I respond with a mixture of envy and fear every time a writer tells me they were born to write. Every time I read about this famous writer getting their first type-writer at 10, or that famous writer publishing their first story at 14, it rankles. It’s not all bad, starting late, there is an   Read More …

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The shortlist for the Ditmar Awards has been released and I’m on it. Twice. Which means I’m double-decker chuffed, as my five year old son would say. The Ditmars are voted on by the Australian spec fic community (where the Aurealis Awards are a juried prize). First, Flame Trees was nominated in the Best Short   Read More …

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Kazuo Ishiguro writes in the aftermath of the noir event. The tragedy has passed, the noir moment of betrayal now an unreliable memory. Ishiguro is my favourite living author. I re-read one of his novels recently: An Artist of the Floating World and a second, When We Were Orphans, for the first time (the latter   Read More …

Categories: Fiction, Reviews

I was fucking chuffed to have received my first (and shit, maybe last) Aurealis Award nomination a few days ago. For the uninitiated, the Aurealis Awards are the juried prize for best genre fiction in Australia.  The short story – Flame Trees – started as science fiction, as with everything I write, but ended up   Read More …

Categories: Fiction, Reviews

Neil Clarke recently announced the table of contents for his ‘Best Science Fiction of the Year’. It’s an impressive line up. What the fuck I’m doing in it, I’m not sure, but hey, I’ll take it. Short fiction-wise this is probably my biggest achievement, certainly up there with my first sales to Interzone and Asimov’s.   Read More …

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Writing about other cultures is bloody difficult. It’s also important, and speculative fiction writers in particular should always be thinking about different realities. But it is not something to be taken lightly. I don’t want to talk about Lionel Shriver. That’s been done. It’s old news. (click on PDF icon, above right, if you prefer to read   Read More …

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Facebook told me the other day that It’d been three years since I’d sold my first short story. So, aside from the general unease that comes from knowing how much personal information I’ve willingly – and unwillingly – given to the vampire squid of global techno-capitalism, I suppose a writing stocktake is in order. The   Read More …

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Coming up for air after Conflux (the Canberra SF Writer’s Convention), I looked back on the first article I wrote on Conflux and Cons in general a couple of years back. Things have come along quite a bit for me since then. Mostly for the good. Bunch of short stories published, London-based agent, rocking a writer’s beard;   Read More …

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A few years back when I’d first arrived in Vietnam, and was still very new to writing, I produced The Four Deaths of Taylor Ngo. Set in a jazz bar in Ha Noi (and, yes, based on a real jazz bar in that city that boasts impressive musicians, the thick haze of cigarette smoke, and a   Read More …

Categories: Fiction

I was recently interviewed by David McDonald for the 2016 Aussie Speculative Fiction Snapshot. Undertaken every two to three years, the Snapshot is an informal census of the local genre scene. A tonne of cool authors and editors are interviewed, and I was pleased to be asked this year. My interview with David is here.   Read More …

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