The link for the ebooks is
The link for the ebooks is
The link for the ebooks is
Our guest speaker for the May meeting is Melbourne Fantasy and Science Fiction writer Jane Routley. Her 7th book, Shadow in the Empire of Light, is due out in epub this August. She has published 6 books, 5 as herself and one as Rebecca Locksley, and won two Aurealis Awards for Best Fantasy Novel for her novels Fire Angels and Aramaya. Her short stories have been widely anthologized and read on the ABC.
Jane was a judge for the recent Australian Role Playing Industry Awards. She has had a variety of careers, including fruit picker and occult librarian and she lived in Germany and Denmark for a decade. Now she works on the railways in Melbourne and is a keen climate activist.
The meeting will be held by zoom, at 7pm May 6th, Adelaide time. In the first half, Jane will talk about her work and answer questions. At 7:40 we will have a short (10 min) tea-break, reconvening at 7:50pm for a discussion of what’s new and interesting in SF & F.
Join Crit Mass Zoom Meeting, 7pm May 6th:
Meeting ID: 780 2619 5446
Join Zoom Meeting, Critical Mass, Adelaide, part 2, May 6th, 7:50 PM Adelaide
Meeting ID: 767 3866 4461
[Note that we are also holding a second meeting, on May 20th, to discuss novellae, and chat in general]
from the Aurealis Awards blog
We all need a bit of joy in our lives right now, so it is with great pleasure we present the Aurealis Awards finalists for 2019. Congratulations to all the finalists, and a huge thanks to our panelists who have persevered through fire, flood and plague to deliver these shortlists, which contain a glorious diversity of work for your delectation. It’s a really important time to support your local creators, so if you are able, go hunt down some great reads today! — Tehani
BEST FANTASY NOVEL
Angel Mage, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)
Darkdawn, Jay Kristoff (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Wailing Woman, Maria Lewis (Little, Brown Book Group)
The Harp of Kings, Juliet Marillier (Macmillan Australia)
The Darkest Bloom, P M Freestone (Scholastic)
Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town, Michael Pryor (Allen & Unwin)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
The Subjects, Sarah Hopkins (Text Publishing)
Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (UQP)
The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG Publishing Australia)
The Glad Shout, Alice Robinson (Affirm Press)
Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan Wilson (Allen & Unwin)
For obvious reasons, Critical Mass will conduct the next few meetings online, via Zoom (which can be used on desktop, laptop or smart phone).
Our special guest for the April 1st Meeting is Karen J Carlisle, local author of The Adventures of Viola Stewart, The Aunt Enid Mysteries and The Department of Curiosities series. Hopefully, she’ll treat us with details of her latest work.
The meeting will start at 7pm (Adelaide time, 30 mins later in Melbourne ), run for 40 mins, then take a 10-minute tea/coffee/G&T break and re-convene at 7:50 (Adelaide time) for the final half hour.
To join the meeting, you will need to provide the following information to zoom*:
Join Zoom Meeting at 7pm:
Meeting ID: 242 593 495
Join meeting at 7:50pm:
Meeting ID: 130 077 258
Please note the different meeting ID for part 2 of the meeting
*If you need some guidance in using zoom, here’s a useful video on joining meetings:
An unexpected message from The Doctor, well worth a listen…
One the most emotional world premieres at the upcoming 2020 Berlin International Film Festival is bound to be “Last and First Men,” the directorial feature debut of the late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.[…]
Jóhannsson’s only directorial feature, “Last and First Men” is an adaptation of his touring multimedia project of the same name. The movie — shot on 16mm black-and-white film with “Victoria” and “Rams” cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen — played in concert halls, accompanied by Jóhannsson’s score with a live orchestra. The feature film playing at Berlin includes the composer’s original score and narration from Tilda Swinton….
— from Mike Glyer’s file770.com
This month, Roman looks at the novels in the best-selling russian series by Sergei Lukyanenko. What started as a trilogy is now a hexology, but he’s just looking a the setup in the first two novels: Night Watch and Day Watch. Some of you might recall the movies based on the novels…
It’s 6:45 Wed 4th March for a 7pm start at kappy’s tea & coffee merchants,
22 Compton St,Adelaide.
Come along and tell us about your favourite stand-alone fantasy story!
City of Bones by Martha Wells
Martha Wells has recently entered the spotlight with her delightful, award-winning science fiction novella All Systems Red, but she’s also got a fabulous backlist. City of Bones wars with Death of the Necromancer for my favorite Martha Wells novel, but City of Bones undoubtedly wins the place of “Best Standalone by Martha Wells.”
— Sarah Waites, in her list of 10 standalone Fantasy Novels on Tor.com
Jules Verne was a ridiculously prolific author, publishing more than 90 novels, short stories, non-fiction books, essays, and plays over his 50-odd year career. His magnum opus was the Voyages Extraordinaires, a series of 54(!) novels that sought “to outline all the geographical, geological, physical, and astronomical knowledge amassed by modern science and to recount, in an entertaining and picturesque format…the history of the universe.”
From Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Alphonse de Neuville and Édouard Riou)
But it wasn’t just Verne’s inventive prose that captivated 19th century audiences. The Voyages Extraordinaires also included plenty of lavish illustrations, most in black-and-white, depicting each protagonist’s globetrotting adventures.
Thanks to the work of the late Verne scholar Dr. Zvi Har’El, you can peruse all of the original illustrations online.
— more details at Tor.com
This evening I will present my first and probably somewhat random foray into scifi and fantasy stuff coming out of Asia – beyond Stein;s Gate and Three-Body Problem. This is a vast and interesting space and my talk will present but a few snapshots of popular culture, internet, film and books. As you dig, you discover. There will be sure more to come in future.— Beata
As usual, 6:45 at Kappy’s (22 Compton St, Adelaide) for a 7pm start,