th, 2009


rippatton
09:56 am - The Sir Julius Vogel Award Short List

Hey all,

The Sir Julius Vogel Award Short List is out with three stories from ASIM on it. 

Regina Patton's The Derby from ASIM #33 and Grant Stone's Under Waves and Over from ASIM # have both been nominated for Best Short Story.

Doug A. VAn Belle's The Jackal's Waltz from ASIM #35 is nominated in the best Novella/Novellette category.

The complete short list can be found here  http://sffanz.sf.org.nz/sjv/sjvNominations-2009.shtml.

The vote for the winners, and the awards ceremony, will be conducted at the New Zealand SFFANZ Conscription May 29-June 1st.

I would personally like to thank ASIM for its continued support of its New Zealand writers.   You guys rock!




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October 16th, 2008


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09:34 pm - ASIM 37 out now!

Official Press Release - please feel free to disperse widely :)


…all [stories in ASIM #37], no matter how strange or unusual, should resonate deeply in the mind of the reader. These narratives will pluck that string in your heart that has felt that there is something missing, something that you once had that should not be gone. John Ottinger III  [http://thefix-online.com/reviews/asim-37]

 Can you afford to miss this bumper fiction issue of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine? With 120 pages (free bonus of 24 extra pages!) stuffed full of fiction, ASIM 37 is receiving rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike.

  Packed with work from some of the best authors currently writing speculative fiction around the globe, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #37 has everything you could want in your spec fic – horror, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, humour, history and more – bundled together in a gorgeously packaged magazine. Artwork by the illustrious Dan Skinner accentuates stories that are intriguing, insightful, elegant and exciting in themselves. There’s more

 If you’ve never tried it before, there’s never been a better time to start.

 Available in selected Australian bookstores and online in print and PDF – see our website for details of how to purchase:

http://www.andromedaspaceways.com

 Andromeda Spaceways Issue #37

Edited by... Tehani Wessely


CONTENTS
This Is Not My Story . . . . . Dirk Flinthart
Dominion . . . . . . Christine Lucas
Drowning in the Air . . . . Penny-Anne Beaudoin
Love the Tattoo . . . . . . Leith Daniel
Amygdala My Love . . . . . Lee Battersby
Under Waves and Over . . . . . Grant Stone
Map . . . . . . . Adam Bales
The Unicorn in the Tower . . . . Eilis O’Neal
Rick Gets a Job . . . . . Jason Fischer
The Better To... . . . . . . Eugie Foster
Terraformer . . . . . . David Conyers
Night Heron’s Curse . . . . . Thoraiya Dyer
Failed Experiments from the Frontier: The Pumpkin . . . Paul Haines


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October 9th, 2008


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07:28 pm - Convention - Wastelands II: Age of Iron
http://wastelandcon.blogspot.com/

Wastelands II, Age of Iron is only EIGHT DAYS AWAY!

We have a new programme up for perusal, so click here and go and have a look!

We're still open to new panellists joining up, so if you see anything you would like to be on, please let us know!

Also...

Wasteland II: Age of Iron and Sin Present:

I am pleased to announce a special "Steampunk" theme night at Sin, in conjunction with Wasteland II:Age of Iron on the night of the 18th of October. Presenting your WII:AoI membership will get you 4$ entry on the night. Patrons will be encouraged to dress in suitable attire. Many thanks to Sin for allowing us to do this joint event.

What is it?
Wastelands II, Age of Iron is a two day convention focusing on the
futures of yesterday, and the glories of tomorrows that never were.
There will be two streams over two days. including workshops, panels,
and presentations. Discounts for people dressed in theme.

Wastelands is on the Saturday, October 18,
and Sunday the 19th 2008 at the Good Earth Hotel in Perth, WA.

Where is it?
The Good Earth Hotel, Perth
http://www.goodearthhotel.com.au/



How do I pay?
It's $65 for a full membership, or $60 concenssion.
You can pay on the day, or you can pay via Paypal in advance.
Email us at callisto at g mail dot com if you want to pay in advance.


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September 30th, 2008


editormum
01:24 am - ASIM makes the Year's Best Honorable Mentions list! LOTS!

Check out the full list of ASIM mentions on my Aussie Small Press blog, but congrats to all the ASIM authors who made the Honorable Mentions in the latest Datlow/Link/Grant Year's Best Fantasy and Horror!

http://australiansmallpress.blogspot.com/2008/09/datlowlinkgrant-21st-years-best-fantasy.html

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September 29th, 2008


editormum
10:14 pm - New blog - Australian Small Press

I've started a new site called Australian Small Press - http://australiansmallpress.blogspot.com/
 

It's only very new and little, but I have some plans for it that I hope will mean it grows and expands over time into something that assists all small press publishers in Australia, and maybe gives a leg up to authors as well.
 

The idea is to share information and support editors and publishers in Australian small press so that we ALL get better opportunities and returns on our investments. Many of us already do that by publicising and supporting each others' productions and projects, but I think we can go further.
 

The site will also list open markets and reading periods for Australian productions, and so hopefully supports our authors as well.
 
I'd love it if you'd head over and check out the start I've made and let me know at australiansmallpress (at) gmail (dot) com if you've any suggestions for topics to post about, additions that would be helpful, or to provide links to markets, publishers, supportive retailers, and other news. Please feel free to access the RSS feed (and make sure it works!).
 

Fingers crossed we can take this idea somewhere - remember it's only new, and there's a lot not yet on there - no omissions are intended!
 
 

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September 12th, 2008


editormum
07:24 pm - Fare thee well, Andromeda Spaceways
Hi all

This is just a short note to say that after a long battle between heart and head, head has finally won through and I am regretfully withdrawing from the Andromeda Spaceways crew.

I'll still be around as a passenger (no doubt one of those doddery old timers who gets around shaking a cane in people's face and saying, "Y'know, I helped BUILD this freighter, way back when the Internet was only a gleam in Bill Gates' eye..." or some such rot!), but family, work, study and other small press commitments have taken their toll, and unfortunately, ASIM is the casulty in my life.

I love this boat, and wish her many more creative journeys...

Cheers
Tehani

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September 7th, 2008


editormum
11:00 pm - ASIM #36 out now!

The Great Website Crash of August 2008 has now been put to rights (thanks for that massive flurry of web traffic Mr Doug Van Belle!) and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #36 has truly hit cyberspace. You can't afford to miss this issue! Dip your toes into new fiction from Golden Aurealis winner Cat Sparks, and internationally acclaimed authors such as Rachel Swirsky and Lisa Mantchev. Then dive on in, because the rest is just as fine!

Issue 36Fiction
Piper . . . Cat Sparks
Purrgatory (sic) . . . Cathy Bryant
A Drowning . . . Aimee Smith
The Robber King and the blood orange tree . . . Maggie Della Rocca
The Amazing Story of Dominic Lazar . . . Rachel Swirsky
Halfway to Dead . . . Lisa Mantchev
The Nalendar . . . Ann Leckie
Too Hot . . . Janeen Samuel
Apart . . . Grant Stone
Homemade Autumn . . . Shane Nelson

Poetry
Working for a Greener Narrative . . . Lee Battersby
The Problem Was . . . Michael Merriam

Special Features
An Interview with Greg Egan . . . Simon Petrie
Book Reviews . . . Simon Petrie, I.E. Lester, Dirk Flinthart


As always, available in print and PDF from the website.

Edited by Lucy Zinkiewicz and Tehani Wessely, with artwork by Eleanor Clarke, Anna Repp, Aimee Chow and Catherine Deziel.

http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/issue_current.htm



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August 29th, 2008


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06:31 pm - Art That Scares You finale

A few people have been asking around the traps, so here's the news: our official tally of bids is $4215. Now this may change slightly, or indeed be inaccurate (some of us were up very LATE last night tidying up loose ends) but that's what we think it is. All in all, over 90 separate items sold, which is BEYOND AWESOME.

Assuming all bids are paid, that puts the Cancer is a Cunt fundraiser for </a></font></b></a>paulhaines</lj>over the 20,000 goal we wanted to pay for his Avastin treatments. As said elsewhere, this means we can contribute a bit extra to Paul and his family to help them with their other expenses during this difficult time.

If you are paying for a winning item, please send your donation to the Paul Haines Paypal fund via a donate button and email artscaresyou@gmail.com with a copy of your receipt, your postal address and reference to which item you are paying for. The Paypal does not allow you to make any extra comments, which means that unless you email us, we might not know if your donation is connected to the auction.

Donators, hold tight - we'll try to let you know who has paid for their items by the end of the weekend so you can have a frenzy of posting things out next week. We'll contact you with addresses, etc. We have many, many people to contact, so please be patient with us.

This has been a brilliant project to be part of, and I think you'll all have to agree it was a very fun way to raise some money! We even got a few last minute bidding wars happening in the last ten minutes which was very exciting.

I hope you all enjoy your gorgeous new acquisitions!






 

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August 27th, 2008


editormum
05:27 pm - Last chance for Art That Scares You
Just one more day to get your bids in for the millions of items up in the </a></font></b></a>artscaresyou fundraising auction for Paul Haines. Make sure you check on items you have already bid on too, to ensure you haven't been outbid! Items have been added as recently as today.

There's still awesome goodies up for grabs, and some lively bidding on some hotly contested pieces. Go be part of it!

You don't have to have a Live Journal account to view or bid on items. The best place to start is at the Index post... http://community.livejournal.com/artscaresyou/16168.html

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August 24th, 2008


editormum
09:57 am - ASIM merchandise in auction
The </a></b></a>artscaresyou auction closes in four days and there are two ASIM items up for grabs in this fundraising initiative. A copy of the very rare and ever controversial </font>ASIM #11 was donated by editor </a></b></a>battblush and the ASIM Co-op donated a "hard" copy (PDF on CD ROM) of last year's </font>Andromeda Spaceways Best Of Horror anthology.

Now's your chance to get your hands on some great reading and support a good cause while you're at it. Every little bit helps...



 
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halspacejock
09:16 am - Where's the ASIM website?
Doug van Belle sent us a great article on 'Every Story Problem Ever', I put it on the website and 40,000+ people stampeded in for a look. That used up our monthly bandwidth allowance in about three days flat.

We're just sorting out the bandwith issue with our ISP now.

In the meantime, please spread the word.

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09:14 am - Do you love Shaun Tan?
You can OWN THIS!!!!

Just go to the Art That Scares You auction (raising money for Paul Haines fight against cancer) and bid! Current bid is AUD$390.00. Bargain for artwork by this amazing, multiple award winning artist!

</font></a></font></b></a>artscaresyou has so many awesome items up for grabs, but it closes in four days! Fully up to date index list is here. Don't miss out on grabbing something unique and totally cool, raising money for a great cause. 
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August 14th, 2008


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07:31 am - Paul Haines Fundraising Art Auction
Ever read a short story by Paul Haines? Chances are that afterwards you needed a strong drink, strong cup of coffee, or a long shower. Paul is well known in the Australian speculative fiction community for writing the creepy stuff, the scary shit, the story that makes you go 'whoa' or 'aargh' or 'ewwwwww.' And we love him for it, because he does it so damn well.

Right now, Paul and his family are dealing with some scary shit of their own. After being diagnosed with bowel cancer, having sections of his bowel removed and enduring six months worth of chemotherapy, he has recently discovered he has spots on his liver. Paul has met this news by reloading his guns and is going to fight it with two other forms of chemotherapy for cancers like his, combined with a monoclonal antibody called Avastin. Avastin, however is not part of Medicare or the private health system's funding at this stage. It costs $20,000 to do it.

The ART THAT SCARES YOU auction is now live at </a></font></b></a>artscaresyou until 9pm AEST, 28 August 2008. We are accepting donations and pledges of art, books and auctionable goodies right up until the last day. Some auctions are ending early, so come check us out now!

How to Bid
How to Donate

The Paul Haines fundraising tally recently hit the $16,000 mark which is fantastic, but we're not there yet. If we should overshoot this target before the end of the ART THAT SCARES YOU auction, any extraneous donated funds will also be passed directly on to Paul and his family to help with the other costs they need to cover right now.

Email artscaresyou@gmail.com with any queries about the auction.

In the meantime, if you'd like to make a general donation via paypal click here: 










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August 10th, 2008


editormum
09:47 am - ART THAT SCARES YOU - Paul Haines fundraiser

The Australian speculative fiction and art community is holding an online art auction to raise funds for Paul Haines, a talented writer currently fighting bowel and liver cancer. The theme 'Art that Scares You' was chosen to reflect the kind of creepy, disturbing and macabre fiction that Paul is known for, as well as the fear and horror surrounding cancer itself.

The ART THAT SCARES YOU auction will be going live from </a></font></b></a>artscaresyou from 14-28 August 2008. Items include "The Survivors" by Shaun Tan, "Heaven and Earth" by Cat Sparks and "Chairman Sanders" by Andrew Macrae (pictured below). Other items in the auction will include original art commissions, manuscript assessment services, fabric art, sock puppets, cards, jewellery, sculpture, china and various rare and unusual books. If you would like to donate an item, contact Tansy at artscaresyou@gmail.com. 

ASIM is donating a "hard copy" version of Andromeda Spaceways Best of Horror (PDF on CD Rom) to the auction.

You can visit </a></font></b></a>artscaresyou from 14-28 August 2008 to bid in the auctions. Please feel free to redistribute this information.

In the meantime, if you'd like to make a donation via paypal click here:








 


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July 29th, 2008


editormum
10:15 pm - Paul Haines fundraiser - Art That Scares You
Thanks to the wonderful generosity out there we have almost reached the halfway point of the fundraiser, simply from donations. This is completely awesome, and we now want to introduce the next step in our fundraising process:



ART THAT SCARES YOU

Ever read a short story by Paul Haines? Chances are that afterwards you needed a strong drink, strong cup of coffee, or a long shower. Paul is well known in the Australian speculative fiction community for writing the creepy stuff, the scary shit, the story that makes you go 'whoa' or 'aargh' or 'ewwwwww.' And we love him for it, because he does it so damn well.

Right now, Paul and his family are dealing with some scary shit of their own. After being diagnosed with bowel cancer, having sections of his bowel removed and enduring six months worth of chemotherapy, he has recently discovered he has spots on his liver. Paul has met this news by reloading his guns and is going to fight it with two other forms of chemotherapy for cancers like his, combined with a monoclonal antibody called Avastin. Avastin, however is not part of Medicare or the private health system's funding at this stage. It costs $20,000 to do it. Money that he doesn't have.

The ART THAT SCARES YOU auction will be going live from </a></font></b></a>artscaresyou from 14-28 August. Want to contribute?

This is a call to arms for artists, writers, craftspeople, publishers, and anyone who has weird freaky things living in their attic that they want to share. We are currently looking for pledged donations of art, craft, books, baking and other items or services - they don't have to match our ART THAT SCARES YOU theme but we'd love it if they did.

Email artscaresyou@gmail.com to let us know what you would like to contribute to the auction, and we will let you know what to do next.

Or just visit </a></font></b></a>artscaresyou from 14-28 August to bid in the auctions, nab some great stuff and help out a really great guy.


In the meantime, if you'd like to make a donation via paypal click here: 







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July 24th, 2008


editormum
11:45 am - "Cancer is a C&*T"

Please repost wherever you feel it's appropriate, or link back...


Paul Haines, a much-loved member of the Aussie specfic commuity is going through a tough time. After being diagnosed with bowel cancer, having sections of his bowel removed and enduring six months worth of chemotherapy, he has recently discovered he has spots on his liver. Paul has met this news by reloading his guns and is going to fight it with two other forms of chemotherapy for cancers like his, combined with a monoclonal antibody called Avastin. Avastin, however is not part of Medicare or the private health system's funding at this stage. It costs $20,000 to do it. Money that he doesn't have.

So we're going to try and help him raise it. Over the coming days, we're going to start outlining our plan of action. In the meantime, if you'd like to make a donation via Paypal click here: 







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July 13th, 2008


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11:01 am - Wastelands II convention
http://wastelandcon.blogspot.com/

Steampunk * Victoriana * Futurism

We're proud to announce WASTELANDS II, AGE OF IRON will be October 18,
and 19th 2008 at the Good Earth Hotel in Perth, WA.

Wastelands II, Age of Iron is a two day convention focusing on the
futures of yesterday, and the glories of tomorrows that never were.
There will be two streams over two days. including workshops, panels,
and presentations. Discounts for people dressed in theme.

Elements covered will include Multimedia, Writing, Graphic Design,
Art, Costuming and other areas. Events included will also cover other
areas of interest not strictly tied to the "core" theme.

Our Guest of Honour is Nick Stathopoulous, multiple award winning,
Hugo-nominated, and Archibald Award Finalist Artist and all round
great guy. He is incredibly talented and one of the most sought after
artists for book covers in Australia.

Our Local Guest of Honour is Alisa Krasnostein. Alisa is the CEO of
Twelfth Planet Press and very active in the small press industry in
Australia. She is also responsible for the creation and maintenance of
Australian Specfic In Focus (ASiF!). Alisa's projects are too numerous
to mention, including a goal to read over 5,000 short stories this
year as well as run her own publishing company.

Fan Guest of Honour is Tommo Eitelhuber. Tommo has been very active in
the fan community, and been endlessly helpful to a number of Swancon
committees. He's also extremely passionate about music and his new
wife.

Current draft program is up and it's just awesome! Please check it
out, and if you would like to present a panel, show off something
interesting, volunteer to be on one of the suggestions, or even just
help out during the con, please let us know! We're getting excited
around here, and we hope to see you there!

Please feel free to cross post, email, talk, or broadcast info on this convention as far and wide as you like! 

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June 15th, 2008


editormum
02:01 pm - ASIM 35 out now!
Andromeda Spaceways Berths Again!    
 
Another destination reached, not too many lives lost.    
 
Andromeda Spaceways, specialists in intergalactic passenger misplacement, pioneers of rude interstellar inflight service, justly acclaimed for the inventiveness of their fine-print responsibility disclaimers, and credited with having provided the five best textbook examples of spaceliner crash landings, are not content to rest on their laurels.  Or anybody else's, for that matter.  Laurels, after all, can be a mite uncomfortable.  But anyway ... yes, now I remember.  New inflight magazine issue out now (!)

Edited by visiting Betelgeusian anthropologist-gourmand Arrrrarrrgghl Schlurpmftxpftpfl (!!)  Stories by nine Earthlings, sampling ASIM's patented blend of SF, fantasy and horror (!!!)  "In the Kaladashi Fashion," by Geoffrey Maloney  "Earth For Dummies," by Lettie Prell "Johnny Talley," by John Plunket  "Spirit and Slave," by Stu Barrow "The Jackal's Waltz," by Douglas A Van Belle  "Dragon Feasts," by Aliette de Bodard  "Devil's Pet," by Katherine Woodbury  "The Bigglio-Muller Experiment," by Lawrence Buentello  "Interchange," by
Emma-Jean Stewart  There's also a poem by Helen Patrice, book reviews by Edwina Harvey, I. E. Lester and Tehani Wessely, and interviews with leading SF luminaries Terry Dowling and Iain M Banks. 
 
ASIM issue 35.
Available in print or pdf from www.andromedaspaceways.com, or from your nearest intergalactic inflight magazine stockist.  Buy it.  Read it.  Eat it.  (Consumption recommended only for Andromeda Spaceways steerage-class customers.  May contain traces of nuts.)
Issue 35

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June 6th, 2008


halspacejock
09:28 am - It's ALIVE!
Yes, the slush monster is stirring. Just a quick note to let all of you patient souls know that the big Catch Up has begun, and submissions are now flowing through the system.

Please give us time to catch up before querying about the status of your submissions - we're not back to normal yet.

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May 30th, 2008


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06:11 pm - Free e-book by ASIM founding member!
halspacejock (aka Simon, ASIM founding member) is too modest to hijack the Andromeda Spaceways LJ for his own nefarious purposes, but I'm not :)

If you have not yet been fortunate enough to have the Hal Spacejock experience, now's your chance to get it for absolutely free! All that is required is for you to click a few buttons. Like this link:

http://www.spacejock.com.au/Hal1Download.html

You know you want to.

Hal Spacejock Cover
And if you like it, just so you know, book 4 (No Free Lunch) was just released, so there's plenty more where that came from!

 

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