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Archive for February 2011

In which Tansy and Alex soldier on womanfully without their lost comrade, to catch up on three weeks of publishing news, the Nebulas, books, books, and more books, and tackle the crunchy pet subject of Australian SFF Publishing in its entirety: how do Australian specfic readers get their books?  Who publishes them and how do we buy them? (Realised too late this is a pretty massive topic - please email us to tell us what we got wrong and what we left out!)

News Bitchgate round up http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/strong-books-make-strong-girls/ Scott Westerfeld interview http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/136748-scott-westerfeld

LJ Smith, author of bestselling 20 year book series The Vampire Diaries fired by her publisher, who will hire new writer to continue the books. http://io9.com/#!5756378/the-author-of-the-vampire-diaries-has-been-fired-from-her-own-book-series

Interesting post by Tobias Buckell on ebooks http://www.tobiasbuckell.com/2011/02/14/ebook-sales-fun/ (love the bit where he zooms out on the graph)

Borders and Angus and Robertson go into receivership. http://www.smh.com.au/business/dont-discount-onlines-threat-to-retailers-20110223-1b51c.html

Nebula shortlist http://www.sfwa.org/2011/02/2010-nebula-nominees/

RIP Nicholas Courtney http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/remembering-the-brigadier/

What Culture Have we Consumed? Alex: Life, Gwyneth Jones; The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin; Revelation Space, and Chasm City, Alastair Reynolds Tansy: Debris (due Autumn (?) 2011) by Jo Anderton; The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club, Kim Newman (http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/the-secret-files-of-the-diogenes-club-by-kim-newman/); Across the Universe, by Beth Revis (http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/girls-in-spaceships-with-a-side-order-of-robots-please/)

Pet Subject: How do Australians Buy SpecFic Books? This comes from a request by Niall Harrison to learn about the other side of Aussie specfic - the mainstream/Big Name Publishers, how Australians buy books, etc.

Big Name Australian Publishers (who handle SFF) HarperCollins Voyager Hachette Livre/Orbit (incl Gollancz, Picador, Little Brown etc) Allen & Unwin Random House Pan Macmillan

The Cost of Australian Books/Australian editions - GST, the fight against parallel importation. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/24/2551487.htm

Chain Stores - Borders, Big W, Collins, ABC, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson (Borders & A&R now in receivership but not all shops company owned - many will close) Online Shopping - local and overseas (Amazon, Book Depository, Fishpond, BetterWorldBooks) Indie/SFF Specialist Bookshops Hobart: Ellison Hawker Melbourne: Minotaur and Swords and Sorcery (Reader’s Feast also has a well-picked if smallish selection). Perth: Planet and Fantastic Planet, White Dwarf and a few more new and not so new Sydney: Galaxy, Infinitas Brisbane: Pulp Fiction Books (who did we forget? Tell us!)

Feedback: Tehani from Perth, Cat from Wollongong & Shane from Redfern.

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In which we hit and run the Locus Recommended Reading List, tackle e-books and piracy, and delve into the knotty issue of religion in science fiction.

News Locus Recommended Reading List - hot off the press!

Philip K Dick shortlist: http://www.sfawardswatch.com/?p=3857

First annual Geek Girl Con in Seattle http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/01/first-annual-geek-girl-con-coming-in-october

Cloud-delivered ebooks from Readings/SPUNC http://spunc.com.au/splog/post/readings-and-spunc-launch-new-ebookstore/#comments Comments: http://www.benjaminsolah.com/blog/?p=3012 Response to comments on the internet about the Cloud Publishing http://blog.booki.sh/blog/post/it-s-nice-of-you-to-say-but-we-re-probably-not-the-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse “we proudly declare that we stream your ebooks — you don’t have to download them. You can of course download your Booki.sh books for offline access on most devices — you just can’t read them in anything other than Booki.sh.” SPUNC Response: “Digital publishing presents us with a massive opportunity that has heretofore been unavailable. Namely this: that a publisher can have a book distributed wherever they want, at the click of a button”

Discussion of ebook piracy As Jim Hines found out http://jimhines.livejournal.com/551156.html the world is not the USA and the rest of the world does not experience publishing nor this ebook revolution apace with the USA. (Hines’ original post http://www.jimchines.com/2011/01/arguing-book-piracy/) Charles Tan http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2011/01/essay-ebook-piracy-and-copyright-in.html Karen Healey: I was wrong and I’m sorry http://karenhealey.livejournal.com/918268.html

Weird Tales revamp http://weirdtalesmagazine.com/ Launching new website; editor-in-chief Ann VanderMeer and publisher John Betancourt have raised the pay rate to 5 cents per word; and implemented a new submissions portal for potential contributors. In addition to the announcement late last year of the all female editorial team, for the first time in 88 years of Ann VanderMeer, Paula Guran and Mary Robinette Kowal.

Feedback Sean, Thoraiya, Niall

Pet Subject The place of religion in science fiction.

Modern religions, made up religions, machine religions... or no religions? What place can/does/should religion play in sf?

Jo Walton on religion in SF! http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/01/religious-science-fiction

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