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Wyrdverse, Conflux, and Kickstarters (oh my)!

Oh no. It’s That Time of the Year again, the time when… (looks around nervously) … things happen.

Thing #1.

I formatted a book! Wyrdverse: Tales of the Wyrd is an anthology of short stories from the, well. Wyrdverse. These aren’t new—you may have previously read them on my website—they’re just now… collated better.

Wyrdverse is currently available super-cheap from Amazon, although if you’d like to snag yourself a free copy you can do so from the princely sum of your email address, by signing up to my book news mailing list.

Oh, and because the whole purpose of this exercise was to practice using Indesign, a print version of the book (in all its extensive, 80-page glory) should be available sometime in the next few weeks. So… keep an eye out for that.

Thing #2.

Speaking of awesome books you should buy (or, rather, back) right now, Crossed Genres’ Resist Fascism speculative fiction anthology is in the final days of its Kickstarter. From the official description:

RESIST. ANY WAY YOU CAN.

The world is in turmoil. The world is always in turmoil, but in recent years, people have seen violence and hatred become proud instead of ashamed. What meager rights we’ve fought for are being deliberately eroded. And the vulnerable have any help stripped away. All of this is happening openly and without fear of reprisal. And the worst perpetrators are some of the largest governments of the world.

Resisting the spread of fascism is as important now as it was 75 years ago. And there are many effective ways to resist.

For full disclosure, friend-and-all-round-awesome-person Rivqa has a story in this anthology, and I have read it and it is boss. So if you, too, would like to read a boss story about found family and Jewish jujitsu IN SPACE, then you should go smash that pledge button, as the kids on teh YouTubes say.

Thing #4.

Oh, and while you’re in the spending money mood,1 Mother of Invention is on sale! From the blurb:

Knit robots, build spaceships, and shape the future.

Extraordinary short stories about gender, artificial intelligence and the art of building something new. Mother of Invention features the work of Seanan McGuire, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Nisi Shawl, John Chu, Justina Robson and more.

Awesome? Yes. So what are you waiting for? Buy like a hundred copies and you’re set for presents to give out to all your friends, enemies, and loved ones at every birthday, anniversary, and culturally appropriate religious celebration for the indefinite future. Let’s all knit a softer, warmer robotic future together.

Finally… Thing #5.

Conflux! It’s coming, and I will be there. You can even come hear me blather on about narrative in the panel Play to write: what tabletop and video games can teach writers of fiction. And by “me” I mean “Rivqa and Elizabeth“, and by “blather” I mean “make interesting and intelligent points while trying to ignore their drooling co-panellist (i.e. me).”

Sound great? Of course it does! See you there.

  1. … I know, I know. ^
2018-09-12T08:15:44+00:0012th September, 2018|Tags: book news, books, conflux, cons, fandom, gonzo author stories, sff, wyrdverse, xp|

… nice.

So it’s been almost exactly two years (with a break in the middle to write the DEMONS… IN SPACE!!!! book) but… it is done! At least, the draft is!

This turned out shorter than I was aiming for, i.e. 80k, but that seems to be a trend in my writing at the moment, particularly since both this and DEMONS have been single-POV.1 That kind of sucks in the adult market—a bunch of Big Name SFF publishers won’t even look at something if it’s under 100k—but DRAGON is YA, so… hopefully the ~70k mark is okay?

Guess we’ll find out soon!

Now the hard part: revising. Ugh.

  1. Well… mostly. DEMONS has four “cheat” chapters. ^
2018-08-06T10:13:18+00:006th August, 2018|Tags: books, DRAGON OF ROSEMONT HIGH, gonzo author stories, writing|

Author Platforms discussion.

Just a quick reminder that tonight I’ll be at the Hellenic Club in the City, talking about Author Platforms for the CSFG with co-panelists Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Chris Andrews.

I’ve been a member of the CSFG for a few years now, and they’re all lovely people and an excellent resource for Canberra-based speculative fiction writers. Membership is $30 a year (or $20 for concession holders), but if you’re not sure if the group is for you, you’re more than welcome to come along to an initial meeting to check it out.

2018-06-15T07:20:19+00:0020th June, 2018|Tags: csfg, writing|

Upcoming appearances!

For whatever reason, winter always seems to be my busy season for Author Appearances™, and this year is no different.

Panel assignments for Continuum have been handed out, so those of you who’re in the area will be able to listen to me ramble at:

  • Out in the Open. Fan fiction used to be hidden away, subject to takedown notices, and sometimes kept secret from friends and family. Now there are successful mainstream novels about fic writers and readers, and some creators allow writers to earn money from their work. Is this legitimisation or exploitation? What has been gained and what’s been lost in the process? (Sunday 10th June @ 4pm)

Continuum is always a lot of fun, and this year is looking to be especially awesome, with some amazing panels (and panelists) lined up. If you’re able to make it down to (or, alternately, live in) Melbourne over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend you should absolutely grab some tickets and go along.


While it’s still a little way away, I’ll also be assisting in a panel on Author Platforms for the CSFG June member’s meeting (20th June). We did one of these two years ago, and it seemed to go down pretty well, so it’ll be interesting to see what has and hasn’t changed in the intervening time (spoiler alert: the social media landscape is very different in this our post-CA/-GDPR world).

The meeting is open to all CSFG members, and if you’re in the area (i.e. Canberra) it’s absolutely worth joining up.


And, finally, to round off a busy authorial month: I’m taking a week off! By which I mean, “I’m taking a week off Day Job to try and finish up the dragon book, which got halfway done last year then put on hold for space demons.” So, yanno. A working holiday.

In other words: it’s gonna be a busy month.

Conflux 13: Ye Panele Schedule.

Yikes. Only a week until Conflux 13? Where did that go?

For my sins, this year I will be appearing on four panels. They’re gonna be great. Y’all should come see them.

  • Magic systems in SF fiction: Friday, 29 September @ 10am.
  • Remembering Terry Pratchett: Saturday, 30 September @ 10am.
  • Reinventing the myth: Monday, 2 October @ 10:00am.
  • Wonderful, wide, weird, cruel & cool (worldbuilding): Monday, 2 October @ 1:30pm.

Or, actually. you should come see all of them except the Pratchett panel. Because I am totally, 100% going to cry in that and it’s going to be awkward for everyone. And by “awkward” I mean “amazing”. It’s going to be amazing. So come along!

2018-05-01T11:07:12+00:0021st September, 2017|Tags: appearances, conflux, conflux 13, cons, fandom, pop culture, sff, xp|

alisfranklin.com v4!

So this will be tremendously obvious to anyone already reading this at alisfranklin.com, but for those of you who aren’t: we have a new website layout! Gone are the beachy blues and oranges, instead replaced by opulent sunset purples.

Look, I will not lie: I didn’t really intend to change the site layout. I was actually fiddling around with something for a totally different website and, well. I just really, really liked the result. So… sorry, secondary website. You’ll get a new layout one day, but that day is not today.

2017-08-19T17:06:18+00:0019th August, 2017|Tags: alisfranklin.com, xp|

Robots, space pirates, and AI (oh my).

Just a quick head’s up for those that may be interested, for two speculative fiction anthologies currently open to short story submissions.

The first, Mother of Invention, is Twelfth Planet Press‘s (KaleidoscopeDefying Doomsday) new anthology exploring diverse, challenging stories exploring robotics and AI outside of the usual “cis dude makes sexy robolady” construct. I backed Mother of Invention on Kickstarter, and if TPP’s past work is anything to go by, this is going to be a cracker of an anthology. So if you’ve got a story or a plotbunny you think fits, I’d highly encourage you to check out their submissions page. The anthology pays pro rates, and submissions are open until 31 August.

Secondly, and closer to home, the CSFG is also open to submissions for its annual anthology, A Hand of Knaves. As the title suggests, the theme for this one is “rogues, thieves, pirates and ne’er-do-wells”, and it’s totally something I would’ve submitted “Blue Sky Mine” to except for the fact that I’ve already published that online (natch). My loss is your gain, however, and submissions for A Hand of Knaves are open until 15 November. Pay rates for the anthology are currently being worked out, and the preference is to showcase works from Australian authors (and/or members of the CSFG).

So what are you waiting for? Get writing!

2018-11-26T08:09:40+00:007th August, 2017|Tags: sff, short stories, writing, xp|

Free short fiction.

Well, there’s something to tick off that I’ve had sitting on the todo list for, er, ahem. Years. I have finally compiled a page of my random short fiction. It’s taken me so long to get around to this, mostly because I kept telling myself I was going to To Something with these stories and then… never did. So, failing that, here they are.

Almost everything here counts as backstory to Liesmith, and scratches my Sigyn/Loki OTP itch. In rough chronological order, the stories are:

  • “Fairytale”, Sigyn’s meet cute. Sort of. Also a rewrite of the original introduction to what would eventually become Liesmith (and at the time was called CORNER, because titles, what even are they?), and thus technically the Very First Piece of the Wyrd.
  • “Vartari”, a.k.a. the aftermath of Loki’s lip-stitching incident.
  • “Vow”, in which Sigyn and Loki are obnoxious tourists in the Abbasid Caliphate.
  • “Mothers”, because I can’t get enough of Sigyn and Angrboða (and their kids) conspiring against Ásgarðr.

There are also two contemporary stories:

  • “Blue Sky Mine”, set before Liesmith, and in which Travis is trying to launch a tablet, has an unplanned visit to the Pilbara, and Lain gets named.
  • “Focus Group”, set a little bit after Liesmith, and in which Sigmund learns the secret of LB’s success (and I show I can predict the tech industry).

Of these, “Mothers” and “Blue Sky Mine” are probably my favorites.

Finally, “My friend Vic was a weird kid.” is the non-Wyrdverse story. I went through a phase about a year ago of obsessively reading r/nosleep, and this story was the result. It was originally posted anonymously to that community, but the copy archived here is the slightly edited and cleaned version as opposed to the “I wrote this on my phone in one sitting then posted it straight away” version.

All-in-all, I think that’s something like 20k+ of free words to keep you amused so… enjoy!

2018-11-26T08:17:58+00:0020th July, 2017|Tags: free fiction, liesmith, stormbringer, wyrdverse, xp|

One day left to back Mother of Invention!

So there’s only one day left in order to back the awesome feminist AI anthology, Mother of Invention!

Mother of Invention will feature diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics. This ambitious anthology from award-winning Australian publishing house Twelfth Planet Press will be edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rivqa Rafael.

From Pygmalion and Galatea to Frankenstein, Ex Machina and Person of Interest, the fictional landscape so often frames cisgender men as the creators of artificial life, leading to the same kinds of stories being told over and over. We want to bring some genuine revolution to the way that artificial intelligence stories are told, and how they intersect with gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, war, and the future of our species. How can we interrogate the gendered assumptions around the making of robots compared with the making of babies? Can computers learn to speak in a code beyond the (gender) binary?

If necessity is the mother of invention, what exciting AI might come to exist in the hands of a more diverse range of innovators?

Sound amazing? Of course it does! And for a mere $10 (or less, in US dollars!), it can be yours.

Want more? Of course you do! Which is why for a measly $18 you can get Mothre of Invention and the award-winning Kaleidoscope and Defying Doomsday books as well. Seriously. $18 for three books worth of diverse speculative fiction; what more could you possible want? A cool bookmark? A mug? Some jam and tea?

Well, hah! Fooled you! You can get those, too!

So what are you waiting for? One more day, people. Do it!

2017-06-30T09:25:57+00:0030th June, 2017|Tags: books, kickstarter, sff|