I’m super pleased to announce my SF/Dark Fantasy short story, “She who Played for Morrocks” is now available here at Smashwords for AUD$2.99.
The story is about two different species of human who both value music and each acknowledges the other’s sentience. Their attempts to respect each other are muddied by preconceptions, misunderstandings and instinct.
And what a beautiful cover for this issue, by Atelier Sommerland.
The 2017 Australian Aurealis Awards Shortlist went live yesterday morning and what a fine line-up it turned out to be. As a member of the judging panel for the Science Fiction Novel Category, it was great to see all those months of reading bear fruit. I can’t say any more until after the award ceremony at Swancon in Perth over Easter, except that it was an honour to take part. Congratulations to everyone shortlisted.
My story, ‘Deeper than Flesh and Closer’, has been mentioned again, this time in a review for the anthology, Belong in The West Australian (25/1/11) in the monthly column ‘writingWA Recommends’:
“The stories are challenging and fascinating, interesting and compelling, alien and familiar. My favourite was Carol Ryles’ ‘Deeper than Flesh and Closer’; I hope to see the story expanded into a series about the Glyr who live in such close communion with the Rhizome”
I was particularly pleased with these comments as ‘Deeper than Flesh and Closer’ was originally planned as part of a short story collection about the Glyr. I’m still working on it, and now have added incentive.
Belong can be purchased at Indie Books Online, Amazon.com and The Book Depository.
…The stories [Belong, ed. Russell B Farr] are challenging and fascinating, interesting and compelling, alien and familiar. My favourite was Carol Ryles’ ‘Deeper than Flesh and Closer’; I hope to see the story expanded into a series about the Glyr who live in such close communion with the Rhizome…( writingWA Recommends, The West Australian, 25/1/11.)
…a fine pure SF story about conflict between people living in a heavily bio-tech oriented village and others living in cities who fear the “nants” that support the bio-tech. (Rich Horton, Fantasy Magazine)
…is a story about coming back to where you came from. Sometimes the changes go more than skin deep and sometimes they don’t appear to be changes at all… This is an evocative and haunting story about the changes that take place to a place and people that we think we know through history and story, but haven’t experienced. (Ian Banks, Specusphere)