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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!

2017-09-21T08:21:24+00:00 21st September, 2017|Tags: appearances, conflux, conflux 13, cons, fandom, pop culture, sff, xp|0 Comments

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+00:00 19th August, 2017|Tags: alisfranklin.com, xp|2 Comments

Davey, the devil, and Rose.

From the left: Lee, Rose, Three, and Davey. From the aptly named DEMONS… IN SPAAAAACE! project.

… I really need to get my scanner working, rather than just photographing this stuff with my phone. Ugh.

2017-08-16T21:08:46+00:00 16th August, 2017|Tags: my art, SPACE DEMONS, xp|Comments Off on Davey, the devil, and Rose.

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!

2017-08-07T11:12:33+00:00 7th August, 2017|Tags: sff, short stories, writing, xp|Comments Off on Robots, space pirates, and AI (oh my).

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!

2017-09-05T12:50:26+00:00 20th July, 2017|Tags: free fiction, liesmith, stormbringer, wyrdverse, xp|2 Comments

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+00:00 30th June, 2017|Tags: books, kickstarter, sff|Comments Off on One day left to back Mother of Invention!

PROBLEM DAUGHTERS intersectional feminist SFF anthology? Yes pls!

So for the last month or so, Futurefire.net Publishing and its co-editors Nicolette Barischoff, Rivqa Rafael, and Djibril al-Ayad have been fundraising for a new pro-paying speculative fiction anthology.

Problem Daughters is a collection that seeks to amplify the voices of women who are sometimes excluded from mainstream feminism. It will be an anthology of beautiful, thoughtful, unconventional speculative fiction and poetry around the theme of intersectional feminism, focusing on the lives and experiences of marginalized women, such as those who are of color, QUILTBAG, disabled, sex workers, and all intersections of these.

If that sounds like your bag, fundraising for the anthology–plus a whole bunch of other awesome perks–is still available at IndieGoGo for the next three-ish weeks. You can grab yourself a copy for the low-low price of $5. Five bucks! To support marginalised voices and kickass feminist literature. I mean, why wouldn’t you?

Well, fine. If you still need convincing (or even if not), then Djibril al-Ayad is here with smart words to explain a little more1

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  1. And also, psst, go check out the rest of the articles in the series while you’re at it. ↩︎
2017-02-22T10:18:09+00:00 28th January, 2017|Tags: books, culture, sff, xp|11 Comments

The Wyrdverse glossary.

Confused about the Naglfar? Never quite sure what a goði was?

Then never fear, dear reader! The Wyrdverse Glossary is (finally) here!

The glossary is a list of terms used in the Books of the Wyrd, Liesmith and Stormbringer. It previously appeared at the end of Stormbringer, but now it’s here, for all your delicious internet goodness!

For bonus points, it also features some super-badass illustrations from the mega-talented Neogeen. I will not lie: Neogeen was my number one monster design influence when writing the Books, so it was an amazing experience to work with her to bring characters like Lain and Hrímgrímnir (pictured above, and as seen in Stormbringer) to life.

What are the Books of the Wyrd, you ask? Why, they’re a post-Ragnarøkkr, Norse Mythology-inspired, queer urban fantasy, set in modern-day Australia and featuring more geeky pop-culture references than you can poke a stick at.

Queer? Geeky? Sound like your cup-of-tea-with-Tim-Tam-slams? Then you are in luck, my friend, because the first Book of the Wyrd, Liesmith, is on sale for 99c for a limited time only.

Not sure? Then no worries! Because an opening excerpt is available, as well as an extended outtake of one of the book’s chapters. Still not convinced? Well, here’s the beginning of the second bookStormbringer, while you’re at it.

Seriously, though: Queer. Geeky. Australian. Urban fantasy. Oh, and there are anthropomorphic feathered dinosaurs. I mean, really. What more could you ask for?

So. Liesmith. 99c. Get it. Boom!

Anime ending Lain by Neogeen.

2017-09-05T13:33:27+00:00 8th December, 2016|Tags: liesmith, neogeen, stormbringer, wyrdverse|4 Comments

Elias speedpaint.

Speedpaint done at Conflux 12 in Canberra. Unfinished, because I didn’t get to enough panels, and… dark? Because Procreate, I guess.

Done with Procreate and iPad Pro with Pencil.

2017-09-02T08:40:16+00:00 5th October, 2016|Tags: art, conflux12, my art, speed paiting|Comments Off on Elias speedpaint.

Conflux 12: The sketch post.

So because I didn’t get to many panels at Conflux 12, I didn’t get much art done. Nonetheless, I dutifully lugged my iPad around for the entire weekend anyway, and this is the result.

Still unfinished… and also super, super dark. I swear it didn’t look that dark on the iPad. What the hell, Procreate?

2017-09-02T08:37:27+00:00 5th October, 2016|Tags: conflux12, my art|2 Comments