I’m in not one, but three upcoming new books! After a year of working away in the background, it’s exciting to see some of these projects come to fruition.
Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction 1950-1985
It’s been nearly two years coming, but I have an essay in this incredible non-fiction book Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction 1950-1985. My essay is On Earth the Air is Free: the Feminist Science Fiction of Judith Merrill, and it’s right near the front of the book! Merrill’s contributions to science fiction greatly inspired me while I was writing this essay – she was at the forefront of SF for so long, both as an editor and a writer. The book contains essays on John Wyndham, Philip K. Dick, Ira Levin, and Ursula Le Guin, to name a few. If you’re a fan of science fiction, you’re going to want to read this one.
Oh, and did I mention it was blurbed by THE Michael Moorcock?
“Dangerous Visions and New Worlds offers a birds eye view of a period when we were most passionate—about literature, the arts and the sciences, and when we let the rockets explore the universe while we turned to explore the multiverse in terms of the human psyche. Powered by a faith that fiction—especially speculative fiction—could change the world—the New Wave allied with the Underground Press, the Left and the world of rock and roll to create a cultural explosion. This book recalls the highly individualistic writers, with often radically different approaches.”
PM Press are running a pre-order kickstarter, so if you are keen on a pair of pulp-fiction themed undies (or the book), head over there and order your copy now.
Who Sleuthed It?
If you’re an animal lover like me, you’ll love the concept of Who Sleuthed It? Lindy Cameron from Clan Destine Press gave a bunch of crime writers the remit to write a crime story where animals help their animal friends, or human sidekicks to solve diabolical crimes. The result is an anthology filled with furry (or in my case feathered) detectives.
My short story Reggie Starling and the Case of the Crown Jewels is the story of a bird detective uncovering a plot to stop the coronation of King William in 1830. There are royal corgis, guard crows, and some very naughty monkeys…
The book also includes a special, short Phryne Fisher mystery from none other than Kerry Greenwood! You can purchase it from Clan Destine Press here.
Infectious Hope: Poems of hope and resilience from the pandemic
Spending hundreds of days of lockdown in the past year has caused me to reflect on the small joys we have – whether that’s in nature, food, or friendships. It’s the theme of my poem Small Choices, which is featured in Infectious Hope: poems of hope and resilience from the pandemic. It’s got an amazing line up of authors on the TOC including Joe R. Landsdale and Isobelle Carmody.
Infectious Hope is available for pre-order now and will be released worldwide on 1 November 2021.