I have a story the new New Zealand speculative fiction anthology Te Kōrero Ahi Kā – To Speak of the Home Fires Burning. Edited by Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton.
This is a wonderful collection, and I’m thrilled to be included. There are familiar names, and some new names, which is always good.
The publisher, SpecFicNZ, exists to promote and support speculative writers in New Zealand.
I haven’t read all the stories yet, but I do like Mark English’s story especially. Despite having been writing for, well, many years now, this is the first time I’ve been in an anthology with so many people I actually know and have met in person, and consider friends.
My own story, “Dance, Tiny Particles, Dance” had an interesting genesis, dating back a couple of years when I went to enter the Gernsback Amazing Stories contest. I wrote the story, then went back to the contest guidelines and realized that, happy as I was with the story, I’d strayed significantly. (I wrote another story, which actually co-won the contest – it’s available to read for free here: “Penny of Tharsis Montes” at the Amazing Stories site).
I’m pleased that the story has found a home, especially pleased that it’s here in New Zealand too. That’s kind of cool.
Te Kōrero Ahi Kā is available directly from Amazon, and other online retailers, and should show up in local bookshops pretty soon.