Tree Gods Dripping Tears


It had been raining that day and the forest was dark. He could still smell the strong eucalyptus scent rising off the huge karri trees that stood like crying gods dripping tears on the little lost humans far below. The south western corner of Western Australia, where I grew up, is home to some unique… Continue reading Tree Gods Dripping Tears

Mental Shapeshifting


We all love a good shape-shift. I certainly do; always have, ever since I first discovered them reading the Icelandic sagas. Like most good ideas, though, shapeshifting has been greatly over-used in genre fiction in recent years. I had in mind for a very long time an approach to re-vitalising the shapeshifting idea, and eventually… Continue reading Mental Shapeshifting

The Mother of Monsters


‘That creature that feeds on life is me. The Anteater.’ Anteaters are some of the weirdest creatures in the world, I’ve always thought. The aardvark, the giant anteater of South America, the pangolin. Australia, of course, has its own examples. In the forest of south west Western Australia, where I come from, lives a very… Continue reading The Mother of Monsters

Continent of Insects


There were huge clumps of ants now, dragging bigger and bigger loads. She bent down to see what they were carrying. Something round and white. An eye. A human eye. My homeland of Australia is justly famous for its strange mammals. However, Australia is, above all, the continent of insects. The vast, hot land is… Continue reading Continent of Insects

Hugo Awards 2016


I am very pleased to say that this blog has just been included on the  Hugo Awards longlist recommendations on the nerds of a feather site. In the middle of some mighty genre sites and people appear these very generous words: “SCy-Fy (Stuart Flynn, ed.) – massive number of interviews with genre bloggers at a time of great change… Continue reading Hugo Awards 2016

SCy-Fy: 2015 in review


Happy New Year, everyone! 2015 was the first full year of this blog. The raw stats say 120 posts and 21,000 hits: Click here to see the complete report. This was a year of two very different halves, though. Most of those posts and hits came in the first half, when I was still living in… Continue reading SCy-Fy: 2015 in review