The Wonderful Culture of Science Fiction – Going from Strength to Strength.

There is a steadily increasing tsunami of science fiction and information about science fiction flooding our senses. Movies, podcasts, magazines, TV Series, books, fan fiction, graphic novels, anime, comics, blogs and games float past without relief.

From time to time, I will try and sort out some of this tangled web of SciFi and get some insights and understandings.

If you like reading SciFi I would suggest Locus magazine as a really solid collection of source material. Don’t know Locus? You should. It seems to me to be the most comprehensive monthly magazine on SciFi publishing around. While not crammed with glorious images and cover shots it is loaded with original content and upcoming changes.

Science Fiction Magazines

  • Locus magazine
  • Analog Magazine
  • Asimov’s Magazine
  • Starship Sofa
  • Fantastic Fiction UK
  • A nice blog – “Making Book”


    Richard Hollick is the author of Making Book an enlightening look into the book world. He was born in Scotland and educated there and in England. After a youth spent in total devotion to rugby football, he started working for Cambridge University Press in 1965, where he remained in various capacities for 29 years in London, Cambridge, and finally New York. Most recently he did print-on-demand for Oxford University Press in New York.

    He writes about the publishing industry, book making and writing in general. He has some interesting insights and worth watching his rational predictions for the future. A blog to follow I suspect.

    The Magicians by Lev Grossman

    An interesting television series that drifts away from the book. Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school math genius, he’s secretly fascinated with a series of children’s fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory, and real life is disappointing by comparison. When Quentin is unexpectedly admitted to an elite, secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams have come true. But his newfound powers lead him down a rabbit hole of hedonism and disillusionment, and ultimately to the dark secret behind the story of Fillory. The land of his childhood fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined. . . .

    The prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician’s Land, The Magicians is one of the most daring and inventive works of literary fantasy in years. No one who has escaped into the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter should miss this breathtaking return to the landscape of the imagination.

    Authors attending Supanova Brisbane 2014


    Robin-Hobb-Profile-B Best selling, international author of ‘Assassin’s Apprentice’, ‘Farseer Trilogy’ & ‘Fool’s Assassin’

    Bestselling, international author of ‘Ice Station’ & upcoming novel ‘The Great Zoo of China’

    Bestselling author of ‘Shadowfell’ & her latest novels ‘Blackthorn & Grim’ & ‘The Caller’

    Screenwriter & Blockbuster author of ‘Velocity’, ‘Combustion’ & new release ‘Quick’

    Author of ‘The Ossard Trilogy’ & ‘The United States of Vinland’.

    Author of the ‘Three Worlds’ sequence & the ‘Tainted Realm Trilogy’

    Sean Williams: trouble twister!
    New York Times bestselling author of ‘Twinmaker’ & ‘Troubletwister’ series’, ‘Star Wars: New Jedi Order’


    Adelaide Only

    Award winning author of ‘The Wild Girl’, The Witches of Eileanan’

    Garth Nix: Supa-star of Australian fantasy

    Adelaide Only

    New York Times bestselling author of the ‘Troubletwister’ series & the ‘Old Kingdom Trilogy’


    Adelaide Only

    Author of ‘Winter Be My Shield’, ‘Black Sun Light My Way’ & ‘North Star Guide Me Home’


    Brisbane Only

    Author of ‘The Rule of Knowledge’


    Brisbane Only

    Author of the ‘Dark Heavens Trilogy’, ‘Journey to Wudang Trilogy’ & the ‘Celestial Battle’ series


    Brisbane Only

    Author of ‘Killing Adonis’

    Geomancer by Ian Irvine

    Geomancer (The Well of Echoes #1)

    by Ian Irvine (Goodreads Author)

    From Goodreads-

    3.86 · Rating details · 1,937 Ratings · 80 Reviews
    Two hundred years after the Forbidding was broken, Santhenar is locked in war with the lyrinx – intelligent, winged predators who will do anything to gain their own world. Despite the development of battle clankers and mastery of the crystals that power them, humanity is losing.

    Tiaan, a lonely crystal worker in a clanker manufactory, is experimenting with an entirely new kind of crystal when she begins to have extraordinary visions. The crystal has woken her latent talent for geomancy, the most powerful of all the Secret Arts – and the most perilous.

    Falsely accused of sabotage by her rival, Irisis, Tiaan flees for her life. Struggling to control her talent and hunted by the lyrinx, Tiaan follows her visions all the way to Tirthrax, greatest peak on all the Three Worlds, where a nightmare awaits her.

    The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    From Goodreads:

    “A fortune in Palmer River gold disappeared on the Great Barrier Reef during a cyclone over a century ago.
    Vietnam veteran, Scott, operating big-fish charters out of Port Douglas in Far North Queensland with friend and fellow vet Ben, has researched the history of the treasure for years.
    After finding a clue to its whereabouts, their search leads to the wreck of an old warplane hiding a gruesome secret about a powerful politician.
    The innocent discovery almost costs them their lives.
    Meanwhile, the local drug baron is insisting on a favour in return for financing their boat.
    Fashion executive Michelle comes to their rescue, but is there more to her offer than appears on the surface?
    As if their local enemies were not enough trouble, they stumble onto an ancient secret that the Chinese government wants to remain hidden forever.

    Threat Vector by Tom Clancy

    Threat Vector (Jack Ryan Jr., #4)

    Jack Ryan is back as President and back in the Oval Office! This time he has to take on the People’s Republic of China. President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Qiang is declaring war in cyberspace.

    Oh there is plenty of naval, aviation and clandestine action but it is the cyberwarfare aspects that move Clancy into a new and frankly unsettling world. Truth is always stranger than fiction and maybe you should not sleep easy at night.

    Jack Ryan, Jr. and his colleagues go head to head with an equally off-the-books intelligence agency on the Chinese side and the bullets fly.

    The Host

    Dajuroka rating 8.5


    Stephenie Meyer, creator of the much loved Twilight series makes a move into more hardcore psychological alien science fiction with this novel focused on the adult market. It is a mature exploration of the likely human reactions to an alien takeover of individuals (as in The Body Snatchers). There are romantic elements and some quite satisfying aspects of the traditional thriller.

    If an alien parasite can have an altruistic side then Ms. Meyer has dropped us into an interesting insight into the complications of an alien experiencing human emotions.

    The experience of our alien – The Wanderer – in past world dominations is a true exploration of new science fiction concepts and storytelling. The romance of a ménage a troi with only two bodies will satisfy most readers of the romantic novel even without sparkles!

    Melanie Stryder is a true hero as she battles both the external alien invasion and an even more personal internal alien conflict with The Wanderer. Inevitably humanities emotional complexity overcomes eons of other less emotive or ‘angst-filled’ species as humans in many worlds brings to fruition perfectly.

    Melanie Stryder is inflamed with passion and desperation, both for lost love and the reality that should she give in to the invader known as Wanda, she will cease to exist. She is a troubled young woman, battling to save herself and her most personal of memories. She becomes our hero yet never fails to display how fragile she, and humanity, truly is. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 31). (May)

    In 2013 we can expect to see a movie based on the novel …


    The Iron Druid Chronicles

    Dajuroka rating 8.5 
    Hounded - Book One
    The Iron Druid Chronicles is a series of urban fantasy novels, written by Kevin Hearne.

    The audio books are really entertaining and highly recommended. Loved by late teens and a lot for adults as well.

    The series is set in an alternative universe where supernatural creatures exist, such as witches, vampires, werewolves, as well as various gods and goddesses from various mythologies. The series is told in the first-person point-of-view of Atticus O’Sullivan (aka. Siodhachan O Suileabhain), a Druid who owns and runs an occult bookshop, Third Eye Books and Herbs, as he gets embroiled in the day-to-day struggle of Gods and Goddesses and other supernatural creatures.


    • Hounded (May 2011)
    • Hexed (June 2011)
    • Hammered (July 2011)
    • Tricked (April 2012)
    • Trapped (November 27, 2012)
    • Hunted (June 2013)
    • Shattered (TBA 2013)