New Website!

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As you can see, Random Static has a brand new website! This long overdue revamp was carried out for us by the wonderful folks at DragonByte. We’re very pleased with the new look, and the site should be easier to use as well – especially for anyone viewing it on their phone. Please let us know if you encounter any teething problems.

It’s That Kind of Planet

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Yes, we’re still here! And very happy to announce the release of a new comic collection from Emma Weakley – That Kind of Planet, available in paperback and pdf.

All in vibrant colour, the beautifully rendered stories range from the disquieting horror of “Kelpie” to the lively space adventure of “Hector and Bea Discover an Alien World”, and from the classically inspired “Orpheus” to the entirely original fable “Pig Girl”.

“I’m terribly excited to hold a physical copy of what represents five years of work,” Weakley says. “As dark as the stories can be, I hope some of the joy for creating mad, fantastical worlds and even our own home planet comes through.”

Weakley is a Kapiti-based illustrator and two-time winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Artist from SFFANZ. We have previously published her picture book Jack and the Beanstalk, and her other credits include cover art for a number of New Zealand SF books, as well as illustrating an album and a board game.

Barking Death Squirrels: The Movie (almost)

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Barking Death Squirrels author Doug Van Belle has not one but two film projects in the works. Orion 66 is based on the SJV-nominated novella The Jackal’s Waltz, which is a prequel to Barking Death Squirrels and deals with humanity finding its place in a universe where you’re either predator – or prey. The film is being directed by the multiple-award-winning James Cunningham.

Van Belle is also working on the pilot for the SF comedy Johnny Ruckus, to be filmed at Avalon Studios in Lower Hutt. The pilot is mostly funded, but is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise the rest. We think an NZ-made SF show from a talented writer would be fantastic – support it if you can!

Regeneration Launch

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Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction II is now available for pre-order. The book is available in both paperback and ebook formats; a free copy of the ebook is included with paperback orders. The ebook comes as a bundle including epub, mobi (Kindle compatible), and pdf versions.

The collection will be officially launched at 6pm on the 12th of July at Au Contraire 2013, the National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention; entry to the launch is open to the general public. If you can make it, it will be great to see you there.

Table of Contents for Regeneration

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Random Static Ltd is pleased to announce the table of contents for Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction II. Once again, we have a fantastic range of stories by talented authors, and we look forward to sharing them with you.

  • Last Harvest – Matt Cowens
  • Rescuing the Airmen – Tim Jones
  • Hunting Ythan – Mary Brock Jones
  • The Mistress of Fishes – O.J. Cade
  • Max’s Black Box – Grace Bridges
  • In a World Full of Birds – I.K. Paterson-Harkness
  • Insomnia – Kylie Thorne
  • The Spectre Spectrum – Debbie Cowens
  • Carving Out a Life – J.C. Hart
  • Kiwi or Queenie – Jennifer Compton
  • Emptying Roesler – Simon Petrie
  • Tapping the Skin of the World – Anna Smith
  • Doorway – Rebecca Harris
  • Monocarpic Colony Blues – Elizabeth Gatens
  • Harvesting the Gyre – Jonathan James Todd
  • The Origami Tree – A.J. Fitzwater
  • Evacuation – Fran Atkinson
  • Splintering – Anna Caro
  • Mother’s Milk – Dan Rabarts
  • Cave Fever – Lee Murray
  • Coat – Grant Stone
  • Ren – Toni Wi

Regeneration is due to be launched on the 12th of July at Au Contraire 2013 – watch this space for more details and pre-order information.

Update on Regeneration: NZ Speculative Fiction II submissions

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We know a number of stories have been hindered by the busy-season, so we’re extending the deadline until January 31st. If you’re part way through a story but haven’t had chance to finish it off, or have an idea for a new one, here’s your chance. If you’ve already submitted, remember we do accept multiple submissions – whilst we’re very unlikely to select both, having two good stories in the mix does increase your chances.

To recap, we are looking for submissions of short speculative fiction (10 000 words or under) on the theme “regeneration” by New Zealand authors. All submissions selected for the anthology will receive paid publication, author’s copies of the anthology, and for those who are members of Au Contraire 2013, the chance to win additional prizes, including a grand prize of $500 in book vouchers. Full guidelines are at

To those who have already submitted by the original deadline, thank you for your patience. We are working on keeping up with reading as submissions come in, so we don’t expect news on the result will be too much later than it would otherwise have been.

Tales for Canterbury wins SJV Award

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Random Static offers its congratulations to editors Anna Caro and Cassie Hart, who on Sunday evening were presented with the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Collected Work in the field of science fiction and fantasy for the anthology Tales for Canterbury. Their efforts are doubly deserving of the award, being both worthy in purpose and having produced a fiction collection of extremely high standard.

The anthology was put together very rapidly in response to last year’s devastating earthquake in Christchurch, with many writers kindly donating their stories. The collection is a fairly even mix of reprints and new works, and features both local authors such as Mary Victoria, Helen Lowe, and Juliet Marillier, and international names including Neil Gaiman, Jeff VanderMeer, and Gwyneth Jones.

This is Ms Caro’s second SJV award; A Foreign Country: New Zealand Speculative Fiction (co-edited with Juliet Buchanan) won the same category in 2011. Submissions for New Zealand Speculative Fiction 2 have just opened, with the new anthology scheduled for launch at the National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention next year. The SJV Awards are administered by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ), and recognise excellence in New Zealand science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

A few copies of “Tales for Canterbury” are still available, but only until the end of the month. All proceeds go to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal.

Regeneration: New Zealand Speculative Fiction 2

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Submissions are now open for a second volume of NZ speculative fiction, provisionally titled Regeneration. This is a followup to the award-winning collection A Foreign Country, and will again be edited by Anna Caro and Juliet Buchanan. As with the first volume, we’re running a short story competition for inclusion in the anthology in conjunction with the National SF Convention – enter here. Membership of the convention is not required, but the anthology is limited to NZ citizens or residents.

Tales for Canterbury

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We hadn’t planned on putting out another anthology this soon, but then, nobody had planned on last month’s devastating earthquake in Christchurch. So, Tales for Canterbury – a collection of short fiction to raise money to help those affected by the recent Canterbury Earthquake – is now available for pre-order.

Edited by local writers Cassie Hart and Anna Caro, the anthology is centred round the themes of survival, hope, and future. It includes fiction by overseas and local writers, including Jeff Vandermeer, Tina Makereti, Neil Gaiman, Cat Connor, and Sean Williams. All profits from the book will be donated to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal.

Due out in April, Tales for Canterbury will be available as both paperback and e-book. The e-book version will be in .pdf, .epub, and .mobi formats, at $12. The print version is priced at $24.95 and includes free shipping within NZ & Australia (international shipping also available). Pre-order now!

See for more detail.

The Future is Here

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The future is here! A Foreign Country, Random Static’s new anthology of New Zealand Speculative Fiction, is now available for pre-order. Featuring work by best-selling author Juliet Marillier, poet, musician, and writer Bill Direen, several Sir Julius Vogel Award winners, prominent writers, and talented newcomers, this is an unmissable volume of imaginative and compelling short stories.

Strange creatures are loose in Miramar, desperate survivors cling to the remains of a submerged country, humanity’s descendants seek to regain what they’ve lost, and the residents of Gisborne reluctantly serve alien masters. The visions of New Zealand – and beyond – painted in this collection of short stories are both instantly recognisable, and nothing like the place we know.

A Foreign Country brings together the work of established authors and fresh voices to showcase the range of stories produced by New Zealand’s growing community of speculative fiction writers. Humorous, disturbing, intriguing, cautionary, and ultimately hopeful, these tales tell of worlds where the boundaries between human and animal are blurred, babies are not what they seem, desperate measures are in place to ward off disaster, and flying standby can be a big mistake.

The anthology includes stories by:

  • Philip Armstrong
  • Richard Barnes
  • Claire Brunette
  • Anna Caro
  • Matt Cowens
  • Bill Direen
  • Dale Elvy
  • J.C. Hart
  • Paul Haines
  • Miriam Hurst
  • Tim Jones
  • Susan Kornfeld
  • Juliet Marillier
  • Lee Murray
  • James Norcliffe
  • Ripley Patton
  • Simon Petrie
  • Brian Priestley
  • Marama Salsano
  • Lee Sentes
  • Janine Sowerby
  • Douglas A. Van Belle

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A Foreign Country can be pre-ordered here, and will be launched at 6pm on Friday 27 August at Au Contraire, the 31st National Science Fiction Convention.