1. Kylie Chan looks back at ...

I’d only been to Perth once before (for a Supanova) and I hadn’t seen any of the city during that trip except for the view out the window of the convention bus. This time I was in Perth for nearly a week, as Guest of Honour of Swancon,...

2. Season Five Episode Two R...

This blog is published after Game of Thrones first airs on Showcase, Monday at 11am AEST (Encore 7.30pm AEST) and contains spoilers. The second episode of the season has given us our first look at Arya since we left her last season on the...

3. SwanCon 40

Swancon the Western Australian speculative fiction convention turned forty this Easter, which means as I’d never been before I was a little late coming to the party. I’ve attended multiple Confluxes, many Continuums (Continua?), more...

4. Season Five Episode One R...

This blog is published after Game of Thrones first airs on Showcase, Monday at 11am AEST (Encore 7.30pm AEST) and contains spoilers for both the episode and the books! The wait is over and the wars are coming, which means Season Five of...

5. Your Game of Thrones Roun...

With the next season of Game of Thrones starting in less than a week the internet is exploding with GoT and ASOIAF related goodies! Here’s a round up of some of the best: Most importantly, George has teased us with another extract...
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Kylie Chan looks back at SwanCon 40

Kylie Chan looks back at SwanCon 40

I’d only been to Perth once before (for a Supanova) and I hadn’t seen any of the city during that trip except for the view out the window of the convention bus. This time I was in Perth for nearly a week,...
Season Five Episode Two Recap

Season Five Episode Two Recap

This blog is published after Game of Thrones first airs on Showcase, Monday at 11am AEST (Encore 7.30pm AEST) and contains spoilers. The second episode of the season has given us our first look at Arya since...
SwanCon 40

SwanCon 40

Swancon the Western Australian speculative fiction convention turned forty this Easter, which means as I’d never been before I was a little late coming to the party. I’ve attended multiple Confluxes, many...
Season Five Episode One Recap

Season Five Episode One Recap

This blog is published after Game of Thrones first airs on Showcase, Monday at 11am AEST (Encore 7.30pm AEST) and contains spoilers for both the episode and the books! The wait is over and the wars are...
Your Game of Thrones Round Up

Your Game of Thrones Round Up

With the next season of Game of Thrones starting in less than a week the internet is exploding with GoT and ASOIAF related goodies! Here’s a round up of some of the best: Most importantly, George has...

Fool’s Quest cover revealed!

 Head on over to the Starburst site for the full reveal! We love it and its a great continuation of the illuminated style of Fool’s Assassin. What do you think? Fool’s Quest is out in August and...
Poisonous Paints and Peculiar Pigments

Poisonous Paints and Peculiar Pigments

In previous eras, hatters and milliners gained a reputation for being insane. Mercury was used in the felting process for making hats, particularly fur-based hats constructed from beaver or rabbit. The high...

Jo Spurrier Shortlisted for the Norma K....

We’re so happy to let you know that North Star Guide Me Home by Jo Spurrier has been shortlisted for this year’s Norma K Hemming award! This award marks excellence in the exploration of themes of race,...
The Best of Sara Douglass Fan Art ( SPOILERS!)

The Best of Sara Douglass Fan Art ( SPOI...

There’s more than 150 pieces of Sara Douglass inspired fan art on DeviantART, so as part of our BattleAxe 20th Anniversary celebrations we’ve selected our top 10 favourites! Send in your own fan art to...
The World Ceres

The World Ceres

It is times like this that I wish Isaac Asimov was still alive; I imagine he would be a sprightly and mentally vigorous 95. He would have been excited, stimulated, and thoroughly engaged in the adventures of...
BattleAxe, The Axis Trilogy and Sara’s Women: Re-reading Sara Douglass with Karen Brooks

BattleAxe, The Axis Trilogy and SaraR...

It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since Battleaxe first hit Australian shelves and entered readers’ imaginations. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of this game-changing novel, other writers...
Death and Dying: In fact, in fiction

Death and Dying: In fact, in fiction

Death is all around us. It’s on the news, in the computer games we play, the shows we watch. It’s in the books we read. For most of us in Australia, it’s around us in these forms far more often that it...
Fiona McIntosh remembers Sara Douglass

Fiona McIntosh remembers Sara Douglass

I read BattleAxe as an advance reading copy two decades ago; it was handed to me by a bookseller addicted to reading fantasy and keen to get this new writer moving.  This was a time in my life when the...

Alan Baxter’s Obsidian is an Aurea...

Congratulations to the awesome Alan Baxter, who’s second Alex Caine novel, Obsidian, is a finalist for Best Horror Novel at this year’s Aurealis Awards! From the Aurealis website: Judging...
Lord Grimdark VS Australia or Joe Abercrombie’s Australian Tour Roundup

Lord Grimdark VS Australia or Joe Abercr...

Half the World, the second novel in fantasy trilogy The Shattered Sea, was released on February 1st of this year. Author Joe Abercrombie recently travelled to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth for his...

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