The 2021 Cattitude Bundle, curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch:

Cats. The internet loves them because we love them. We love cats in all their incarnations—playful, magical, irritating, and yes, occasionally evil. This StoryBundle explores the range of cats and cat behaviors as well. From the familiars to winged space cats, from cats who facilitate romance to cats who rescue others, every type of cat appears in this StoryBundle. Perfect for a day at the beach (without a cat) or at home in the AC (with cats nearby).

There are 10 books (four StoryBundle exclusives!) in the bundle :

More details at StoryBundleNote: available until 18th August

Clarke Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 35th Arthur C. Clarke Award has been announced:

The 2021 judges are Phoenix Alexander, Nicole Devarenne, Stewart Hotston, Nick Hubble, and Alasdair Stuart, with Andrew M. Butler serving as the non-voting Chair of the Judges. The shortlist was selected from 105 titles submitted by 41 individual UK publishing imprints and independent authors. The winner will be announced in an award ceremony in September. For more information, see the Clarke Award website. (with thanks to Locus).

Nova Mob, Aug 4th: Fritz Leiber

The August meeting will be by Zoom.

Nova Mob: 4th August 2021: Charles Taylor on Fritz Leiber

Nova Mob by Zoom only

Aug 4, 2021 8:00pm Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney; 7:30pm Adelaide

Zoom access available after 7pm Adelaide and will close at 9.15pm Adelaide to allow for chat

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Well known for his Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories, and for inventing the term “sword and sorcery”. 

(1910-1992) US author, his work runs the gamut from sf through fantasy and horror, with many tales achieving an eloquent Equipoise that enabled him to jostle various genres together, riding them with a freedom unusual for the period of their composition, making him a powerful model for later writers.

Well known for his Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories, and for inventing the term “sword and sorcery”. 

His awards and honours speak for themselves: 

·         Guest of honour at World Science Fiction Convention, 1951, 1979;

·         Hugo Award, World Science Fiction Convention, for best novel, 1958, for The Big Time, and 1965, for The Wanderer, for best novelette, 1968, for “Gonna Roll the Bones,” for best novella, 1970, for “Ship of Shadows,” and 1971, for “Ill Met in Lankhmar,” and for best short story, 1975, for “Catch That Zeppelin”;

·         Nebula Award, Science Fiction Writers of America, for best novelette, 1968, for “Gonna Roll the Bones,” for best novella, 1971, for “Ill Met in Lankhmar,” for best short story, 1975, for “Catch That Zeppelin,” and Grand Master, 1981, for lifetime contribution to the genre;

·         Ann Radcliffe Award, Count Dracula Society, 1970;

·         Gandalf Award, World Science Fiction Convention, 1975;

·         August Derleth Fantasy Award, 1976, for “Belsen Express”;

·         World Fantasy Award, World Fantasy Convention, for best short fiction, 1976, for “Belsen Express,” and for best novel, 1978, for Our Lady of Darkness;

·         World Fantasy Life Award, World Fantasy Convention, 1976, for life achievement;

·         Locus Award, best collection, 1986, for The Ghost Light;

·         Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award, 1988.

Critical Mass, July 28th: a chat with Rob Hansen via Zoom

Due to the likelihood of continuing restrictions on gatherings, the July Critical Mass will be Zoom only.
We will not be meeting at Kappys, so you can enjoy the chat in your own home.

Please join us at 6:30pm Wednesday for a chat with Rob Hansen, who describes himself as “an old time fan since the mid 1970s whose main output these days is almost all related to British fan history”.

Rob Hansen wrote a history of British fans THEN: SF fandom in the UK, 1930-1980. Currently available as an updated version from Ansible Editions.

In 2019, he co-edited a compilation of fan writings with Vince Clarke: THEN Again: A UK Fanhistory Reader 1930-1979.

Available from the TAFF Ebooks site for a donation, this companion to Rob Hansen’s monumental THEN brings together the writings of many players on the stage of British and Irish fandom from 1930 to the end of 1979, telling in their own words the stories of SF groups – including the BSFA – fanzines, famous fannish addresses, bizarre fan activities and much more.

Rob’s latest ebook, FAAN FICTION (1930-2020), is also available at the TAFF ebook site.

In this combined critique and anthology, Rob Hansen discusses the phenomenon of fan fiction (in the fannish fanzine sense) with a particular focus on the UK. His commentary is interspersed with many examples from such diverse fan writers as John Berry, C.S. Youd (John Christopher), Leroy Kettle, David Langford, Mark Plummer, Bob Shaw, Ian Sorensen, James White, Walt Willis – and Rob Hansen himself, including previously unpublished work. There are several surprises.

We’ll talk about the selection and reprinting of fannish writings as Epubs (both the Ansible ebooks and the TAFF collections).

6:25 for a 6:30 start (Adelaide time) via zoom only.

Zoom detail:

Topic: July Critical mass
Time: Jul 28, 2021 6:30pm Adelaide, 7pm Melbourne, 10am London

Rob Hansen on SF Fandom in the UK and the reprint of fannish writing.

Rob will talk for about 20 minutes, then we’ll open it up for questions and discussion.

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More Sandman from Audible

The next season of Audible’s Sandman audio drama is nearly here. According to the audiobook company, it will be released on September 22nd.

Audible released the adaptation a little over a year ago — a 10-hour audio drama based on Neil Gaiman’s comic series, following the story of the Sandman, aka Lord Morpheus as he’s imprisoned on Earth by a cult. Earlier this year, Audible announced that it had renewed the series for an additional two volumes Dirk Maggs, who directed the first volume, will return to work on the next two, while Gaiman will return as narrator.

We know who’ll star in the project: McAvoy will return as Dream/Lord Morpheus, as well as Kat Dennings (Death), Michael Sheen (Lucifer), and Andy Serkis (Matthew the Raven).

The new season will also include Emma Corrin (Thessaly), Brian Cox (Augustus), Arthur Darvill (William Shakespeare), Miriam Margolyes (Despair), John Lithgow (Emperor Joshua Norton), Joanna Lumley (Lady Johanna Constantine), Bebe Neuwirth (Bast), Bill Nighy (Odin), Regé-Jean Page (Orpheus), Kristen Schaal (Delirium), Kevin Smith (Merv Pumpkinhead), David Tennant (Loki), Niamh Walsh (Nuala), and Jeffrey Wright (Destiny).

Andrew Liptak, “Audible Reveals Cast and Release Date for Sandman Act II Audio Drama”,

Dune Soundtracks released

Whenever I see that a director has brought on Hans Zimmer to score a film, I inevitably give the soundtrack a listen, regardless of whether or not I enjoy (or even see) the film. When Warner Bros. announced that he’d be scoring Dune, it immediately became one of the components that I’ve been looking forward to the most.

Now, we can get a listen to what’s in store: WaterTower Music has released two tracks from the film that give us a sense of what Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation will sound like.

Andrew Liptak, “Listen to Two Tracks From Hans Zimmer’s Dune Soundtrack”,

The Lost Star Wars show…

Somewhere, 39 completed, official episodes of a Star Wars television show exist. A show George Lucas helped create. A show with Darth Vader, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more. And yet, according to the show’s co-creator, odds are we’ll never get to see any of it.
That show is called Star Wars Detours and it was announced back in 2012. Co-created by the Robot Chicken team of Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, Detours was an officially licensed Star Wars animated comedy using characters from all the films up to that point. Lucas himself even gave his approval and consulted with Green and Senreich on the show. Brief glimpses were released (as well as a description Gizmodo truly trashed at the time), but when Disney purchased Lucasfilm soon after the announcement, the show was shelved awaiting further actions. Now, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Green says that’s kind of where things still are almost a decade later.

io9, “Star wars detours release not likely”
Han Solo from Star Wars Detours

The Radium Age

Under the direction of Joshua Glenn, the MIT Press’s Radium Age is reissuing notable proto–science fiction stories from the underappreciated era between 1900 and 1935. With new contributions by historians, science journalists, and science fiction authors, the Radium Age book series will recontextualize the breakthroughs and biases of these proto–science fiction classics, and chart the emergence of a burgeoning genre.

Glenn says Do we really know science fiction? There were the Scientific Romance years that stretched from the mid-19th century to circa 1900. And there was the so-called Golden Age, from circa 1935 through the early 1960s. But between those periods, and overshadowed by them, was an era that has bequeathed us such memes as the robot (berserk or benevolent), the tyrannical superman, the dystopia, the unfathomable extraterrestrial, the sinister telepath, and the eco-catastrophe. A dozen years ago, writing for the sf blog at the invitation of Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, I became fascinated with the period during which the sf genre as we know it emerged. In honor of Marie Curie, who shared a Nobel Prize for her discovery of radium in 1903, only to die of radiation-induced leukemia in 1934, I dubbed it the “Radium Age.”

Covers of the first four books

Locus Awards 2021

Last weekend, Locus Magazine announced the winners of the 2021 Locus Awards during the virtual Locus Awards Weekend. Author Connie Willis served as MC for the awards ceremony, which you can watch online here.

The list of best SF and Fantasy novels is below. Congratulations to all! Full details of all categories at


  • WINNER: Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom Publishing)
  • Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga Press; Gollancz)
  • Attack Surface, Cory Doctorow (Tor Books; Ad Astra)
  • Unconquerable Sun, Kate Elliott (Tor Books)
  • Agency, William Gibson (Berkley; Viking UK)
  • The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books; Solaris)
  • War of the Maps, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US & UK)
  • The Last Emperox, John Scalzi (Tor Books; Tor UK)
  • Interlibrary Loan, Gene Wolfe (Tor Books)


  • WINNER: The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US & UK)
  • The Trouble with Peace, Joe Abercrombie (Orbit US; Gollancz)
  • The Angel of the Crows, Katherine Addison (Tor Books; Solaris)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US & UK)
  • The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit)
  • Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom Publishing)
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix (Katherine Tegen Books; Allen & Unwin; Gollancz)
  • The Midnight Bargain, C.L. Polk (Erewhon)
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga Press; Solaris)
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab (Tor Books; Titan UK)