I’m very happy to announce that my novel Mistification has been nominated in the Best Novel category of the Ditmar Awards, and my short story All You Can Do is Breathe in the Short Story category.
Some incredible work on the shortlist; what a strong year for Australian short fiction. The rest of the short list is here.
Both Mistification and Jo Anderton’s Debris, also nominated, are still on special at the Angry Robot ebook store.
The Ditmar Awards will be held at the Australian National Convention, which is in Melbourne this year. Kelly Link is the Guest of Honour!
In the lead up to the awards, I thought I’d post some teasers from Mistification. The book is full of footnotes and appedices. I’m going to post a footnote every couple of days, and I might even post a recipe or two.
Here’s the first!
1. Raining Cats and Dogs. As his first foolish saying, Marvo investigated its meaning. He discovered that the saying came from Norse legend, where dogs were symbolic of wind, and cats were believed to be able to conjure up storms. Marvo, on discovering this, went out to the alleys of his city and found the right cat. Storm and mist, together. He also learnt that at times it had indeed rained some odd things; fish, coins, frozen faeces and frogs. He found out all sorts of odd things about frogs; he found a frog which gave birth from its back.